Pugairn (Cairn Terrier & Pug Mix)

The Pugairn is a cross between the Cairn Terrier and the Pug. He’s energetic, easygoing, and friendly.

He’s quite gentle and will do well with children and other pets in the home. The Pugairn loves to please his humans by playing and performing tricks.

Descending in part from a terrier, the Pugairn may display bold behavior but not aggression. He will naturally be curious and friendly.

The Pugairn will be of medium to above-average intelligence and typically easy to train.

Pugairn Puppies – Before You Buy…

A white Pugairn wearing a pink waistcoat
The Pugairn is so cute.

What Price are Pugairn Puppies?

The price of Pugain Puppies is approximately $500 to $2,000.

How to Find Reputable Pugairn Breeders?

With the advent of internet sales, there will be plenty of bad breeders that will sell their puppies to unsuspecting buyers.

But asking the right questions will help you weed out the bad breeders from the reputable ones.

You must find out how many breeds of dogs they are breeding. Know where they keep their dogs and puppies, and whether you can come to view them in person.

Ask for references from other customers who have purchased puppies from the breeder and call them to ask about their experience.

Find out about how their dogs turned out, specifically their temperament, health, and behavior and whether they were satisfied with their breeders

Always examine the parents of the dogs and as many immediate relatives as possible.

Remember that it is very probable that your potential Pugairn will look similar to one or several of his or her relatives.

Discuss your preferences and needs with the breeder. They should be able to help you determine what temperament might work best for you or your family.

A reputable breeder is more concerned with the dog fitting well in his new home and having a forever home rather than making a sale.

If the breeder doesn’t believe your lifestyle is suitable for his dogs, he may suggest another breeder who might have a better suited dog.

Good breeders should ask you about your experiences with dogs, as well as your reason for choosing the Pugairn.

They will also ask you what kind of environment your potential dog will be kept in, as well as the amount of time you plan to devote to obedience training and grooming.

Make sure that all the puppy purchase guarantees are in declared writing and that everything is clearly defined.

If no health guarantees are offered, obtain a satisfactory explanation from the breeder. The breeder you choose is as important as the dog you buy from that breeder.

A reputable breeder should be willing to be your advisor and mentor that will readily give you advice and support throughout your dog’s life, from caring, feeding, grooming, socializing, and training.

3 Little-Known Facts About Pugairn Puppies

  1. The Pug parent dog was first seen in China during the Han dynasty. Chinese emperors owned Pugs and they were also treated like royalty. They were even provided with their own guards.
  2. The breed arrived in Europe during the 1500s and again became popular with royalty.
  3. The Cairn Terrier parent dog got its name from his role of trapping prey in cairns. His large front paws are made for digging. He could squeeze himself into the cairn and alert his humans to finish the hunt.

Physical Traits of the Pugairn

A Pugairn showing you its teeth
The Pugairn is alert, active, and curious.

The Pugairn is a small dog who will typically have hair like his Cairn Terrier parent, only a little coarser.

He will usually inherit the big round eyes and ears of the Pug parent. His ears may have a few strands of hair, a reflection of the Cairn Terrier’s genes.

His body will usually be strong and stocky, with a long body and short legs. The snout will usually be shorter than that of the Cairn Terrier’s, but it will lack the flatness of the Pug’s.

The Pugairn will typically inherit good teeth, and his coat will be dependent on the traits that he inherits from his parent breeds.

The Pugairn’s coat can benefit from hand-stripping to remove dead hair. Brushing him will also be helpful to rid his coat of dust and dirt.

It’s recommended that you only bathe him when necessary because bathing too often can lead to dry skin. Use dry shampoo to minimize odors as well.

How Big is a Full-Grown Pugairn?

The Pugairn can grow up to 8 to 10 inches in height and weigh 10 to 18 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Pugairn?

The life expectancy of the Pugairn is 11 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pugairn

A Pugairn lying on a couch
The Pugairn is a self-confident dog.

While there’s not a lot of information about the temperament of the Pugairn, you can always look at the temperament of the parent breeds.

The Cairn Terrier parent is usually brave and loyal to his humans, willing to offer protection regardless of his size.

Your Pugairn may exhibit his parents’ bold behaviors, but he won’t be aggressive but friendly and curious.

He will also most likely have the great instincts and energy of the Cairn Terrier and the clownish personality of the Pug.

He will be kind and gentle, doing well with children and other animals. He will also love getting and giving affection.

The Pugairn’s Diet

Both commercial food and meals that you prepare at home can offer a Pugairn just what he needs. But it’s important to choose which particular foods you will feed him.

The goal will be to offer the most nutritious food that makes a well-rounded diet, leaving out most foods that don’t offer a lot of nutrients or will too easily be converted into fat deposits.

Understand what is in the dog food that your Pugairns are eating because it has a huge impact on energy levels, maintaining a healthy weight, and the frequency of bowel movements.

To steer away from the possible problems that manufactured food can cause, home cooking can be a great choice.

Healthy choices for the Pugairn white breast chicken, lean hamburger, fish, liver, and organs.

He can also be fed brown rice, green beans, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, spinach, broccoli, zucchini, blueberries, blackberries, bananas, and pumpkin.

Meats should be the main ingredient, followed by healthy starches, vegetables, and fruits.

If you are home cooking, be sure to offer a full and complete vitamin and mineral supplement based on your Pugairn’s age.

Cut down on the salt and be careful of giving him too much broth with high salt content.

Offer hard foods like raw baby carrots as snacks for strong and healthy teeth.

How Much Exercise Does a Pugairn Need?

Consider the activity requirements of the parent breeds and this will give you an idea of what to expect from your Pugairn.

While the Pug parent enjoys cuddling with his humans, he is not a lazy dog. He will have fun running around and being goofy.

The Cairn Terrier parent is relatively active and will enjoy having a job to do.

He can be expected to have a moderate level of energy and will enjoy taking walks, playing outside with his humans or other dogs, and taking trips to the dog park.

This cute dog will do well in any home environment as long as he has an outlet for his energy.

Pugairn Health and Conditions

Major health concerns for the Pugairn include portosystemic shunt, necrotizing meningoencephalitis, and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.

Some minor health issues include weight gain, flea allergies, corneal ulcers, and entropion. There may also be occasional diagnoses for patellar luxation.

Your veterinarian may require your Pugairn to have hip, knee, eye, blood, and allergy tests when needed.

My Final Thoughts on the PugairnA Pugairn with a teddy in its mouth

The Pug can have a stubborn streak. But even if he can be stubborn, he is not an aggressive dog.

He’s eager to please and can be trained with dedication, patience, and the use of treats as motivation.

Pugs are good dogs for families with kids because of their small size and desire for attention.

They crave their owner’s attention and live to please.

Because of these qualities, they do best in homes where they will get large amounts of love, affection, and attention.

Pugs are easygoing dogs that prioritize pleasing their owners above all else.

The Cairn Terrier parent dog might be small, but he’s so confident that it’s easy to forget his size.

He has the typical Terrier independence and no-nonsense attitude, but he’s a friendly dog who can adapt to any type of home — from a city apartment to a country farm.

Both will give him the opportunity to practice his ratting skills. Alert, active, and curious, the Cairn Terrier functions as a watchdog, playmate, and all-round family friend.

With your Pugairn hybrid, you can have a wonderful combination of all these traits that make the Pugairn a must-have dog!

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