The Pugmatian: A Complete Guide

The Pugmatian is pretty self-explanatory when it comes to the two breeds that have been brought together in order to produce this hybrid dog.

At first, people may be surprised at combining the Pug with the Dalmatian, but as you will see it does work better than most would expect.

The majority of people will have heard of both the Pug and the Dalmatian, but this combination is certainly going to come as a surprise.

Also, there may be some uncertainty as to how the two of them are able to be combined in this way, but that is where our complete guide is going to help.

By the end of our guide, you will be in a much better position to go ahead and actually understand how to care for this breed and make sure that they get the absolute most out of their life.

After all, that is clearly something that any sensible dog owner should want for their pet.

However, just before we go ahead and dive into their various needs and requirements, we just want you to take a moment to consider a few things that are important surrounding this breed.

You clearly want to feel that you have made the correct choice as that is the fairest thing for both you and the dog.

Pugmatian Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Pugmatian
The Pugmatian is a lovely breed to own.

At this point, you may know virtually nothing about this breed but that is going to change.

However, before going into it all, you need to think about several points in order to really be aware as to whether or not this is the correct breed for you.

In this instance, we want you to think about these kinds of points as you work your way through our complete guide.

  • Are you fully aware of the potential health problems of this breed?
  • Do you understand how to train and socialize this breed?
  • Are you aware of any problems related to their training?
  • Do you believe that you are fully capable of looking after the breed?
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They may be basic questions, and there will be others as well, but they do all play an important role.

What Price are Pugmatian Puppies?

As with any breed, there are different factors that are going to play a role in determining the price that you end up paying for Pugmatian puppies.

The main factor has to be their pedigree as that always makes a difference. The better the pedigree of their parents and the lineage, then the higher the price that you need to pay.

You also need to factor in the actual breeder and what they normally charge.

Specialist breeders will often include a premium but as you know you are buying from someone that knows what they are doing, then this is not so much of a problem.

The final main contributing factor is your location. Some dogs are just more popular in certain areas over others so just think about the idea of supply and demand.

That being said, the kind of prices you should be looking at paying for Pugmatian puppies in the United States will be in the region of $400 to double that.

In the United Kingdom, that price will often be somewhere between £500 to sometimes even over £1000 depending on those factors.

How to Find Reputable Pugmatian Breeders?

It was mentioned that specialist breeders will charge more, but how do you even find reputable Pugmatian breeders in the first place?

The key here is to do your research as that will always work out best for you.

Do also consider consulting the Kennel Club in your country as they will often be able to point you in the right direction of people that can help.

Another resource is the Dog Breeders Association because they will generally have a registry of breeders that you could contact.

At least with this option you will be quite correct to expect that the breeders are viewed as being trustworthy.

The final main way in which you can find breeders that can be trusted is to do your own research and focus primarily on groups of owners that appear online.

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They will have a desire to preserve the breed as much as possible and will be quite happy to advise you on who to contact.

3 Little-Known Facts About Pugmatian Puppies

As you will already know very little about the breed, it will be quite easy to find some facts that are currently unknown to you about the Pugmatian.

However, we will stick to just three to make life easier.

  • Attachment can be an issue.

This breed can become very attached to you to such an extent that they can actually suffer from separation anxiety, which is a difficult thing to overcome.

  • They can be easily scared.

The Pugmatian is not a good guard dog mainly because it can be scared very easily. However, it is wonderful as a companion, so all is not bad.

  • You really must clean their ears.

With maintenance, the main area to focus on is their ears. They need to be cleaned once a week in order to prevent problems from developing.

Physical Traits of the Pugmatian

The Pugmatian
The Pugmatian is a pleasure to have around the house.

As this is a hybrid breed, you can never be sure of exactly how the two sets of genes are going to interact and what the end result is going to be.

However, there are certain physical traits that are far more likely than others.

In this instance, it tends to be the case that there are more features from the Pug rather than the Dalmatian, but this does not always have to happen.

They will often have the brachycephalic muzzle, wide-set eyes and either a brown or black nose. Their head is also generally quite small and often round in nature.

Their ears are triangular in shape and they will tend to be quite floppy.

For their coat, then it does come in a variety of colors and this does also include the possibility of spots from the Dalmatian but this is certainly rarer. With most, the coat is going to be a solid color.

Overall, this breed is going to be quite stocky, but not as much as the actual Pug. Also, it is larger than the normal Pug but it sits quite comfortably in between the sizes of both parent breeds.

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How Big is a Full-Grown Pugmatian?

A Pugmatian is going to be larger than the Pug itself but smaller than a full-grown Dalmatian. Also, you are looking at the male being slightly larger than the female.

For their height, then the male will tend to grow to around 15 to 16 inches while the female is around 13 to 14 inches.

With their weight, then the male is also slightly heavier as he will weigh between 25 to 30lbs while the female is 20 to 25lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Pugmatian?

The life expectancy of the Pugmatian is going to vary depending on a number of points and how you generally care for them throughout their life.

However, in this instance, you are looking at their life expectancy being in the region of 12 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pugmatian

The Dalmatian is not generally regarded as being the most intelligent of dogs, but the Pugmatian is certainly different.

Also, when you look at the traits associated with both breeds, then you start to see how this could very well become a rather interesting hybrid breed.

For example, the Dalmatian is known for being exceptionally friendly as well as rather brave while most associate the Pug with wanting to cuddle up on your lap.

In other words, you can guarantee that you are going to have an extremely loyal companion.

Thanks to the Pug, you can be sure that the Pugmatian is going to be pretty smart, and they will certainly want to learn new tricks as often as possible.

They are also desperate to make you love them and will do anything that they can think of spend time with you.

In actual fact, this breed can suffer from separation anxiety, so you have to counter this as early as possible in their training.

However, it will not all be plain sailing because they can have a stubborn side to them as well.

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Along with that stubborn part, there may also be times where they attempt to gain the upper hand with you, but you just have to remind them that you are in control and it will all work out well.

When training them, do not punish them or be too harsh on them when they make a mistake.

This will make them more fearful and they will be less likely to then do what you want them to. Instead, focus on the positivity, and you will get it back to you in spades.

The Pugmatian’s Diet

The Pugmatian
The Pugmatian hates being left alone.

The Pugmatian is going to love snacking as much as it possibly can which is why you need to make sure that you keep a tight grip on what it eats.

With this breed, you are looking at them eating around 1.5 cups of food per day and this should not be given at the one sitting.

Keep treats to a minimum because they are not the most active of dogs for a large chunk of the day.

Only provide them with quality dry food simply because they need the nutrients that only really come in quality food.

The cheaper stuff will often contain cereals which may sound good for your dog, but it’s really not.

In addition, you can give them some of your own food while you eat but do so sporadically or they will come to expect it.

Make sure that it does not constitute more than around 15% of their daily intake or you could have a problem on your hands.

How Much Exercise Does a Pugmatian Need?

A Pugmatian is viewed as having a relatively moderate level of exercise, and thanks to its size you will often find that it can get quite a lot of its exercise needs even just playing indoors.

However, it will be better for their state of mind if you are able to take them for a walk every single day.

This will also provide them with the opportunity to socialize with other dogs, and this will also be beneficial.

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Ideally, you are looking at them getting somewhere in the region of 45 minutes of exercise per day.

Also, interact with them throughout the day and spend time doing obedience training but do be prepared for it to take some time for them to pick up on new commands.

Pugmatian Health and Conditions

The Pugmatian does have a number of health conditions that you may need to pay close attention to but, in general they are quite healthy.

However, you do need to be aware of certain things that can affect them throughout their life.

You should also ask the breeder if the parents have been checked out for various things and they should have no problem in providing you with confirmation.

So, the conditions to be aware of are as follows:

  • Deafness
  • Urolithiasis
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Dry Eye
  • Dermatitis

There can be other conditions but they are viewed as being exceptionally rare so those listed are going to be the ones that you need to look out for.

My Final Thoughts on the Pugmatian

The Pugmatian is undoubtedly a wonderful breed to own, and there is little doubt that you will have a dog that is exceptionally loving and a pleasure to have around you.

Yes, it can be quite scared at times, and it will hate being left alone unless you train it into accepting that early on in its life, but when you consider how it will be loyal and loving to you, then perhaps it’s not a bad thing.

Keep on top of their health issues, and make sure that you give them the exercise that they need and you will certainly be rewarded with an amazing dog that will bring a smile to the face of your entire family.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

7
Cost to Buy
8
Cuteness Level
9.5
Family Safety
8
Friendliness
5.5
Health Concerns
6
Life Span
7
Exercise Required
9.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.6 / 10

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