Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Jug
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The first generation Pug / Jack Russell Terrier is a cross between a pure Pug and a pure JRT, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. While every mixed breed dog is an individual, the Jug can be a bit more suited to more families than the high-intensity JRT, since the Pug parent brings DNA from a long-time companion breed.
Appearance / health:
This cute little mix can be surprisingly varied in appearance, with some individuals expressing more of the Jack Russell traits and others leaning more toward the Pug side.
Behavior / temperament:
You're mixing a terrier originally developed to pursue vermin with a companion breed meant to hang out with family. Which genes express themselves in any given dog is unpredictable. The Jug can be an excellent family dog, but some of them may possess the drive to chase, which means they might harass your other small pets. Thanks to the Jack Russell DNA, the dog may demand a lot more exercise and playtime than you expected.
loving attitude, flat faced cuteness, children
yappy, constant entertainment, excitable temperament, breathing problems
Pat the dog
Pat is an extremely exuberant dog, who thinks he's human! He has a lot of character about him and loves being involved in anything and everything we do! He loves going to the off leash dog park, but his favourite place is the beach with a tennis ball. He enjoys his food, and can be very greedy! He used to get overly excited when people visited and would not stop jumping up at them, but he has calmed down somewhat in his old age. When you talk to him he cocks his head to one side like a very attentive listener! He also liked to go off exploring on his own, much to my dismay, but again, this seems to have settled down now. Overall, he's a very healthy dog, and we've never had any medical issues with him and he's great with the kids and very protective of them..
From APhipps Jun 15 2015 10:37PM
Experiences That Come With Owning A "Jug"
A "Jug" is a common mixed breed. The product of a Pug and a Jack Russell Terrier. Jug, get it? ...
Anyway, these little guys are just tiny bundles of energy and joy, and I'll tell you about my own experiences with my Jug, then give you some tips on how to go about owning one.
My Jug is named Gibbs, and I've had him for a little over 4 years now. Ever since he came into the house, he's filled it with a lot more energy, that's for sure. That's probably the most important thing to note about Jugs. They tend to stick close to the genes of their notoriously hyper, Jack Russell Terrier friends.
As a puppy, Gibbs was absolutely adorable, as are most dogs. He was actually so small that he couldn't even climb one stair until after a month or two of growing. For the first few months, he really just loved to be carried around, and cuddling on a shoulder. But that ended pretty quickly, as his energy levels were just off the charts. He would pointlessly run from room to room, ducking and dodging around obstacles like a professional free-runner. It was quite the sight to see. His energy would just continue forever, which was very surprising from something so small. As he grew, he also became very loud, and was very public about his hatred for innocent pedestrians. Gibbs had failed to mention to us that he's in a cold war with anyone who dares enter his line of sight. Now, keep in mind that his threatening barks are pretty much harmless. Once anyone gets close, he calms right down and becomes their best friend until they leave. Then he violently barks at them again. The circle of life, I suppose. But despite his obsessive barking, he really is a very sweet dog. However, he also hates other dogs, and will bark at them constantly. Interestingly enough though, whenever another dog gets close to him, he makes no effort to threaten or attack them. He simply cowers and hides. He's all bark and no bite it would seem. All efforts made to get him to play with other dogs have been fruitless. Keep in mind though, this is not a tendency of the breed, this is just a Gibbs-specific description. I have seen other Jugs be very social with other dogs, just not my Gibbs. He also tends to be very clingy, and is constantly at the side of someone during the day. And at night, he's sure to find someone to sleep cozily next to. As a whole, Gibbs is a great dog, and you should find that with any Jug.
They're quite small, and you shouldn't expect them to grow to weigh more than 14-18 pounds. They're also very low-maintenance, and require very little in the way of grooming. They have no mane, and their fur is very short, so it needs little attention.
Luckily, most Jugs are great with kids. Mind you, they may not appreciate your little bundle of joy pulling on their curly tail, but they'll love them all the same.
Generally, Jugs are also pretty healthy. Pugs are prone to have breathing problems, due to their pressed in face, and so they are often bred with similar small-breed dogs, like Poodles or Jack Russell Terriers, to help counter that. Some individual Pug-mixed dogs do still have breathing problems, so just be sure to get them checked out if you fear that may be the case. Other than that, you shouldn't have too much to worry about. Just be sure to keep them updated with their shots, like you should with any pet.
As you may have guessed, they need a lot of time to play and release their energy. It's important for you to give them that. Take them out as frequently as possible, and you should actively play with them for an extended period of time at least once a day. But don't worry about having to keep to a strict schedule. Honestly, if you don't have the time or energy to play with them a certain day, they'll probably just run around until they tire themselves out and want to take a nap.
Those are the basics of what you should know I think. In summary, they're small, low-maintenance, have a lot of energy, are great with kids, and are just absolutely adorable. A Jug is a well-rounded dog that's easy to take care of, suitable for just about anyone.
I hope this helped, and good luck in your future of pet owning! :)
Note: I do not own the picture of the Jug posted, the puppy in the picture is not mine and I do not take credit for the adorable face..
From ZacharyJohnson May 2 2015 10:49PM
I will preface this by saying, Dukie is not now, nor has he ever been, my dog. He belongs to my mother-in-law.
Loyalty - I have never seen a dog as loyal to one person.
Health - his legs are crooked, he chews the pads of his feet until they're raw, and he appears to have anxiety attacks
Friendliness - he loves people he knows, barks continually at people he doesn't.
Playfulness - She has taken him to doggy parks since he was a puppy and as such, he is very social when it comes to other dogs.
Bad Habit - jumping. This behavior was never corrected and he now jumps on everyone, not out of aggression, but out of excitement..
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