Jug

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Jug puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Jug please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Jug puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Jug puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Jug breed is also commonly known by the names Jack Russell x Pug, Jackpug.

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Not Pedigree – Hybrid Dog Breed

Height
Males 25 – 36 cm
Females 25 – 36 cm

Weight
Males 5 – 7 kg
Females 5 – 7 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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Small (4/10)

Exercise

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High (8/10)

Training

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very easy (8/10)

Shedding

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high (8/10)

Grooming

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low (3/10)

Children

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not very good (3/10)

Health

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average (6/10)

Cost to Keep

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low (3/10)

Being Alone

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moderate periods (6/10)

Intelligence

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above average (8/10)

Introduction

The Jug came about by crossing a pure bred Jack Russell Terrier with a pure bed Pug. They are not yet recognised as breed by The Kennel Club, but many breed clubs have been established throughout the world because Jugs have become one of the most popular “mixed breed dogs”.

They tend to inherit many of their parent breed’s traits which includes their adorable looks and kind, loyal natures. In short, the Jug makes for a wonderful companion and family pet.

History

Jugs are sometimes called Jackpugs after their parent breeds.

Pugs are among the most ancient of breeds having been around in Asia as far back as 400 BC and Jack Russell Terriers have always been highly prized for their hunting abilities.

Jugs are the result of crossing these two breeds and they inherit many of their parent breed’s traits both in looks and characteristics although how a puppy turns out is still luck of the draw.

It’s thought that Jugs were first bred in America in the 1960’s and over the years, the cross proved extremely popular both in the States and the UK. Jugs remain one of the most popular crossbreed companion dogs.

Mainly Jugs benefit from the crossing and therefore are less likely to inherit the natural breed faults of the Pug, such as the pugs flater face and breathing difficulties.

Appearance

 

Jugs are small cross breeds that have inherited many of their parent breeds physical traits. However, puppies in a same litter can be quite different looking because it depends on whether they throw towards a Pug or a Jack Russell Terrier.

They tend to have small body frames being slightly lighter than a Pug, but sturdier than a Jack Russell.

Most Jugs inherit the Pug face and the curly tail although some dogs have slightly longer muzzles. Their eyes are large and expressive being brown in colour. Ears are thin and they drop down much like both parent breeds, being set well apart on a dog’s head.

Some Jugs have quite wrinkly faces whereas others have less folds. They are alert and always interested.

They tend to have shortish muscular legs that are well muscled and they are longer in the body than they are tall, generally having nice level backs and slightly tucked up bellies.

When it comes to their coat, Jugs come in a variety of colours and coat textures. The most common coat colours seen in Jugs are as follows: Black, Black and Tan, Brown, Caramel, Silver.

Temperament

The Jug has inherited the alert, attentive and loyal nature of the Pug while at the same time having the fun-loving approach to life of both the Jack Russell and the Pug which is just one of the reasons why they have remained so popular as companion dogs.

They form strong bonds with their owners and will protect them if the occasion ever arises. Jugs might be small in stature, but they are courageous, brave and will take on anything they find threatening no matter how big the threat happens to be.

They like to be kept busy and being such intelligent characters. 

Jugs are the ideal apartment dog, They can be prone to putting on too much weight which is something to bear in mind when sharing a home with a Jug.

They are a good choice for first time owners because Jugs are so intelligent and this paired to the fact they love to please, makes them easy to train. In the right hands and environment these smart little dogs pick things up training very quickly with the downside being they are just as fast to learn bad behaviours too. As such their training has to start early.

It’s important for Jugs to be well socialised from a young enough age which has to include introducing them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and dogs once they have been fully vaccinated.

Intelligence / Trainability

Jugs are intelligent little dogs and as such they are moderately easy to train. The key to successfully training a Jug is to teach them the “house rules” and basics from the word go so they understand boundaries. Enrolling them into puppy classes pays dividends in the long run. It’s a great way of socialising a dog while at the same time teaching them how to behave while in a safe and controlled environment.

Children and Other Pets

Jugs are a good choice in households where the kids are older and who therefore know how to behave around dogs. Any interaction between younger children and a dog should always be well supervised by an adult to make sure things stay nice and calm.

When well socialised from a young age Jugs generally get on well with other dogs they meet and if they have grown up with a family cat in the home, they usually get on well together.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Jug is between 10 and 12 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

Like many other breeds, the Jug may suffer from a few hereditary health issues depending very much on both Environmental factors and traits handed down from the parents.

Conditions that can sometimes affect the breed are:

  • Hip dysplasia – Breeders should have stud dogs tested
  • Patellar luxation
  • Allergies
  • Breathing problems
  • Skin disorders
  • Inflamed corneas
  • Weepy eyes
  • Deafness
  • Obesity

Caring for your puppy

As with any other breed, Jugs need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy often a nice garden is adequate. Jugs will need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Grooming

Both smooth coated and rough coated Jugs are low maintenance on the grooming front and only need a weekly or twice weekly brush to keep things tidy and their coats in good condition. They do shed quite a lot (malting) always once and sometimes twice a year.

Because they often develop weepy eyes, it’s important to wipe them with a damp, soft cloth when necessary.

It’s also important to check your dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax is allowed to build up in a dog’s ears, it can be become painful.

We at Little Rascals are always here to advise, so please get in touch if you’re unsure.

Exercise

The Jug is quite a high energy, intelligent dog and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well rounded and obedient dogs. They need anything from 30 to 40 minutes exercise a day with as much off the lead / in the garden (or park) time as possible.

Feeding

If you get a Jug puppy from any breeder, they should give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets.

You can change a puppy’s diet, but this needs to be done very gradually always making sure they don’t develop any digestive upsets and if they do, it’s best to put them back on their original diet and to discuss things with the vet before attempting to change it again.

Older dogs are not known to be fussy eaters, but this does not mean they can be fed a lower quality diet.

It’s best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening,

Average cost to keep/care for a Jug

If you are looking to buy a Jug, you would need to pay anything from £300 to over £600 for a well-bred puppy. The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Jug in England is likely to be approx. £22.01 a month for basic cover but for a lifetime policy, this would set you back £43.83 a month (quote as of July 2016).

When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things. We at Little Rascals recommend that you maintain the cover that we help set up when you first buy your puppy. It may seem expensive at the time but it will be much cheeper than “that surprise vets bill”.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food. For Jugs we always recommend Royal Canin Mini Junior which will roughly cost £30 a month.

You need to factor in the standard veterinary costs such as their second vaccinations and their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks, all of which can add up.

As a rough guide, after purchase the average cost to keep and care for your Jug puppy would be between £50 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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