American Pugabull

Canis lupus

Last updated: September 7, 2022
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American Pugabulls are medium-sized dogs that weigh between 25 to 70 pounds, and their height measures 12 to 20 inches at the shoulder.

American Pugabull Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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American Pugabull Conservation Status

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American Pugabull Facts

Name Of Young
Puppy
Fun Fact
American Pugabulls are medium-sized dogs that weigh between 25 to 70 pounds, and their height measures 12 to 20 inches at the shoulder.
Other Name(s)
Bullpug
Temperament
Friendly but with protective and aggressive tendencies
Diet
Omnivore
Average Litter Size
2 to 4 pups
Lifestyle
  • Diurnal
Common Name
American Pugabull

American Pugabull Physical Characteristics

Color
  • Brown
  • Red
  • White
  • Tan
  • Cream
Skin Type
Fur
Lifespan
12-14 years
Weight
25 to 70 pounds
Height
12 to 18 inches
Aggression
Medium

American Pugabull as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Shedability
Trainability
Intelligence
Tendency to Chew
Size
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
High
Separation Anxiety
Moderate
Preferred Temperature
Warm climate
Exercise Needs
Moderate
Friendly With Other Dogs
High
Pure bred cost to own
$500 to $2000
Dog group
Non-sporting
Male weight
25-70 lbs
Female weight
25-69 lbs

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The American Pugabull is a mix between a Pug and an American Bulldog. It inherits its social and bubbly personality from the Pug, and its protective and devoted nature comes from the latter.

Because the American Pugabull has a great mixture of characteristics, they make perfect family pets. Still, they also do well with apartment living, making them perfect for single people looking for some company.

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American Pugabulls make excellent guard dogs because of their loyal and protective nature and won’t hesitate to bark at unwanted visitors. Unfortunately, they will bark at pretty much anyone who approaches your door, so they must socialize with animals and people from a young age.

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The 10 Different Types of Pug and Bulldog Mixes

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Fun Fact About the American Pugabull

The American Pugabull is a medium-sized dogs that weigh between 25 to 70 pounds, and their height measures 12 to 20 inches at the shoulder.

Three Pros and Cons of Owning an American Pugabull

Pros

Cons

  • Prone to respiratory health issues
  • Not suited to cold weather
  • Prone to joint issues

The Best Dog Food For American Pugabulls

Feeding your American Pugabull with high-quality dog food is the best choice you can make for your furry companion. Because they are medium-sized dogs with a moderate energy level, they need nutrients that will keep them going for years.

American Pugabulls can inherit their love of food from their Bulldog side, but their bodies and joints aren’t equipped to carry a large load, and they will start to break down if your dog is overweight.

Health and Entertainment for your American Pugabull

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So, to avoid this, you must constantly monitor their diets and ensure they are not overeating. An example of a good meal plan would be three small meals daily, rather than leaving an abundance of food out all day.

In addition, find natural kibble or canned food that contains minimal carbohydrates and fillers, and go for something high in protein.

Another factor to consider is that most American Pugabulls have a brachycephalic face (flat snout) like their Pug parents. This makes eating uncomfortable, and they often need to gasp for air, which leads to flatulence.

Luckily, some fantastic dog bowls on the market are designed especially for brachycephalic breeds; they tilt slightly, which helps the dog access the food easily.

American Pugabull  Size and Weight

Because they are a mix of two very different breeds, the American Pugabull’s size and weight can vary depending on what genes they inherit from their parents.

However, they are generally medium-sized dogs that weigh between 25 to 70 pounds, and their height measures 12 to 20 inches at the shoulder.

GenderHeightWeight
GenderHeightWeight
Female12 to 18 inches25 to 70 pounds

American Pugabull Common Health Issues

Unfortunately, because of the American Puagabull’s flattened face, they are prone to respiratory issues. Other health risks include:

  • Cataracts
  • Joint issues
  • Skin infections in facial folds
  • Deafness
  • Bone cancer

Although these health issues sound scary, there is a good chance your pooch will live a long, happy, and “furfilled” life without any of these problems.

Life Expectancy

If American Pugabulls are taken care of properly, there is no reason why they can’t live a long life. By ensuring they get frequent exercise, nutrient-rich food, and regular vet check-ups, they can live between 12 to 14 years.

American Pugabull Temperament

The American Pugabull is energetic, loving, loyal, protective, vigilant, and brave. Of course, they get their energy from the Pug, but generally, they are not as active as their bug-eyed parent. However, they still need physical and mental enrichment every day.

In addition, the Pug is prone to a behavioral condition called Small Dog Syndrome. This condition is not within the Pug but is born from how the owner treats them.

Owners must establish dominance over their Pug; otherwise, the Pug will become the boss. Unfortunately, Bulldogs are similar in this regard, as they need a strong personality to put them in their place.

How To Take Care of American Pugabulls  

To keep your American Pugabull healthy and ensure they live a long life, you need to have a solid care system in place. Learn more about the American Pugabull’s needs and how you can positively impact your furry friend’s life.

American Pugabull Maintenance And Grooming

American Pugabulls come in an array of colors from both sides of their parent breeds. However, most have a blend of cream, tan, brown, red, and white fur. Surprisingly, finding an American Pugabull with one solid color is very rare.

Unfortunately, they are not hypoallergenic, but they have short coats, making them easy to groom. Ensure to brush them up to three times a week, and bath them once every 30 days with a mild shampoo.

However, their short coats come with a disadvantage as well. American Pugabulls don’t do well in colder climates. Therefore, once the weather starts dropping in temperature, they will need a doggie coat when going outside.

American Pugabull Training

The American Pugabull is highly intelligent and will quickly learn commands. However, they are stubborn and might not want to obey the instructions given. Because both breeds need a strong dominant leader, it’s best to start training as early as possible, so they realize where they sit in the pecking order.

In addition, the American Pugabull inherits its protective nature from the ABD, so socialization from a young age is also critical to avoid aggressive behavior.

If you do not socialize your American Pugabull, it might be challenging to integrate it into your household if you have other pets. However, exposing your pup to new dogs, sights, sounds, and smells from a young age will result in a well-rounded, happy pet.

American Pugabull Exercise

The American Pugabull has a good balance when it comes to activity level. It inherits this trait from both parent breeds. The Pug enjoys interactive play and brisk walks, while on the other side of the spectrum, the Ameican Bulldog needs a rigorous workout routine.

Luckily, the American Pugabull fits somewhere in the middle. They need daily walks and sporadic outings to chase a Frisbee or ball. However, always be mindful about their flattened face, and don’t let them over-exert themselves, or they will have trouble breathing.

If you don’t exercise your American Pugabull, it will likely find a different outlet to burn off some steam, which could be destructive.

American Pugabull Puppies

Because American Pugabulls can be stubborn and aggressive towards other dogs, it’s important to start socialization and training when they are puppies. Socialization must occur in a positive environment with new smells, sights, sounds, and situations.

American Pugabulls are prone to joint issues, so it’s imperative that they do not over-exert themselves when they are puppies, which can affect their joints when they are older.

American Pugabulls And Children

If socialization takes place at a young age, Amercian Pugabulls are great with children and fiercely loyal. In addition, children should always be taught how to handle animals, so no accidents occur. But once the American Pugabull integrates into the household, it will protect your family with its life.

Dogs similar to the American Pugabull

Because the American Pugabull is a designer breed, there is no other breed quite like it, but there are several dogs that are similar in size and behavior, which include:

Famous American Pugabulls

While there are no famous American Pugabulls as yet because they are a new breed, there are a few famous Pugs and American Bulldogs, which include:

  • Basco the Pug – Queen Victoria’s favorite dog
  • Frank the Pug – The alien posing as a pug from “Men in Black” 1 and 2
  • Chance the ABDHomeward bound 1 and 2
  • Pete the Pup – The ABD from 1994’s Little Rascals
  • Batter
  • Chica
  • Arby
  • Gambit
  • Driver
  • Kenji
  • Gigi
  • Nibbles
  • Hoops
  • King
  • Loki
  • Pixie
  • Pepper

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American Pugabull FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is an American Pugabull?

The American Pugabull is a mix between an American Bulldog and a Pug. It inherits its social and bubbly personality from the Pug, and its protective and devoted nature comes from the American Bulldog.

How big do American Pugabulls get?

American Pugabulls are generally medium-sized dogs weighing between 25 to 70 pounds, and their height is 12 to 20 inches at the shoulder.

Are American Pugabulls good with children?

If socialization takes place at a young age, American Pugabulls are great with children and fiercely loyal.

Are American Pugabulls aggressive?

The American Pugabull inherits its protective nature from the American Bulldog, so socialization from a young age is critical to avoid aggressive behavior.

What color is the American Pugabull?

American Pugabulls come in an array of colors from both sides of their parent breeds. However, most have a blend of cream, tan, brown, red, and white fur. Surprisingly, finding an American Pugabull with one solid color is very rare.

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