Jugs

(Jack Russell X Pug)

Introducing the Jug:

The Jug is quickly becoming one of Australia’s more popular designer breeds due to their robust nature, outgoing temperaments and minimal health issues when compared to the pure bred Pug.

Description of the Jug:

The Jug is a cross between the Jack Russell and the Pug.  Small and stocky, the Jug is quickly becoming a very popular choice for anyone looking for a great little companion.  Jugs usually have a short coat unless crossed with a rough coated Jack Russell. Often Jugs will have a round apple shaped head with a muzzle that is shorter than a Jack Russell’s but longer than that of a Pug. Jugs usually have Pug-like ears and a curly tail.  This gives the Jug a “puggish” look without the health issues of breeds with extremely short faces.  Jugs make adorable, loving companions and are great little family dogs with huge personalities.

Temperament of the Jug:

A combination of the two breeds will give you a Jug who has a fearless nature, yet is highly sociable and easy to train due to the high intelligence of both breeds. Jugs can also inherit the Jack Russell’s hunting instinct to chase other animals but despite this, Jugs will get along well with other animals in the household (ie. Cats, birds and rabbits) as long as they are introduced to the other pets while still puppies. The hunting instincts of Jugs are weaker than Jack Russell’s due to the genetic input from the Pug.

Activity level:

Jugs have an energy level that is lower than the Jack Russell, but will be more active than Pugs. While Jugs will do great in an average backyard, the Jug will do well in an apartment provided they are sufficiently exercised and properly trained. Jugs are energetic and love time in a large space to romp and run. Jugs enjoy walks and will join in on all family outings.

Jug colours:

Jugs are most often the classic fawn that is typical of Pugs but often they are a richer red. Jugs also come in black and occasionally in black and tan.

Grooming your Jug:

Jugs usually have a short length coat that is very easy to maintain with a short brush or a static glove. Grooming your Jug with a glove will remove virtually any loose or dead hair. Bathe your Jug only when necessary to avoid drying out the skin and should not occur more than once week unless your Jug becomes excessively dirty. Some Jugs will have longer hair if one of their parents was a rough coat Jack Russell and these Jugs will need a bit more grooming than their smooth counterparts.

Training your Jug:

The Jug is a very quick learner and in combination with their good appetite, training is relatively easy when food is used as a reward. Training Jugs is all about Bribery with food and consistency!! . Jugs do not respond well to harsh punishment and will only result in a shy dog. Jugs do get distracted easily so training should be kept to short periods in a quiet area.

Jug size:

Most Jugs will grow to between 25cm and 35cm at the shoulder as adults with the majority being closer to 25cm than 35cm.

Life Span:

12 – 15 years

Finding Jug puppies for sale from Jug breeders

Jugs can still be classed as being fairly rare at this stage and locating a Jug breeder can be a little difficult but one of the best ways is to go through a breeders agent. They will have contact with many different breeders and will usually be informed first of when litters are planned or available. A reputable breeders agent will also be able to provide you with further information on the care of your Jug puppy as well as ensuring that the puppy has had the appropriate vaccinations, worming etc and is the right age to go to their new home. We have found Chevromist Kennels to be exemplary in their level of knowledge and service both before and after adopting a puppy and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone wishing to adopt a Designer breed puppy. You can visit their website with photos of their beautiful puppies at www.chevromist.com

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