A Jug dog is a crossbreed or a hybrid dog from two purebred parents, namely the Jack Russell Terrier and the Pug. The characteristics of a Jug differ from litter to litter, particularly on the physical aspects. Jack Russell Terriers can have a smooth coat, fine coat, or a wiry coat and can also have either short legs or long legs and these can pass on to the litter. Pugs on the other hand have almost the same physical traits except for the colour where it can be fawn, apricot or black which it can also pass on to the pup. So in terms of appearance, one Jug can look totally different from another. However, the most common aspects of their body is the trademark curly tail inherited from the Pug, but there are other Jugs with a more straight tail but they are very rare. The Jug is a small dog, lighter than a Pug but still heavier than a Jack Russell Terrier. It typically stands at a height of 25 – 26cm at the withers and averaging between 6 – 8kg in terms of weight.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
Jug comes from the name Jack Russell Terrier and Pug combined together. Previously, breed enthusiasts used to call the breed Jack Pug or Pug Russell but most settled on the name Jug. This breed is one of the hybrid dogs or “designer dogs” developed by crossbreeding two purebred canines. Although the Jug is a 50/50 mix of two breeds, it has its own distinct character – the best (and worst) of two worlds. The Jug doesn’t have a rich history like its parents do but it is speculated that the breed was developed in the United States during the 1960s.
The Jug’s temperament is a mix of the Pug and the Jack Russell Terrier’s personality. It is a blend of two physical and mental characteristics of these purebred dogs. It is an intelligent breed, tough, and friendly. This clever dog owes its intelligence from both parents plus it is easy to train, one of the most desirable characteristics of the Jug. Breeders not only aimed for looks but also for a companion/lap dog that could very well live in an apartment setting. It is more active and healthy than a Pug and a lot calmer than a Jack Russell Terrier plus it stays small enough to fit ideally in an apartment or condominium.
Is a Jug easy to train? Different dogs have different personalities but in general, the answer is, yes! The Jug is fairly easy to train. Both the parents are intelligent and they love pleasing their owners, traits that they passed on to the Jug. Although intelligence comes naturally to the Jug, training should still start at an early age and socialisation should be to as many experiences as possible (people, places, other animals).
The Jug is a constant shedder and owners will often see plenty of hair fall on the carpets, rugs, furniture, beds, and almost anywhere it goes. Grooming is on the average side and the dog will benefit from regular brushings and baths.
The Jug is typically a long-lived dog especially if given plenty of exercises and the right diet of food. The typical life expectancy is between 12 – 15 years. Some of the inherited medical conditions associated with the Jug are breathing problems inherited from the Pug parent. It also cannot tolerate extreme weather like extremely hot or freezing conditions so make sure not to expose the breed to these intolerable weather. Give the Jug plenty of water to avoid heat stroke.
A healthy dog is a well-exercised dog and the Jug is no different. Inheriting from its Jack Russell Terrier parent, the Jug is quite energetic and needs plenty of exercises to channel those energies. Short daily walks for about half an hour are ideal exercises as this would help get rid of excess energy which can translate to unwanted behaviour or serious health issues if not properly utilised. Walking also helps the Jug socialise with other animals which help exercise the dog mentally. However, care must be taken not to take the Jug for a walk if the weather is too hot or too cold. Indoor exercises would suffice in these cases, such as playing ball or fetch.
The Jug is a sociable dog (both the Jack Russell and the Pug are). A companion that loves pleasing its owners. This temperament makes it a wonderful companion to children regardless of age. The Jack Russell parent has a very strong prey drive and is naturally territorial so some of these traits can be passed on to the Jug, although in a milder degree. There is a chance that a Jug may or may not have different temperament but the key is early socialisation and proper training to raise a Jug with all the characteristics mentioned.