Designer and hybrid dogs are formed as new breeds when two separate purebred dog breeds are intentionally bred together to have a litter of puppies with the same great qualities of both breeds.
Many hybrid dog breeds have evolved over the past 20 years or so to have a product that is smaller and sweeter than the larger dog in the breeding mix.
What is a Pug Rottweiler Mix Dog?
This designer dog is exactly as it sounds–a mix of a purebred Pug and a purebred Rottweiler dog. Each of the two breeds is very different in its demeanor and definitely in its size. This intentional mixture is great for Rottweiler lovers who don’t have the room available for a large dog, such as apartment dwellers.
The designer dog of this mix is called a Pugweiler for short. Learning about the traits of the two parent breeds will give you great insight into what to expect from this type of pup.
The Pug originated in China and they were mischievous companions of the Chinese emperors. Pugs are a small breed of dog and they love to be loved and spread love to others as well.
They like to play games with their families and get along amazingly well with everyone from kids to seniors and all people in between.
Pugs also love any environment where they are, no matter if it’s in the country or the city, and due to their size, they make fantastic family members for those living in apartments or condos.
The Rottweiler originated in the Roman Empire where he was a cattle and stock dog that herded food on hooves for the army.
This required dogs that were very tough and durable to move the herds and to guard them at night as well.
The dogs that the Romans brought to different areas of the world were bred from the giant breed English Mastiffs and the Rottweilers of today are from these bloodlines.
Since your Pugweiler will be a mixture of both of these parent breeds, he will get some qualities from one parent breed and some from the other as well.
As is normal when a Rottweiler is mixed with any other dog, you will likely have the telltale Rottweiler colors of black with rust markings, but your Pugweiler will likely be more of the size of a Pug or a bit bigger.
Your beautiful baby will have cute droopy ears that are characteristic of both parent breeds and a very expressive face that is also in both parents.
Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get a Pug Rottweiler Mix
The Pug side of your Pugweiler pup is very excitable at times and wants to play all the time and he will be quite silly at times.
Being an active puppy means he will need a lot of chew toys for aggressive chewers, even though he has a huge personality in a small package.
Pugs can become bored if left alone too long and they will definitely taste your favorite shoes if they can get to them as well as raid the trash can.
Both these breeds of dogs are in a Pugweiler shed. Rottweilers usually only shed twice a year seasonally, but Pugs shed all year long and this can be an issue with dog dander in some households.
Reasons Why You Should Get a Pug Rottweiler Mix
Pugweilers make fantastic family pets. They are very loving like a pug and their appearance is basically a miniature Rottweiler.
For families that love the Rottweiler’s appearance, but live in close quarters or in apartments, this can be the perfect mixture of purebred dogs for you.
You will get a very loyal and protective four-legged family member from the Rottweiler heritage without any of the aggression since the Pug is more of a clown. This may be the best of both worlds for a family dog in a smaller size with the best qualities of each breed.
How Do Pugs and Rottweilers Breed?
Since a Pug is a small dog and a Rottweiler is a large dog, you may wonder how they breed to make Pugweilers. The breeding is overseen by a good breeder and the female dog is impregnated by artificial insemination.
This is a safe way to breed any small breed of dog to a much larger breed of dog. It keeps the mother safe so she isn’t harmed while breeding with a much larger dog.
The mother has to be watched carefully when she goes into labor for any signs of problems and many times the female does need a cesarean section to deliver the babies without harm to the mom or the pups.
All in all, it is much safer to breed a male Pug to a female Rottweiler for the safety of the breeding union.
This will keep the puppies from having heads that are too large to deliver or entire puppies that are too large for the mom to deliver on her own.
Appearance, Coat, and Colors of a Pug Rottweiler Mix
As mentioned previously, most all puppies that are mixed between a Rottweiler and another breed pick up the coloration of the Rottweiler as a dominant trait.
The body is black with rust markings on his legs, chest, and muzzle with two very expressive eyebrows in rust above his eyes.
These are the same markings that a fawn Pug will have and every so often you may see a solid black Pugweiler that takes after the Pug side of the mix.
Your Pugweiler will have the same short and straight coat as both parent breeds do. His body will appear very broad and stout while his legs are short and thick. His tail will be somewhere between long and short, most probably medium length.
Pugweilers generally have a medium length of snout, more like a Rottweiler than a Pug. This is a good trait as Pugs with very short noses have breathing problems, so this mix helps you to avoid this health issue.
Your beautiful pup will have a very expressive face and show expressions much as a human does with large brown eyes and a dark nose.
Pugs reach a height of 10 to 13 inches at the shoulder at maturity and reach a weight of about 14 to 18 pounds. Rottweilers are 22 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 80 to 135 pounds when fully grown, with the females erring on the shorter and lighter side of the range.
You can expect your little furball to weigh about 20 pounds and stand about 11 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder at maturity. This is a very nice size to be able to take with you on errands or to any type of event you may attend.
Personality, Traits, and Lifepan of a Pug Rottweiler Mix
The personality and traits of your Pugweiler will depend on how much he favors each of his parents. Most of them are very intelligent and easy to train while loving their families to no end.
They will protect you and your family but will have no aggression towards others unless it is warranted by your actions or feelings towards another person.
Your particular Pugweiler may seem aloof like a Rottweiler with strangers until he gets to know them and then will be all over them with kisses from the Pug side of the family.
The Pug has an expected lifespan of 13 to 15 years and the Rottweiler has a shorter lifespan of 9 to 10 years, as all larger dogs do.
This means your Pugweiler will live to be around 10 to 13 years as the mix will lengthen his life because your precious pup is a smaller dog.
Pug Rottweiler Mix Puppies for Sale
This mix of designer dogs has been around for several years and was mainly sought after for a dog that looks like a beautiful Rottweiler in a small package that is full of life and fun-loving. You should make certain the breeder you choose is reputable.
A good Pugweiler breeder will have already bred a purebred Pug to a purebred Rottweiler and then had a litter of puppies.
Then they will have more experience of breeding two Pugweiler puppies together. This will give you a better idea of the crossbreeding of the two types of dogs and what they will appear like.
A Rottweiler usually costs somewhere between $850 and $1,500 and a Pug is usually between $600 and $1,500. A Pugweiler will be around $1,000 for a puppy.
Grooming Your Pug Rottweiler Mix
The grooming needs of your new pup are very simple for this hybrid dog. The Pug side of the family has short and straight hair.
The Rottweiler side of the family has a short and straight outer coat and a thick undercoat.
Depending on which coat traits your four-legged friend picked up from his parents, he may have a single coat or a double coat. If he has a double coat, it is more likely that the undercoat is not very thick.
Your pooch will only need to be brushed about once a week on a regular basis. Pugs do shed all year round, but the short hair is easy to contain and Rottweilers will shed heavily in the spring and the fall.
If your Pugweiler sheds heavily twice a year, then you will need to brush him daily during the heaviest times that he blows his coat.
Other than brushing, your Pugweiler should have his teeth brushed at least once a week using specially formulated dog toothpaste.
Dogs love the taste of their toothpaste because it comes in beef and chicken flavors. As a pup, your Pugweiler will likely just like the toothpaste, but you will get some of its teeth brushed.
Remember puppies have short attention spans and when your puppy tires of the tooth brushing routine, it’s perfectly fine.
Your puppy will have a longer attention span as he gets older and, eventually, you will be able to brush all of his teeth at one time to keep his pearly whites bright and glistening.
Each time you brush your dog you should look at his eyes and ears to make certain they are clear and healthy. Both parent breeds have floppy ears which can harbor moisture and eventually lead to an ear infection.
After a bath or playing in the garden hose, make certain you dry your pup’s ears on the inside thoroughly to remove any excess water.
At the first sign of an eye or ear infection, you should take your Pugweiler to the vet so he can get antibiotics and get better very soon. Being proactive with your pet’s care is always better than being reactive later.
Pug Rottweiler Mix Health Problems
All breeds of dogs have some sort of health problems that are inherited through their genes and are specific to their breed.
The same is true with a hybrid dog, but the health issues that would be more probable with both parents having the same health problems will be cut in half since your pooch is a mix of two different breeds.
The Pug has beautiful large eyes that are very expressive and he also has issues with his eyes, including corneal ulcers and dry eye.
His adorable and cute flat face can also cause breathing issues when he is outside and the weather is humid, hot, and sunny.
The Rottweiler, being a large breed of dog, is susceptible to hip dysplasia, eye diseases, and heart disease. Occasionally, this breed will also have cancer and bloat from overeating.
The good news is that when mixing a Pug with a Rottweiler, the chance of health issues is only half as much as if they were purebred.
The longer face of the Rottweiler is prominent over the short and flat face of the Pug and the breathing issues will be diminished in a Pugweiler.
Hip dysplasia will also be lessened if at all present because your adorable Pugweiler is much smaller than a Rottweiler.
Pug Rottweiler Mix Food Requirements
Both the Pug and the Rottweiler are prone to getting a bit pudgy and becoming overweight. You should monitor your dog’s weight and size to make certain he doesn’t become too heavy.
Even though your Pugweiler is less susceptible to the Rottweiler condition of hip dysplasia, he can suffer from joint issues if he’s overweight.
As a puppy, your Pugweiler needs to eat more than an adult dog to get all of the calories he needs while he is growing rapidly.
It also helps their bones and organs develop as they should. Any dry puppy food that is labeled as complete and balanced food will work well for your four-legged family member.
It’s best to feed puppies three times a day if possible so they can have energy for their puppy antics all day long.
When your puppy gets older at around four months of age, you can switch to adult dog food and feed him twice a day.
Usually, you should try to space his two meals out 12 hours apart if you can. This will ensure that the Rottweiler side that tends to overeat and bloat will not affect your Pugweiler, so he can live a long and happy life.
Pug Rottweiler Mix Exercise Requirements
Your designer dog will be the best of both worlds because of the mixture of his breeds. Pugs generally are quite low-key and are happy just to lie on the couch next to a family member all day.
Rottweilers are pretty high-energy dogs that need a lot of mental stimulation to keep out of trouble.
The mix of the two breeds forms a dog that is mellow and friendly and has a medium need for exercise on a daily basis.
Inside play for an hour a day or a walk on a leash for about 30 minutes will satisfy the exercise requirements for your Pugweiler.
The Pugweiler will now have a snout instead of a flat face, so the good news is that he can play for longer amounts of time even in humid and hot weather without breathing issues.
Rottweilers love to play any type of game with their family members. Your Pugweiler will likely love to play fetch for hours on end and then take a long nap afterward.
To keep your Pugweiler in great shape and avoid issues with separation anxiety, you can leave him some educational pet toys when you leave the house.
Kong-type toys that can be stuffed with doggy peanut butter or small dog treats are a lot of fun and can keep your puppy entertained for several hours.
You can also hide treats in different places in the house for your pet to find and eat while you are away at work, school, or running to the store and on errands.
Pug Rottweiler Mix Training
Your Pugweiler will be a very smart pup who will be willing to please you and learn commands and tricks very quickly. It’s best to start training any puppy as soon as you adopt it so you can live in harmony together.
Teaching your puppy manners such as not jumping up on people and not roughhousing is important as he will retain this knowledge into adulthood. Both parent breeds can be a bit jumpy and bouncy when they are excited.
You should also socialize your puppy as soon as you take him home. Introduce him to a wide variety of family members and friends and allow him to learn about the world through his nose as he explores places on his walks.
You can take him to a dog park for exercise and playtime with other dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes. These activities will produce a dog that is kind, gentle, and playful with everyone.
Pug Rottweiler Mix and Families
Your playful pooch is a great addition to any family. No matter if you are single, you have a partner, or children as well, your Pugweiler will be a great family member. He will be playful at times and a bit silly.
He will be a great guard dog to protect your entire family, but will not be aggressive. If someone is at your door or in your yard, your Pugweiler will definitely let you know about it.
He may seem a bit offish with new people, but will then be fine within a few minutes after he knows that they are okay to be nearby. This characteristic comes from Rottweilers who have been guard dogs for centuries.
Your Pugweiler will be a snuggly dog that likes to be near its family members and, if possible, always touching one or on someone’s lap. He is happy to give you company while you watch movies on the couch for long periods of time.
Pug Rottweiler Mix and Other Pets
Your puppy will get along very well with other pets that are either already in your household or new pets you introduce to your household after your puppy.
Socialization goes farther than just with humans but also with other pets that your pup meets on walks and while running errands with you.
If you show him that other pets are not threatening to him, he will get along easily with other dogs of all sizes and cats as well.
You now know what to expect of your new four-legged family member and how to take care of him.
A Pugweiler is a delightful mix of dogs that appears much like a Rottweiler, but in a compact and playful size that is perfect for apartment living with your family.