Posted on: February 27, 2024 Posted by: Petsynse Comments: 0

The Pugapoo is a mixed breed that is one-half Pug and one-half Poodle. This pooch also goes by other names, such as Pugadoodle, Pugoodle, or Pugpoo. Pugapoo is the most common name, and I think it’s the sweetest too. Pugapoos are a relatively new and unusual mix breed, so you might not have heard of them. But they combine the best traits of the Pug and the Poodle, making them a friendly and fun mix.

Pugapoos love to be involved with everything their family does, and they don’t like to be left alone for too long. Although they can be a pretty needy breed, they’re incredibly entertaining with infectious happiness. The Poodle influence makes them easier to train than Pugs, so training a Pugapoo makes them easier for first-time dog owners. Proper training and early socialization make them ideal pets for families with kiddos.

We explore everything you need to know about the Pugapoo, including what their personalities are like and what their grooming, training, and nutritional needs are. With information, tips on puppy prices, and lots of cute pictures, this Pugapoo guide is a must-read for anyone considering welcoming one into their family. I’ll take a closer look at this gorgeous mixed breed.

Table Of Contents

  • Child Friendliness
  • Canine Friendliness
  • Training Difficulty
  • Grooming Upkeep
  • Breed Health
  • Exercise Needs
  • Puppy Costs



The Pugapoo is a new mix breed, and like many of them, little is known about their history. Most new hybrid pups were created in the latter part of the 20th century in America when the fascination with designer doggos boomed. To better understand what the Pugapoo might be like as a family pet, it’s essential to look at their parent’s breed and history.


Pug with new family couple sitting on the ground.
Pugs are known for their adorable smooshed faces.

The Pug is an iconic pooch that most people have had the pleasure to meet. They are one of the oldest dog breeds, hailing from the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and the surrounding areas around 2,000 years ago. China preferred flat-face dogs, which were reserved for Chinese royalty. It wasn’t until the 16th century that they traveled to other corners of the world thanks to Dutch traders and travelers.

Pugs were the official dog of the House of Orange in Holland, where a Pug saved the life of a prince. William and Mary of Orange assumed the English monarchy, and this is where the worldwide craze for the sweet Pug began. The American Kennel Club (AKC) entered the Pug into their studbook in 1885, and they have been a canine hit ever since. Pugs are charming, loving, and mischievous.

It is believed that the name “Pug” was given to this breed as they have a similar expression to marmoset monkeys. These monkeys, also called Pugs, were popular pets in the 18th century. Their flat and squished face is iconic and gorgeous, but it lends them to problems associated with brachycephalic syndrome. Pugs only measure between 10 to 13 inches tall, from paw to shoulder, and weigh between 14 and 18 pounds. They are part of the toy dog group.


Happy toy poodle sit on white armchair. Side view of ginger dog look up.
The Pugapoo is mostly mixed with Mini Poodles due to their smaller size.

The Poodle is a German dog breed initially used as a hardworking duck hunter and retriever. Poodles are excellent swimmers, super intelligent, and eager to please their masters. They also have superb noses and make top truffle hunters. They are closely linked to the European circus, too. This working breed became popular across Europe, especially in France, where they became their national dog.

There are three Poodle sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. Usually, the Pugapoo has a miniature Poodle parent because of their similar size to the Pug. However, toy Poodles are sometimes used to create Pugapoos. Miniature Poodles usually measure between 10 and 15 inches and weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. All Poodles are hypoallergenic, which means they are suitable for mild allergy sufferers. This is one of the many reasons why Poodles mixes are common.

Miniature Poodles are active, proud, and very smart. They make great family companions when socialized well and placed in the right home. They have a high prey drive and aren’t the best choice for homes with pet rodents or birds. Poodles are very affectionate and need regular snuggle time to be content. The AKC recognizes them and consistently ranks in the top 10 dog breeds.


The Pugapoo usually inherits the best of both parent’s personalities. Many Pugapoos are happy and cheerful canines that love to be involved with everything. They like to be the center of attention and are happy to muck in with jobs that need doing or playing all the games you can think of. This could be a great match if you’re after a small, happy-go-lucky, and active hybrid. Investing in dog toys to stimulate their minds throughout the day is wise. Otherwise, they are likely to destroy things.

Pugapoos are loyal and adore their favorite humans. They are likely to suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long and need a family that can spend a lot of time with them. Pugapoos are small doggos, and they expect their owners to allow them onto their sofas, laps, beds, and anywhere you go. This affectionate lapdog loves a cuddle, and they expect plenty of them throughout the day.

Pugapoos usually inherit the vocalness of the Pug, and you need to prepare yourself for barking. This might not be the best choice if you live with noise restrictions or sensitive neighbors. But if you’re seeking a small watchdog that alerts you to everything, Pugapoos are a top canine choice. These mixed pups might take some time to warm up to strangers, but after a few meets, expect them to make best friends with your visitors.

Size & Appearance

Miniature Pug Poodle mix standing on hardwood floor.
Pugapoos are adorable, mixing the best qualities of both the Pugs and Poodle breeds.

Pugapoos vary in size and appearance depending on the genes they inherit from their parents. Even puppies from the same litter look entirely different from each other. Some pups look like Pugs, others more like Poodles, whereas some come out with an equal blend of both. Most pups inherit the distinctive Pug appearance but with a wavy, sometimes scruffy, longer coat. Many Pugapoo pups look similar to short-hair Shih Tzus. Pugapoos have large eyes with a slightly flatter face than a Poodle, but not so flat as a Pug’s face.

Identifying the size of the Pugapoo’s Poodle parent is essential because this determines how big or small they become. A Pugapoo with a miniature Poodle parent usually weighs between 11 and 17 pounds and measures between 10 and 14 inches tall. If they have a toy Poodle parent, you can expect them to be much smaller than this and weigh between 7 and 14 pounds. If size is a crucial factor, you must ask your breeder what size their parents are.

Coat & Colors

Like their appearance, the Pugapoo’s coat is determined by the genes they inherit. They might inherit a hypoallergenic coat like their Poodle parent. However, they could develop a double coat unsuitable for allergy sufferers. If you’re seeking a hypoallergenic breed for this reason, you are best to adopt a purebred Poodle. Pugapoos with longer hair, like the Poodle, are more likely to be hypoallergenic, but it is not guaranteed.

The Pugapoo sports various colors thanks to their Poodle color genes. However, most Pugapoos have a black, fawn, or apricot color coat as these are the most common colors of both parents. Some Pugapoos have darker color masks on their face, mainly around their muzzle and ears. Pugapoos with different color patches are much rarer than solid color coats, which could raise their puppy price.

Exercise & Living Conditions

Pugapoo sitting looking at the camera.
The Pugapoo is a smaller mix that requires less exercise than larger dogs.

The Pugapoo is an excellent blend of both parents regarding exercise needs. They aren’t usually as active as their Poodle parents but are typically more energetic than their Pug parents. Pugapoos need around 30 to 45 minutes of exercise daily. If your Pugapoo has inherited the flatter face and respiratory problems of the Pug, you need to take extra caution during activities. Investing in a harness rather than a collar-attached leash is also a great idea to prevent strain around their neck and airways.

Pugapoos are more than likely to enjoy splashing around in the water, and they might even inherit the webbed paws of the Poodle. But most Pugs struggle in the water, so you need to take extra caution around water. If they must satisfy their aqua needs, investing in a doggy lifejacket is important. It’s also a good idea to keep them leashed in the water if they need to be removed quickly. Please keep them in sight at all times.

Pugapoos are relatively adaptable and do well in most family settings. They do best in homes where children are dog-savvy and understand they are not toys to play with but pets to respect. Small dogs are at risk of injuries by children who do not understand their safety or need for space. If they understand this, Pugapoos thrive in family homes with fun kiddos to play with. When socialized well, they can live with other pets, but they might chase feathered friends.


Training a Pugapoo is a relatively simple task, thanks to the Poodle’s high intelligence and eager-to-please personality. However, you must watch out for the Pug’s stubborn streak, which might make training tricky. But with early and consistent training, the Pugapoo should sail through training sessions. Stick to the rules you want them to abide by, and nip naughty or undesirable behaviors in the bud.

Pugapoos are generally easy-going with humans and dogs, but you need to socialize them early to prevent them from being too standoffish with strangers or new experiences. Make every training session positive, and reward them with plenty of toys and praise. Treats also work wonders during Pugapoo training. But it would be best to offer tasty snacks in moderation, as Pug mixes can be greedy.

As the Pugapoo usually doesn’t like being alone for too long, crate training is a great idea to soothe separation anxiety. Introduce them to their crate as early as possible, and they soon become accustomed to their own space. Not only does it give them somewhere to feel safe, but it also gives you peace of mind knowing they aren’t trashing your home when you aren’t there. For any training queries, speak to a professional trainer like Doggy Dan.


Veterinarian examining cute Pug dog in clinic, closeup
Pugs are prone to some breathing issues that owners should be aware of with Pugapoos.

The Pugapoo is a healthy mix breed. The Poodle influence usually makes them healthier than purebred Pugs, who are predisposed to various health issues. Pugapoos have an average lifespan of 13 to 15 years. Feeding them high-quality protein, keeping them active, and visiting the vet for regular health checks and vaccinations are simple ways to keep them healthy.

The cost of doggy healthcare can be expensive. It’s important to consider pet insurance, which can help offset future healthcare costs and ease financial burdens. It’s tricky to know what health problems your dog might experience. But the following health conditions are the main concerns in the Pugapoo breed that you must be aware of.

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome

Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) is common in flat-face breeds, like the Pug. Thankfully, the longer muzzle of the Poodle eases symptoms, but they still might experience some of them to some degree. The symptoms of BOAS include difficult and noisy breathing, exercise and heat intolerance, gagging, and regurgitation. If you notice these symptoms, take them to a vet for examination. In severe cases, corrective surgery might be required. Take extra care when exercising them, and avoid activity during the hotter parts of the day.

Eye Conditions

The Pugapoo is at risk of several eye conditions. These include cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and corneal ulcers. If your Pugapoo has inherited the protruding eyes of the Pug, they are more at risk of injuries to their eyes by catching them on objects and other things. It’s essential to monitor the condition of their eyes and ensure they look healthy. If you notice any sores, redness, dryness, or anything unusual, it’s important to request an examination. Left untreated, it is painful for your pup, and many eye problems can lead to total vision loss.


Legg-calve-perthes is a hereditary condition more common in smaller breeds like the Pugapoo. It sometimes develops after trauma to the leg or hip, too. It occurs when the blood supply to the femoral head is interrupted, leading to joint necrosis. Symptoms of this condition include hind limb lameness, lack of muscle mass, shortening of the leg, and general irritableness from the pain.

Patellar Luxation

Patellar luxation is another orthopedic concern more commonly seen in smaller breeds, and it describes kneecap dislocation. Some professionals refer to it as a “floating kneecap.” Symptoms include a skipping gait, kicking out in discomfort, and general irritableness. Sometimes, the kneecap can be slipped back into place by your vet. But in more severe or persistent cases, surgical correction is better.


Poodle laying on the ground next to bowl of food.
Poodles can be picky eaters, so it’s probably a good idea to keep that in mind with your Pugapoo.

Pugapoos are small breeds, meaning they have small bowls and a smaller monthly expenditure on nutrition. How much you feed them depends on several factors, including their body weight, age, activity levels, and what diet you provide them. Always choose a high-quality diet certified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO.) This is always on the packaging or description, meaning the food meets your pup’s nutritional needs.

Pugapoos have tiny mouths and can’t always chew food, especially kibble, made for standard-size or large dogs. So, you might need to purchase food for small breeds. Buying age-appropriate food is also important, especially during their developmental puppy stage. Puppy food contains higher energy and more omega fats that assist with healthy development and can reduce the risk of orthopedic problems. Why not consider a fresh food option such as The Farmer’s Dog?


Their grooming regime depends on the type of coat they inherit. If they inherit the shorter coat of the Pug, they only need brushing once a week to keep them looking and feeling healthy. A slicker brush and deshedding tool for the shedding season are the best tools for a Pug-like coat. If they inherit the longer coat of the Poodle, they need more frequent brushing to prevent mating and tangling. The best brush for a Poodle-like coat is also a slicker brush. Whatever type of coat they inherit, always choose a brush with round or rubber tips that protect their skin from scraping.

Only bathe your Pugapoo once every two months to keep their skin and fur clean. Try not to wash them more than this. Otherwise, you risk upsetting their natural oils and pH balance. Choose a formula for sensitive skin, and always rinse and dry them thoroughly. If they inherit the skin rolls from the Pug parent, you must thoroughly clean between the folds.

Pugapoos have tiny mouths, and their teeth are tightly packed. This means they are more at risk of periodontal diseases. Brush their teeth weekly to keep bacteria at bay. Start their dental regime early, so they become used to it. Because the Pugapoo is at risk of eye problems, keeping their eyes clean with specially designed wipes for doggy eyes is vital.

Breeders & Puppy Costs

Cute pug puppies playing in the garden.
Make sure you get a Pugapoo from a reputable breeder with healthy parents.

Pugapoos are a relatively rare mix, so you might need to spend extra time researching and finding a responsible breeder. Working with a breeder that only breeds healthy dogs and can provide you with the relevant health certificates is important. Ensure you buy a Pug and Poodle mix rather than any mixed breed. There are many signs of a responsible breeder, so be sure to look out for them and avoid irresponsible breeders at all costs.

The average price of a healthy Pugapoo puppy from a responsible breeder can range between $500 and $1,000. Be wary of any pup with a price tag much lower or higher than this. Puppy pricing has many influencing factors, such as parent registration, bloodline, health status, location, demand, etc. Additional costs to consider when buying a puppy include buying everything they need, puppy-proofing your home, and vaccinations.

Rescues & Shelters

Pugapoos are rare, so finding one in a shelter might be unusual. If they do pop up, they are likely to be adopted quickly. Visit your local shelters and speak to the staff who might be able to help you with your search for a Pugapoo. If there isn’t one at that shelter, they might know of one in a nearby shelter. You can also search for Pugapoos online using rescue organization websites. They often list dogs needing a home nationwide, so watch these websites, too. The costs of adopting a canine from a shelter are usually less than buying a puppy from a breeder.

As A Family Pet

  • Pugapoos are a mix of Pug and miniature Poodles.
  • They are sweet and very affectionate with their family.
  • These pups love to be the center of attention and are super fun.
  • Separation anxiety can be an issue as they don’t like to be left alone for too long.
  • Pugapoos might be very vocal and bark a lot.
  • They are small dogs, but it’s essential to understand their Poodle parent’s size.
  • Their coat can be short or long depending on what genes they inherit.
  • You need to supply them with dog toys to stimulate their minds.
  • They need around 30 to 45 minutes of activity daily.
  • Crate training is vital for this pup.

Learn More About Pugs & Poodles

The Pugapoo is a rare but super sweet breed that mixes the best traits of the Pug and the Poodle. If you’re thinking about adopting this mix, be sure to check out our more in-depth breed guides on each parent. Pugs are flat-faced breeds, and owners need to be extra cautious, especially in the heat. Poodles have boundless energy, but training them is usually a smooth ride, thanks to their incredible intelligence.

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