An adorable and lively dog, the Pugapoo is affectionate, intelligent and friendly. They make amazing house pets for homes with children, and their social disposition makes them gel well with other pets as well. They also make good companions for senior citizens and retirees. A social and family oriented dog, the Pugapoo doesn’t take being left alone well. They like being around other people, or animals, and should not be left alone for long periods of time. They are smart and intelligent, which makes them easy to train. They learn commands and tricks easily, and their eager to please their master nature makes them follow them as they grow up. Playful and entertaining, they love to be the centre of attention of their owners and will willingly follow orders and be well mannered to keep their owners happy. Taking after the Poodle parent, they will do trick and antics to entertain their owner. Pugapoos can sometimes be stubborn. Training and socializing from an early age can help in molding their behavior. They can also have a tendency to bark, if they take after the Poodle parent. This can be molded when training and they can be trained to not bark without provocation.
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Grooming depends on the type of the coat the Pugapoo has. Curly coated Pugapoos shed a lot and their coats need to be groomed regular, sometimes as often as 4 to 6 weeks. If not brushed and clipped regularly, their curly coats can get tangled beyond untangling, and can cause their coats to look unkempt. Tangling can also cause painful skin rashes at the hair root. If the mix pup takes after the Pug parent, their coats will be short and will hence, not require too much care. Regular brushing and combing will keep them clean. In both cases, occasional baths with subtle puppy shampoo are a must. Also, their ears need to be cleaned regularly to keep them clean and dry and free of infection. Nails should be trimmed and special attention should be paid to keeping their teeth clean and brushed. Regular vet checks and shots are important to monitor health and catch early signs of diseases.
The Pugapoo is a hybrid dog and hence, can either be highly prone, or less prone to the diseases that its parents are prone to. These include: Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, luxating patellas, dental problems, collapsing trachea, neurological problems like Pug Dog Encephalitis, thyroid and hormonal disorders including Cushing’s Syndrome and Addison’s Disease, skin rashes, liver problems and numerous hereditary eye problems.
The Pugapoo is best suited for homes with children and can easily adapt to small homes and apartments.