The Jug breed is the cross between a Jack Russel and Pug. Jugs have been around since the 60s – so they’re definitely not a new cross-breed, however, their rise to popularity in recent years is unprecedented. The hybrid dogs often inherit the parent breed’s best traits and characteristics and they just so happen to be the perfect intelligent canine companion for those looking for a small dog that doesn’t need much room. Even though Jugs have been bred since the 60’s, there is still no way to predict how the cross-breeding of a Pug and a Jack Russell will turn out. While they are not as of yet a Kennel Club-recognised breed, it’s likely that one day they’ll make the list, especially due to the decline in popularity for short-nosed dogs such as pugs due to congenital health issues.
Male and female Jugs measure between 25 and 36 cm, and typically weigh between 5 and 7 kilograms. As Jugs are a crossbreed instead of a pedigree breed, there is often a great variation when it comes to appearance. Coats can either be rough or smooth, and faces can either be long like that of a Jack Russell or flat like a pug. Yet, they all tend to commonly have slightly lighter frames than a pug, but more muscular than a Jack Russell. Generally, their eyes are large and expressive, while ears are thin and droopy. The facial structure can vary as some Jugs have fewer facial folds than others, but many have the furrowed brow which owners find highly endearing.
Character and Behaviour
The Jug’s popularity has undoubtedly fallen down to their lively, friendly and affectionate personalities towards their owner. They may not be as equally friendly to strangers, yet this paired with the fact that they are fairly vocal as a breed allows them to be the perfect watchdog. Both Jack Russell Terriers and Pugs are social dogs, the Jug inherits the loyal nature of the pug with the active sensibilities of the Jack Russell. However, they can also become feisty at any given moment and show their dominant side. Yet, if they are shown the ground rules from an early age and not allowed to pick up any bad habits, they can be the perfect pet who is willing to form a strong bond with their owner. They are often fiercely protective of their owners despite their small size.
Training and Education
Jugs are far less stubborn than many breeds of dog, making them the ideal breed for inexperienced dog owners. Yet, any training and socialisation will need to be done at an early age. Their above average intelligence means they are quick to learn, yet the breed will be just as quick to rest you if you allow it. While training a Jug, you must always make sure that the training is consistent, so your pet has a clear idea of what is expected of them in the home.
The average lifespan for a Jug is between 12 and 15 years. Some of the common hereditary conditions of Jugs include obesity, allergies, breathing problems, cardiomyopathy, eye infections, deafness and hernias.
Grooming and Care
Even though Jugs may be small, they still require plenty of exercise in comparison to other toy and lap breeds. They may be fairly maintenance pets in terms of grooming, but they also tend to shed a fair amount. So regular brushing is necessary to limit the amount of shed hair in your home. Jugs can also be prone to weepy eyes, if you see any build up from the tear ducts, it is important to clean them straight away to prevent their eyes from becoming sore.
Children and Other Pets
The Jug may make for the perfect pet for single owners or families without small children, but it is advised that you do not bring a Jug into a home with small children. It is also not uncommon for a Jug to be aggressive around other dogs and due to the Jack Russell nature being present in the Jug, great care must be taken when introducing a Jug to smaller animals such as cats.
Jugs are one of the most popular crossbreeds from over the last ten years. Despite the popularity of Jugs, they are still not registered with the American Kennel Club.