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Jugs: Characteristics of the breed and how to live with a Jug
The Jug is one of several cross breeds that are getting a following and are commonly known by their hybrid names. This particular cross breed is the result of crossing a Jack Russell Terrier and a Pug. This cross breed can also be known as a JackPug. They are known as being affectionate, gentle, lively, and protective. They are one of many types of cross-breed that have existed for a while but are now being given proper names and becoming increasingly popular because they have unique characteristics. This article is designed to give you key information so that you know the main characteristics of a Jug, as well as some helpful tips to make it easier to live with one!
Physical characteristics of a Jug
Prized for their cuteness, the Jug is a dog that is small in stature. The maximum height that a male or female is likely to reach is 36cm at the Withers (the highest point of their shoulder blades, this is how all dogs are measured). They will only weigh up to 7kg, not much compared to many breeds of dog.
The way that they look can be quite variable as they are a cross-breed. They might inherit elements of the Pug face, and the Pug’s curly tail, but some dogs will have longer muzzles (noses and jaws) and have tails that are not as tightly curled. Adding to their appeal are large and expressive eyes, which are usually brown in colour. Their ears are droopy and thin just like that of Pugs and Jack Russels – they are set well apart on top of their heads. The amount of facial skin is quite variable – some Jugs will have wrinkly faces, but others will have fewer folds. Typically, when they are interested in something or on the lookout there will be an expressive furrowing or frown on their face, which helps to add to their endearing looks.
Jugs will have short legs with a good amount of muscle. They are long in their body compared to their height, but usually have strong bodies and they are longer in the body than they are tall, but they have muscular bodies. They have stronger front legs than back, and these are ended with small and well-nailed paws.
There can also be plenty of variation in their coat. Some Jugs will have smooth coats, but others will have more wiry hair. This depends on their parents and the mix achieved – it can be a bit random! When both parents are smooth-coated then their offspring will likely inherit this trait, but it can’t be guaranteed!
Their coat is always short, so is easy to groom. The most common colours for Jugs are black, black and tan, brown, caramel, silver, and white.
Personality of a Jug
Good: The Jug will usually have an alert and loyal nature, just like the Pug. At the same time they will usually have elements of the enthusiasm and love of play that are typical to both parent breeds. This has helped them to be so popular across the world. They are highly loyal to their owners, and will put themselves on the line to protect them if they feel it is necessary. They don’t back down no matter how big the threat is!
To keep them happy it is wise to keep a Jug busy. They are highly intelligent characters and this means they need plenty of mental stimulation. Combining this with good amounts of exercise makes it possible for their characters to shine through.
Jugs make ideal apartment dogs because of their size. This is only the case if they are given enough daily exercise though, because they are prone to gaining too much weight!
They are definitely a solid choice for a first time owner. Their intelligence and loyalty are useful when paired with their need to please. This makes them easy to train. When trained properly these dogs pick things up very quickly, the only downside to this is that they can learn bad behaviours in a similarly short time!
Bad: Being very social by nature these dogs may not be the best choice for a family with young children. They are ideal pets in households with slightly older children who know the best way to behave in contact with dogs.
To get round any potential issues it is important for Jugs to socialise a lot from a young enough age. They need to be introduced to plenty of new situations so that they get used to the noises, the people, to other animals and to dogs after vaccinations have been carried out. This will give them the experience needed to grow up quickly and transform into well-balanced and mature dogs. They will then be able to cope with whatever situation they are placed into. It is worth noting that they aren’t very well suited to being around cats and other smaller animals, as this is part of the Jack Russel breeds tendency to chase things. This is something to consider if you already have other pets.
How to live with a Jug
To make your life with a Jug much easier, you need to teach them all of the “house rules” that you want them to follow. You need to be consistent and do this from the start so that they know where the boundaries are. To get the best result, start their training in earnest as soon as you get them. Once they are fully vaccinated you should enrol them into a puppy class. This will pay off in the long run and make them a lot easier to handle. Puppy classes are safe and controlled, giving them a chance to socialise without risk.
Taking some expert advice is always a good idea as Jugs are usually sensitive dogs. They won’t respond well to being corrected harshly or to heavy handed training methods. What you should aim for is positive reinforcement – rewarding them for what they do well. This will help you get the best out of them. Do remember that you shouldn’t shower them with treats, because they can put on weight very easily. Make treats higher value and give them out sparingly.

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