What happens when two of the most adorable dog breeds in existence are bred together?
Well, you might get a golden pug! This hybrid between the golden retriever and the pug is what we are referring to.
These breeds are well-adjusted, obedient, and even-tempered, so it is easy to imagine that crossbred puppies won’t be any different.
To be honest, a cross between the Golden Retriever and Pug is rare because of the differences in size between their parents.
However, these rare pups prove that happiness is possible in small packages.
Due to physiological differences and the overall difference in size, it is nearly impossible to create a golden retriever pug mix.
You are more likely to find them in the hands of exclusive breeders who invest significant energy and money in IVF processes.
The doctor will inseminate the female golden retriever and the mother using sperm taken from a male pug. This is an expensive procedure along with the post-IVF care of the female is also very costly.
What is a Pug Golden Retriever Mix?
This crossbreed is also known as the Golden Pug.
Even though the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize the Golden pug crossbreed, It is still a beloved choice for dog lovers worldwide because of its unique history and distinctive characteristics.
The Pug Golden can be used to hunt, and track, and is an affectionate and loyal family pet just like its parent breeds.
Let’s talk about the history of the parent breeds, the Golden Retriever, and the Pug.
Pug Short History
Pug history is thought to have started with the Shang Dynasty of China (1766-11250 BC). Pugs were often presented as gifts to royals and were considered a sign of good fortune. They were used as lap dogs by the rich and in Chinese opera performances.
In the 16th century, the Pug arrived in Europe and became a beloved pet of the aristocracy. The AKC officially recognized the Pug in 1885.
Pugs are affectionate, loving, loyal, and social dogs. Although they are not aggressive, pugs can be protective of their owners.
Although Pugs can be stubborn at times, they will follow their owner’s instructions with proper training. Pugs love children and can get along with other animals such as cats and rabbits if they are introduced early enough.
Pug loves to play with frisbees and balls. Pugs can be lazy and will lie down for extended periods of time without moving. This means the Pug needs to exercise daily to stay healthy. Otherwise, it could become overweight and have health problems.
Golden Retriever History
It is believed that the Retriever originated in Scotland around the mid-1800s. This breed was bred from various spaniels and setters, as well as dogs with wavy coats.
Because they can retrieve birds from water or land without damaging their feathers or coats, the Golden Retriever was very popular among hunters.
Goldens are affectionate and loyal dogs that love to spend time with their families. They are excellent watchdogs and will bark when they see someone approaching their home.
Goldens can also be friendly with other animals and people. They are great in homes with children and other pets.
These intelligent dogs are easy to train but can be very boisterous. Regular exercise is necessary to keep them calm.
What are the Physical Characteristics of Golden Pugs?
Although the physical characteristics of this mix may vary, they will usually share some traits with both parent breeds.
Golden Pugs will measure between 15-25 inches and 30-50 pounds. Their coats will be short and come in a variety of colors including silver, black, fawn, and apricot.
This mix can have a wide range of physical characteristics and they cannot be guaranteed. Some Pug Golden Retriever Mixes might be larger or heavier than the average. Others may be smaller or lighter.
You should remember that not all Golden Retriever Pug Mixes are the same. It is crucial to meet your dog before you bring it home.
Medium-sized, stocky pugs have wrinkled faces, and short coats, and can be found in a variety of colors including silver, black, fawn, and apricot. Golden Retrievers can be large and muscular, with long coats in any color, but they are most often referred to as golden-brown.
This mixed dog breed is likely to have the same short coat as the Pug but the Golden Retriever colors. They will inherit the distinctive wrinkled Pug face.
Golden Pugs make a great choice for those who are looking for the best of both worlds. They have the cute features of a Pug and the intelligence and athleticism of a Golden Retriever.
Golden Retriever Pug Mix Coat
Depending on the mix, the coat may be short or long. The majority of Pug Golden Retriever Mixes have a short, easy-care coat. However, this mixed breed dog may have a longer coat such as the Golden Retriever.
Pug Golden Retriever Mix Color
It is possible for the Pug and Golden Retriever Mix to have different colors but there’s no guarantee what it will be. Pug Golden Retrievers are usually a golden-brown color with a slightly yellow or tan undertone. However, some Mixes might have fawn or standard Gold coats like the Golden retriever.
Pug Golden Retriever Mix Height
Pug Golden Retriever Mixes can vary in height depending on their mix. However, most Golden Retrievers and Pug Mixes will measure between 15-25 inches. Pugs average in height between 10 and 14 inches, while Golden Retrievers range from 20 to 24 inches.
Pug Golden Retriever Mix Weight
Pug Golden Retrievers can also vary in weight, but the majority of Pug Golden Retrievers are between 25-50 pounds. Golden Retrievers are averagely 55-70 pounds while pugs range from 14-18 pounds.
Pug Golden Retriever Mix face
A Pug Golden Retriever Mix can also have a mixture of both breeds in its facial structure. They can either have the Pug’s pushed-in nose or the longer muzzle of the Golden Retriever.
They could inherit the brown eyes of their parents or their floppy ears. Or they might end up with just one blue eye and one brown, much like a real panda.
How do you train a Pug and Golden Retriever mix Puppy?
A Pug and Golden Retriever mix is similar to training a Golden Retriever purebred. Classes for puppy obedience can be started from as young as eight weeks of age.
Consistently follow commands, rewards (positive reinforcement), or discipline (negative reinforcement).
Pug Goldens are intelligent and stubborn but have the intelligence of a Golden Retriever. So be prepared for challenges!
Pugs with Golden Retriever temperament are very friendly and affectionate, making them friendly with children and animals. As long as their owners give them proper attention, this breed is a great family dog. The Pug side makes them playful or lazy depending on their mood.
Do Golden Pugs Shed A lot?
Although these two breeds together don’t shed much, they need to be groomed regularly. You can prevent your Pug mix’s excessive shedding by brushing and proper grooming.
Do Golden Pugs Bark A Lot?
Golden retrievers are well-known for their barking. If they aren’t taught to stop, it could be a problem. Golden pug mix dogs are more likely than any other breed to bark at strangers and other dogs, so it is important to take the time to teach your dog to stop barking.
Grooming Pug Golden Retriever Mix?
Although the grooming process isn’t difficult, it requires patience and consistency. The amount of care the dog takes after its parents will determine how important it needs to be groomed. Your dog may require more attention if they have a lot of Pug looks than if it has Golden retriever features.
Pugs can shed a lot, so it is important to brush your Pug mix regularly. However, you might lose less hair than if you were a purebred Pug. If your dog is susceptible to skin allergies, bathing might be necessary each month.
Pug Mixed With Gold Retriever Dietary Requirements.
A Pug Golden Retriever mix is just like their purebred parents. They will thrive on high-quality dog foods that are specifically made for large and medium-sized breeds.
Weight gain is common in Golden Retrievers and pugs. It’s important to not overfeed your dog. It is a good idea to feed your dog twice daily (morning and night) with the appropriate amount of food according to their weight.
This diet can be supplemented with fish and fruits/vegetables throughout the day.
Pugs are sensitive to their digestive system so ensure they eat high-quality food and avoid eating table scraps.
How much exercise does a Golden Retriever Pug mix need?
A Pug and Golden Retriever mix requires similar exercise requirements to their parents. To be happy and healthy, they need to take walks every day and spend time in an enclosed space (such as a fenced yard).
You should walk your dog at least two times per day (morning and evening) for at least 30 minutes each. This will keep your dog’s weight in check and give them the mental and physical stimulation they need.
If they don’t get enough exercise, pugs and golden retrievers are more likely to become obese.
Is it possible to find a pug/golden retriever combination?
It is rare to find a natural golden retriever pug mix puppy. It is rare to find a puppy for sale online, but if you do, before you commit, make sure to verify their certifications and reviews.
You won’t find AKC (American Kennel Club), certified breeders who offer their services in such situations. Professionals who offer these unusual crossbreeds are usually experimental or new breeders that lack the documentation.
Accidental crossbreeds are more common between small dogs and large dogs at shelters. This can occur when two dogs of the opposite sex are owned. This can also occur when a male pug infuses a female golden retriever at a dog park or daycare center.
These situations are common and often dog owners who don’t know what to do with their puppies have to give them up to shelters. People are unlikely to adopt rare cross-bred puppies because they don’t know much about their temperament, genetic afflictions, or general health.
Why are golden retrievers so popular?
Golden retrievers are docile, playful, and intelligent and can be sensitive. They make great pets for large homes with children and other pets. Even though they are loving and protective of their family, they can be kind to strangers. Golden retrievers are not one-master dogs.
They are easy to train and very loyal. But do require a lot of activity throughout their lives, and also like to lay on their beds and on yours multiple times per day. Their love of people is often more important than their love for food. They are spoiled and overall just love to be loved.
What are pugs like as pets?
Pugs can be miniature energy bombs. It’s amazing how a small dog can never run out of energy. When they’re not snoring, they’re running around and making mischief. Because they are not happy to be apart from their owners, many people refer to them as “shadows”. They are strong, but not aggressive. And they love to have fun.
They are intelligent and can fool humans easily so it is not easy to train them. They are great with small dogs, large breeds, and pets. You will find them funny as they are always busy bodies throughout the day unless they are occupied with food.
What are the benefits of a pug-golden retriever combination?
Unfortunately, you won’t get a Golden pug by mixing a Golden Retriever and a pug. But it is possible to find a small-sized puppy that looks almost exactly like a pug and has the golden sheen of a retriever but a mixture of the physical characteristics of both.
It would be incorrect to call it a Golden Pug. The new crossbred Pug will have a longer nose and not be as snubbed like a purebred Pug. This will alleviate breathing problems, palate problems, and the regular loud snoring that pugs have.
However, pugs shed less than goldies. Pugs with shorter golden hair will shed less than their golden parents. A puppy should display the same happy-go-lucky attitude as its parents and show genuine affection towards humans. They should also be intelligent and easy to train.
What are the possible risks associated with a cross between a pug and a golden retriever?
These are some of the positive traits we can expect from the pug golden retriever mix. Breeders who cross two different breeds of dogs cannot guarantee the puppies they produce will be the best. There have been many breeding disasters. The unpredicted combination of genes can lead to serious health problems if two distinct breeds are crossed.
The pug/golden retriever hybrid may inherit the problems associated with pugs’ palates as well as the joint problems experienced by golden retrievers. These problems can be exacerbated by the fact that both breeds have a love of food and a tendency to gain weight.
Why should you be excited about adopting?
Many pet owners and breeders are concerned about the possibility of health problems. You should never trust anyone unless you have information about the parents of the puppies and can get a vet to certify that they are healthy. They will not receive AKC certifications and will not be allowed to compete in first-tier dog shows.
It shouldn’t be difficult if you only want to adopt cross-bred puppies from shelters and give them a home. Most people don’t want to adopt or desire such unusual mixes.
It is possible to determine which pug mix you should choose. Appearance is important, but so are temperaments and traits. We have all the information you need to find the desirable traits you’re looking for.
What Does a Pug Golden Retriever Mix Puppy Cost?
Prices for a Golden Retriever Pug Mix puppy vary depending on their quality, location, and breeder. Prices can vary from $800 to $2000 with an average price of $1200.
Visit the American Kennel Club (AKC), and the American Canine Hybrid Club websites to find out more about reputable Golden Retriever mixed with pug breeders close to you.
If there are no local Pug and Golden Retriever rescue groups, they may have online links to find them.
To find out if these Mix puppies are available for adoption, you can contact local animal shelters, humane societies, or pet shops.
Whatever route you choose, make sure you do your research so you can find the right puppy for you and your family.
Conclusion: Golden Pug
The Golden pug is a beautiful breed that’s great for families. They are affectionate, intelligent, gentle, and good with children and pets. This could be the perfect dog for you if you are looking to adopt a dog, but don’t want all of the sheddings that come with a purebred.
We hope you have found this information helpful. Let us know if we can help with any other questions.
You can adopt one of these dogs by visiting your local shelter to find out if Pug Golden is available.