Facts and Information on the Bugg Dog Breed

Picture this. You’re in a park full of lush green trees and sweet-smelling flowers. The sun is bright, and the sky is clear. You’re only taking a brisk walk by yourself when you hear the soft yelps of a dog running towards you. You look behind and are met with the most adorable smushed-face black puppy out there. What do you do? Pet it? Run?

The obvious temptation is to pet the dog and, perhaps, even adopt it and love it forever. That’s just the kind of dog the Bugg happens to be— small, adorable, smushed face, a playful little pet. The sweet mix of the Boston Terrier and the Pug, we are sure this one’s perfect for your home.

Keep reading to learn more about this wonderful crossbreed:

Bugg Dog Breed Profile

Breed NameBugg
Other Name(s)
Dog Breed TypeMixed breed dog
Parent BreedsBoston Terrier, Pug
Height14 – 18 inches
Weight10 – 25 pounds
Life Expectancy10 – 15 years
Coat TypeShort
Common ColorsBrown, Black and White
Grooming NeedsWeekly Brushing
TemperamentAffectionate, Playful, Friendly, Protective, Outgoing, Protective
Apartment LivingHigh
Health ConcernsBrachycephalic syndrome, Eye issues, Patellar Luxation
Overall HealthGood
Intelligence LevelHigh
Energy LevelHigh
Litter Size4 – 6 approx.

Breed Characteristics

Adaptability: 3 stars

Adapts Well to Apartment Living: 5 stars

Good for Novice Owners: 4 stars

Sensitivity Level: 3 stars

Tolerates Being Alone: 2 stars

Tolerates Cold Weather: 2 stars

Tolerates Hot Weather: 3 star

All Around Friendliness: 3 stars

Affectionate with Family: 4 stars

Kid-Friendly: 3 stars

Dog Friendly: 2 stars

Friendly Towards Strangers: 3 stars

Health and Grooming Needs: 3 stars

Amount of Shedding: 2 stars

Drooling Potential: 2 stars

Easy to Groom: 4 stars

General Health: 4 stars

Potential for Weight Gain: 4 stars

Size: 2 stars

Trainability: 3 stars

Easy to Train: 3 stars

Intelligence: 4 stars

Potential for Mouthiness: 4 star

Prey Drive: 3 stars

Tendency to Bark or Howl: 4 stars

Wanderlust Potential: 2 stars

Physical Needs: 3 stars

Energy Level: 4 stars

Intensity: 3 stars

Exercise Needs: 2 stars

Potential for Playfulness: 4 stars

Vital Statistics

Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs

Height: 14 – 18 inches

Weight: 10 – 25 pounds

Life Span: 10 – 15 years


The Bugg is a unique mixed breed of the Boston Terrier and the Pug. They come in a range of colors, namely, brown, black, and white. Some Buggs may even have the trademark tuxedo of their parent, the Boston Terrier. Their short coats are considered to be compatible with people who suffer from allergies.

Even though they only require up to an hour of light physical activity daily, the Bugg is prone to becoming overweight. This dog is also extremely playful and friendly, thus, making them the perfect pet for kids. However, it is also a small dog and may be easily harmed by hyper children.

The Bugg loves being the center of attention and often wants to be the only pet in the house. While they can adapt to small periods of being on their own, they perform most well when there is at least one person in the house for most of the day.


The Bugg was first created by designer breeders who mixed the Boston Terriers and the Pugs in the late 1980s, somewhere in the plains of North America. 

The Bugg, being the descendent of the Boston Terrier and the Pug is known to be a gentle combination of their affectionate, easy-going, and charming traits. 

Originally bred as a designer breed, the Bugg still ends up in dog shelters or under the care of rescue groups. Adopting this dog instead of buying is a viable option for dog parents who choose this crossbreed. 


Being somewhat of a contemporary breed, the Bugg has a few standards when it comes to size. A mix of two petite breeds, the Boston Terrier and the Pug, this crossbreed is mostly on the smaller side. 

Generally, they weigh in the range of 10 – 25 pounds, while their height goes from 14 – 18 inches on average. However, variations may be expected.


The Bugg is a lifelong companion. They are outgoing, friendly, good with children, and, much like their parents, loyal and loving. They may pick a favorite in the family and stay by their side. They make for ideal pets in one-person homes as much as familial units. 

However, this breed can get possessive and territorial if not trained aptly. Being small dog, they are prone to resource guarding and may even get loud or snippy with other pets as competition. They are unkeen about not getting attention.

The Bugg is mostly a goofy breed, as described by their owners. They are joyful and well-spirited about quick play sessions. They enjoy the attention and shine under the spotlight, which can often lead to separation anxiety. They can manage small periods of alone time. However, it is best for them to have some sort of company most of the time.


Being a cross of the Boston Terrier and the Pug, the Bugg is prone to some of the same conditions as its parent breeds. Even though most of them are usually healthy, it is always good to be aware of a few ailments and take required precautions, including routine checkups at the veterinarian. 

Some of the more common ailments this breed suffers from are:

  • Brachycephalic syndrome
  • Eye issues, especially cataracts
  • Patellar Luxation (knee-joint issues)


The Bugg’s teeth should be brushed daily, as small breeds such as the Bugg are prone to dental issues. This crossbreed doesn’t require a lot of exercises, which makes them prone to gaining weight if given more food than is precisely required. 

It is important to check the Bugg’s ears for debris and pests daily, as well as clean them. Their nails must be trimmed before they get too long, which usually should be not more than twice a month. It is also good to be wary of the Bugg not clicking against floors.

Being a brachycephalic breed, which aids in Bugg’s adorable, smushed face, it also raises certain concerns regarding the breed’s health. Their respiratory health may be at risk at times, and to prevent any sort of brachycephalic syndrome, regular checkups at the veterinary are necessary. 


The Bugg’s diet should be structured for a small breed with high energy. Since they tend to enjoy lazing about, they may gain a few extra pounds if slightly overfed. 

Thus, it is of utmost importance to have a strict regular feeding schedule and to not leave food during the day. Treats have always been a rather fun and effective incentive for dogs, but it is best to limit them for your Bugg.

Ultimately, do not forget to regularly consult your veterinarian regarding your Bugg’s diet requirements, as feeding structures vary from dog to dog.

Coat Color and Grooming

The Bugg mainly comes in brown, black, and white. Their coat is mostly a blend of their parent breeds, the Boston Terrier and the Pug. Their coats are sometimes solid, while other times, they are a mix of shades. Some Buggs may even inherit the Boston Terrier’s iconic tuxedo.

This crossbreed usually has short coats, which is a good option for owners with allergies. Their short coat sheds only a little and isn’t fully hypoallergenic.

However, their coat is extremely easy to take care of. Brushing once a week, with regular bathing, is enough to keep this mixed breed’s coat squeaky clean, and healthy.

But the Bugg’s short coat also means that they are not fit for extreme temperatures. During harsh winter months, they will require an extra coat, while in searing summers, applying sunscreen to the ears, nose, and other sensitive areas is a must.


The Bugg isn’t a major exercise buff. A 30-minute to an hour-long walk per day is good enough. However, if you wish to keep your pet active, a few active play sessions are recommended. 

Other than this, it is important to note that although exercise requirements are pretty minimum for the Bugg, they are prone to gaining weight as well. Thus, one should maintain both the breed’s eating, as well as exercise habits.


  1. Are Buggs easy to train?

The Bugg is a fairly easy dog to train, mainly due to their fun-loving personality traits. However, you may face slight issues with territorial behavior and nuisance barking.

  1. What is the life expectancy of a Bugg?

On average, the Bugg has a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years.


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