Breed group : Toy, Terrier
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GENERALBreed group: Toy, Terrier Type: Hybrid
Talent: Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Small Weight: 13 - 22 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & Brown, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 11 - 15 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
If the Pug was favored by Chinese dynasties, and later on by European royal houses, the Scottish Terrier has had its share of patronage from Scottish royals and US presidents. The statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Washington DC includes his beloved Scotty, Fala, seated on the ground a few feet away from him. The Pugottie, a cross of these two breeds, is an interesting breed that can be alternately affectionate and aloof, social and territorial. The Pug parent would typically be an excitable bundle of energy that nevertheless loves nothing more than lolling in its owner's lap. The Scotty, descended from working and hunting Scottish breeds, may not be as showily affectionate as the Pug, but it is known to be protective of and loyal to who it considers as family. The Scotty's energy level and the Pug's winning personality make for a dog that is enjoyable both indoors and outdoors. The size is an added bonus for condo or apartment dwellers.
The Pugottie may come in black, a coat color common to both parent breeds. Variations may be wheaten, brindle, gray and fawn.
The Scotty has a hard topcoat and a softer undercoat. The topcoat is long and serves to protect from dirt and adverse weather. The Pug, on the other hand has a single coat that lies close to the skin and is shiny and short. The Pugottie can take after either parent, or may have a combination of both coat types, or show something in between (e.g. a single coat with longish fur).
The Pugottie is an ideal family dog in that in revels in constant attention, and loves to give it back as well. A bit of moodiness can sometimes overcome this dog, though, but overall, it will still vastly prefer its owners' company than being on its own outdoors. Children will find a good playmate in the Pugottie, especially if it inherited the Scotty speed and agility. Younger children should not be left alone with the Pugottie, though, as they could injure a small dog, or else anger it with rough handling. The Pugottie's independent-mindedness and streak of hardiness make it a good protector, as it will sound an alarm at strangers, and will not back down if challenged.
A double coat will require daily brushing with a soft brush, to remove shed hair. A short single coat, on the other hand, will require lesser maintenance. Bathing or dry shampoo only as needed will help keep the coat from drying out.
Stubbornness can be a problem in the Pugottie. Training is recommended as early as possible. Constant positive reinforcement is best to produce desired behaviors. Trainers should be experienced and skilled, as the breed can frustrate new or inconsistent owners.
The Pugottie will need half an hour to an hour of exercise daily. A leashed walk or vigorous games can take care of this.