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Size: Small Weight: 8 - 18 lbs Fur length: Short Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black, Black & White, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden
Life Expectancy: 9 - 14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find Climate: Good for every climate.
The Pugalier, unlike most "designer mixes" of dogs that have come into fashion only recently, may have already been present in 17th century England.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the smallest of the Spaniel family, had been the favorite of the English courts since the 16th century. As the Pug became popular all over Europe, cross-breeding might have occurred, and accounts of Cavaliers with shortened muzzles, wrinkled foreheads and large, round eyes were documented.
No matter the accuracy of the accounts, the Pugalier to this day remains a wonderful mix of two gentle, intelligent and affectionate breeds that, with the proper care and socialization, is a welcome addition to any household.
Cavaliers typically come in four coat types (Blenheim, ruby, tricolor and black & tan) while Pugs more often have solid color coats of fawn, apricot, silver, and black. The resulting color in offspring will depend on the unpredictable expression (or suppression) of each parent's genes.
A Pugalier would have a short, shiny, single layer of coat from the Pug parent, or a medium-length wavy (not curly) coat from the Cavalier. Cavaliers also have a longer fringe of fur at the tips of the ears, the paws, and the tail.
A Pugalier is a fairly intelligent, biddable animal that is as willing to stay indoors and hang out with the family as it is to take a leashed walk around the corner and investigate curious sights and smells. With zero aggression and territoriality, the Pugalier can comfortably live with other dogs of varying sizes, and other pet animals as well. Even birds ans small rodent-type pets have been reported safe with the Pugalier. Children, adults and seniors can expect Pugaliers to be patient and affectionate family pets. They seem to have no "off" days and will make friends with just about anyone, which, of course, discounts them as watch or guard dogs.
A Pugalier will typically require a single brushing weekly, more if shedding is heavier. The brushed coat will be shiny and silky to the touch; bathing once a month will suffice. Hair length will not grow to be overly long, therefore trimming will be unnecessary. Ears should be checked regularly and kept dry, while wrinkles, if any, can be carefully wiped clean with a damp cloth.
The Pugalier is fairly easy to train and will respond to commands consistently given over time. Positive reinforcement will help retain and cement good behavior, even as the Pugalier is naturally a pleaser.
Regular exercise will maintain the Pugalier's weight and help keep it healthy and stimulated, but the Pugalier is not a breed that needs to be tired out to before settling down for the night, or that will start scratching at walls and doors if it doesn't get taken out for the day. An easygoing dog with a stable temperament, the Pugalier is just as happy mixing up its daily routine with indoor play, yard tricks, doggie visits, or leashed outdoor walks.