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Pug Lab Mix - Why You'll Love a Pugador

I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.



Pug x Labrador = Pugador

What is a Pug Lab Mixed Called? Combining the two names you get the Pugador. Alternatively, others call it the Lug - but I think we can both agree the former is the nice name of the two.

Pug Lab Mix Overview

When dealing with dogs, one of the biggest challenges is finding the kind of dog that you would like to own most.

We all have our own preferences. For example, many people would like to own a Pug.

They don’t, though, want to put up with all the problems and health issues that such an animal can suffer from.

When you worry about that being a problem, you might be put off getting a Pug.

Instead, you might look at a Labrador instead.

Though still prone to conditional issues, Labs tend to be much easier dogs to raise than a Pug.

However, why not have a dog that is both?

Why not look at a Pug Labrador Mix?



15 to 20 Inches


35 to 40 lbs


10 - 15 Years


Black, Golden & More




Affectionate, Loving & Loyal

Here we are going to take a look at the following:

- What actually is a Pug Labrador Mix?

- What do they generally look in appearance?

- How big does a Pugador get?

- What type of coat do they have?

- How big do they get height and widthwise?

- What type of traits do they have?

- Do they have a good temperament?

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- Are they easy to train?

- What do you need to feed them?

- Ultimately, should you get one?

If there are any other questions that you might want answers to do with regards to these crossbreeds, then, by all means, ask away in the questions section below and we will be more than happy to answer any potential queries or concerns you might have.

What Are They?

This is a very unique kind of dog; one that has become hugely popular with dog owners all across the world.

They tend to look very unique, and normally have a very particular kind of lifestyle that, at first, can be a bit of a nightmare to get used to.

If you get used to having a dog like this, though, you will have a companion for many years to come.

However, the fact that these Pug Lab mixes are such a huge contrast in parentage, they are probably not a good dog to take on if you are still new to the concept and methods of dog ownership.

Size, Weight & Color - Appearance: What Do They Look Like?

The interesting with such a diverse and contrasting dog in terms of parentage is that, in reality, nobody can tell you what it will or will not look like.

There is no definitive answer. Some take far more from the Pug side, creating an adorable wee dog.

Others will create a dog that is far more like a Labrador, with some Pug-like tendencies to shine through.

The power of what parent wins, though, is unique to every single one.

Therefore, you cannot really expect to get a definitive idea of what this kind of dog might end up looking like.

One thing to note, though, is to look at the size of the dog from an early age.

Like most dog breeds, it’s unlikely that your puppy will do much growing that is out of sync with its normal growth.

If you have a smaller one, and it is now growing much at all, then it is probably going to stick around at a similar(ish) size to what it is now – perhaps a bit bigger.

They can, though, grow very fast.

Keep that in mind.

Many people are simply not prepared for the pace at which these dogs can grow.

If you are not used to having a big dog around the place, these are very unlikely to get ‘too’ big.

However, it might still grow to be a fair size bigger than you would expect.

Like most dogs, though, accurate predictions are possible when a puppy.

In terms of their look, you should expect them to have a very unique coat.

They have a double coat most of the time, and the colour will be entirely dependent on the parentage.

They have a very heavy shedding, though, so be sure that you are ready for that: many owners of these dogs typically aren't.

Labrador Puppy

Labrador Puppy

Temperament, Personality & Traits

When you think of a Pugador in your head, you immediately think of an adorable, cheery little dog that will just cut alongside you and be permanently happy about what is going on all around that.

While that might be the case, we do recommend being prepared for an interesting looking dog.

You could have a pair of these sitting and playing together, and not be able to tell they are of the same species.

That is because, more so than most other dog mixes, a Pug Labrador Mix takes a huge amount from one parent.

One will win the race in terms of personality, so you can expect it to be very much like mother or father: but very much unlike the other, which can create interesting dynamics.

However, the best way to determine what kind of dog breed you are going to wind up with is to take a look at the kind of dog that you have in front of you as parents.

A Labrador, for example, is a dog that is very affectionate, very loving, very loyal.

This makes them excellent guard dogs, as they are attentive to danger and to any challenges that could crop up and cause you to be put at harm’s way.

However, the Pug in there will also make sure that you are left with a quiet, cute little dog.

They tend to be very emotional dogs and will want to spend as much time with you as they can. Pugs hate being left alone, and they fear isolation like few dogs.

Given the way they are bred, that should be of little surprise; arguably no other dog breed has the same level of neediness as the Pug!

So, you could expect to get a dog that is affectionate, loyal, and massively caring.

At the same time, though, they can become a bit stubborn when they get too used to getting their own way all of the time, so remember that!

Exercising & Fitness

Alright, so one issue with a dog like these is that although they don’t need a lot of exercise.

They do, though, need to be stimulated.

This means that if you are going to work, you must leave your beloved crossbreed something to actually do.

If they are not given something to keep them busy, expect them to try and make some entertainment at home.

Often, this means coming home to something important to you being destroyed, or your upholstery is ruined.

Keep in mind that they have to be taken for a walk as often as you can get it out there – if it has more Labrador tendencies, it will not take hanging around the home all day anywhere near as much as other Pug-based mixes.

So, keep this in mind.

A bit of exercise will go a long way to keeping your dog nice and fit, but you will also need to make sure that you take them outside on a regular basis to let them use up some of that desire to explore.

So long as you get it daily exercise and have a good home obstacle course, though, it should have plenty of fun.



Feeding & Diet

The problem with a Lab Pug cross is that they have, like many other dogs, a problem with gaining too much weight.

They like to eat, and will not say no to just about anything.

Therefore, the best thing to do is get them used to eating smaller portions on a more regular basis.

Get them a bit of nice good, and make sure you talk to your vet about the dietary needs of this breed.

They are a hard breed to bring up, so you have to make sure that you get it a diet based on its own health.

Since these aren’t like other Mixes and thus lack a lot of the usual ways that we can determine what a dog needs, you have to be able to listen to a professional on this.

What one of these mixed breed wants, another might despise and feel ill if they were to eat it.

That is why we recommend that instead of just feeding it whatever, you take your Pug Labrador Mix to a specialist such as a vet.

They can tell you what it needs and what it lacks in its diet.

Potential Health Issues

Given the diversity in a Pug and a Labrador, they really are not a good mix in the first place.

Add in the fact that both parent breeds can have a lot of health issues, and you might question the logic of bringing a dog like this into the family home.

However you feel about it, you should take the time to closely evaluate this dog and determine how good a choice it is to bring a dog like this into the home.

They can become very expensive, and often have problems such as:

  • Renal failure and other issues leading to poor stomach problems over time.
  • Hip dysplasia, which is sadly common in mix dogs and especially common here.
  • Arthritis and other issues to do with discomfort in the bones and joints overall.
  • Obesity is another common problem, and something every owner should be ready for.

While expensive and challenging to raise, a Pug Labrador Mix is a great dog to have.

If you are willing to put up with the numerous problems they are so infamous for having, then you could get a brilliant dog out of it.

If you aren’t so willing, though, you might wish to reconsider if this is really the dog for you.

Lifespan - How Long Do They Live for?

Trying to judge how long a mixed dog can expect to live for is a somewhat difficult task, as it could take on more properties from one parent over the other and how these sets of genes will interact.

That said, we should be able to make appropriate estimates based on the life expectancies of both parents.

Firstly, we can take a look at the average life expectancy of both the parents and then secondly contrast them to come up with an estimated lifespan range.

The pug life expectancy is between 12 and 15 years, we can assume the middle ground of 13.5 years. Likewise, for the Labrador their life expectancy is between 10 and 14 years, assuming a middle ground of 12 years.

So the life expectancy of a Pugador (Pug lab mix) is around 13 years old. We can then assume this with an expected lifespan of between 10 and 15 years.

Where to Find Pug Lab Mix Puppies for Sale?

Finding pug lab mix puppies for sale, shouldn't actually be too difficult of a task. When it comes to cross breeds and 'designer' dogs, these are actually quite common.

That said, as mentioned above, these puppies can get quite expensive - not only for the initial cost but for general upkeep too.

When it comes to actually find one to buy - the best way to start is a simple search on the internet is the best way of finding a good breeder of these cross breeds. Searching for terms like "Pug Lab Mix Puppies for Sale" is a good start and you will come across sites such as Craigslist and Gumtree.

It's best to ask around your local dog breeders as well, chances are they know someone who knows someone who knows someone to point you in the right direction. Just make sure that you are getting your puppy from a respected breeder to ensure the health of your Pugador going forwards!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2019 Harry Sheen


Mary Spence Smith on August 23, 2020:

We have a 10 year old cat with a typical cat personality. He and my husband are buddies but the cat wouldn't mind if they were the only two souls on the planet. We are adopting a pugador (age 1 yr, 3 months) in three weeks. The cat (formerly our son's cat) hasn't lived with a dog for five years. My son raised the cat from birth basically. Then my son got a pittie and the cat and dog did not get along. The pittie wanted to chase and the cat did not appreciate that. Do you have suggestions for things we can do to make this transition as smooth as possible? The current owner is allergic and has had the dog for a year but she must give it up. I plan on asking her to give me a pillowcase with the dog's scent and I plan on giving her one with the cat's scent so they can each get used to that. I welcome all ideas. Thank you!

PS We had a sweet shepherd mix mutt for 14 years and the cat was added to our household. They did well together. My dog wanted to play with the cat but she understood the cat didn't want that so they coexisted successfully without much interaction.

Nizroc on July 05, 2020:

My pugador is approximately 7 yrs old I have had him since he was 10 weeks old. Best dog I have ever had in my family. 30lbs black with white tuxedo markings. Sturdy/fit. He gets about an hour outside time a day(3bor 4 potty walks a day) we play fetch or tug a war inside daily. He loves people, children, and other dogs. Was middle of the road to train. Needs lots of reinforcement over time, and not treat driven, but praise driven. He has no health issues at all yet. Vet gives 5 stars evey year. My pugador has a (half pugged) muzzle making running or excessive exercise off the menu due to airway restrictions. He reverse sneezes like a pug, and is very vocal. Will grunt talk to you. I would recommend this breed to anyone who can put time in to train and cuddle their dog. This breed litterally gives hugs and just want to be apart of your pack.

The only down size to my pugador was he was getting into trash and eating shoes until we got a cat. As soon as he had a companion while we were out of the house all bad behaviour stopped.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on May 05, 2020:

Interesting :) Thank you for sharing :)

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