The Daug is the clownish and loving product of the Pug and the Dachshund. They will inherit traits from both breeds in unpredictable proportions so we recommend you visit both parent breed pages before choosing a hybrid. This breed is known for being affectionate, bright, loving, alert and a bit silly. They can be owned by anyone-- old, young, new owner-- as long as you have plenty of time for them. Members of this breed are low maintenance in regards to exercise, grooming and training, however, it is very important training starts early (especially if there are kids or other pets in the household). Daugs are usually healthier than their purebred predecessors and it is not unheard of for them to live up to 15 years.
|Hybrid||12-15 yrs.||8-14 in.||10-30 lbs|
- Family Friendly
- Kid Friendly
- Pet Friendly
- Stranger Friendly
- Easy to Groom
- Energy Level
- Exercise Needs
- General Health
- Shedding Amount
- Barks / Howls
- Easy to Train
- Guard Dog
- Watch Dog
- Apartment Friendly
- Can Be Alone
- Good for Busy Owners
- Good for Novice Owners
The Daug, much like its Pug parent, is solely a companion dog. Although Dachshunds were frequently used for hunting, the only work the Pug-Dachshund mix will be doing is cuddling--and possibly making you laugh! They are indoor dogs that love their families and must have daily human interaction. Members of this breed are low maintenance and fantastic choices for all owners.
- Small size makes them ideal apartment dogs
- Affectionate and attention loving
- Easily groomed and exercised
- Easy to train
- Can make good watchdogs
- Generally good with kids and other pets
- May inherit the breathing problems of the Pug
- Sensitive to cold
- May bark frequently
Daugs, as hybrids, will inherit traits from both parent breeds but not necessarily in equal amounts; some may be more Pug like while others will favor the Dachshund more. Even those from the same litter may show different personalities and looks. We recommend you visit the pages for both parent breeds to supplement this Daug information
This mix is well known for being quite trainable, even by a first time owner. Both parent breeds are eager to please, respond well to training, and are very people oriented. Their loving, playful and clownish natures will make them family favorites. Although they do well with children, they should be trained and socialized early for the best results (especially if there are other household pets).
These are small dogs that will likely be sensitive to cold weather. This coupled with their small size and wonderful personalities make them a pleasure to have as indoor pets. They are alert and will bark at disturbances and strangers, making them decent watch dogs if properly trained.
Daugs should be easily exercised. Neither parent breed has strenuous requirements and they will be happy with short outdoor walks. This happy breed will also enjoy learning tricks and commands. Trips to the dog park are also recommended.
No info exists on the specific origin of this hybrid; though a Pug-Dachshund mix has probably existed naturally for a long time, no breeder or breed club has claimed its creation. While it's obviously unclear when the first Daug came to be, the breed likely gained popularity during the designer dog "explosion" in North America in the late 20th century. There is, however, plenty of info about the history of the parent breeds.
DACHSHUND: Originating in Germany as early as the 15th century, the Dachshund was developed to hunt badgers (the German dachs = "badger," and hund = "dog") and other burrowing game. Over the years, the original smooth-coated variety, and its long body and short legs, were refined by crossing the Braque (a small French hunting breed) with various terrier breeds; the terrier DNA eventually produced the wire-haired variant as well. The long-haired Dachshund came about by adding assorted spaniel types to the mix. Today the Dachshund is more prized pet than hunter, and ranks 12th on the AKC's list of 201 recognized breeds.
PUG: This breed originated in China around 200 B.C., and is believed to be the smallest variant of the ancient Molosser types. After being a favorite pet amongst Chinese royalty for centuries, the breed's popularity began to spread throughout Europe in the 15th century, when traders brought the little dogs back with them after expeditions to China; the breed became especially popular in England in the 1800s, and it began appearing in the U.S. as well after the American Civil War. As of 2021 the Pug is 28th out of 201 recognized AKC breeds.
Daugs, as hybrids, will vary in terms of appearance and temperament. It is best to consult with your breeder of choice if you are unsure which generation is right for you. The F1 generation is the first cross between a purebred Pug and purebred Dachshund, resulting in a litter of Daugs; one of these may be crossed back (F1B) to a Pug or Dachshund to enhance certain desired characteristics. F2's are obtained when 2 F1 Daugs are bred together; once again, crossing one of these F2's with a Pug or Dachshund will result in an F2B. F3 Daugs are the result of crossing two F2's...and so on.
Although it is likely your Daug will have a longer body like the Dachshund and the facial features of the Pug, the coat will be more variable. Dachshunds, unlike the Pug, may have either short or long coats and this allows the Daug to sometimes inherit a longer coat.
Daugs are small dogs, in general, but some breeders advertise Mini Dachshund Pug mixes. The desire for smaller Daugs makes it particularly important to choose responsible breeders that offer health guarantees, as breeding "Minis" can sometimes result in a greater number of health issues.
Hybrid dog breeds are usually much healthier than their purebred parents. The Dachshund and Pug mix will be no different. Of course, choosing a reputable breeder than offers health certifications and guarantees will help.
Also, periodic check up at your veterinarian can help prevent or detect many conditions. We suggest you read up on all possible health conditions for both parent breeds before adopting or purchasing a Daug. Your pet will probably live somewhere between 12-15 years, however, due to the variable genetics of hybrids, some may fall within this range while others will not.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Daug as a dog breed:
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Breed Registry
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America Inc.
- International Designer Canine Registry