What Is a Miniature Pug?

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A miniature pug is a cross between the pug and the Chihuahua, but the hybrid isn't recognized by the American Kennel Club. This unofficial breed closely resembles a pug but is much smaller, as the pug is the largest of all toy dogs. Some coloration from the Chihuahua may be present. A miniature pug weighs up to 3 pounds and features a slightly longer snout than a normal pug.

Miniature pugs require roughly the same care that other extremely small breeds do. They are delicate and cannot be handled haphazardly, and special precautions should be taken when transporting the dog in a car. Miniature pugs must be securely fastened when the vehicle is in motion, as sudden movements of the car can cause the dog to experience serious or fatal injuries.

Care also is required when walking around the house, as miniature pugs can scuttle between legs and become injured if stepped on or tripped over. It is not recommended for an owner to share the same bed with a miniature pug due to the risk of rolling over the animal in addition to that of suffocation through the use of heavy blankets. When taking a miniature pug outside in bad weather, such as rain or cold, owners are advised to dress the dog in specialized clothing for added warmth.