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Weight: 12-22 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The Muggin is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 12-15 years
The Muggin is a hybrid breed of the Miniature Pinscher and the Pug. This breed is considered to be healthy, but with poor breeding, your puppy may have some health issues. It is important that you work with a reputable breeder to keep these medical problems away. Some of the health conditions you need to know about include Myotonia Congenita, eye problems, patellar luxation, collapsed trachea, Von Willebrand’s Disease, hypoglycemia, White Dog Shaker Syndrome, and liver problems.
Myotonia Congenita is a disorder that may occur in your Muggin which affects the muscles in the body that are used to control movement of the skeleton. This condition is usually present right away in puppies and is considered to be a recessive genetic disease.
Your Muggin may experience eye problems at some point in his or her life. These problems can range in nature, so you should not focus on just one condition. The Muggin may contract eye infections easily in addition to developing cataracts. In some severe cases, eye infections can lead to blindness in your Mugging.
Patellar luxation is a dislocated knee which is something to pay attention to in your Muggin. It happens in small breeds and is more common in females than in males. You will find that this condition is painful for your pup and he or she may experience lameness in his or her hind leg.
A collapsed trachea can prevent your Muggin from being able to breathe correctly and get enough air flow. This condition happens often in small breeds. You will likely know when your Muggin has a collapsed trachea as he or she will cough a lot and the cough will sound like a horn.
Von Willebrand’s Disease is a blood disorder that causes the platelets to not be able to clot due to a lack of proteins in them. There is a chance that this disease will occur in your Muggin.
Hypoglycemia can be a fatal condition if treatment is not provided quickly for it. This condition is better known as low blood sugar in your Muggin. Often, the condition is treated with medication and a special diet to correct it. If you think that your puppy has hypoglycemia, it is important to speak to your veterinarian.
While your Muggin may not experience this condition, it is possible for your pup to have White Dog Shaker Syndrome. This is a disorder that causes the entire body to shake. If you notice your pup shaking a lot, seek medical attention for him or her.
Lastly, your Muggin may develop liver problems over the course of his or her life. It is important that your pup have a checkup often and blood tests performed to ensure his or her liver enzymes do not get out of control. With the proper monitoring, you and your vet will be able to catch any issues early on.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Muggin is known as a pup that is always happy with a wonderful attitude. You will find that this breed loves to be around people. He or she is not afraid of or nervous around strangers and will welcome people into the home with a tail wag and maybe a lick or two.
Your Muggin is likely to become attached to you and he or she typically only latches on to one person in the household. Since this pup is very affectionate and attached to you, he or she should not be left alone for long periods of time as separation anxiety will set in.
You will find that your Muggin begs for a lot of attention and works hard to be the center of it. This loyal pup gets along with other animals in your home and will get along with children.
This breed is good for apartment living and does not need to spend a lot of time outside, but a walk during the day is recommended to make sure that your pup gets the exercise he or she needs.
You will find that training your Muggin is difficult and will not come with ease. Unfortunately, this is the worst quality that this pup comes with. While the training is difficult, it is not impossible to train this breed. It will however take a lot of work and patience.
The Muggin has moderate grooming needs and sheds quite a bit, so it is important that you brush his or her coat once or twice per day to remove any loose hairs.
You do not need to bathe your pup on any regular schedule, save it for when he or she truly needs it due to being stinky or dirty. However, you do need to check his or her ears once per week to ensure that they are clean and there is no buildup of wax or dirt.
Your pup will eat between 3/4 cup of food to 1 1/2 cups of food per day. You should feed your Muggin a healthy food that has the nutrients and calories your pup requires for growth.
You can give your Muggin wet food occasionally, but should not rely on it as a source of nutrients because it can lead to obesity.
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A Muggin puppy will cost you anywhere between $250 and $800 depending on the breeder you work with. In addition to this cost, make sure you factor in the cost of supplies, vet checkups, vaccines, and more.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Muggin makes a great pup for your home and will get along with other animals and children. You will find that your pup makes a great apartment dog and welcomes strangers into your home, so should not be looked to as a watch dog. Training is challenging, so this breed ranks a 2.5.
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