The pugalier is a hybrid of a pug and a cavalier king charles spaniel. They are bred to retain the basic features of a pug with a slightly longer nose in an attempt to reduce the breathing problems that pugs are notorious for. They have become increasingly popular over the last 5-10 years. The aim of crossbreeding is to minimise the genetic diseases that can be present in purebred dogs. First-cross pugaliers will have the maximum genetic benefits associated with a hybrid dog – in other words, a pugalier with one parent purebred pug and one parent purebred cavalier king charles spaniel will have less genetic dieases than second or third cross pugaliers.



Similar looking to a pug, but with a longer nose and longer ears. The skull is usually rounded like a cavalier king charles spaniel. Being a crossbreed, their appearance can vary significantly from dog to dog.

Size Small
Colour Fawn or black, with or without white or fawn markings.
Coat Length Short
Weight/Height Range 6-10kg and 30-35cm.
Ailments Luxating patellas (dislocating knee caps), allergic skin disease, cataracts, epilepsy.
Breed Classification Breathing problems, corneal ulcers, allergic skin disease, luxating patellas (dislocating knee caps), and can be prone to weight gain.

Feeding & Ownership


It is best to feed the pugalier dry food as this breed is prone to tartar build up on their teeth. They do not tolerate hot weather well, so make sure you keep them calm and avoid exercising them when it’s very warm.
Food Cost $5 to $10
Other Expenses
If a puglier has breathing difficulty or snores excessively, they may require prophylactic surgery to correct abnormalities with their nose and upper airways – this will lead to a significant increase in veterinary bills.



With a very friendly affectionate nature, the pugalier gets along well with children and other dogs. Pugliers can be curious and are stubborn at times. They are full of personality and will keep their owners entertained.


Intelligence Pugaliers are intelligent and most of the time can be easy to train. Some pugaliers are stubborn and will require regular consistent training.
Energy Medium
Suitability for Children High
Tendency to Bark High
Overall Exercise Requirement Pugaliers require daily exercise, however it should not be too strenuous. Walking or visits to the dog park are perfect but make sure not to exercise them when its too warm.
Suitability as a Guard Dog Low
Ease of Transportation Medium
Level of Aggression Low
Other Animal Compatibility High



Pugaliers shed hair and will benefit from regular brushing to remove loose hairs.

Grooming RequirementsOnce a week
Amount of Hair ShedHeavy

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