The Jug is rapidly establishing itself as the favorite breed, especially in countries such as Australia. They are a preferred breed as they have minimal health issues and have a good temperament. The jug is a small and wonderful companion. He looks like a pug but has many unique qualities that have overcome all the disadvantages of having a pug. Pugs are lovely dogs but they possess some serious health problems. Attempts for making such combination – between a Jack Russell and a pug started way back in 1960. Soon, after many successful crosses, the Jug established its identity in the states of America, UK and Australia. They are now bred in substantially very large quantities in UK because of the increase in demand of these sweet little pups. An enthusiastic Jug club has been established in UK in welfare and promotion of these dogs.
The following are the general and physical characteristics of jug: –
• The Jug is a mix breed and is a result of cross between the Jack Russell and the Pug. Therefore, it contains 50% characteristics from its mother – the Jack Russell and 50% characteristics from its father – the Pug. These dogs can be back crossed as well.
• A Jug will bear a coat which will be either Black or Tan in color. A rich red colored coat is more common in Jugs.
• They have short coats which are soft and smooth to touch.
• They have an average height of 26 to 26 cm.
• They weigh about 12 to 18 pounds.
• Jugs have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
These dogs are best trained with the Rewarding method. They are very shy and will not harm back if you treat them harshly. However, never treat your dogs with a rash behavior. They have an energy level that is much lower than its parent, the Jack Russell but will have a substantially higher energy than the Pug. Unlike the Jack Russell, their hunting instincts are weakened because of traits from Pug. Hence, these dogs prove to be good family dogs that are best suited for average sized apartments.
These dogs love to go for outing and are family lovers. They are loving, adorable and wonderful companions. They will get along with kids very easily and this is yet another reason for their popularity. They will never harm other kids as they are themselves very shy. They have the least potential to fight back when they are teased or annoyed. However, do remember that they have genes of the mighty Jack Russell, so never keep your children, especially infants and toddlers, totally unsupervised with these dogs.
They are fearless and can be kept as watch dogs for alarming purpose. They can even chase small animals like cats, rabbits and puppies. Jugs have a robust nature as well.
Jug requires an average diet. Their meal shouldn’t be very heavy, neither too light. Various brands for dry dog foods are available for your jug. Brands which sell premium quality dry dog food that will suit your Jug needs are Acana, Dr. Tim, Purina, Hills and Pedigree dog food. Choose a dog food and the dog food product according to age, illness, and weight and health conditions of your dog. Elders and puppies will have different nutritional requirements compared to adults. Try Acana Senior dry dog food and Acana food for puppies for senior dogs and pups, respectively.
• Protein Sources :- Turkey, lamb, lean chicken , veal or fish (which can be tuna or Mackerel)
• Vegetables :- Broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes, string beans, carrots and cauliflower
• Carbohydrate sources :- Rice (either white or brown)
• Vitamin and mineral supplements :- Vitamin A, Vitamin B- complex, Vitamin C, Folic acid, riboflavin, ascorbic acid and minerals such as calcium, selenium, iron, zinc and copper.
Always keep in mind that, human food is never good for a dog’s health, howsoever he may be healthy. Human food will affect your Jug, although the symptoms of onset of disease may appear very late, depending on the quantity and duration of feed.
Health and Immunization
The best thing about Jug is that they can be affected by minimum number of diseases. A mere 15 to 20 minutes’ walk every day shall keep your Jugs fit and fine. However, your Jug can occasionally encounter diseases such as Hip and Elbow dysplasia, Arthritis and other Ophthalmic and Heart diseases.
Jugs are really not allergic. They do not develop an exaggerated hypersensitive reaction when they are exposed to chemicals and other allergens.
Jugs should be immunized at regular intervals so that they are protected from various diseases caused by dangerous viruses. Some mandatory vaccines includes: – Parvovirus, Rabies, Distemper, Coronavirus, Hepatitis A and B, Influenza and Parainfluenza vaccines. Make sure you take them to a registered vet for annual boosters of these vaccines so that their effect does not diminish with time.
The Jugs have short coats and therefore it is very easy to maintain such coats. You can easily brush their coat with a static glove or a very small brush – like a baby hair brush. Static gloves will help to remove any loose hair that may be present on their coat. Their coats can get dried up rapidly and hence bathe your jug only once a month or when they are exposed to heavy dirt. A Jug may have long hair, if their parent breed, the Jack Russell, possessed long hairs. This will require more frequent grooming than normal jugs.
This dog breed is partially recognized. However, this is a very popular breed and hundreds of crosses are encountered every year in many countries. You can get these dogs from variety of local and private breeders. Make sure you get a Jug who is at least from the second generation and has genes of disease- free parents. Locating a good Jug breeder can be a difficult task but if you are really planning to buy a Jug, then inform your breeders at least 6 months before the first litter arrives.