The new trend of hybrid or “designer” dog breeding has created an environment where a great many breeders are crossing different purebred dogs in hopes of creating healthier new purebred lines.
The Golden Retriever Pug mix, or Golden Pug, is one such hybrid dog breed that is in development right now. One day this dog may become a new purebred dog breed in its own right.
Is the Golden Pug the right next companion canine for you? Let’s find out now!
Golden Retriever Pug Mix
The Golden Retriever Pug mix is a hybrid or “designer” puppy that has one purebred Golden Retriever parent dog and one purebred Pug parent dog.
Alternately, a Golden Retriever Pug mix may have two Golden Pug parents. This speaks to the many different layers of hybrid dog breeding.
Early generation hybrid dog breeders (F1 and F1b) may specialize in crossing two different purebred dog breeds such as the Golden Retriever and the Pug dog.
Later-generation hybrid dog breeders (F2 and later) may focus on crossing hybrid parent dogs to produce ever greater uniformity among puppies. This is when a hybrid dog breed usually starts taking shape as a new potential purebred dog breed in its own right.
See a Golden Retriever and a Pug Dog Playing Together
This adorable video shows a Golden Retriever and a Pug dog playing happily together.
What makes the video even cuter is how the two dogs are so different in size, height, weight, and appearance and yet they look sort of the same because they both have the same beautiful golden coat!
The History of the Golden Retriever and the Pug
One of the best ways to learn about the potential benefits of hybrid dog breeding is to study up on each parent dog and learn about desirable traits each dog could contribute to your mixed breed puppy.
In this section, we take a closer look at the history of the Golden Retriever dog and then the history of the Pug dog so you can imagine what bringing the two breed lines together might produce in a puppy.
Golden Retriever history
Currently, the Golden Retriever is the third most popular (out of 195 American Kennel Club registered dog breeds) purebred dog breed in America today.
Only the Labrador and the German Shepherd are more popular than the Golden Retriever, and this is subject to change every year when the new poll results come out.
Golden Retrievers are so loving and friendly, it is easy to see why they are a popular pick for families and individuals nationwide.
These dogs always seem to be smiling and are always eager for human company and attention.
The Golden Retriever breed came to us by way of crossbreeding between the Bloodhound, the Irish Setter and a dog breed that is no longer with us called the Tweed Water Spaniel.
The Pug is the 28th most popular (out of 195 American Kennel Club registered dog breeds) purebred dog breed in America today.
The Pug is one of the most ancient dog breeds known today, with a breed history that dates back at least 2,000 years.
From ancient China, the Pug made its way to Holland, Europe, Finland, Spain, and then the newly formed United States.
The Pug, with their short, cute, flat faces and wide round eyes, continues to be a popular choice for a companion canine to all ages.
Golden Retriever Pug Mix: Personality and Temperament
Many families, in particular, are understandably concerned about choosing a family pet that will be a great canine companion to family members of all ages and, potentially, other family pets as well.
How does the Golden Retriever Pug mix stack up in this area? Let’s find out now!
Golden Retriever personality and temperament
The Golden Retriever is pretty much synonymous with a loving family pet – to the point where Letterboxd easily shares what they call “The Golden List” – a list of no less than 47 different movies starring Golden Retrievers!
Golden Retrievers are “people” dogs through and through. As long as your Golden Retriever is getting enough you-time, exercise, and activity each day, you can feel confident you are choosing to share your life with a true canine friend.
Pug personality and temperament
Like the Golden Retriever, the Pug dog is extremely loving and people-focused – to the point where the American Kennel Club (AKC) states that the Pug is the “ideal companion.”
And in fact, the AKC says that the Pug dog’s breed name comes from a Latin saying “multi in parvo,” which translates to mean “a lot in a little.”
Pugs are clingy dogs who love to be with their people and to be loved in return.
Golden Retriever Pug personality and temperament
From this overview, you can infer that your Golden Pug is going to be reliably friendly and loving.
Depending on your puppy’s adult size and muzzle type (more on this later here), your dog may be more or less naturally active, but you can certainly count on a dog that lives to be with you and be loved by you.
Golden Retriever Pug Mix: Size, Height and Weight
One area where Golden Retrievers and Pug dogs are not so similar at all is when it comes to overall size, height, and weight.
What will your Golden Pug be like in adulthood? As you can see, it can be hard to predict!
Golden Retriever size, height, and weight
The Golden Retriever can grow up to weigh anywhere from 55 to 75 pounds, with males often weighing 10 to 15 pounds more than females.
Similarly, Goldens typically will reach a paw pad to shoulder height of 21.5 to 24 inches, with males being slightly taller than females.
Golden Retrievers tend to be very proportional, with long muzzles and solid bodies.
Pug size, height, and weight
Adult Pug dogs are quite a bit smaller than Golden Retrievers as adults.
The average Pug dog will weigh 14 to 18 pounds and stand between 10 and 13 inches tall (paw pads to shoulders).
These dogs tend to be top-heavy, with broad faces, broad shoulders, and narrower hindquarters.
Golden Retriever Pug size, height, and weight
It can be challenging to predict the adult height, size, and weight of hybrid dog breeds where the two-parent dogs are quite different in these areas.
With a weight difference of 14 to 75 pounds and a height difference of 10 to 24 inches, you can expect your Golden Pug puppy to grow up to be somewhere in the middle of these ranges.
By choosing to work with a later-stage hybrid breeder who breeds hybrid Golden Pugs rather than purebred Golden Retriever Pug crosses, you can have a better idea from puppyhood how tall and heavy your adult dog will become.
If you are not sure what type of breeder to choose, just ask the breeder what generation they work with.
If they say F1 or F1b, this means they are working with an earlier generation and there will be more variance in the size, height, and weight of their puppies.
However, if the breeder says F2, F2b, or later, this means they a reworking with hybrid crossbreeding and the puppies are more likely to be more consistent in terms of their adult size, height, and weight.
Golden Retriever Pug Mix: Training and Exercise Needs
Both Golden Retrievers and Pugs are smart, sensitive animals that are closely attuned to their people.
However, they can have very different exercise needs, as you will see.
Golden Retriever training and exercise needs
The Golden Retriever is a true working dog breed with a naturally high energy level. These dogs respond best to positive training and plenty of outdoor play and exercise time.
Pug training and exercise needs
Pugs, with their short muzzles and breathing troubles, do just fine with indoor play and short walks at cooler times of the day.
Golden Retriever Pug training and exercise needs
Your Golden Pug may need more or less exercise depending on the influence of each parent dog.
Either way, positive training methods will get you the best results with any puppy born from these two smart, sensitive dog breeds.
Golden Retriever Pug Mix: Shedding, Grooming and Coat Care
One unexpected trait that Golden Retrievers and Pug dogs have in common is a coat that sheds.
In an era where “hypoallergenic dog breeds,” aka non-shedding dog breeds, have become all the rage, it is tempting to overlook the fact that there truly is no such thing.
All dog shed. It is just that in dogs with thicker, curly, or long coats, the shed hair often gets trapped in the surrounding hair and doesn’t fall to the ground.
But this in turn means the owner has a lot more brushing and grooming to do to keep tangles and mats from forming.
Pugs and Golden Retrievers shed just like all other dogs, but their hair does fall out – it doesn’t get trapped in the surrounding coat.
This means you will have less brushing and grooming to do but more dead shed hair to contend with year-round and especially with the changing of the seasons.
Golden Retriever shedding, grooming, and coat care
Golden Retrievers are true working dogs and have the water-resistant, insulating double-layer coat to prove it.
Any dog with a double layer coat is always going to do more shedding year-round and seasonally. This is because the coat needs to replenish itself so it can protect the dog well all year long.
Golden Retrievers have a mid-length coat and do need regular brushing to keep the skin healthy and control dead, shed hair.
Pug shedding, grooming, and coat care
It often surprises Pug fans to learn that Pugs do shed rather a lot given their short, sleek coats.
Not all Pugs have double layer coats, but many do. With a double layer, the coat comes more shedding, especially when the seasons are changing.
Pugs don’t need a lot of coat maintenance, regular brushing can control the amount of shed hair that ends up on your floor, your furniture and yourself.
Golden Retriever Pug shedding, grooming, and coat care
Overall, you won’t have a tremendous amount of coat maintenance to do as long as you don’t mind some shed hair on a rather consistent basis.
Your Golden Pug is likely to grow up to inherit a “wash and wear” coat that is flat and short to medium length. Your dog may be single-coated or double-coated, but either way, there will be some shedding and sweeping year-round.
Golden Retriever Pug Mix: Longevity and Health
Whenever you bring a companion canine into your life, you just want your dog to live as long as possible and be as healthy as possible.
Unfortunately, far too many purebred dog breeds today have known genetic (heritable) health issues that have arisen because of too-close breeding to appearance standards for the show ring.
This is where hybrid dog breeding does both purebred dog lines and owners a favor.
Along with greater genetic diversity comes the renewed possibility of greater longevity and overall health.
Golden Retriever longevity and health
The Golden Retriever has a typical life span of 10 to 12 years.
According to the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) database, the Golden Retriever has the following known genetic (heritable) health issues that parent dogs could potentially pass along to puppies:
- Eye and cardiac issues.
- Hip and elbow dysplasia.
While at first glance it may seem like Golden Retrievers do not have any particularly worrisome health issues, this is not entirely accurate.
Goldens have some of the highest incidences of canine cancer – particularly hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma, in purebred canines today.
The Morris Animal Foundation has undertaken to spearhead a Lifetime Study of cancer in Goldens in hopes of reducing the severity and the frequency of cancer in this beloved dog breed.
Pug longevity and health
The Pug has a typical life span of 13 to 15 years.
According to the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) database, the Pug dog has the following known genetic (heritable) health issues that parent dogs could potentially pass along to puppies:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia.
- Patellar luxation.
- Serum bile acid test (tests for defective liver function).
- Pug dog encephalitis (necrotizing meningoencephalitis).
- Pyruvate kinase deficiency (PKD, or canine anemia).
- Eye issues.
The Pug has many concerning heritable health issues, from joint malfunction to inflammation in the central nervous system and organ/blood defects.
Many of these issues now have genetic screening tests that can help breeders sidestep passing on known genetic issues to puppies.
But there is one health condition that is encoded into the breed standard itself and that is the short muzzle type the Pug is known for.
The shortened or brachycephalic muzzle shape that gives the pug such a cute facial expression is also the source of chronic respiratory and sometimes gastric distress.
With a shortened face comes a smaller skull, a crowded jaw and shortened, flattened nostrils and respiratory passages.
Pugs can be very susceptible to some degree of BOAS, or Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, which causes several breathing, overheating, eating, and sleeping issues.
As the Pug Breed Council of the UK explains, there are diagnostic gradient veterinarians often use to assess how severe BOAS symptoms are in a Pug.
It can be challenging to predict how serious BOAS can be with a given Pug. The standard practice is to wait until the dog is at least one year old before doing diagnostic testing.
However, one perk of hybrid dog breeding programs is that when you cross a short muzzle dog breed like the Pug with a long muzzle dog breed like the Golden Retriever, there is less likelihood that your puppy will inherit any of the more severe BOAS symptoms.
Golden Retriever Pug longevity and health
Overall, the two most concerning health issues you are likely to face with a Golden Retriever Pug mix are canine cancer and BOAS.
By crossbreeding the two purebred dog breeds together, this reduces the risk of both serious health issues in your puppy.
Happily, the Pug influence may extend your dog’s life somewhat. The overall span with a Golden Retriever Pug mix is 10 to 15 years.
Golden Retriever Pug Mix: Is This the Right Dog for You?
The Golden Retriever Pug, or “Golden Pug,” may not seem like the most likely crossbreeding pair at first glance, but each parent dog has a lot of desirable traits to pass along to their puppies.
Perhaps you have a Golden Retriever Pug dog mix in your future!