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Anyone have a "jug"?

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RobinSnood Thu 29-Dec-16 08:30:05

Yes, I know they're not a real breed smile

Considering taking on a 5 year old rescue "jug". I have a bit of dog experience but never had either a jack russell or a pug (or any small dog, actually). Would love to hear others experiences. Do they have any common personality traits? Any thoughts on how much exercise he'd need?

Thanks!

Hoppinggreen Thu 29-Dec-16 10:06:53

I think when you take on any dog you need to consider the least desirable traits of that breed/s and decide if you would be able to cope with them.
Don't know much about pugs or JRs but the JRs I have known have been very nippy

RobinSnood Thu 29-Dec-16 10:25:16

Yes - nipping (or worse biting!) is definitely something I have thought about!

Shriek Thu 29-Dec-16 12:00:52

Jrt's temperaments seem to have landed so many in rescues. With a Jug you'd have to take it at face value as not possible to predict what traits would present. can you run some of your own experiments with ddog before taking decision to bring home? Although it can take ddogs a time to settle into who they really are. I would say as a rule jrt's dont make ideal family pets (the degee of which is dependent upon the lineage)

What would you need from a ddog amd what are you able to offer a ddog amd go on from there to fecide which ddog is best fit in both respects - consider first temperament/breed traits (with your circumstances and family and how much time you have free to train amd walk) then size and exercise /stumulation requirements then coat and so on. For ddogs best chance of forever homr and happiness

tabulahrasa Thu 29-Dec-16 12:08:50

The issue with it being not a real breed is that no-one will be able to do anything other than guess as to which traits it has from which breed.

The rescue will be able to tell you about him much more accurately than anyone speculating.

TheGiantSausage Thu 29-Dec-16 12:13:30

My friend has a jug, I don't particularly like pugs or JR's but he's just a fun ball of energy... He barrels around, has good recall, very affectionate (likes to be on you and specifically licking you), likes a good run around but then will tire quite quickly and will just refuse to walk home.
I don't know if these traits are common to either breed but my dog (not a jug) was a rescue and the rescue were amazing, they told me so much about her personality. I think it's hard to guess traits, especially with crosses.
Hope he's perfect for you if you choose to take him smile

Shriek Thu 29-Dec-16 12:51:39

You are rather in the hands of the rescue. Most aggressive ddogs i've come across especially in growing numbers as years pass have come from rescues where the new unitiated owner was literally sold a pup! As in completely missold. Ddogs that were supposedly nearly killing the family dcat or supposed to be great with DC and yet not at all. Not nasty but actually quite nasty when out etc.
Choose your rescue carefully with full backup after you've left or higher risk of poor ddog being rehomed again sad

Shriek Thu 29-Dec-16 13:04:41

*supposedly cat friendly ...

daisygirlmac Thu 29-Dec-16 13:13:06

We have a rescue JRT and he's great, very affectionate and very sweet with children. He is prone to occasional grumpiness and can be quite stubborn, he came with absolutely no manners and I would say it took 6 months of very firm boundary setting before he stopped grumbling about various things (being told to get off the sofa, going out for a wee last thing at night) but he never snapped, just grumpy noises. Like any dog, if you put the effort in with training then most of the time it pays off. He's lovely and I wouldn't change him for the world!

TrionicLettuce Thu 29-Dec-16 14:19:03

As the dog you're considering is an adult your best bet is just going with what the rescue can tell you about that particular dog.

I would say be aware of potential health issues and keep an eye for signs of them when meeting the dog. With a JRT x pug my main concerns would be luxating patella, dental issues caused by misaligned jaws (underbites of varying severity seem very common in pug crosses) and the various health issues associated with the flat face (brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome and brachycephalic ocular syndrome) if the dog has taken strongly after the pug in that regard.

Look out for the dog hopping or skipping with its hind legs when trotting or running, there are loads of videos on YouTube of dogs with varying stages of the condition that can give you a good idea of what to look out for. Check the mouth of the dog and look for any sign of teeth poking into the opposite gum or anything like that. Most pug crosses thankfully tend to have more of a face than purebred pugs but some are extremely pug-like and even if there's a small amount of lengthening in the face it's not always enough to ensure their breathing won't be affected. Look at the conformation of the head and face, the flatter the face and more pinched the nostrils the more likely the dog is to have issues. Listen for any signs of breathing issues such as snorting, loud snoring, noisy breathing and excessive panting.

insan1tyscartching Fri 30-Dec-16 07:35:39

One of Eric's lady friends is a jug, she is lovely, very loving and loyal with her owners, calm and well behaved in he house and friendly with people out of the house. She is a bit temperamental with other dogs though, she is generally happy with Eric and they play together but where Eric will play with anyone at any time Dolly has her moments and plays only on her terms so she isn't friendly with all dogs and on occasion she has snapped at Eric when it is one of her "not in the mood" days.

pklme Fri 30-Dec-16 07:51:00

I have a dig I think is a JRT cross. He's gorgeous, but prey driven and territorial. Barks through the window at people passing by, cats, birds, carrier bags...
Crossed with something brachycephalic like a Frenchie. Snores like a warthog. I can hear him now from my upstairs bedroom.

JoffreyBaratheon Sat 31-Dec-16 11:34:43

I have a JRT/staffy cross. Have had staffies and BTs all my life. Never had a JRT before. She has quite a split personality - friendly and sunny natured and very human-centred as every staffy I ever had has been, but also grumbly and grumpy sometimes (which I'm told by people with purebred JRTs can be a JRT trait). They're not 'entry level' dogs - any kind of terrier. And I see a terrier cross as a 'double terrier'.

pklme re the snoring - our dog has the looks of a staffy, despite her JRT dad but also snores like a pig. Very loud. I can hear her snoring at night when she is on a different floor of the house!

pklme Sat 31-Dec-16 13:52:39

Yes, I wish I'd known about the terrier in him. Both my rescues had strong terrier personalities, and that isn't a great thing for a casual dog owner!
My boy has a staffie smile, so who knows what he is really Joffrey!

JoffreyBaratheon Tue 03-Jan-17 11:54:24

pklme nothing better than a staffy smile! Mine has one, too. And the farts.

TheFutureMrsB Tue 03-Jan-17 12:44:23

I have a jug.

He's absolutely fab grin

He can be quite lazy and relaxed one moment but show him his lead and he's ready for walking no matter if he's just come back from one! He's brilliant with kids, my ds4 lays with him (with me hovering over) and will roll around on the floor with him and the dog just goes along with it. He's never shown any aggression whatsoever but will bark like crazy when someone knocks at the door, we've had people assume we have a large breed dog and then laugh when they see this little thing tail wagging and barking!

He's been so easy to train as he'll do anything for a treat .... he's a greedy bugger!

The only bad thing about him is his weeing in the house, he doesn't do it if we are around but as soon as we leave without putting him in his crate he will pee on any bags left around, marking them with his scent, wasn't happy when he peed all over my laundry bag filled with clean washing ready to be ironed hmm

To stop the peeing inside we crate him in the nights for bed and whenever we go out, he won't mess in his crate and it works well for us, he also has a little dog bed in the room with us too but can usually be found under a fleecy blanket snuggled up to dp lol.

He looks more pug like rather than jrt but has a longer snout so doesn't have the breathing problems associated with pugs, he has a little curly tail too.

If you need to know anything else give me a shout smile

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