On this page, you will find some information on the cocker pug and some photos of the breed so you can get an idea of what they may look like. This information should help you decide whether getting a cocker pug joining your family would be the right option for you.
Cocker Pug Characteristics and Temperaments
The hybrid breed, Cocker Pug refers to a cross between the pug and the coker spaniel. To get the idea of the characteristics and temperaments of the dog, you should look into the both breeds associated; the pug and cocker spaniel.
We have met various cocker pugs ourselves and they are all lovely and friendly. And as pugs, cocker pugs need human attention and are also very much food motivated, and suited for those who love their dogs, like pug owners!
A cocker pug will make a great companion dog, perfect for all sorts of owners. Like pugs, cocker pugs typically get on great with other dogs, whether they are pugs, cocker spaniels or any other dog breeds.
Appearances of Cocker Pugs
The appearances of the mix breed can largely vary but cocker pugs are often larger than pugs in size and smaller than cocker spaniels. Typically, both breeds can be seen in the appearance of the cocker pug. For example, cocker pugs often have a squishy face with long front legs. Some may have a longer face and the hair may be slightly longer than pugs.
The Cost of a Cocker Pug
The cost of cocker pugs could vary, depending on the breeder you are buying a puppy from and the locations they are in, but typically cost around £400 to £700 ($600 to $1100 US).
Socializing your Cocker Pug
Cocker Pugs are very intelligent dogs and eager to please their humans. It’s one of the things that makes them such a wonderful pet. All pets have to be socialized. It’s very similar to raising a baby. You have to establish boundaries early and be consistent and patient in teaching them to your Cocker Pug.
Decide in advance what the boundaries for your Cocker Pug puppy will be – then communicate them with all members of the household and emphasize that everyone must be proactive in following them. Children have an especially difficult time with this but it’s a good exercise for them – which is why having a pet can be a very important socializing tool for your own children.
Jumping on people and furniture
If you allow your Cocker Pug puppy onto the furniture or to jump up on people, he or she will continue this practice into adulthood. Cocker Pugs do not grow as large as some breeds, therefore, it’s not as annoying to have a Cocker Pug that jumps onto a lap or the furniture as, for example, a German Shepherd. Still, you need to decide if you’re going to allow this behavior. Rather than letting the Cocker Pug jump up onto furniture or laps, it may be better to train your Cocker Pug to wait on the floor for an invitation and not allow him or her on the furniture without one. You should gently remove the puppy from the furniture if he or she jumps up or is on it without permission. Training your Cocker Pug to wait for invitation will spare your furniture and make your pet more likeable to guests, who may not appreciate having a dog of any size on their laps.
You should absolutely discourage your Cocker Pug from jumping up onto people who are standing, whether they are coming in the door or otherwise. This is a very annoying habit and can be harmful, not only for children and your guests, but also for your pet.
Begging and feeding
There are three things necessary to teach your Cocker Pug not to do:
- never, ever feed your pet scraps from your table or your kitchen.
- feed your Cocker Pug before you eat, in a location away from the area where you eat.
- keep your pet away from your table when you are eating – any food dropped to the floor, even by accident, will undo all your efforts.
If necessary, put your Cocker Pug in the crate before your family sits down to eat. Make certain children and guests understand the rule of not feeding people food to your pet, ever, anywhere.
If you give dog treats to your pet, do not do it in association with any meals served to people. Treats are on par with eating, and should not be associated in any way with people eating their meals.
Taking your Cocker Pug puppy out
It’s important that your Cocker Pug puppy be socialized to different situations. Remember that a puppy has had limited exposure to the outside world and may be stressed at too much, too soon. Introduce different places and people slowly and build on small successes.
The Cocker Spaniel part of your Cocker Pug is inquisitive and active and easily bored. Acquaint your puppy with the neighborhood with daily walks. If you have children, involve them in this activity – it’s good exercise for them and helps them learn how to be responsible pet owners.
Always ask permission before taking your Cocker Pug to the home of a friend or neighbor and keep in mind that they will be more open to having your pet in their home if he or she is well behaved.
Dogs are pack animals and, for the most part, like being around other dogs. Take care to protect your Cocker Pug puppy from sick or aggressive animals when allowing play with other pets. Most dogs will enjoy playing with others and this is a good socialization behavior for them.
Pictures of Cocker pugs
Submitted by Rachel – “We were always a dog-owning family. Originally Spaniel owners, exclusively. With my rapidly diminishing health, I look at the breeds quite carefully before we signed on for another 12 to 14 years. Somehow I got wind of the weird hybrids movement amongst dog owners. Then I spotted the PUG X COCKER SPANIEL which I call a SMUG. That was four years ago now, she is far more of a companion than the spaniel was. Yes, she is more intuitive and intelligent than my last spaniel. She has lots of soft toys that she plays with, as well as football smaller balls to fit her mouth size. While talking about her mouth, she has overbite inherited from her pug sire and the body with cabriole legs of the pug.”
Max, the 10 month old Cocker Pug puppy. Thanks to Siri from Sweden for sharing this picture with us!
2 year old Cocker Pug Mix, Rex. He is a huge ball of energy and attached to me at the hip. Shared by Rina.
Two Cocker Pug pictures below, submitted by Jodi Ekstrom. “I have a two year old cockerpug named Jaxon! He is very friendly, energetic, but is such a cuddle bug that he will never leave your side!”
We will be adding more pictures of this certain pug cross breed. If you have photos of cocker pugs, and allow us to share them, please let us know!
Cocker Pug Reviews
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Our Cocker Pug, Lola is the best dog. She is 5 years. Good with kids, love people. Sweet dog.
My favorite K-9 was also a cocker pug.
Her name was Pixie and she has since passed.
I wish I could get another just like her.
I have a cockerpug Bentley. Best natured dog ever.
Bentley is now 2 lives in Scotlandand great with kidsand other dogs.
I am from the UK and have Jessie a cocker pug. She is beautiful and a loving family pet. The Cocker pug is a lovely mixed breed. Jessie always gets positive comments and people always ask what breed she is.