The Pugalier is a small sized, crossbred of the Pug and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The friendly little Pugalier is a playful and loving companion dog that makes a great addition to any family. The Pugalier may also be called a Pugilier or Puglier or the Cavapug.

Pug x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel = Pugalier

History/Origin of the Pugaliers

The Pugalier is likely dates to around the 1980s or 1990s when the crossing of pure-breds to produce an often healthier or non-shedding or smaller variation on a popular breed, first began.

The idea in creating the breed was to retain the charm of the Pug while minimizing its breathing problems by creating a slightly longer nose for the mixed offspring. They have become increasingly popular over the last 7-10 years.


As the Pug and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are quite different breed dogs, so a considerable variation is seen in their progeny. However, most will have a distinctive look that defines them as their own breed.

Most Pugalier dogs have a slightly longer face than their Pug parent, thus reducing the risks of breathing problems. Many Pugaliers are larger than an average Pug. They have brown protruding eyes and soft and floppy ears.

The fur of the Puglier is short and straight, except in a few cases where the longer and silkier Cavalier coat is inherited. Most Pugaliers are fawn colored, with some dogs having white markings on their bodies. But their faces are mostly all fawn with a dark area around their noses.

Temperament & Behavior

The Pugalier is a loving and friendly dog who thrives on human attention and companionship. While he may inherit some of the Pug’s spunk and willful nature, he most certainly will gain the sweet, calm characteristics and gentle personality traits of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Pugaliers are easy-going, inquisitive, and outgoing. It would be almost impossible to go wrong with a Pugalier’s temperament of these friendly and gentle dogs.

Pugliers can be curious and are stubborn at times. They are full of personality and will keep their owners entertained. Most Pug-Cavalier mixes get along well with children and other pets in the family.

Pugalier Pictures

Quick Information & Facts

Other NamesPugilier or Puglier, Cavapug
ColorFawn or black, with or without white or fawn markings.
Breed TypeCrossbred
Breed GroupDesigner Dogs, Companion Dogs
Hieght10-14 inches
Weight14-18 lb
Life Span/Life Expentancy10-14 Years
TemperamentPlayful, Loyal, Affectionate, People-Pleasing, Friendly
Barking LevelHigh
Energy LevelActive
Good with ChildrenYes
Good with Other DogsYes
Competitive Registration/Qualification InformationACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR

Care ~ Exercise

Pugaliers are fairly active dogs and will benefit from daily exercise, which can include a walk, running indoor or outdoor play, and visits to the dog park. This will benefit your pet both physically and emotionally from interactive playtime.

The moderate activity requirements of this pooch makes him ideal for flat or apartment style lifestyle. Howeve in some cases they may tend to be lazy like the Pugs.

If they are outdoors it is important to make sure they don’t over-exert themselves and are not too long in the heat or cold, especially if they have a shorter muzzle. Make sure they have enough water as well.


The Puglier is a low maintenance dog. The breed will typically require a minimal amount of grooming. For those that inherit the short coat of the Pug, brushing should take place once a week; 2-3 times a week is best for those who inherit the coat of the Cavalier.

Those dogs with numerous wrinkles and folds should be wiped with a damp clean cloth on occasion in order to avoid developing a skin infection. Their eyes and ears should be checked to make sure they are clean and dry.
Brush the teeth of your pet several times per week to ensure his long-term dental health.

Dogs of the mix breeds will shed year round requiring some maintenance of your furniture, carpet, and clothes.

Health Problems

Pugalier is a healthy dog and has a life-span of 9-14 years depending on their weight and activity level. As a Designer Dog, the Pugalier has been bred with the goal of reducing many of the health issues that can pose problems for his parent breeds.

But while he may well be healthier than his parents, you should always take the time to learn what your new family member may inherit down the line.

Some of the heath issues faced by the Cavapugs are:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Heart Conditions
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Dry Eyes


The Pugalier is a playful little dog who will respond best to training and socialization that takes place when he is still young and more inclined to pay attention.

Obedience training that addresses the 5 key commands as well as gradual exposure to new sights, sounds, and situations will make him more adaptable and less reactive. The Puglier’s loves his treats which should be top-quality and doled out only as earned.


The Puglier is a small dog that needs a nutrient-rich kibble designed for his size, age, and activity level. Plan to feed your pet 2 to 3 smaller meals throughout the day versus allowing him to free-feed.

Feed him with food that is higher in protein and lower in fillers such as carbs that will cause him to constantly feel hungry and want to over-eat – particularly given his propensity to suffer from joint issues later in life.

Pugalier Puppies Images

Video: The Pugalier Playing