A regular pug has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years while the Jack Russell can live 13 to 16 years. The retro pug takes more after the terrier parent and can live up to 16 years or more.
This is because the longer snout eliminates several potentially life-threatening health issues found in flat-faced and short-snouted pure pugs.
However, this does not mean that retro pugs are free from health issues. In fact, here are 5 of the most common seen with the mixed doggies so you know what to look out for.
Retro pugs have several skin allergies including sensitivity to pollen, dust mites, and even pests like fleas. This is the main cause of intense itchiness and skin lesions you may find on the dog. They are also prone to food intolerance from gluten and dairy to some animal protein sources.
Hip and shoulder dysplasia
Dysplasia refers to abnormal formation of the joints mainly in the hip and shoulder region. With time, this could lead to arthritis causing the dog more pain and disability.
Another common cause of skin lesions with retro pugs is skin cancer. Mast cell tumors and squamous cell carcinomas are particularly problematic especially with older ones.
Hereditary epilepsy in this case is more often than not from the Jack Russell terrier. It causes random seizure attacks from an early age. With close monitoring and consistent treatment, it should not be too much of a problem.
While the mixing does elongate the face, the jaw of the retro pug is often still too short to accommodate the teeth comfortably. Without proper dental hygiene, this increases the risk of issues like tartar buildup, gum disease, and formation of cavities.