Doug the Jug is top dog! Jack Russell/Pug cross breed wins our Pet Idol competition

Pet Idol Winner Melanie Wakefield with Doug the dog.

Pet Idol Winner Melanie Wakefield with Doug the dog. - Credit: Gregg Brown

He’s beaten all the competition to come out as top dog in our Pet Idol competition – it’s Doug the Jug.

Pet Idol Winner Melanie Wakefield with Doug the dog.

Pet Idol Winner Melanie Wakefield with Doug the dog. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Not even a year old (his first birthday is tomorrow) the lovable pooch was entered into our the competition by owner Melanie Wakefield.

Doug is a cross between a Jack Russell and a pug – combined and shortened to ‘jug’ – and has been with Miss Wakefield since shortly after getting engaged to partner Andrew Scotland.

She said she was quietly confident he would be a success in Pet Idol when entering him into the competition.

“He gets a lot of attention when we’re out and about, he’s a cheeky little chap,” she said.

Pet Idol Winner Melanie Wakefield with Doug the dog.

Pet Idol Winner Melanie Wakefield with Doug the dog. - Credit: Gregg Brown


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“He’s very energetic, likes going on long walks and he loves other dogs.”

In order to give Doug the best chance of winning Miss Wakefield shared his entry on social media and made a short video about him.

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She added the competition had helped the lively pub gather his own small fan base.

On finding out he had won she said: “I was ecstatic, I was really excited and pleased.”

Pet Idol Winner Melanie Wakefield with Doug the dog.

Pet Idol Winner Melanie Wakefield with Doug the dog. - Credit: Gregg Brown

The prize of a short break on the Norfolk Broads is coming as a bit of a reward for Miss Wakefield for dealing with Doug’s lively personality.

“He’s so excitable and he jumps up a lot,” she explained. “You know when he has done something wrong because his tail wags.

“He’s left a little package for us and chewed at the cushions on the sofa and his tail wags.

“But he is a real mummy’s boy.”

Doug better learn to control his boisterous nature on some occasions though as Miss Wakefield, a teacher at One college, has a very important job lined up for him when she and Mr Scotland marry.

“We’re hoping to get him in as ring bearer,” she said. “When we got engaged he came along soon after.

“I reckon with a few treats he might be all right.”

Cross-breed naming

Doug is a Jack Russel-pug cross – or a jug – but there are plenty of other breeds with amusing portmanteau names. Here are just a few.

Cockapoo: Cocker spaniel crossed with a poodle

Puggle: Beagle crossed with a pug

Golli: Golden retriever crossed with a collie

Bichpoo: Bichon Frise crossed with a poodle

Chorkie: Chihuahua crossed with Yorkshire Terrier

Pekeapoo: Pekingese crossed with a poodle

Doxiepoo: Dachshund crossed with a poodle

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