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Ever wonder about the kind of puppies the friendly Siberian Husky and the easygoing Pug would make? Introducing the Husky Pug Mix, sometimes also called the Hug dog or the Pugsky.
Loving, intelligent, alert, and loyal, the Pug Husky mix is the perfect mix of its parent breeds. Let me tell you why this hybrid is definitely one of the best family dogs you can get today.
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Are Siberian Husky and Pug mix dogs as cute as expected?
Like most crossbreeds, Husky-Pug mixes can have an unpredictable yet endearing appearance. These dogs tend to have the stocky, muscular body of a Pug with the Husky’s long muzzle. Some Hug mixes have the facial markings of their Husky parents, while others bear the Pug’s trademark facial folds.
Even full-grown, Pug-Husky hybrids are small to medium dogs. They may reach up to 22 inches (55 cm) in height and weigh anywhere from 30 to 60 pounds (13 to 27 kilograms).
A Husky Pug mix breed may also have the Pug’s short, fine coat or the long, thick coat of the Siberian Husky. Common coat colors include black, gray, red, silver, and white.
A “Hug dog” who loves to cuddle
Pugs have a long history as companion dogs to Chinese ruling families and Tibetan monks. You can count on Pugsky puppies to be highly affectionate, loyal, and eager to please.
Huskies, on the other hand, are known for their outgoing nature and low aggressive tendencies. Most Husky-Pug dogs are friendly even towards small children and other dogs. With these qualities, the Husky Pug Mix is an excellent addition to most families.
Imagine welcoming these adorable little puppies into your home:
Despite their willingness to snuggle up with you, the Hug dog (not to be confused with a Bugg, the cross of a Boston Terrier and Pug) is not an ideal pet for small living spaces. Like its Husky parent, a Pug Husky mix may need plenty of space to run to spend its energy.
How much exercise does the Husky Pug Mix need?
The Pug and Siberian Husky crossbreed has medium to high energy levels, with the Pug’s low-key nature tempering the Husky’s hyperactive ways. But this doesn’t mean the Husky and Pug mix doesn’t need its daily dose of exercise.
Take your Pug and Husky hybrid for a walk every day for at least an hour. A long jog up to twice a week will also help your dog burn off its energy. Avoid walking your Siberian Husky and Pug cross in the early afternoon, which is the hottest time of the day. This way, your dog has a lower risk of getting overheated or dehydrated.
Let your Husky Pug Mix enjoy some off-leash play at least once a day if you have a fenced-in yard. This crossbreed also loves mental stimulation, so he’ll love playing indoor games.
When these dogs don’t use up their energy, they may end up getting bored and chewing up your furniture and carpet. You can keep your living room safe by giving your Pug Husky Mix chew toys if you have to leave him alone for an extended period.
Quick tips for training your Pug Husky Mix
Proper training is just as crucial as regular exercise for the Husky-Pug cross. You may need some patience when it comes to training Hug puppies, as many of these hybrids inherited the willfulness of the Siberian Husky.
Positive reinforcement goes a long way in getting the Pug-Husky breed to behave. It also helps to train your puppy as early as possible.
Some Pug Husky Mix dogs display more of their Pug heritage by having couch-potato tendencies. You can get rid of this laziness by using treats, toys, and games to get your dog moving.
What to expect when you bring home a Husky Pug mixed breed
Despite its easygoing temperament, the Pugsky is not exactly a low-maintenance breed.
Here are some things you need to consider if you choose to welcome this crossbreed into your home.
You’ll spend plenty of time keeping your Siberian Husky-Pug mix clean.
You can expect an average to heavy shedding from your Husky Pug cross. If your dog has the Pug’s soft, short coat, brush it at least twice a week to get rid of dead hair and keep the new hair shiny.
A Husky Pug Mix that has the long, thick coat of its Husky parent needs to be brushed up to four times a week to prevent tangles and matting.
No matter the length of your Pugsky’s coat, you’ll want to invest in a high-performance vacuum cleaner. This way, you can keep your couch, floors, and walls clean and hair-free.
Clean your Hug puppy’s facial creases once a day with a damp washcloth or baby wipes to prevent skin problems.
Use ear wash to flush bacteria from your Pug Husky mix’s ears at least once a week. Make sure to trim your dog’s nails at least once a month to ensure that he can run comfortably.
You need to carefully watch your Husky-Pug dog’s food intake.
The Pug Husky Mix is prone to obesity, especially if it has the Pug’s small stature. Feed your dog 2.5 cups of food per day, at most.
Resist the urge to give treats too freely, no matter how much you love your Husky Pug Mix. Treats should comprise no more than 10 percent of your dog’s daily diet.
Controlling your Hug mixed dog’s diet is especially important if he takes after his Pug parent and can’t tolerate heavy exercise.
Husky and Pug mix dogs are prone to several health issues.
A healthy Siberian Husky-Pug cross has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. However, these hybrid dogs are also prone to some serious health issues, which they inherited from their parent breeds.
Due to their Pug parentage, Hug mix dogs are predisposed to brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BAOS). This condition causes breathing difficulties and chronic discomfort in Siberian Husky and Pug mix dogs that have short noses. If your Husky Pug Mix has this facial structure, he’ll struggle with exercise or even with running.
Pug Husky mixed dogs can also get dermatitis in their facial skin folds and around their short, twisted tails. Dermatitis causes skin irritation and hair loss and may progress into infections.
Due to its Husky side, the Husky and Pug crossbreed is also vulnerable to eye conditions such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.
I want a Hug dog! Where do I get one?
The Husky Pug Mix is slowly gaining popularity as a family dog. You can get Hug puppies from breeders and rescue shelters in your area. Breeders for the Pug and the Siberian Husky also sometimes have Husky Pug puppies for sale.
Here are some rescue organizations that you can contact:
- Compassionate Pug Rescue
- DFW Pugs Rescue Club
- Free Spirit Siberian Rescue
- Raven’s Husky Haven and Rescue
On average, Husky-Pug puppies cost $1230 to $2000. The puppy’s price will largely depend on its age and the breeder’s location and reputation.
Make sure to do your research and choose the right breeder for your dog. If it’s too easy for you to get a Husky Pug Mix puppy, you’re better off looking for another source. The right breeder will ask you questions about your family, lifestyle, and finances to see if you’re ready for a dog.
Breeders should also be able to provide certification that Hug puppies and their parents are free from health issues commonly found in the crossbreed.
Our final word on the affectionate, energetic Husky Pug Mix
The Pug Husky Mix is a loving, intelligent crossbreed that can fit right into any family. With its low aggressive tendencies, it gets along with small children and other household pets.
Hug mixed breeds need an hour of exercise daily, but Husky Pug Mix dogs that take after their Pug parents will struggle with strenuous activities.
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