More Info About the Pug Shih Tzu Mix

Pug Shih Tzu MixDescription:
The Pug Shih Tzu mix is not a full bred dog but a mixture between the Shih Tzu and the Pug. Another commonly known name for this dog is the Pug-zu. It can be a small, hairy dog, not dissimilar to a mini Yorkshire terrier in appearance or it could have a shorter denser coat like the Pug. Usually however, this dog will have a medium length coat that represents both sides of the family. The Pug Shih Tzu can be plain in color or it could have different markings. Its usual colors are fawn, black or white. It is also common for a Pug-zu to have a black mask covering most of its face just like the Pugs. These are a favorite family pet and very few people can resist their charm.

Shih Tzu Pug mix temperament:
This dog naturally has a sweet temperament as both the Pug dog and Shih Tzu have outgoing personalities. It is known to be an affectionate dog and they crave human attention. If they have more Pug than Shih Tzu in them, they may act more distinguished and can sometimes try to steal the center stage. Because both sides of the dog have nice personalities it is more than likely that the Shiz Tzu Pug mix will have a trusting nature. They make for excellent family pets but because they are overly affectionate and friendly they tend not to make very good guard dogs.

Shih Tzu Pug mix size:Pug Shih Tzu Mix
Both of the parents are considered to be ‘toy’ dogs and the Pug-zu dog tends to be the same size as its parents and can weigh anywhere between 9-16lbs (4-7kg) when fully grown. They very rarely grow to be taller than 11 inches (28cm).

Pug-zu health problems:
Pug-zus do not suffer from the same ailments as its purebred parents. However, potential owners need to take the parents’ health into consideration and to ask thorough questions from the breeders.

Living conditions:
This small dog does not need a lot of space and its quite content sleeping in a small basket with an old blanket. Having a Pug-zu in an apartment is fine as long as it is exercised and stimulated on a regular basis.

Pug Shih Tzu mix exercise:
This dog likes to be outdoors but can be quite lazy when it comes to exercise. It often needs to be forced when it comes to running and good way of doing this is going for a run yourself and making the dog chase you.

Pug Shih Tzu MixShih Tzu Pug mix grooming:
This dog is most likely to have mid-length hair or a bit longer because of its mix of breeds. It is necessary to brush this dog’s hair at least once a day to prevent it from getting tangled. Owners sometimes prefer to trim the hair of a Pug-zu to make it more manageable. Because this dog does not shed it is an ideal choice for allergy sufferers.

This dog is a great little family pet and owners need to give it attention as it craves love and dislikes being alone. A family with small children would be ideal as it would make the perfect companion.


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  • Kristi

    Just a FYI, I have a 10 year old pug shihzu mix and he’s 18 pounds and they do shed. Pugs shed so of course they will. I’d call it a “low shed” breed. Wonderful temperament and a great family dog.

  • Brittany

    I have a 7 year old female pugzu and she is thick and bulky. She sheds, and is very protective and sometimes aggressive towards strangers. She is a great great dog. She weighs about 20 lbs. And she is very hard headed and independent

  • Shanice

    I have a 15 month old pugzu and she is incredibly naughty with behavioural problems.

    Aside from that she is very loving and will stalk you to the end of the earth and she loves being involved in everything your doing. If you’re upset she’s straight in there with the kisses.

  • Alanna

    I absolutely love pugzus! They are wonderful, affectionate, and hilariously amusing dogs. They want to always be with you- following you from one room to the next. They are very vocal about what they want as well. Very funny, highly entertaining, pretty low maintenance (a few good walks a day and play time are enough for them) and extremely love able. Ps- they do shed, although it’s not that bad. The ones with the wiry coats are easy to bathe & their fur dries within minutes.

  • Anita

    We have a 2 1/2 year old Pug Zu and we love him. He seems to be more Pug than Shih Tzu and he has medium length wiry hair. He does shed, and he does the reverse sneezing which is characteristic of pugs. He is very affectionate, loves people, loves to tease us and play. He also enjoys a nice walk. He is very adorable and we are very happy to have him.

    • H Davis

      We have a 7yr old Pug-zu, she has longer wiry hair and is quite ‘pug’ in nature. I wondered if anyone has a pugzu with similar fur and has it professionally groomed? I find the stripping comb effective but time consuming. She does not overly shed.

  • Colleen Lott Wehr

    The pugzu most definitely sheds…especially if it carries more pug traits