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:
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.
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.
Shih 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.