One of the most unique mixed dog breeds around is the Husky Pug mix, also known as the Hug dog.
This is a very unique looking dog; some people adore this designer breed, and others think the breed looks odd.
This is a very affectionate, friendly, and loyal mixed dog breed that would absolutely love to be loved on. The Husky Pug mix will make a great family companion.
To learn more about the Husky Pug mix, keep reading on. This article will talk about Husky Pug mix feed requirements, temperament, and health concerns.
Husky Pug Mix History
The Husky Pug mix is a designer mixed breed dog which means it was created for looks. No one knows who first created the Hug dog, but it was seen in the early 2000s, meaning it is a relatively new mix.
Since we do not have very much information on the history of the mix, we will dive more into the purebred parents’ history.
Siberian Husky’s are extremely popular dog breeds. This dog breed dates back all the way to the native Chukchi people.
The Chukchi people lived in Siberia, where they used this incredible dog breed to travel from village to village and from place to place.
Many people traveling to Alaska learned about this dog breed and wanted to use the breed for dog sledding to and from different places. They also used the dogs to transport goods.
This dog breed is used to the snow, ice, and extreme weather conditions, making them the perfect dog breed for this area.
Today this dog breed is still used up in Alaska as sledding dogs as well as companion dog breed all around the world.
The Siberian Husky was accepted into the American Kennel Club in the 1930s.
The Pug breed has a very interesting history dating back to the 16th century. Pugs originated from Tibet and were then later brought to China.
The emperor really enjoyed this dog breed allowing it to live in the palace as lap dogs. Before the breed became royalty among the emperor, it was seen hanging out in monasteries with Buddhists.
Hundreds of years later, in the 1800s, some British soldiers took some Pugs back to Europe, where the breed flourished and became very popular.
Eventually, the breed came to America and was accepted into the American Kennel Club in the late 1800s. Now people all over the world adore the Pug dog breed
Pug Husky Mix Appearance
Each Pug Husky mix can be born with different distinct features of both the parent dog breeds. Your dog will likely look like a smaller sized Husky with distinctive Pug Features.
The face will have that Pug look of being squished, and even the mask type features with the dark hair around the eyes and mouth.
Pug Husky mixes will be more muscular and bigger like the Husky parent. The tail can be straight or curly like the pug.
This trait will come down to genetics and simply what trait your new puppy decides to take from which parent.
Ears on your new dog can either be flat or stick up. This will also depend on genetics.
Husky Pug Mix Temperament
Every dog is different when it comes to personality, so you can’t really pinpoint an exact temperament. What we can do is give you a general idea based on the parent breed temperaments.
Both the Siberian Husk and the Pug dog breed are very friendly and loving. You really can’t go wrong when choosing one of these dog breeds and when you combine them together you are looking at a very good family companion.
This mix will like it if it is the center of attention. You will likely spend most of your night petting and getting cuddles from your new Hug dog.
Hug Dog Coat
Both the Siberian Husky and the Pug have a double layer coat that is actually quite thick. Huskys have longer coats, and Pugs have shorter ones.
The Husky Pug mix can have a either a short or long coat. This coat will be very thick with double layers. Keep in mind the coat will need more maintenance if it is longer as it will need to be brushed often.
Both of these dog breeds are heavy shedders, so this wouldn’t be a very good mixed breed for someone who is sensitive to do hair.
You will want to get some grooming tools such as a de-shedding brush to help remove some of those loose hairs that will ultimately fall all over the floor.
What Colors Do They Come In?
When getting a mixed breed dog, you really don’t know what colors it will come in. It can have one color or multiple. Here are some of the color possibilities for a Husky Pug mix:
The nose of the mix can either be black or brown. The eyes can be possibly three different colors such as blue, brown, or amber.
Hug Dog Size
Obviously, the Pug is known for being a small breed dog, and Siberian Husky’s can range from a medium to a large dog breed.
This mixed breed can range drastically in size. Each dog will be different depending on which traits it takes from which parents.
Likely your Hug dog will be between 12 to 23 in height. Now we cannot pinpoint your mixed breed dog’s weight because it can be very different for each dog.
Some Husky Pug mixes can be small, and others can be larger. So, weight can range drastically.
Husky Pug Mix Health Problems
Mixed breeds don’t experience many health concerns as most get bred out. There are still some things to be aware of as all animals can be prone to some sort of health conditions.
Here are some things you can watch out for and be aware of:
Brachycephalic Syndrome – This is a common respiratory condition in which the Pug breed’s nose is compressed, making it harder for Pugs to get air in and out.
Hip Dysplasia – Another common condition among dogs is hip dysplasia. This is when the thigh bone will not correctly align with the hip bone.
Dermatitis – This is a skin condition that can affect the Pug breed. This can make the pug lose its hair and cause major irritation.
Obesity – This is common in a lot of dog breeds. It is very important that you do not overfeed your dog because it can lead to obesity. The Pug parent can eat and eat and eat, so it is important to resist temptation from that cute face.
Life Expectancy of a Pug Husky Mix
Mixed breeds tend to live longer than purebred breeds. Purebred breeds can develop genetic disorders, and when you breed two different purebreds together, it can breed out health risks.
The expected life span of a Pug Husky mix is between twelve and fifteen years.
Keep in mind that your Pug Husky mix can live even longer if it is healthy and happy. Some may even live less, so if you are concerned with your Hug dog’s health, make sure you consult your veterinarian.
This mix can be hard to determine if it can live in a small home such as an apartment or condo because it can be a small dog to a medium sized dog.
It really all depends on the size of your dog. If your dog takes on more of the Pug traits and stays small, it can probably live comfortably in a small space.
If your dog is bigger, like a Husky, then I doubt your dog would have enough space or feel comfortable in a small house.
You will definitely want either a yard or commit to taking your dog to the park each day for exercise. Depending on the dog, it may need thirty to sixty minutes of exercise a day.
If you are not very athletic or can’t devote that much time to take your dog out each day, then this may not be the mixed breed for you.
Pug Husky Mix Exercise
Another thing that can be hard to determine is the exercise requirements of the Pug Husky mix. If your dog has more genes from the Husky parent, it will need more exercise than the puppy who has more of the Pug genes.
This mix will need at least thirty minutes of exercise a day and more if it takes after the Husky. To find out how much more exercise your dog will need is by you monitoring it as it grows.
Does your dog exhibit a lot of high energy? If the answer is yes, then you will probably increase the exercise amount to an hour a day.
This exercise requirement can be done in walks around the neighborhood or park. You can also purchase some fun toys like frisbees or retrieving toys that can be used to play with your dog outside.
Keep in mind if your dog takes on the Pug’s appearance, it could have that smashed in face, which makes it harder for the dog to breathe.
Brachycephalic dogs can get worked up a lot during exercise, meaning if the dog is exercise too much, it can be harder for your dog to get air in and out of its body.
Always have water closely available for your dog to drink, especially on hot days when you are exercising your dog.
Husky Pug Mix Feeding
This is another thing that will all depend on the weight of your dog. Since the Husky Pug mix can be small or medium in size, it will need different nutrition based on its weight.
This mixed breed will need between 1 and 1/2 ups to 2 and 1.2 cups of high-quality dog food. Sometimes the Pug breed can have skin issues, so it is suggested to feed your dog a limited ingredient dog food to help with allergens.
Remember to weigh your dog and go off your dogs’ weight the amount of food it should get per day. If you still are having trouble with this, then you can consult a veterinarian.
The pug dog breed does have the tendency to overeat, so it is important that you only feed your dog the recommended amount.
Also, do not forget to separate the daily food amount into smaller meals throughout the day.
Hug Dog Grooming
Whether your Pug Husky mix has short or long hair, it will still need to be groomed regularly to ensure the coat is smooth and looking its best.
This mix will shed a lot of hair because it has a double coat that has bigger shedding seasons in the fall and spring.
Get a good brush that can penetrate thick dog hair. I reviewed some really awesome brands that would be perfect for the Hug dog.
Make sure to bathe your dog only when it’s visibly dirty. Some dogs have sensitivities to shampoos, so they shouldn’t be bathed all the time.
Also, Pugs have a lot of folds that can be passed down to this mix. During your grooming routine, check fold for redness and clean the area lightly.
Check your dog’s ears as well to make sure they are clean and infection free.
Husky Pug Mix Training
Any dog breed can be tough to train if you don’t start with it at an early age. As soon as you get your puppy or dog, you should start with some basic training techniques.
Now the Siberian Husky is a very intelligent dog that can be easily trained into amazing working dogs. Pugs do not have the reputation for being the smartest dog breed, but again every dog can be trained.
Start off slow with basic commands and continue to progress to harder things as they master easy ones. Always use positive reinforcement when training.
Get some treats or even cheerios because they are safe for dogs and the perfect size for training.
Try not to get discouraged as some dogs take a lot longer to learn commands than others. Keep at it because consistent training is the key to success.
If you don’t have the time to put into training, you can always pay to have our dog trained. If you can find the time, I suggest you do the training as this helps you bond more with your dog.
Husky Pug Mix Puppies
The Husky Pug mix is a designer dog breed meaning it will cost more than some of the other mixed breed out on the market.
You should expect to pay between $1,000 to $2,500 for a Husky Pug mix puppy. Remember to purchase your new dog from a puppy and not from a pet store or puppy mill.
The price you pay for one of these dogs will greatly depend on the breeder, its location, reputation, and the pedigree of the parents being used for the breeding.
Find a reputable breeder that can be trusted to give you a very healthy Hug dog. The breeder should be able to show you the health reports of the parent dogs.
Also, a reputable breeder will start giving the new puppy its vaccinations, and you will need to finish them once you receive the puppy.
The breeder will keep the puppy until it is either eight to nine weeks old, and then it will be able to go home to its new owner.
Pug Husky Mix Litter Size
Again, with a mixed dog breed, it can be very difficult to determine the litter size. To make an estimation of litter size, we need to know how many puppies the purebred breeds have.
Pugs can have between four to six puppies in a single litter, depending on the mother size.
Siberian Huskies can also have between four and six puppies in a litter. When you cross these two dog breeds together, you can still get between four to six puppies, but it really will all depend on the size of the dog.
Close relatives of the Hug Dog
Here are some dog breeds that you can check out that are similar to the Hug dog breed: