Everyone loves a dog hug, but what about a Hug dog? Confused? Let me explain: a Hug is a “designer dog” combining a Siberian husky and a pug (a.k.a. a “Hug”).
Designer dogs are a cross between two purebred dogs of different breeds with the intention to combine the best attributes of both. Both Siberian huskies and pugs are popular breeds with almost cult-like followings, so combining the genetics of the two breeds mixes the best of both worlds. Right?
Let’s look at 10 important facts you should know about the husky pug mix in case you’re thinking of getting a “Hug”.
Where Does the Husky Pug Mix Come From?
Both Siberian huskies and pugs were originally bred in Asia. Siberian huskies were bred by the Chukchi, an indigenous people, to haul supplies on sleds over long distances in the arctic landscape. On the other hand, pugs were first bred as companion animals by royalty in China around 2000 years ago, where they lived in luxury as lapdogs.
No one is sure exactly when the husky-pug crossbreed originated.
Can You Breed a Husky With a Pug?
Most purebred pugs cannot conceive on their own but need a little help from humans in order to establish a healthy pregnancy. The same can be said of producing a husky-pug. Due to their significant difference in size, husky-pug crosses are always created using a pug sire and husky mother.
What Does a Husky Pug Mix Look Like?
Husky-pug mixes can vary greatly in appearance. They can look much like either parent or look like a mixture of the two. They can have a flat face like a pug or a more elongated snout similar to the husky.
Their coats can be short or medium length with a variety of colors and patterns. Siberian huskies alone can sport one of 17 possible fur patterns, with combinations of black, white, red, sable, brown, grey, copper, and tan.
If Hug puppies take after their pug parent more, they may sport skin folds or wrinkles. Their tail may be curled like a pug’s or straight like a husky. A husky-pug mix may inherit striking blue eyes from their husky parent as well.
With all the differences in appearance that huskies and pugs may pass on to their offspring, it is nearly impossible to determine what a Hug might look like before they are born.
How Big Is a Husky Pug Mix?
As with their appearance, the husky-pug comes in a variety of sizes. Offspring who take after their husky mother may be as tall as 24 inches at the shoulder, whereas puppies that resemble their pug father may be as short as 10 inches.
Husky-pug mixes can weigh anywhere between 14 and 60 pounds! This range of sizes is important to keep in mind if you decide to take home a husky-pug mix. You do not want to plan for a 15-pound dog and end up with a 50-pound dog when your puppy is done growing.
What Is the Temperament of a Husky Pug Mix?
Siberian huskies and pugs were bred for wildly different purposes and that is reflected in their personalities as well.
The athletic husky is a sled dog and has the independent nature and intelligence to match. They are hard workers, loyal to their human, and great at working together as a team with other dogs. Huskies have boundless energy and a mischievous tendency to get into trouble when their bodies and minds are not properly exercised.
Pugs are nearly the exact opposite. Bred for centuries as lapdogs for emperors and nobility, their sole job was to be a companion animal. Pugs crave human interaction and vast amounts of attention. They will seek attention with their playful and goofy behavior. These dogs are incredibly affectionate and devoted to their human families.
Despite these differing temperaments, any husky-pug mix is guaranteed to inherit the outgoing and playful nature both breeds exhibit. A Hug will be a loyal companion to their human; only time will tell if a Hug puppy will be independent and energetic like a husky or more laid-back like a pug.
What Are the Exercise Requirements For a Husky Pug Mix?
Both huskies and pugs love to play, so any husky pug mix will require adequate exercise and engagement. Huskies are elite athletes in the dog world, whereas pugs are rambunctious but tire relatively quickly. Where your puppy may fall in between these two is a roll of the dice. Only as time progresses will you be able to determine out just how much exercise your dog needs.
One deciding factor for how much exercise your husky pug mix may require is determined by the shape of their face and snout. A purebred pug has what’s called a brachycephalic face, which is just a long word that describes the pug’s flat muzzle. This flat face can make intense exercise and play unsafe for a pug. If a husky pug mix inherits the flat face of its pug father, it will be equally at risk for overheating and other respiratory issues.
If your hug inherits the husky’s desire to run as well as a pug’s flat snout, you may encounter issues with your dog’s unburnt energy, leading to undesirable and even destructive behavior. One way to mitigate these tendencies is through mental stimulation such as training.
How Do You Train a Husky Pug Mix?
Training and socialization are vital for any dog. Huskies are notoriously stubborn and challenging to train, but pugs are known for being easy to train as long as you maintain a kind demeanor. A husky pug mix could fall anywhere in that spectrum when it comes to training, but no matter their temperament you will need to dedicate time and patience to train your dog.
How Healthy is a Husky Pug Mix?
To determine the health of a husky pug mix we must first examine the health of the parent breeds.
Siberian huskies are a fairly healthy breed. The main health issues they face usually involve their eyes. Juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, progressive retinal atrophy, and glaucoma are issues huskies sometimes face. Siberian huskies have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
Unlike the husky, pugs are not a very healthy breed in general. After centuries of genetically selecting pugs for desired physical characteristics such as the flat face, numerous health issues have arisen. Pugs are not only prone to breathing issues due to their signature snout, but skin problems arise due to their skin folds as well.
Eye issues such as dry eye, proptosis (eye displacement), and entropion (eyelids roll inwards) can be common. A fatal inflammatory disease called Pug Dog Encephalitis, or PDE, only affects pugs. They can also suffer from deformed vertebrae, hip dysplasia, and myelopathy (incoordination of the rear limbs that can lead to paralysis). Despite smaller dogs often having longer life spans than larger dogs, pugs are only expected to live an average of 11 years.
The health issues a husky pug mix may experience depend a lot on which parent they resemble more. Hugs that more strongly resemble a pug, especially those with a brachycephalic face, will be more prone to the health issues pugs are plagued with. Hugs who inherit a husky’s blue eyes may be more prone to the eye diseases associated with huskies.
How Do You Groom a Husky Pug Mix?
A husky pug mix can have a fluffy coat like a husky, sleek like a pug, or somewhere in between. Regardless of your dog’s coat length, you’ll need to brush your Hug at least once a week to manage their shedding and distribute skin oils.
Does a Husky Pug Mix Make A Good Pet For a Family?
Judging a Hug’s suitability for family life can be difficult, as many of their characteristics can vary greatly. A Hug that combines the companionship of the pug with the intelligence and loyalty of the husky could make a great addition to any family. A Hug that inherits many of the health issues of their pug father or the independent escape artist tendencies of the husky mother may not be the best choice to bring into your home.