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The Hug is a hybrid dog breed resulting from a cross between a Pug and a Siberian Husky. The combination of a small dog and a large dog makes for a medium-sized dog just right for hugging! Physically, the dogs resemble Pugs more than Huskies. They tend to have the small, chubby Pug body with a smushed face and Husky coloring. The big, pointy ears make for a silly addition to the Hug’s small body.
Huskies are known as one of the most active breeds and Pugs are known as one of the laziest. So, what do you get when you cross the two? A moderate level of energy that requires medium activity. Despite the higher energy level in Hugs compared to purebred Pugs, you should stick to activities that are suited to the Hug’s smaller body.
If you still get the daily paper delivered to your doorstep, train your Hug how to fetch the paper and bring it back to you! Dogs love having jobs, even a small job like this. They also love treats, which you will be readily handing out during the training phase. If you don't get the newspaper, you can train your dog to help you carry in the mail (provided they are safely away from any traffic!).
The Pug part of a Hug breed enjoys staying close to home, and this is an activity where neither of you have to go very far.
Given that Hug dogs aren’t a super active breed, a short walk around your neighborhood should be enough exercise for your pup. Both Pugs and Huskies are prone to heatstroke, so in the summer, it’s best to walk them in the mornings and evenings, when it's cooler. Bring a water bottle and collapsible bowl with you if it's hot out.
Hugs walk better on harnesses than collars. Of course, Hug dogs generally have smaller bodies than Huskies. Their shorter legs mean they can’t be walked as long as a purebred Husky could be. You want to tire your dog out, not injure them. If your pup gets overheated, take them home immediately.
Or should that be Hug-of-War?
Tug-of-War is a great activity for Hugs because it satisfies that Husky predatory part of the Hug while not being too much for the Pug part. Dogs love tug-of-war, and they really get into it when their humans make growling noises at them.
This activity can be enjoyed out in your yard or in your living room. Rope toys can be purchased for cheap at any pet store. If you don’t have a rope toy, an old towel can be used in a pinch. Your pup will likely play tug-of-war with any item you choose.
It is important to socialize your pup, particularly a dog that is half Husky. Huskies are very friendly and they love meeting new people and dogs. Neither Pugs or Huskies are overly aggressive breeds, so your Hug should get along great with other dogs. Use your best judgment on whether your pup should go in the small dog or large dog area.
Nothing beats a good old game of fetch as an activity to exercise your dog. Most dogs love fetch, so your Hug should enjoy it, too. All you’ll need is a ball and a yard. Some dogs can be reluctant to give the ball back, so it’s good for your dog to know the “drop it” command.
Pugs may be one of the laziest dogs, but when crossed with a high-energy breed such as a Husky, their energy level is sure to go up a notch. However, Hug dogs have the physical characteristics of a Pug, especially the shorter legs. For that reason, they can’t do as strenuous activities as Huskies can.
Tug-of-War, fetching the paper or a brisk walk are more than enough to provide your pup with the daily exercise they need. Be mindful of your dog being prone to heat exhaustion and only walk when the temperature is cooler. If your pup shows overly aggressive behavior during tug-of-war or any games, stop the game immediately and take a break.