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30-60 lbs
Siberian Husky
Siberian Hug

The Hug is a mix between the Siberian Husky and the Pug.  It is considered a designer breed because two pure dog breeds were deliberately bred to produce him. This hybrid is attractive and affectionate and will make a good addition to an active family. Easy to care for, the Hug’s coat may be medium to long, or straight and smooth and will require low to moderate maintenance. The Hug is affectionate, friendly and playful. Because they are very intelligent, the breed can be quick to learn. His Siberian Husky side may make him a little stubborn, so firm leadership is required. They are good with children and other dogs. The Hug can easily live in an apartment if he has daily walks and exercise.

Date of Origin
Siberian Husky, Pug

Hug Health

Average Size
Male Hug size stats
Height: 16-22 inches Weight: 30-60 lbs
Female Hug size stats
Height: 16-22 inches Weight: 30-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Mast Cell Tumors
  • Atopy Dermatitis
Minor Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Obesity
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Skin Scraping
  • Allergy Tests
  • Eye examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Count
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening

Hug Breed History

Because the Hug is a modern designer breed they have very little documented history. We can look into the Siberian Husky and Pug parent's origins to get an idea of the background of this interesting hybrid. The original Siberian Huskies were bred 3000 years ago by the nomadic Chukchi people in North Eastern Asia. They were trained to help the tribe hunt, herd and to haul sleds loaded with the tribe's belongings. Only children, sick or very old people could ride in the sled. The tribe believed that anyone that would hurt a dog could not enter heaven. Unfortunately, during the Stalin regime the Chukchi people and their dogs were purged out of the area. Luckily for the Husky, some dogs were exported to North America in 1929. The Siberian Husky was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930. It currently ranks 12th in the American Kennel Club's list of most popular dog breeds. The Pug is one of the oldest dog breeds, dating back to 400 B.C.  It is believed these cute canines originated in China and were considered valuable possessions of the royal families. Pugs were highly guarded and protected.  They were also companions to the Buddhist monks of Tibet. The ancient Pugs were called the "Foo Dog". Eventually, Pugs became popular in the European Royal courts. In 1572, a brave Pug named Pompey saved Prince William of Holland.  Pompey alerted the Prince that there were assassins right outside his tent.  Prince William and Pompey were able to escape.  Pompey was a hero and became the official dog of the House of Orange in Holland. Pugs arrived in the United States during the nineteenth century. The Pug was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. The Pug Club of America was founded in 1931. In 2011 a pug named Lodi won Best of Breed at the Westminster dog show.

Hug Breed Appearance

Your Hug will have the physical characteristics of both the Siberian Husky and the Pug. Their exact appearance is unpredictable. The Hug will be larger than the Pug and may weigh 30 to 60 pounds. He will have a stocky and muscular body. His Pug side may give him a short muzzle with a flattened face, though his face will not be as “pushed in” as the Pug's.  Your Hug may have a curly or a straight tail. The ears may be flat and hanging or pointy.  Some Hugs have the Pug’s dark melanistic mask (mask-like appearance). His coat will be smooth and may be medium to long. The Hugs eyes may be larger than what we see in the Siberian Husky but will not be as prominent as the Pug. The eye color may be brown, blue and black.  Sometimes a Hug may have two different eye colors.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Hug eyes
brown Hug eyes
amber Hug eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Hug nose
brown Hug nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Hug coat
silver Hug coat
gray Hug coat
black Hug coat
fawn Hug coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Hug straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Hug Breed Maintenance

The Hug may have a medium to long coat.  He should be brushed or combed out weekly to remove dead hair and to keep his fur shiny. If your Hug has thick, long hair it may need to be brushed out several times a week to prevent matting. Nails should be trimmed monthly as overgrown nails can cause a dog pain and can get infected. Daily walks or jogs may help wear down his nails naturally.  Floppy, drop ears will need to be cleaned weekly with an ear wash. Your veterinarian can help recommend the product that is best for your dog and can instruct you on the safest ear cleaning method. The Hug should only be bathed when they are dirty or every few months.  If your Hug has folds on his face they should be wiped daily, taking care to dry them thoroughly. The Hug’s teeth should be brushed weekly to prevent tartar buildup and bad breath. The affectionate Hug is a family dog and craves a lot of attention. To prevent boredom when you are not home, he should be provided chew toys.  

Brushes for Hug
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Hug requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Hug Temperament

The personality and character of the Hug will be a combination of the both of his parents’ temperaments. The Siberian Husky is an outgoing, happy and friendly breed. They are sweet, gentle and love children. The Siberian Husky is not dog aggressive nor is he suspicious of strangers. He enjoys playing and exploring the outside world and will happily partake in hikes, bike rides and jogging.  They are not recommended for first time dog owners because they require extensive obedience training and lots of exercise. Without the opportunity to expend energy, the breed can develop behavioral problems like excessive barking, chewing on furniture, and urinating in the house. Additionally, they are considered escape artists and cannot be left outside alone.Pugs are charismatic, intelligent and rarely aggressive. Pugs are eager to please. The breed craves and demands attention and affection. They can be a little lazy, which can cause obesity. Pugs have low to moderate energy levels and are happy being a homebody. Pugs are sturdy and are usually good with other dogs and children. Your Hug will be adorable, charming, intelligent and a happy dog. He will need a lot of attention, play, and regular consistent training.

Hug Activity Requirements

Siberian Huskies are a high energy dog breed and the Pug tends to have a low energy level. Your Hug may have a moderate to high energy level.  When he is a puppy he will be more energetic and need more playtime. The Hug is a social dog who will enjoy visiting and making new friends at a dog park. Both the Siberian Husky and the Pug are susceptible to heatstroke, so in the hot summer months, they should not be walked during the hottest time of day. Keep them well hydrated during their walks and exercise periods and make sure to give them a break in the shade. The Hug can live comfortably in an apartment or house, but will be most content with a yard to explore in.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Hug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Hug Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Hug size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female Hug size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 21 lbs
12 Months
Male Hug size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Hug size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs
18 Months
Male Hug size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Hug size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs

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