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8-22 lbs
Shih Tzu

The Pug-Zu is a hybrid where the Pug is crossed with the Shih Tzu. These friendly dogs are small with an average weight of 8 to 22 pounds and a height of 8 to 12 inches. Your Pug-Zu will have a lot of personality and be sweet, loving and occasionally stubborn. The Pug-Zu can be demanding of your time and attention and will offer plenty of affection in return. This hybrid needs an average level of activity as well as early socialization and training, after which the Pug-Zu will do well with children and other animals. The Pug-Zu will prefer to have his humans around for the majority of the day and will not be happy with you leaving for long periods of time.

Date of Origin
Pug and Shih Tzu

Pug-Zu Health

Average Size
Male Pug-Zu size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 8-22 lbs
Female Pug-Zu size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 8-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemivertebrae
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Skin Problems
  • Demodactic Mange
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Knee
  • X-Rays
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Ophthalmological Examination

Pug-Zu Breed History

The Pug-Zu is a relatively new hybrid, though the parent breeds have long histories. The Shih Tzu has a long history and though the exact ancestors of the breed are not known, experts feel that the breed is a cross of the Lhasa Apso from Tibet and a small dog from China, like the Pekingese. Chinese royalty favored the breed as far back as the Tang dynasty (618-907). The dogs became popular among the commoners as well during the Ming dynasty. The small dogs were practically eliminated during the Chinese Revolution, with only seven males and seven females surviving. These 14 dogs are the ancestors of all of the Shih Tzus seen today. Dogs of the breed made their ways to other countries like Norway, England and North America. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1969. The Pug first originated in China between 206 B.C. and 200 A.D., during the Han dynasty. Emperors of China owned the dogs and treated them as royalty, at times even providing them their own guards. Evidence exists of dogs similar to the Pug in ancient Tibet and Japan. In the 1500’s and 1600’s, these dogs were brought to Europe with Dutch traders, becoming a popular choice for royalty. As the breed appeared in new parts of the world, it was given new names: Carlin in France, Doguillo in Spain and Mops in Germany, for example. The breed made its way to the United States after the Civil War, earning recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Pug-Zu Breed Appearance

The Pug-Zu is small, with an average weight of 8 to 22 pounds and his body will likely present as sturdy. His appearance can vary; these hybrids may look more like a Pug, more closely resemble Shih Tzu or appear like a mix of the two breeds. The tail of the hybrid may curl, though often not as tightly as the tail of the Pug and may or may not be plumed. His coat will depend upon what he inherits from his parent breeds; it can be medium to long and anywhere from fluffy to smooth. The Pug-Zu is often seen in the following colors: brown, white, fawn, black, apricot and brindle.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pug-Zu eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pug-Zu nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pug-Zu coat
brown Pug-Zu coat
white Pug-Zu coat
fawn Pug-Zu coat
brindle Pug-Zu coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pug-Zu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pug-Zu Breed Maintenance

The amount of shedding you can expect from a Pug-Zu will vary, much like it can with the hybrid’s parent breed of the Pug, which can shed minimally to frequently. Pug-Zu’s with long coats will require daily brushing as his coat can tangle very easily. It will be helpful to take him to the groomer for regular hair trimming. Your Pug-Zu should be bathed only when necessary and with dog shampoo so as not to impact his natural oils. When having longer hair, you may find it gets in your Pug-Zu’s eyes and therefore needs to be trimmed or tied back. Pu-Zus that inherit shorter coats will require less maintenance, though regardless of the length of his coat, you will want to brush your Pug-Zu’s teeth regularly, check his ears weekly and clip his nails as needed.
Brushes for Pug-Zu
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pug-Zu requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pug-Zu Temperament

Owners of the Pug-Zu say he has a lot of personality and is playful and friendly, making them a great breed for a family pet. The Pug-Zu will love to eat and is very intelligent, though can be rambunctious at times. On occasion, the Pug-Zu will develop small dog syndrome, though this is rare for Pugs and is not typically a concern. The hybrid will be loyal and curious and love being around his humans. While the Pug-Zu can be stubborn on occasion, he is mostly curious, sweet and happy.

Pug-Zu Activity Requirements

The Pug-Zu is relatively active considering his small size. Your perky Pug-Zu will require a minimum of 30 minutes of activity per day; this can include an outdoor walk, time at the dog park or a fenced-in yard and indoor play. An apartment will be sufficient for the Pug-Zu based on his small size, assuming he gets the activity that he needs. When outdoors during warm weather, you will want to be sure that your Pug-Zu does not overexert himself as this can lead to him overheating. It is likely that your Pug-Zu will prefer to just lie around sometimes, however, it is important that he gets his necessary physical activity.

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

Pug-Zu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Pug-Zu Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pug-Zu size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Pug-Zu size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Pug-Zu size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Pug-Zu size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Male Pug-Zu size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Pug-Zu size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs

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