Pug-Zu

8-22 lbs
8-12"
Unknown
Pug
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.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
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
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pug-Zu nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pug-Zu coat
Black
brown Pug-Zu coat
Brown
white Pug-Zu coat
White
fawn Pug-Zu coat
Fawn
brindle Pug-Zu coat
Brindle
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
Comb
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
$1.00 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

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

Pug-Zu Owner Experiences

Luci
2 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Rides in the car and playing catch with a frisby.
We got Luci when she was just a few weeks old. Her mother got sick and refused to nurse the litter. We took both females from the litter to keep them together. My wife and I hand fed them throughout the following weeks. We were rewarded with 2 of the best dogs we have ever owned. Luci (short for Lucifer) and Piper were playful from the time they would awaken until they would just quit and take a nap. Even now, 2 years later, as soon as they wake up, they want to play catch. They potty trained without too much difficulty. We feed them a dry dog food made with salmon as it's first ingredient. This helps to avoid skin issues. It also helps keep their calorie intake up and provides the good protein level that helps them maintain their active life style. They get along great with our other two dogs, a female pug named Sunny and a female spitz named Zoey. Any walks outside necessitate a harness and leash as they will run like the wind if left untethered. As we live just outside of a rather large city, that is not good. However, when taken to an area where it is safe for them to run, their return is always guaranteed, once they have had enough of running like the wind. They love everyone they come in contact with and will sometimes cry when their favorites walk away. They love to have their tummies rubbed. Luci will sit up facing away from me, cock her head to the right, throw her front legs up in the air over her head, and fall back into my lap for me to rub her belly and under her chin. They are both great at the groomers and for nail trimmings. I can't say enough good things about our experiences with the breed.
1 month ago
Skitle
3 Years
6 People
House & Yard
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Very affectionate. Is either sleeping or running. Loves attentions, walks and car rides. Overall healthy - has sensitive skin though. Unlike pugs, is not a big eater and stays trim. Slow to train (due to stubborness) but once she decides she wants to do it that's it she has it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Dobby
6 Months
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
The Pug-zu is a great breed. Dobby is wonderful. He loves to run and play, he has loads of energy. He is hard to bath and groom sometimes, because he has long hair like his mom, and is so energetic,but with a little persistence he calms down and we get the job done. My mom breeds Pug-zu's, so I get to love and spoil many, before they go to their loving new homes, but I had to keep Dobby for myself it was love at first site!
2 months, 1 week ago
Dudley
2 Years
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
football
Eating Snacks
Off-leash
Play
Go to Beach
Explore the woods
Run
Go to Park
Playdate
Very loving dog with a great goofy personality! He hates to be alone and will follow you everywhere! Very greedy so have to be careful of food intake. He's great with children, other dogs and gets on with our cat very well. He can be very stubborn especially when walking on the leash, I.f you don't walk the way he wants you to, but after a little persistence he will give in. In general a really lovely little dog, bundle of fun.
2 months, 1 week ago
Midnight
5 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing fetch and walk
I have my pug zu for 3 months. She’s a happy high energy dog who enjoying playing nonstop. Very friendly and ran up to everyone she sees. She loved being the center of attention and can be very inquisitive at times. Overall she’s a great companion
3 months, 1 week ago
Chewy
7 Years
5 People
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I had my pug- zu for 7 years, and he was the most amazing dog I have ever had the pleasure of knowning. He was incredibly smart and knew tons of tricks. He was a great companion and best friend. He loved everybody and all animals. He got along great with my 3 cats and lab. He was a wonderful family dog, I highly recommend this dog to anyone who wants a friendly, loving, happy playful dog.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Izzy
8 Weeks
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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My son has a 7 month old pug-zu and I immediately fell in love with her. I got my Izzy as a mothers day gift and she is amazing. I love her dearly. Most affectionate and funny pup ever!!
4 months ago
Maki
2 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Playing
Well he can't be left alone he always wants someone to be there besides hin
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Milo
4 Years
7 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Playing
He’s very lazy when no ones home but he loves to cuddle and go on walks
5 months, 1 week ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
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