11-17 lbs
United States
Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Pug

The Pughasa is a designer dog and is a cross between a Pug and a Lhasa Apso. They are friendly active dogs that make great family pets. They are good with children if socialized early on. The Pughasa is playful and while they have an independent streak loves nothing better than to be close to their human family who they are very protective over. This breed is regarded as a good watchdog despite the fact that they are quite small weighing on average between 12 and 18 pounds with a height of up to 11 inches. They will need a firm handler when it comes to training so they can learn early on that they are not the ones in charge. Common colors include fawn, black and white and their coats are fine, harsh and rough which can be long or short.

Date of Origin
Pug, Lhasa Apso

Pughasa Health

Average Size
Male Pughasa size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 12-18 lbs
Female Pughasa size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 11-17 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis
  • Liver Shunts
  • Urolithiasis
Minor Concerns
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Eye Problems
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Corneal Ulcer
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • Skeletal
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Respiratory Tests

Pughasa Breed History

The Pughasa is a hybrid or designer breed that was developed by crossing Lhasa Apso and a Pug. The Lhasa Apso originated in the sacred Tibetan city of Lhasa and was bred as a companion to nobility and monks. Although small, they were known as courageous watch-dogs and their Tibetan name means “Bark Lion Sentinal Dog”. Lhasa Apsos guarded the inside dwellings while Tibetan Mastiffs were responsible for those outside. The breed’s history goes back to 80 BC making them one of the oldest dog breeds. Tibetans believed that the souls of deceased monks entered the bodies of Lhasa Apsos. The Dalai Lama was the only one to could give the dogs as gifts outside of Tibet which is how they landed up in the United Kingdom and the United States. The 13th Dalai Lama gave a pair to world traveler and naturalist Suydam Cutting who brought the dogs to the US in 1933.  The American Kennel Club recognized the Lhasa Apso in 1935. Rather than being guard dogs, like the Lhasa Apso, Pugs were themselves guarded by soldiers. These little dogs originated in China where they were prized by emperors.  Some say they are related to the Tibetan Mastiff. They were brought from China to Europe in the sixteenth century, probably by Dutch traders, who named the breed Mopshond. The Pug became the official dog of the House of Orange after one was said to have warned William, Prince of Orange, that Spanish assassins were heading his way.  The breed also appeared in artwork in the 1700s by the likes of  William Hogarth and Goya. Queen Victoria was a fan of the breed and had many of them in her kennels. Pugs were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Pughasa Breed Appearance

The Pughasa is a designer dog and is a cross between a Pug and a Lhasa Apso. Common colors include fawn, black and white and their coats are fine, harsh and rough. The hair can be short or long depending on which parent breed they most take after. They are small dogs weighing between 12 and 18 pounds and with a height of between 10 and 11 inches. A Pughasa has dark brown eyes that may protrude slightly from the Pug side. Their tails curl over the back and this breed may have a slight underbite from the Lhasa Apso parent breed. The muzzle will be slightly longer than that of a Pug.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pughasa eyes
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pughasa coat
fawn Pughasa coat
white Pughasa coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pughasa wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pughasa Breed Maintenance

It will depend on which parent breed your Pughasa most takes after as to how much grooming they will need. If the coat is short and smooth like a Pug it will be easier but if they have the longer coat from the Lhasa Apso then it may be more challenging. Your pet is likely to need daily brushing and combing and some prefer trimming the longer hair especially in summer. Your pet will need a bath about once a month with a good pet shampoo. Make sure they are dried thoroughly afterwards. Check the ears regularly for dirt and brush the teeth daily if you can. The nails can be clipped when needed.

Brushes for Pughasa
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pughasa requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pughasa Temperament

The Pughasa is a playful, affectionate dog who loves to be pampered and is not averse to taking charge if given half a chance. They are lively friendly dogs who thrive on human companionship but can be very stubborn. They can be eager to please but only if they feel like it. They are good with children but wary when it comes to strangers. With very young children they will need to be watched as they won’t tolerate rough handling and may nip. They will be content being picked up and cuddled or spending time on your lap. They make excellent watchdogs and are very protective and loyal dogs. The Pughasa is an intelligent dog who will respond to a firm handler with consistent training. Early training and socialization will be important for this breed. They will do best with lots of praise and positive reinforcement. They are energetic little dogs but won’t need lots of exercise.

Pughasa Activity Requirements

The Pughasa is an energetic little dog but won’t need a lot of exercise to be happy. They are social little dogs so will love going out for walks but will enjoy indoor activities as well. They will be happy playing with any children in the house and other pets provided they were socialized early. They can easily adapt to living in an apartment as long as they are taken out every day.  They are very playful so will love to chase a ball around. The Pughasa won’t tolerate the heat very well so don’t exercise them in the heat of the day especially in summer.

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

Pughasa Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Pughasa Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pughasa size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Pughasa size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 10 lbs
12 Months
Male Pughasa size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Pughasa size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Male Pughasa size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Pughasa size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 14 lbs

Pughasa Owner Experiences

4 Months
6 People
House & Yard
Great all round dog. Is great with children. Will lie beside you at night but loves a good walk
10 months, 3 weeks ago
17 Weeks
3 People
Play keep away
Playing with the ball
Couldn’t wish for a more loving dog
1 year ago
Book me a walkiee?
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