Sheltie Pug

15-25 lbs
United States
Shetland Sheepdog
The Sheltie Pug is a combination of the Pug and the Shetland Sheepdog. Because these two breeds vary in size, the Sheltie Pug varies from 15 to 30 pounds and may be between 12 and 18 inches tall. Their personality is playful, active, happy, and loving, which makes them a great family pet. However, they need to be watched carefully with small children and should be socialized early. Their coat is usually short to medium but is straight and sleek, so it is easy to care for. However, they do shed so you will need to brush them daily if you do not want to see hair all over your furniture.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Pug and Shetland Sheepdog

Sheltie Pug Health

Average Size
Male Sheltie Pug size stats
Height: 14-18 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Female Sheltie Pug size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Spina Bifida
  • Portosystemic Shunts
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
  • PDE (Pug Dog Encephalitis)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Cardiac Test
  • DNA

Sheltie Pug Breed History

The Sheltie Pug is a designer breed that has only been around for about 20 years so they do not have a history yet. Therefore, you have to look at the backgrounds of the Pug and the Shetland Sheepdog. The Pug was bred from the French Mastiff, Bulldog, and Pekingese to be a companion for royal families. They have been around China since the Han Dynasty around 200 B.C., were seen as royalty, and even had their own bodyguards. The Pug was owned by Chinese Emperors and other royal families in China, Tibet, and Japan. Their name was changed to Mopshond when they were brought to Europe in the 16th century and they became popular with the royal families there. They were known by several other names in various countries such as Doguillo in Spain, Carlin in France, and Mops in Germany. They were eventually brought to England in 1861 after the British took over the Chinese Imperial Palace and became popular during the Victorian Era when the Pug was featured in many paintings, figurines, and postcards. In 1885, the Pug became a part of the American Kennel Club where they are now the 32nd most well-liked dog. The Shetland Sheepdog originated on the Shetland Island in Scotland during the 19th century. They were bred from the Border Collie, the Black and Tan King Charles Terrier, and some type of Icelandic dog for the purpose of herding sheep. They eventually were used to herd other animals such as cattle, horses, and even chickens. When the British Navy returned from training on the Shetland Islands, they brought some of these dogs back to England with them. They were known as Shetland Collies for a while but Collie lovers argued and they became known as the Shetland Sheepdog and were registered with the American Kennel Club in 1911.

Sheltie Pug Breed Appearance

The Sheltie Pug is a small dog with a short to medium coat that is straight, dense, and can be just about any color including chocolate, cream, black, white, brown, red, brindle, sable, pied, or a combination of any of these colors. Most Sheltie Pugs have a black mask like the Pug but not all of them. They have round blue or brown eyes, a black nose, shortened muzzle that may be brachycephalic, and a curious and alert expression. They are typically stocky with a rectangular head, floppy triangular ears, long legs, and a long tail that may hang straight or curl up over its back.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Sheltie Pug eyes
brown Sheltie Pug eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Sheltie Pug nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Sheltie Pug coat
brown Sheltie Pug coat
red Sheltie Pug coat
cream Sheltie Pug coat
fawn Sheltie Pug coat
white Sheltie Pug coat
pied Sheltie Pug coat
sable Sheltie Pug coat
brindle Sheltie Pug coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Sheltie Pug straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Sheltie Pug Breed Maintenance

You will need to brush your Sheltie Pug daily to prevent excessive shedding. You should also comb your dog thoroughly at least four or five times a week to keep their fur from getting matted if they have the Shetland Sheepdog undercoat. The hair between their ears and toes have a tendency to get tangled so you should pay special attention to these areas. You can bathe them as needed but not too often because it will dry out the skin. When bathing, be sure to wipe out your dog’s ears and check for redness and irritation. Your dog’s toenails should also be clipped as needed, about once a month. The teeth are an important part of the grooming routine as well; brush them several times a week for optimum dental health.

Brushes for Sheltie Pug
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Sheltie Pug requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Sheltie Pug Temperament

The Sheltie Pug has just enough calmness to enjoy sitting in your lap but enough energy to want to be active for at least a few hours a day. They love attention and enjoy playing games with you or with other dogs. The Shetland Sheepdog has the habit of barking and spinning around if they get excited so your Sheltie Pug may be a bit excitable. They may also inherit the habit of nipping at other pets and children to try and herd them but they should be able to be trained to control that habit. They are intelligent dogs and learn fast so they are typically easy to train.

Sheltie Pug Activity Requirements

All dogs need to go out at least a few times a day but the Sheltie Pug needs about an hour to 90 minutes of vigorous activity every day. Without enough physical and mental exercise, your Sheltie Pug can become overweight, unhealthy, and even anxious. They can also develop bad habits such as aggression, chewing on your property, and barking excessively. Your Sheltie Pug may enjoy going for a walk, visiting other dogs at the dog park, hiking in the woods, swimming, playing fetch, or just running around in a fenced yard. Because of the Shetland Sheepdog genes, your Sheltie Pug may also enjoy herding trials or agility training.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Sheltie Pug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.60
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$24.00 - $48.00
food bag monthly cost

Sheltie Pug Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Sheltie Pug size stats at six months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Sheltie Pug size stats at six months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Sheltie Pug size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 20.0 lbs
Female Sheltie Pug size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 15.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Sheltie Pug size stats at 18 months
Height: 16.0 inches Weight: 25.0 lbs
Female Sheltie Pug size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 20.0 lbs

Sheltie Pug Owner Experiences

11 Years
3 People
House & Yard
For the first 2 years she was very high energy but never destructive. But even then she loved to snuggle on your lap and relax. As she’s gotten older she will perfectly mirror my activity level. I had the Nemo is and she cuddled in bed with me for a solid week other than to go out to potty. If we’re taking walks and outside all day she’s happy to be active all day. She’s the sweetest, friendliest dog I’ve ever seen and shows no aggression to anyone (she will bark and appear ferocious). She’s very submissive and gentle but not timid at all. She loves kids and is a PERFECT kid dog. At 25 pounds she’s sturdy enough they won’t accidentally hurt her but not big enough to accidentally hurt them. She’s a clown and loved to “smile” and show her teeth. She does that when she’s very happy and usually right before she gives you a kiss. She’s never chewed on anything other than her bones. She’s been extremely healthy other than some seasonal allergy itchiness she developed as she’s gotten older. If I could clone this dog, I would. She’s my sweet, loving, constant shadow and I adore her.
2 years, 1 month ago
11 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
Play with Toys
Playing in the snow
We have only had her for a week but she is very playful and learns quickly. Still a little afraid of car rides. Already very attached to "dad" and follows him everywhere, will even circle him in a hearding manner sometimes. Adorable and loving.
4 years, 11 months ago
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