45-50 lbs
German Shepherd
The Shug is a hybrid breed dog. His parents are the German Shepherd and the Pug. He will be a medium-sized dog that requires little in the way of maintenance. He is easy to train; he listens well to commands and he is eager to please his owner. He craves and needs ample, regular exercise. He is good with children of all ages and other dogs. With proper socialization, he may be accepting of other types of pets. He is full of energy, and he is known to be playful and affectionate. He will be happiest in a home with a fenced-in area for play, but he will also be satisfied to stay in an apartment provided he is given ample opportunity for activity.
Companionship, Watchdog
Date of Origin
German Shepherd, Pug

Shug Health

Average Size
Male Shug size stats
Height: 11-15 inches Weight: 45-50 lbs
Female Shug size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 45-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Blood Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints

Shug Breed History

The Shug is a fairly rare hybrid breed. In order to understand his origins, it is best to study the history of the parent breeds. The German Shepherd originates back to 1899 when Captain Max von Stephanitz decided to breed the various sheepherding dogs across Germany into a distinct breed. Stephanitz traveled throughout Germany observing dogs at dog shows, and he studied the breeding methods of the British as well. In 1899, Stephanitz found what he thought was the perfect dog; he described him as wolfish-looking. Stephanitz immediately bought the dog and begin breeding with various German sheepherding dogs. Although the practice of sheepherding was becoming non-existent in Germany, Stephanitz continued to breed a working dog. When sheepherding was no longer an option, he introduced the dog to police work and military service. The German government eventually adopted the breed for military service. Interestingly enough, some American soldiers during WWII were able to obtain some German Shepherd puppies and brought them to the United States at the end of the war. The Pug originates in the Orient. Experts believe he is distantly related to the Tibetan Mastiff. The Pug was loved by royalty, and legend has it that Pugs belonging to the royal family were guarded by soldiers. In the 1500s and 1600s, the Chinese began trading with Europeans. It is believed that the Pug made its way out of the Orient in this manner. European royalty fell in love with the happy little dogs. In fact, William of Orange credited a Pug with saving his life (by notifying him that strangers - Spaniards - were approaching). William of Orange honored the Pug by naming him the official dog of the House of Orange. Marie Antionette owned a Pug prior to her marriage to Louis XVI, and Josephine Bonaparte owned a Pug as well. The Pug made its way to America after the Civil War. The American Kennel Club recognized the Pug in 1885.

Shug Breed Appearance

The Shug will greatly resemble a large Pug. His coat will be short and straight. It may be wiry like that of the German Shepherd parent breed. He will likely be a tan or cream color; however, if his parents are both black, he may be dark in color as well. He may even be brindle. He may have the brachycephalic snout of the Pug parent breed. He will likely have the curly tail of the Pug, and the tail will curl over his back. He is likely to appear stocky, even chubby. His chest will be deep and broad. He may or may not have white markings on his chest and stomach. He will likely have a black muzzle and most of his nose will be black as well.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Shug eyes
brown Shug eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shug nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shug coat
brindle Shug coat
fawn Shug coat
cream Shug coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shug wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shug Breed Maintenance

The Shug will likely need little in the way of maintenance. His coat is likely to be short, and he will shed very little. Brush him weekly to remove any excess hairs. Brush his teeth two or three times a week in order to prevent tartar build-up and bad breath. Brush daily to prevent tooth decay. Wipe out his ears with a damp cotton ball once a week. Be sure to check for redness or odor as this is indicative of an infection. Trim his nails every other week unless he wears them down naturally. It is essential to avoid cracks and tears in the nails as they can be painful and may even become infected if dirt accumulates.
Brushes for Shug
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shug requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shug Temperament

The Shug is a happy, energetic dog. He is highly intelligent and will be easy to train. Housebreaking may present more of a challenge than obedience training. This can be attributed to the Pug parent breed, who is known to be stubborn at times. He is playful, and he is usually happy to greet strangers. He is good with children of all ages; however, one should be advised that he will need early socialization in order to know how to behave with other dogs and other pets. He is rarely standoffish, although the German Shepherd parent breed is often aloof with strangers. He is happy in an apartment provided he has ample opportunity for exercise. He loves his family and is quite loyal as well.

Shug Activity Requirements

The Shug is a fairly active dog. He will enjoy short, brisk walks around the neighborhood with you. However, keep in mind that he may inherit the brachycephalic snout of the Pug parent breed; if so, you will need to keep him from getting overexerted as this could lead to breathing difficulties. Keep a bottle of water handy, especially in hot weather. He will enjoy trips to the dog park as well. Should you choose to let him exercise in a fenced-in area, be sure the fence goes deep into the ground. The German Shepherd parent breed has a propensity for digging out of fences. Keep chew toys and toys that stimulate his mind indoors for days that he can't get outside to play and exercise.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Shug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Shug Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shug size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Shug size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Shug size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 30.0 lbs
Female Shug size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 30.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Shug size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 42.5 lbs
Female Shug size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 42.5 lbs

Shug Owner Experiences

10 Years
7 People
playing with other dogs
Actually he recently died, got old and weak that got him infections. Really felt bad for neglecting the symptoms. Please check on them asap the show signs. Really sweet dog who acts like a big brother to other dogs. When he's around with other dogs, he gives way for their attention; but when there's no other dogs around, wants to be petted and cuddled. Chases around pests especially rodents, to the point that he ignores his food. Has a funny dumb face with bulgy eyes(pug like) that sometimes get your attention, sometimes he ignores you. I miss Bugsy :(
3 months ago
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Watching her chase anything
Jojo is very active. We got JoJo when she was younger , she was a rescue. I looked up several breeds and found the Shug. She looked identical so I assume she’s a Shug.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
1 Year
1 People
When I adopted Riley the rescue guessed he was a Chihuahua and Beagle but when I did his DNA it came out he was a Shug! :)
7 months, 1 week ago
Scrappy Doo
5 Months
2 People
House & Yard
hide and seek
Playing fetch
He is a very smart, loyal, sometimes annoying but always loving boy. Scrappy Doo shows more Shepard tendencies than pug. His nose is always to the ground.
2 years, 2 months ago
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Walks dog parks
I find them to be very energetic and loving very cute and unique looking
2 years, 11 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd