Tibetan Pug

12-12 lbs
Tibetan Spaniel
The Tibetan Pug is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Tibetan Spaniel and the Pug. He is a small dog, weighing no more than fifteen pounds at maturity. Friendly and loving, the Tibetan Pug makes a great companion (particularly if you want a "lap dog"). He will need little in the way of grooming. He is good with children, and, with early socialization, he is good with other pets. He can be mouthy, tending to bark a lot. However, this makes him a great watchdog. He is highly social and enjoys being with his family. He never meet a stranger, and he will make friends with most anyone with whom he comes in contact. He loves learning tricks, and he will entertain your visitors with his zany antics.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Tibetan Spaniel, Pug

Tibetan Pug Health

Average Size
Male Tibetan Pug size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 14-14 lbs
Female Tibetan Pug size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 12-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hemivertebrae
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Eye Problems
  • May be sensitive to certain drugs
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Allergy Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints

Tibetan Pug Breed History

The Tibetan Pug is a fairly new hybrid breed; in fact, little is known about his exact origins. However, if we study the origins of the parent breeds, we can learn more about the Tibetan Pug. The Pug hails from the Orient, particularly China. It is thought that the Pug ancestor dates as far back as the Han dynasty. Pugs were prized by Chinese emperors, and often, Pugs were housed in luxurious accommodations as a result. Some experts believe that the Pug is related to the "Foo" dogs of China. During the 1500s and 1600s, China began trading in Europe; as a result, the Pug became imported to the area. As they had been prized in China, the Pug was also a favorite of royal households in Europe. In fact, a Pug supposedly alerted William of Orange to the coming of Spaniards, saving William's life. For this, William declared the Pug the official dog of the House of Orange. Other famous Pug owners include Marie Antoinette, Josephine Bonaparte, and Queen Charlotte of England. Pugs were extremely popular during the Victorian Era; in fact, Queen Victoria herself owned and bred Pugs. The Pug was imported to the United States after the Civil War, and the American Kennel Club recognized the Pug for the first time in 1885. The Tibetan Spaniel also finds its origins in the Orient. It is thought that the Tibetan Spaniel was first owned by Buddhist monks who bred the dogs to guard the lamasery (the monastery). The Tibetan Spaniel was often given as a gift to ambassadors from other countries, and it is in this way that royal courts in China and Japan obtained Tibetan Spaniels. In the nineteenth century, a Mrs. McLaren Morris brought the first Tibetan Spaniel to England. The breed became relatively popular; however, during World War II, the breed almost became extinct in the area. After 1947, imports from the Orient brought the breed back to a healthy number. In 1965, the first Tibetan Spaniel was imported to the United States. The American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1984.

Tibetan Pug Breed Appearance

The Tibetan Pug is a small dog. Generally, he weighs no more than fourteen pounds at adulthood. However, should his parents be slightly larger, he may weigh up to twenty pounds. His coloring will also depend largely on the coat color of his parents. He may be black, brown and white, light brown, or cream in color. He may also be red or brindle. His fur will be short and straight. His ears may be floppy; if so, you will need to devote a little extra time to the care of his ears. His eyes will be large and brown, and they may tend to bulge from the eye socket. His snout is generally quite short; he may inherit the brachycephalic tendencies of the Pug parent breed. He may also appear to be short and stocky like his Pug parent. His tail may also have the characteristic high-setting corkscrew found in the Pug parent breed.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Tibetan Pug eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Tibetan Pug nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Tibetan Pug coat
cream Tibetan Pug coat
white Tibetan Pug coat
brindle Tibetan Pug coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Tibetan Pug straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Tibetan Pug Breed Maintenance

The Tibetan Pug is a low-maintenance dog. His fur is often short, silky, and smooth. Brush him weekly to remove dead hair. He will tend to shed more in the fall and spring, so you may have to brush him daily during those times of the year. Bathe him only when necessary. His natural oils will keep his coat looking shiny and healthy. If you want to prevent bad breath and tartar build-up, brush his teeth two or three times a week. However, to prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth daily. Should he inherit floppy ears, you will need to wipe out his ears with a damp cotton ball (use warm water to dampen) weekly. At this time, check for redness or a foul odor. If either of these is present, your dog may be developing an ear infection. Trim his nails every two or three weeks. Generally, if you can hear his nails clicking on a tile floor, it is time to cut his nails.
Brushes for Tibetan Pug
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Tibetan Pug requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Tibetan Pug Temperament

The Tibetan Pug is a sweet, happy little dog. He gets along well with most any human or animal that he meets. He is especially good with children. He does tend to bark a lot; for this reason, he is usually classified as a great watchdog. He loves to learn tricks, and he is often happiest when showing off what he has learned for his family and their friends. He is highly intelligent and often curious about his surroundings. He is often found following his family members from room to room just so he can be in the middle of family activities. He loves to play, and he loves interacting with people and other animals as well. He is highly affectionate; he is often classified as a wonderful lapdog because he will climb into your lap at any opportunity. He is easily housebroken, and his propensity for learning tricks makes him easy to train in other areas as well.

Tibetan Pug Activity Requirements

The Tibetan Pug is a dog that does not require much in the way of activity. He enjoys learning tricks and performing at any time, but he is never considered "hyper." He will enjoy short, brisk walks through the neighborhood with you. He will also enjoy trips to the dog park. It is important to remember that the Tibetan Pug may inherit the brachycephalic snout of the Pug parent breed. If so, you will need to keep water handy (particularly during summer months) to keep him hydrated. This will also prevent him from getting too hot, which can be a real problem for a dog with a short snout. Never allow the Tibetan Pug to become overexerted; he may not be able to breath properly. Invest in toys that will occupy his mind and give him physical stimulation at the same time.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Tibetan Pug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $32.00
food bag monthly cost

Tibetan Pug Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Tibetan Pug size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Tibetan Pug size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Tibetan Pug size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Tibetan Pug size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Tibetan Pug size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
Female Tibetan Pug size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs

Tibetan Pug Owner Experiences

11 Months
2 People
the beach
Watching tv
Our Tibby Pug is a sweet, caring happy little dog. He loves to be beside us and often follows us all around the house or yard, (even if it's just to visit the restroom). He is very smart and was very easy to train the basics such as toilet outside, sit, assisting putting his harness on and is easy to train to walk on a leash.
5 years, 4 months ago
9 Months
1 People
Walking and cuddling.
AMAZING, haven’t even had to train Jessica. Very intelligent dog. Follows me everywhere and never has me out of sight, this means she can play freely in the park or at the beach and she rarely wears a lead as she walks by my side. Very cute and adorable. She is my constant companion and goes everywhere with me, boat, train, bus..
4 years, 11 months ago
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