The Hug Dog is a breed developed by crossing the Siberian Husky with the Pug. As interesting it may sound to cross the two different breeds in terms of their contrasting size and characteristics, their crosses too are no less wonderful. This breed can either inherit the long and fine coat of the Pug, or the thick, long coat of the Siberian Husky.
Those that have taken the side of the pug can be smaller in contrast to those that have taken the husky’s side. Their appearance is also not predictable. They have a squashed face, but either a curly or a straight tail, a flat/hanging or pointy ears, and a dark mask. The Husky Pug mix has been used for guarding, searching and rescue purposes.
Hug Dog Pictures
|Also known as||Pug Siberian Husky Mix|
|Coat||Long, short, straight, smooth|
|Colors||Black, gray, red, silver, and white|
|Type||Companion dog, Watchdog, Working dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Height (size)||Medium; Depends upon size|
|Weight||30-60 pounds (full grown)|
|Personality Traits||Loving, intelligent, alert, loyal, friendly, energetic|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Shedding||Average to heavy|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA|
Video: Pug Siberian Husky Mix
Temperament and Behavior
The Hug dogs are known for their cheerfulness, intelligence, and loyalty. Inheriting the pug-like friendliness, these dogs are highly affectionate to their family members.They also display friendliness towards kids as well as other pets.
Many Hugs can be lazy couch potatoes, sitting in its bed, dozing or sleeping. Some hug dogs might also not feel very comfortable living in small living spaces, a trait inherited from their Husky parents, especially if it is on the bigger side.
They may even display single-mindedness or willful behavior. Being an extremely alert breed, they make good watch dogs.
Because of their high level of energy, these dogs need a significant amount of daily exercise. This is also because they belong to the working dog category, and tendency towards physical exertion is in their genes. Take your dog out for a leashed walk every day for at least an hour or so. Setting out for a long jogging with your dog would also be a good idea. Let your dog play independently, if you have an enclosed yard. The best would be your own participation in some interactive or retrieving game.
Brush it at least twice a week if it has the pug’s coat, but a little more care for the longer version – probably three to four times a week. They are dogs brimming with energy, playing around all day, and it’s your duty to maintain cleanliness and the sheen of your dog’s coat.
Generally healthy. No serious health problems have been reported.
You need to make your Hug puppy learn to be obedient from the prime of its life. Leash the dog and make it sit next to you while waving your palm flat very close to its muzzle, and say ‘Stay’. Next, come in front of your pet and stand for a few seconds, and then get back to your seat. Don’t forget rewarding it with treats for not breaking your command.
To get rid of your dog’s lazy behavior, try tempting him with exciting goodies (like their favorite toys or a special treat) along with fun games like hide-and-seek or anything else that holds it back from dozing in a corner of the room.
You should keep socializing your Hug dog throughout its life, for which, you must make plans to help it continue meeting new people and new dogs. Ask your friends and neighbors, especially those who own dogs, to visit your house from time to time with their pets.
Highly nutritious dog foods are recommended for this energetic breed. But the diet schedules must be set keeping in mind our dog’s size.