The Shug dog is a medium sized breed developed by crossing the German Shepherd and Pug. Taking to both its parents as far as its physical trait is concerned, the Shug has a stocky, chubby look along with a deep, broad, chest, and a short-muzzled snout just as the Pug. It ears may be erect like the German Shepherd or floppy as that of the Pug. Its tail also bears a striking resemblance to that of a Pug, curling comfortably on its back.
|Coat||Short, straight or even wiry ( as the German Shepherd)|
|Color||Tan, brown, black, cream|
|Lifespan/ Life Expectancy||12-15 years|
|Height (Size)||Male: 8-12 inches
Female: 10-12 inchesMedium
|Weight||Approximately 14 pounds|
|Behavioral Characteristics/ Personality||Intelligent, energetic, cheerful, friendly|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Shedding (Does it shed)||Minimal|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||DDKC, ACHC, IDCR, DRA|
The German Shepherd-Pug mix is an intelligent dog just like its parents. It is also cheerful, happy and friendly, also getting along well with strangers and greeting them happily, a trait inherited from its Pug parent, which does not make it an efficient watchdog. The Shug dog also shares a good rapport with children of every age but should be socialized before they get to interact with dogs or other pets. It might display the Pug’s stubborn and strong-willed nature though it will not show signs of aggressiveness.
Its inherent intelligence may make it easy to grasp training, though it needs a firm master who can deal with its strong-willed nature tactfully.
Socialization: Teach your Shug puppies to get along well with other pets as well as people whom they do not know. You can invite friends to your home who have dogs or even take them to a dog park so that they may be acquainted with other dogs and gradually get to know how to interact with them.
Obedience: You should train your Shug puppy with commands to control its stubbornness. Once your pet is well acquainted with the command “Come,” you can teach it to come to you the moment you call it. In a firm voice say “Come” along with its name, and gradually push backward, at the same time lure it with treats so that it approaches you. Once it succeeds, reward it with treats and praises. Practice this many times so that your dog instantly comes the moment you call him even if it is distracted by something else.
Housetraining: This should be started simultaneously with obedience training. Take them outside every 2 hours from the beginning. Always make your dog eliminate at one particular spot so that he can associate it with relieving itself. You can also teach it a certain word like “Toilet”; “Let’s go” etc. so that each time it feels like eliminating it would directly go to that specific place even without your help. Reward it appropriately with praises and treats whenever your dog does a good job.
Give your Shug dog high-quality dry dog food in combination with a nutritious homemade diet. However, overeating may affect their health adversely, so you need to keep a check on their diet.