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Pug-Zu Breed Summary

Friendly, Loving, Playful and Social

The Pug-Zu is a hybrid where the Pug is crossed with the Shih Tzu. These friendly dogs are small with an average weight of 8 to 22 pounds and a height of 8 to 12 inches. Your Pug-Zu will have a lot of personality and be sweet, loving and occasionally stubborn. The Pug-Zu can be demanding of your time and attention and will offer plenty of affection in return. This hybrid needs an average level of activity as well as early socialization and training, after which the Pug-Zu will do well with children and other animals. The Pug-Zu will prefer to have his humans around for the majority of the day and will not be happy with you leaving for long periods of time.

Lifespan 9 – 12 Years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 20cm – 30cm
Weight Males and Females 3.5kg – 9kg
Coat Long length, straight and normal density
Colour Black, Brown, White, Fawn and Brindle
Eye colour Brown
Common health issues Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Hemivertebrae, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Other Names Shih - Pug

Owners of the Pug-Zu say he has a lot of personality and is playful and friendly, making them a great breed for a family pet. The Pug-Zu will love to eat and is very intelligent, though can be rambunctious at times. On occasion, the Pug-Zu will develop small dog syndrome, though this is rare for Pugs and is not typically a concern. The hybrid will be loyal and curious and love being around his humans. While the Pug-Zu can be stubborn on occasion, he is mostly curious, sweet and happy.

The Pug-Zu is a relatively new hybrid, though the parent breeds have long histories. The Shih Tzu has a long history and though the exact ancestors of the breed are not known, experts feel that the breed is a cross of the Lhasa Apso from Tibet and a small dog from China, like the Pekingese. Chinese royalty favoured the breed as far back as the Tang dynasty (618-907). The dogs became popular among the commoners as well during the Ming dynasty. The small dogs were practically eliminated during the Chinese Revolution, with only seven males and seven females surviving. These 14 dogs are the ancestors of all of the Shih Tzus seen today. Dogs of the breed made their ways to other countries like Norway, England and North America. The American Kennel Club recognised the breed in 1969. The Pug first originated in China between 206 B.C. and 200 A.D., during the Han dynasty. Emperors of China owned the dogs and treated them as royalty, at times even providing them their own guards.