This breed can also be called Pugsky. This Husky Pug mix is a cross breed of the hardworking energetic Siberian Husky and the laid back Pug. This new breed is slowly gaining popularity amongst dog lovers because of its endearing looks and easy going nature. This designer breed is one of the best family dogs and it is known to be highly affectionate and loyal.
Breed origin of the Husky pug mix
They were originally bred to be family dogs in the United States of America. A better understanding of this breed can be gotten by taking a look at its parents.
The Siberian husky has been around for as long as 8,000 years. It was acknowledged that they were raised by the Chukchi people in Siberia, with the purpose of pulling sleds over the unforgiving covered domain.
The Siberian husky has a sensitive character. They are also neighborly with kids and various pets as they were raised to either be outside working or inside all through: Hence, they can alternatively blend well. They are incredibly regarded for their speed, diligence, and flexibility. The Siberian husky is known such an extraordinary dog. It is a cheerful and vivacious canine. In light of the fact that it is a working canine, they love the trial of working for something. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club as a pure breed in the early 1900s.
Pugs are pure breeds that have an origin from Asia. Unlike the Siberian husky who were bred to be working dogs, the pugs were bred to live among Chinese royalty. They were treated specially and also pampered like as if they were also part of royalty like their masters. When they get such pampering and attention they give their reward in form of loyalty as well as affection. A pug does not have that much energy levels so they do not mind just staying all day on their owners lap receiving pats from them, and also being fed from time to time. For this reason (nature of breeding), these dogs are naturally not active and they would rather take very short walks with their owners. This dog has a calm nature and if not disturbed, won’t cause any problems. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club as a pure breed in 1885.
The Husky Pug mix is not identified as a pure breed according to the American Kennel Club even though both its parents which are the Siberian husky and the Pug are considered as pure breeds.
Appearance and size
Just like other dog mixes, how their puppies would turn out is not always 100% guaranteed because certain factors have to be considered: like which parent’s trait they would inherit most. If the pup take more of the husky’s traits: It would grow to be taller; it would definitely weigh more and it would have a coat with long fluffy hair. In the case where the puppy takes most of its traits from the Pug it might have a shorter body with the face of a husky. The length of the muzzle would also depend on the parent with the stronger genes in them. The face would be flat if they take most of the Pugs genes but if they take more traits of a husky, they would have a longer muzzle and sometimes it can be in-between. Their tails can also come curled or have the folds of a pug. The Siberian husky can grow as tall as 22 to 23 inches at most and also as little as 12 to 13 inches in some cases. The Pug is shorter compared to the Siberian husky, most pugs would only grow to a height of 11 inches at maximum so when looking forward to a Husky pug mix, they would most likely be the average of their parents heights so they are going to be between the range of 16 to 22 inches at most. Hence, this mix is a small to medium sized dog.
Due to the fact that the husky has a muscular build, the Pugsky tends to inherit that body which would also be one of the reasons they would weigh more than the average pug. The puppies can weigh as small as 15 pounds and can go as high as 60 pounds when they reach adulthood. This breed is prone to obesity as both its parents are also prone to being obese so this trait is also passed down to their offspring. If a pugsky has the husky traits more dominant in it their coat colors would come in colors like White, Grey, Red, Black and White, Brown and White and some Black, Brown and White mixtures. If in another case the puppy inherits the traits of the pug its coat would have colors like Black, Fawn, Brindle as well as Apricot. The coat would also depend on whose genes are stronger, a pup with stronger pug genes would have a short coat but a pup with stronger husky genes would have long double coats. Some of the common traits in these puppies are their pointy ears. They also have a straight tail and a dark mask.
Pugskies coats vary as mentioned earlier and it solely depends on the parent whose genes are stronger in the puppy. The puppies that inherit the long double coat of a husky tend to shed a lot and they need their coats brushed regularly, at least twice weekly. This is to prevent it from tangling and matting and also to get rid of dead hair. When you have a pugsky with a long coat, you would also need to consider getting a vacuum cleaner to help save you time and energy when cleaning the house because they tend to litter the house with their hair. Pusky who have the pugs coat are low to moderate shedders and they do not need that much attention when it comes to grooming but they need to have their coat groomed about once every week. This breed can also inherit the wrinkles of the pug so when cleaning the coats you also need to touch the folds to reduce their risk of getting skin infections. They also need their ears cleaned at least once a week to prevent accumulation of bacteria and to keep it safe from infections. Their teeth also need to be brushed at least twice weekly to prevent dental diseases and also bad breath and also buildup of tartar around the teeth. Once a while you should also take your dog out to a professional groomer to have a more experienced person properly take care of it.
The Pugsky is a loving and very cheerful dog who is also devoted to the family that adopts it. They would rather spend their time with their owners and also walk around with them. They also love to please so they would always want to keep the family entertained with their clownish acts. The Pugsky is a very friendly dog and it gets along well with strangers and as long as you give it attention it would always be eager to please you. One thing about this dog is the fact that they would always want to be the center of attention and may sometimes lash out if they are not getting the attention they need. Pugskies can also inherit the pug’s trait of being lazy and would just want to sit on a couch all day and do nothing. This act increases their risk of obesity which can lead to further health problems and this can be a result of not keeping them engaged. In some cases, the Pugsky can also be an active dog that’s full of energy, a trait passed down from their husky parent. That energy needs to be channeled properly into something productive or they can get destructive if they are not being engaged properly. This breed might not be too comfortable living in a confined area as they would sometimes need space to move around and also keep themselves engaged. The Pugsky is also a very intelligent dog just like their husky parent but as good as this trait is for training, they can also want to be stubborn at times and this trait is natural for a husky offspring. This dog is also alert so they can also be used as watchdogs.
A pugsky has a lifespan of about 12 to 15 years. This breed is also vulnerable to many health conditions inherited from their parents. Below are some of the health conditions you might have to face when you own a Pugsky:
Dermatitis; This condition is common among pugs, it mainly affects the skin folds and it causes irritation from excessive scratching.
Vision Problems; Huskies are dogs that are prone to eye disorders like Progressive Retinal Atrophy and that can lead to blindness. Pugs also have eyes that stick out so they are vulnerable to injuries and infections.
Hip Dysplasia; This is a health condition common among many dogs and it as a result of the thigh bone failing to fit into the hip bone and this condition is hereditary.
Obesity: Both the pug and the husky are very prone to obesity, this is even more in a pug because they are very lazy dogs. Hence, a pugsky can also inherit this trait.
Training and Exercise
If you are an inexperienced dog owner, this dog’s training might not come as easy as you think. The husky’s nature of being stubborn coupled with the fact that the pug is generally a very lazy dog would give you problems when it comes to training them. Nevertheless, this mix is also very intelligent and thanks to the husky, you should start with teaching them basic commands and basic trainings (like potty training and many more). The best time to train a pugsky is when they are still puppies as they would still have more energy then and their bad habits can easily be corrected. The lazy nature gotten from their pug parent requires you to keep them engaged physically and mentally at a young age. Early socialization is also required so they can build up their friendly nature and get along with humans and other animals. Pugskies are not that active naturally, but you would also need to keep them active physically by taking them on short walks daily to reduce their risk of obesity. They also need to be mentally stimulated at least 15 minutes daily.
Why you should get a Husky Pug Mix
This dog mix is very good with kids and other animals due to their friendly nature. They are not aggressive dogs as they have a very calm nature, they can also be playful so most kids find them to be very good companions. The Husky’s trait of it being very alert passed down to the Pugsky makes them very good watch dogs and their loyalty to their owners is unquestionable.
Where to get a Husky Pug mix and Price
A pugsky puppy can cost between $1,200 to $2,000 depending on their ancestry. You can get this dog from a rescue shelter but they are very rare so your best option would be to get it from a reputable breeder. Before you decide to buy it, you should ask for the health certificates of its parents so you can have an idea of the health conditions your dog might inherit as they grow older.