Let me guess… You happen to have a Husky and Pug mix dog and you want to learn more about his temperament and his personality.
Maybe you’re in the process of trying to figure out if this dog is for you?
This article will help you do just that:
Learn more about this breed and find out if it’s the right dog for you!
You will learn about the Siberian Husky and Pug’s temperament and behavior traits, how to train these mixed dogs, and how to best take care of them.
Keep reading to learn more about this interesting and cute mixed breed.
Great With Kids and Other Pets
Siberian Husky and Pug mixed dogs are commonly known as Hugs. How cute is that?
They are friendly dogs and are known for their cheerfulness.
Inheriting the intelligence from the Huskies and the affection from the Pugs, the Hug is a great dog if you have other pets or kids.
Being an alert breed, a Hug or a Pugsky can be a good watchdog, but they also may display willful and stubborn behavior.
Some of them don’t feel very comfortable living in small places. This comes from their Husky side.
But, they can still be great apartment companions as long as you take him for daily walks and give him lots of exercise.
The Best of Both Worlds?
As a mixed breed, the temperament of this dog will be a mixture of both parent’s breed temperament.
To help you understand better, let’s take a look at both the Siberian Husky and the Pug behavior traits:
Siberian Husky Traits
The Siberian husky is a happy, playful, friendly and outgoing breed. They are sweet and gentle and love kids.
The Siberian Husky is not suspicious of strangers and is not dog aggressive. (source)
They love exploring the world and will be a great companion for your hikes, jogging, and bike rides.
First-Time Dog Owners, Beware!
If you are a first-time dog owner, then the Siberian Husky is not recommended for you because they require extensive obedience training and a lot of exercise. (source)
If he doesn’t get enough exercise, he may develop behavior problems such as:• Urinating around the house• Chewing on furniture • Excessive Barking.
They cannot be trusted outside alone since they are considered escapee artists.
Pugs are rarely aggressive. They are charismatic and intelligent little creatures.
Their laziness can lead to obesity and they demand attention and affection.
They have low to moderate energy levels so they won’t mind being a homeboy.
The Husky and Pug Mix Unique Personality
The Hug is produced by two breeds with big personalities.
They are affectionate, playful and tolerant dogs that are everyone’s friend.
While Huskies can be picky about their canine companions, the personality of the Pug moderates the selectiveness of the Husky, producing a dog happy to share their life with other animals.
On the other hand, the Husky genes lessen the Pug’s love for the couch, making a dog with moderate to high exercise needs.
What You Look For in a Dog
If you are looking for a dog that displays unconditional obedience, reconsider your choice.
Siberian Huskies were bred to be independent thinkers and are not always willing to listen to you, especially if there’s nothing in it for them. Now, mix that with the Pug’s stubborn streak and you’ll get a stubborn, intelligent dog with a high prey drive and lots of energy and that gets easily bored.
Training a Husky Pug Mix
If you have a husky Pug mix, you’ll need to start training him from day one. One of the most important commands is going to be the Stay command.
How to Teach Your Husky Pug Mix to Stay
1. First, take him to a quiet room with no distractions.
2. Give the command Stay and make the hand signal which is your flat hand palm a few inches from his nose.|
3. Count up to just 1 second and reward him with a treat.
4. Say “Stay” again, give him the hand signal and this time count up to two seconds.
5. Do this up to five times. If your dog is being successful with the current duration, start increasing the time until you can get them to stay in place for 10 seconds.
6. Now start by adding distance. You’re going to have to decrease the duration now. Say “Stay” and take a step back, count 1 second and reward him.
7. Say “Stay”, take two steps back and count up to 2 seconds.
8. Slowly increase both the distance and the duration your dog stays in one place. Do this until he can stay for 10 seconds with you 10 feet away from him.
9. At this point, you can start to slowly add distractions and to change locations.
In addition to formal training sessions, You should always keep socializing your dog. Invite your neighbors and friends to come over regularly with their dogs and set up a play session with them.
Besides taking him for walks, you can play a game of tug, hide-and-seek, and fetch with your Hug, this will help him burn off his excess energy.
Remember that every single interaction you have with your dog is a time for training. You can reinforce behaviors you like with treats, play and praise, and discourage behaviors you don’t like.
If your dog has the Pug’s coat, then brush it about twice a week and 3 to 4 times a week if it has a longer coat. (source)Husky and Pug mix dogs tend to play around a lot and it’s your responsibility to keep their coat clean.
Follow these tips below to provide your dog the appropriate care:
• Flopped, dropped ears need to be cleaned weekly.
• Nails should be trimmed monthly, overgrown nails can cause pain
• Daily walks and jogs may help to wear down his nails naturally
• They should only be bathed when dirty
• If he has folds on his face make sure to wipe them daily
• His teeth should be brushed weekly to prevent bad breath
• When you’re not at home, you can prevent his boredom with chew toys
The Hugs (Husky and Pug mix) are intelligent, charming, friendly with people and with other animals and have a lot of energy.
Due to their moderate to high energy levels, some behavioral problems can develop. All of these behavioral issues shouldn’t worry you because they can easily be solved with diligent training and exercise.
So, now that you have learned about this interesting breed, tell us in the comments what made you fall in love with this breed.
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