Pugs and Siberian Huskies couldn’t get much more different. Their size, facial shape, and activity level are all complete opposites. If you like a dog with ancient history that is patient and a good choice for first-time dog owners, then you might want a pug. If you want a talkative dog full of energy, incredibly smart, and that talks a lot, the Husky might be more for you.
When they are bred together, you get a dog that is full of energy, loving and has the desire to be with their family all the time. They tend to take more after their Husky parents in terms of size and weight and shed a lot. However, they can be a lot more quiet and great around families other pets, children, and strangers.
Keep reading to learn more about the Pug, the Siberian Husky, and the Pugsky.
Pug, Siberian Husky, and the Pugksy
|Height||10-13 inches||16-22 inches||20-23.5 inches|
|Weight||14-18 pounds||30-60 pounds||35-60 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||13-15 years||12-15 years||12-14 years|
|Colors||Black Fawn||Brindle Fawn Silver Gray Black Black and White Gray and White||Black and white Gray and white Red and white Sable and white white|
|Coat Type||Smooth with short length Double coat||Medium length fur with dense double coat.||Double coat with medium length|
|Affection levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||Moderate shedding||Fairly high shedding||Higher shedding|
|Temperament||Very playful Average protectiveness||Very playful Somewhat protective||Very playful Not protective|
|Health Issues||Corneal ulcers Dry eyes Breathing problems||Cataracts Cataracts Tumors Hypothyroidism Hip Dysplasia||Eye problems Hip dysplasia|
|Trainability||Pretty trainable||Fairly trainable||Average trainability|
|Exercise||Average exercise needs||Fairly high exercise needs||Very high exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Very open to strangers||Very open to strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Good with other dogs||Great with other dogs||Very good with dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drool||Little to no drool||Little to no drool|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation required||Fair amount of mental stimulation required||Higher mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Only barks to alert||Fairly vocal||Very vocal|
Pugs originated in China, as companion dogs to many emperors. Their flat faces are not a recent result of breeding. The Chinese emperors enjoyed dogs with short muzzles. Some other examples are the Pekingese and the Shih Tzu.
Pugs are one of the oldest breeds of dogs, having been found throughout history since before 400 BC.
Pugs are a great dog breed, especially for first-time dog owners. They are fairly stubborn, but affectionate, and tend to want to please. They do well with other pets and are not good guard dogs due to their open and loving nature.
However, they do have a lot of health issues. Due to their flat muzzles, and thick coats, they can get easily overheated, and don’t have a way to cool down. They also need constant grooming to keep their wrinkles clean and thin out their coat.
About Siberian Huskies
Huskies were used primarily for their ability to pull light sleds quickly over distances. Despite their strength, they are small to medium dogs, ranging between 35 to 60 pounds and standing at a height of 23 inches.
They can handle below-freezing temperatures for long periods without suffering any negative effects. Due to that, they do easily get overheated in warmer temperatures. This can make it hard to own one in places where temperatures tend to be higher as they need frequent, high-level exercise without getting too warm.
As long as they receive proper exercise, they are loving and gentle. On top of physical exercise, they also need a lot of mental stimulation. Keeping them mentally stimulated with puzzles is very important to have your dog listen to you and not become destructive.
Another thing to note with your Husky is that they like to talk a lot. So they aren’t good for anyone that wants a quiet pet. But they are loving and gentle and great with strangers.
Hugs, or Pugskies, generally lean more towards the Husky side when it comes to weight, usually at least double the weight of a Pug. Like their Husky parent, they can potentially have two different eye colors, though it is fairly rare.
They are not a standardized breed yet, and therefore have a lot of variation. For example, many of them are often high-energy and on the larger side, but they can also sometimes take more after Pugs, being lazy and smaller.
Unlike Huskies, they are often quiet, and may only bark to alert their family to strangers or other issues. They are also generally healthier than Pugs, lacking breathing issues.
What Happens if a Pugsky Doesn’t Get Enough Exercise
Pugskies need a fair amount of exercise. Though Pugs are often lazy, the mixes take after their larger parent more often. It is recommended that Pugskies get an average of 90 minutes of exercise a day and walks up to 9 miles a week.
These dogs also need a lot of attention. They are prone to separation anxiety and aren’t satisfied being outdoor dogs. If you work a lot and aren’t able to give them proper exercise by playing games and going on long walks, these are likely not the dogs for you.
How to Groom a Pugsky?
The fur of a Pugsky can be anywhere between medium and long. They often have thick fur with two coat layers. Often, they should be brushed at least weekly to get out any dead hair, especially from the undercoat, although 3-4 times may be necessary. This will keep their fur smooth and shiny.
Do Pugskies Do Well Alone?
Pomskies are prone to separation anxiety, which is why families may be a better option for these dogs than a single parent. If left alone too long, they will likely grow bored and destructive. Since they also need a lot of exercise, a family that is home a lot and can give them plenty of attention and walks is good.
They can be very stubborn but intelligent. It is important to train them frequently and socialize your Pugsky early on. They are naturally very friendly and loving, but giving them socialization early will help them to remain calm when you come across other dogs and people.
If they are too excited and not trained enough, it may be hard to take them on walks, as they can become focused and stop listening.
Pugskies are unique dogs that have a high energy level but struggle to get enough exercise due to their thick fur which makes it hard for them to cool down when it is hot out. Though they still have smushed faces like a Pug, they often have much healthier breathing habits.
However, these dogs are incredibly friendly and need a lot of attention. They aren’t good dogs for families that are often busy and out of the house. Instead, a family that is active in the early mornings or at night is ideal, as they won’t get overheated like they would in the middle of the day.