Pug Shih Tzu Mix Pictures & Guide

By Kyoko •  Updated: 05/23/21 •  6 min read
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Pug Shih Tzu Mix

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Are you thinking about getting a small dog for your family? Two breeds that are popular with a lot of households are the Pug and the Shih Tzu. If you cannot decide your favorite pooch then the good news is that there is a crossbreed variation. You can enjoy owning the Pug Shih Tzu Mix!

What Can I Expect from the Pug Shih Tzu Mix?

 

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The Pug Shih Tzu Mix is a small adorable pooch that is usually around 10 to 20 pounds. In addition, they can reach a height of between 8 and 12 inches when they are a fully-grown adult. Due to their size, the Pug Shih Tzu Mix can fit into a family setup and even live in an apartment. They are adaptable.

As a crossbreed, it can be difficult to say with certainty what your Pug Shih Tzu Mix is going to look like. For example, they may have a squished face just like a Pug or they have wider bodies like the Shih Tzu. In addition, this small pooch can have a curly or straight tail. The common colors that you can expect to see for the Pug Shih Tzu Mix are black, brown, white and fawn. A lot of pups can also have white markings on the body.

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Do They have a Good Temperament?

The Pug Shih Tzu Mix loves to spend time with their humans. They love to play with toys and go on adventures. They will fit well into a family since they get along with children. It is interesting to note that Shih Tzus and Pugs have different temperaments. For example, the pug is known for being easy-going, while the Shih Tzu can be stubborn. This can mean that you receive a well-balanced pup.

However, if your canine is more like the Shih Tzu, they might be hard to train. They will try to think for themselves and do their own thing. So, this canine might need a consistent and confident owner. Thus, be prepared to have a confident dog when you adopt the Pug Shih Tzu Mix.

 

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One thing owners say about the Pug Shih Tzu Mix is that they can be lazy. In other words, they are pups that like to lie on the sofa and cuddle up at night. Indeed, they like to spend time with their humans and they can develop separation anxiety. It will be best for an owner to be home at all times during the day.

Do They need a lot of Exercise?

Compared to larger breeds, the Pug Shih Tzu Mix does not need a lot of exercise. However, this does not mean they want to spend all day indoors. This pup is curious and loves to explore. So, it is recommended that you take your furry friend on daily walks and this should be for a minimum of 30 minutes. This gives them the opportunity to sniff around and explore different scents, meet other dogs and enjoy some bonding time with their humans.

Every dog is going to benefit from some mental stimulation during the day. While the Pug Shih Tzu Mix is not like some dog breeds and does not need a lot of activities, they are still going to enjoy this during the day. So, ensure that your furry friend has plenty of toys and puzzles to amuse themselves. In addition, short and regular training sessions can also test your pup’s brain.

 

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Do They need a lot of Grooming?

There is going to be some grooming when you own the Pug Shih Tzu Mix. For example, you will have to brush them every day. Their fur tends to be straight and soft, which means that brushing is going to prevent any knotting. Tangles are uncomfortable for your canine and any matted fur will have to be cut out.

If you are allergic to canines, you will be glad to hear that the Pug Shih Tzu Mix is classed as hypoallergenic when they are more like the Shih Tzu. This means that their fur and pet dander should not affect your allergies and you can own this pooch. However, this is something that you should always check if you adopt this beloved companion from a breeder.

One big expense you will have with the Pug Shih Tzu Mix is on professional grooming. Their coat is going to grow quite fast and this can mean that the fur affects their vision. Therefore, be prepared to pay for professional grooming every six weeks.

 

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Where Can I find a Pug Shih Tzu Mix?

If you are looking for a dog that does not need excessive exercise and can fit into a family setting, the Pug Shih Tzu Mix might be the dog for you. So, you will probably want to know where you should start your search for a new furry friend. One of the best places is at your local animal shelter. You can help rehome a pup and ensure they have a happy life. It is an affordable way to adopt a Pug Shih Tzu Mix too.

There are also beloved companions that are advertised online. Often, owners will set up adverts to rehome their canine for a variety of reasons. Again, this can be an affordable way to add a Pug Shih Tzu Mix to your home. There are rescue organizations you can contact online too. In particular, there will be organizations for Pugs and Shih Tzus. They might know of a crossbreed that is looking for a home.

 

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If you would like a Pug Shih Tzu Mix puppy, you can also purchase one from a breeder. This is the most expensive way to add a new member to your pack. But some people like to train their canine from an early age, as well as start on socialization when they are a puppy. Just be prepared to take your time and find the right breeder to buy your Pug Shih Tzu Mix puppy.

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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