Husky Pug Mix: The Ultimate Guide

Published: 10/21/22 •  8 min read

The Husky Pug mix, simply otherwise called “The Hug” is everything you’d expect from a dog with a name as adorable as that. Depending on the genetics, this small-to-medium-sized dog is usually a great fit with any family and is a good dog for most people – including the elderly. Though the short face might look a little strange, this lovable dog is sure to win over many a heart. 

Husky Pug Mix
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Husky Pug Mix – At a Glance

Weight:14 – 35 pounds
Height:10 – 24 inches
Lifespan:12 – 15 years
Coat Colors:Black, grey, silver, red or white
Temperament:Energetic, affectionate, loyal, obedient, friendly & alert.
Most Suitable For:Most family units and children, though not suitable for the elderly, or first-time dog owners.

What Does a Husky Pug Look Like?

Husky Pug
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A Husky Pug mix will borrow a decent amount of its physical appearance from both sets of parent breeds. They may be short in stature, but long in body with blue eyes and floppy ears, or hanging or flat ears. They may also have a squashed face, like the Pug. They will also be stocky and muscular with a curly or flat tail. 

The History of the Husky Pug Mix:

It is difficult to narrow down any sort of historical record concerning the mixture of the Husky and Pug, however, because this cross can best be described as ‘quirky’, it hasn’t quite caught on in the world of mixed-breed dogs. We do, however, know plenty about the history of the parent breeds, which we’ll outline below – giving you some idea of where this breed came from.

Siberian Husky History

Siberian Husky History

The history of the Siberian Husky can be traced back to the Chukchi peoples of Eastern Russia, who lived on the Chukchi Peninsula in Siberia. They developed the Siberian Husky to aid in the transportation of food and people across the vast Arctic tundra. Later on, the Siberian Husky was brought to Nome, Alaska to serve in the same capacity and eventually as racing dogs, pulling sleds across the Alaskan wilderness. 

How Popular Are Huskies in the United States?

The Siberian Husky is plenty popular in the United States, this can be attributed mostly to the fact that they are such beautiful animals. Not only are they good-looking pets. They’re also great with kids and relatively towards other dogs. This has earned them the 19th spot in the popularity rankings 2021, measured by the American Kennel Club.

Who Are Huskies a Good Dog For?

Siberian Huskies require an immense amount of exercise and can take up quite a lot of house real estate – so they’re a good fit for anyone who likes to be outdoors a lot and can bring their dog with them. They’re also a good fit for active families with large houses, but don’t typically do well in small spaces.

How Did Huskies Come About?

Siberian Huskies were bred by the Chukchi people of Siberia, who used the dogs originally as working sled dogs for transporting goods and people across the snow swept Russian wilderness. They were later brought to Alaska, where they helped transport gold miners to the Yukon during the Gold Rush.

When Did We First Cross-Breed Huskies?

Due to their fantastic appearance, the Siberian Husky has long been a favourite among cross-breeders. Though the exact history of when the Husky was first crossbred has been difficult to ascertain, most dog cross breeding – within the United States – began in the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s likely that the Siberian Husky was crossbred during this time.

Pug History

Pug History

The Pug owes its lineage to Ancient China and is considered one of the world’s oldest dog breeds. Dating back to 400 B.C., Pugs were originally bred as companion animals of wealthy Chinese lords. The popularity of the Pug would spread throughout Europe throughout the centuries and Pugs would become firm favourites of royalty, such as the Aunt of Catherine the Great of Russia, Queen Victoria of England and Prince William of Holland.

Pugs have always been a household favourite, from royalty to the common person!

How Popular Are Pugs in the United States?

Pugs have now become popular household pets from their early origins as Chinese nobility companions. They now sit in the 33rd spot in the popularity rankings 2021, measured by the American Kennel Club.

Who Are Pugs A Good Dog For?

Given their lovable nature, fierce loyalty and adorable little faces, Pugs are a great fit in just about any family unit, or any household. Because they’re small in size, they don’t typically require much house real estate and therefore make great apartment pets. They’re also good for the elderly, as they don’t necessarily require constant attention.

How Did Pugs Come About?

Pugs were originally bred as pets for the Chinese nobility and were first noted to exist around 400 B.C, making them one of the world’s oldest-known dog breeds.

When Did We First Cross-Breed Pugs?

In general, Pugs are not the first dog that you think of when you think of crossbreeding. There’s a reason – unfortunately, Pugs are notorious for having respiratory issues due to their flat-faced appearance. Therefore, the number of breeders that are cross breeding Pugs today, and their history in the world of crossbreeding is limited in terms of information.

Despite this reputation and rarity, there are a few popular Pug hold-outs. These include:

What is the Temperament of the Husky Pug Mix?

The temperament of the Husky Pug mix can be a mixture of it’s parent breeds. Most Pugs are pretty aloof animals, though very loving and affectionate. While the Husky is an energetic, excitable dog that is best when outside and active. Expect a mixture of the two in any blended pup!

Are Husky Pug Mixes Friendly?

In general, both Huskies and Pugs are very friendly animals, so expect their mixed-breed pup to be friendly as well.

Are Husky Pug Mixes Easy to Train?

While Pugs are a little less ‘designed-for-obedience’ than Huskies, you can expect your Husky’s obedience genes to take over during the training process – making this mix easy to train!

How Much Can Husky Pug Mixes Weigh?

In general, a Husky Pug mix will weigh between 15 and 35 pounds.

How Tall Can Husky Pug Mixes Get?

They can grow to be 24 inches tall.

Similar Sized Breeds

Similar-sized breeds to the Husky Pug mix include the Horgi (Corgi/Husky), Pitsky (American Pitbull Husky), Siberpoo (Husky/Poodle), Boxsky (Boxer/Husky).

Does a Husky Pug Mix Shed?

You can expect average to heavy shedding in any Husky Pug mix! If the genes favour the Pug, your dog will likely be shorthaired and shed an average amount throughout the year – still requiring a weekly brush. However, if the genes favour the Husky, then expect to be able to knit a small Corgi twice a year and be near-constantly brushing your dog!

How Much Exercise Does a Husky Pug Mix Need?

Given that there are prominent Husky genes in this mix, be sure to walk your “Hug” once per day, with a prolonged exercise period on one of the days of the weekend! Ensure that your “Hug” has enough space to run, like a backyard, or an off-leash dog park.

How Long Does a Husky Pug Mix Live?

The lifespan of the Husky is between 12-15 years, while the Pug is between 12-15 years.

Therefore we can assume the life expectancy of the Husky Pug mix is anywhere between 12-15 years.

Like with any dog, there are a number of factors that will determine the number of years your specific Husky Pug mix lives like diet and exercise.

What Health Conditions Could the Husky Pug Mix Have?

How Can You Find a Husky Pug Mix For Sale?

While we strongly discourage buying any puppy – preferring adoption instead – you can check the American Kennel Club’s list of reputable breeders to find more information on what breeders are in your area.

For those looking to adopt, simply check out this link to see what adoptions are available in your area. 

How Much Does a Husky Pug Mix Cost?

Given their pedigree and unique nature, the cost of a Husky Pug mix is fairly high, sitting somewhere between $1000 and $2000 USD.

Is the Husky Pug Mix the Right Breed For You?

Whether or not this adorable dog is the right breed for you is largely a question that only you can answer.

However, if you have the space and time to give a Husky Pug the attention and exercise that it requires, and are OK with adopting something a little quirky, then the “Hug” will bring you much love, joy and affection over the course of its life.

Nick Meagher

I'm Nick Meagher, a lifelong dog enthusiast and the voice behind this blog. Having grown up with dogs, I've developed a deep understanding and an unbreakable bond with these amazing companions. Through MyK9Life, I aim to share insights, tips, and heartwarming stories, celebrating the joy and journey of life with our four-legged friends.

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