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Shih Tzu vs Pug vs Puggle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Shih Tzu vs Pug vs Puggle" Compare Shih Tzu and Pug. Which is better: Shih Tzu or Pug or Puggle?
Name Shih Tzu Pug Puggle
OriginsChina China United States
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Designer Dogs
Popularity Rank2031207
Reviews1161
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Other Names Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff Beagle-Pug
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
International Designer Canine Registry
Price $800-$1200 $300-$500 600-800

General Appearance - Shih Tzu vs Pug vs Puggle

Size Small Small Small
Weight 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg) 15-40 pounds (7-18 kg)
Avg. Weight 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg) 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) 10-15 inches (25-38 cm)
Avg. Height 9.5 inches (24 cm) Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Shih Tzu vs Pug vs Puggle

Coat Dense Fine Smooth
Straight
Colors Brindle
Liver
Silver
Blue
Gold
Red
Black
Fawn
Black
Black
Brown
White
Tan
Red
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Puggle requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Pugs shed above average.
Puggles are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Shih Tzu vs Pug vs Puggle

Temperament Active
Friendly
Happy
Lively
Playful
Courageous
Gentle
Intelligent
Outgoing
Affectionate
Courageous
Intelligent
Going
Loyal
Cheerful
Gentle
Friendly
Playful
Affectionate
Friendly
Loyal
Social
Cheerful
Intelligent
Playful
Intelligent Rank
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
Puggles aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Puggle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Puggles have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Pugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Puggles are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
Puggles need for social interaction is average.
Barking
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Average: The Puggle barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Pugs are average watchdogs.
Puggles are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
Puggles are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Puggle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Puggles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Puggles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Pugs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Puggles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Puggles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Puggles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Pugs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Shih Tzu vs Pug vs Puggle

Stranger Friendly
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Pugs are very stranger friendly dogs.
Puggles are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
Puggles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Puggles are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Puggles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Puggle is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Puggles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Pugs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Puggles are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Pugs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Puggles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pug breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Puggle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Shih Tzu vs Pug vs Puggle

Health Issues
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Puggles are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies
Bladder Stones
Distichiasis
Dry Eye
Ear Infections
Ectopic Cilia
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Renal Dysplasia
Keratitis
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Proptosis
Retained Baby Teeth
Reverse Sneezing
Snuffles
Umbilical Hernias
Allergies
Cheyletiella Dermatitis
Corneal Ulcers
Demodectic Mange
Distichiasis
Dry Eye
Entropion
Epilepsy
Hemi-vertebrae
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Nerve Degeneration
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Proptosis
Pug Dog Encephalitis
Staphylococcus Infection
Vaccination Sensitivity
Yeast Infection
Cherry Eye
Distichiasis
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Obesity
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-16 years 12-15 years 10-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Pugs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Puggles have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
Puggles have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Pugs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Puggles sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The Puggle breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The Puggle has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Puggle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Shih Tzu vs Pug vs Puggle

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-5 puppies 2-4 puppies 3-5 puppies

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