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Pug-Zu Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Pug-Zu so you can get to know the breed more.

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Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Pug and Shih Tzu mix

Pug-Zu Size and Weight

Is a Pug-Zu small, medium or large dog?

How big do Pug-Zu get?

What is the average size of a Pug-Zu?

How much does the Pug-Zu weigh? How much should a Pug-Zu weight? What is the normal weight of a Pug-Zu? How much does a full-grown Pug-Zu weight?
Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Pug-Zu?
Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
How tall is the Pug-Zu? Pug-Zu height:
Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Pug-Zu?
Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Pug-Zu Price and Availability

How much does the Pug-Zu puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Pug-Zu in the United States? How much money is a Pug-Zu?

Where to buy a Pug-Zu with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Pug-Zu, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Pug-Zu for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Pug-Zu gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Pug-Zu? How many Pug-Zu are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Pug-Zu is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Pug-Zu Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Pug-Zu? Is the Pug-Zu breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Pug-Zu obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Pug-Zu ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Pug-Zu dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Pug-Zu?
Pug-Zu dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Watchdog Ability
Is Pug-Zu good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Pug-Zu dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Pug-Zu dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Pug-Zu dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.

Pug-Zu Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Pug-Zu have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Pug-Zu sensitivity:
Pug-Zu dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Pug-Zu a good family dog?
High: Pug-Zu dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Pug-Zu need? Pug-Zu social needs:
Pug-Zu dogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Pug-Zu to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Pug-Zu roam?
Pug-Zu dogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Pug-Zu have high prey drive?
Pug-Zu dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Pug-Zu dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Pug-Zu Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Average: Pug-Zus, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Do Pug-Zu dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Pug-Zu bark?
Average to High: The Pug-Zu is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Pug-Zu good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Pug-Zu in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Pug-Zu breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.

Pug-Zu Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Pug-Zu dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Pug-Zu be left alone? How long can you leave a Pug-Zu alone?
Pug-Zu dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Pug-Zu Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Pug-Zu has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Pug-Zu? How much bite force does a Pug-Zu have? How strong is a Pug-Zu bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Pug-Zu bite force: Weak. The Pug-Zu bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Pug-Zu measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of a Pug-Zu may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Pug-Zu being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Pug-Zu bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train a Pug-Zu puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, a Pug-Zu can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

Biting Potential
Do Pug-Zu bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Pug-Zu? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Pug-Zu? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Pug-Zu has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Pug-Zu do?
Pug-Zu dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Pug-Zu dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Pug-Zu Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Pug-Zu dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Pug-Zus are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Pug-Zu breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Pug-Zu breed? Most common health risks of Pug-Zu:
Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationAllergiesProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Umbilical HerniasEpilepsyEntropionVaccination SensitivityEar InfectionsDemodectic MangeDistichiasisCorneal UlcersPortosystemic Liver ShuntBladder StonesEctopic CiliaReverse SneezingDry EyeHemi-vertebraeCheyletiella DermatitisNerve DegenerationProptosisPug Dog EncephalitisStaphylococcus InfectionYeast InfectionJuvenile Renal DysplasiaKeratitisRetained Baby TeethSnuffles
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Pug-Zu breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Pug-Zu see the vet?
The Pug-Zu should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Pug-Zu dogs live? How old can a Pug-Zu be? What is the age limit of the Pug-Zu? How many years can the oldest Pug-Zu live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Pug-Zu?

How long is the lifespan of a Pug-Zu?

10-16 years
The average lifespan of Pug-Zu: 13 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Pug-Zu Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Pug-Zu have? What is the activity level of the Pug-Zu?
Pug-Zu dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Pug-Zu need? How much exercise do Pug-Zu dogs require per day?

Do Pug-Zu dogs need a lot of exercises?

Pug-Zu dogs exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Pug-Zu breed need?
Pug-Zu dogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.

Pug-Zu Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Pug-Zu need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Pug-Zu breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Pug-Zu? How much food should I feed my Pug-Zu?
Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Pug-Zu risk for obesity:
High: The Pug-Zu breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Pug-Zu more often.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Pug-Zu weight regularly.

Pug-Zu Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Pug-Zu have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Pug-Zu coats?
Black Red Blue SilverFawn Brindle LiverGold
How to groom the Pug-Zu and how often? How often should I take my Pug-Zu to the groomer?
Average: The Pug-Zu requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Pug-Zu, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Pug-Zu dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Pug-Zu? Do Pug-Zu dogs shed a lot?
Pug-Zu dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Pug-Zu need a bath? How often should you give a Pug-Zu a bath? Can I bathe my Pug-Zu every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Is the Pug-Zu breed hypoallergenic?
Pug-Zu dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Pug-Zu has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Pug-Zu drool?
The Pug-Zu is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Pug-Zu could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Pug-Zu.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Pug-Zu Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Pug-Zu dogs get along with other pets? Are Pug-Zu dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Pug-Zu dogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Pug-Zu temperament with other people:
Pug-Zu dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Pug-Zu dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Pug-Zu temperament with children:
Pug-Zu dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Pug-Zu dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Pug-Zu breed live with a cat?
Pug-Zu dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Pug-Zu good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Pug-Zu dogs get along with other dogs?
Pug-Zu dogs are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Pug-Zu can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Pug-Zu breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Pug-Zu breed suitable for first-time owners?
Pug-Zu dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Pug-Zu dogs good office canines? Do Pug-Zu dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Pug-Zu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Pug-Zu dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Pug-Zu temperament with senior people? Are Pug-Zu dogs good for elderly owners?
Pug-Zus are commonly okay with elderly people.

Pug-Zu As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Pug-Zu be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Pug-Zu is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Pug-Zu be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Pug-Zu be an emotional support animal?


This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Pug-Zu breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Pug-Zu be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Pug-Zu is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Pug-Zu be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Pug-Zu is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Pug-Zu be a boat dog?

Not really

Pug-Zu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Pug-Zu be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Pug-Zu is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Pug-Zu dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Pug-Zu Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Pug-Zu pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Pug-Zu breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Pug-Zu: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Pug-Zu have in a litter? How many puppies can the Pug-Zu breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Pug-Zu have? How many puppies can a Pug-Zu give birth to?
2-5 puppies

Pug-Zu Recognition

AKC Group
Is Pug-Zu recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Pug-Zu recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Pug-Zu Pros and Cons

  • Health Issues: Pug-Zus are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Pug-Zu breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Pug-Zu is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Pug-Zu dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Pug-Zu dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Pug-Zu dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Pug-Zu dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Pug-Zu dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Pug-Zu dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Stinkiness: The Pug-Zu has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Pug-Zu breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Pug-Zu dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Pug-Zu is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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