Country of OriginUnknown
Nicknames and Other NamesPug and Shih Tzu Mix
Pug Tzu
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbred
GroupToy Breed
Bred ForCompanion Dog
SizeSmall Sized
Recognized ByACHC, DBR, DRA, IDCR
Life Span10-12 Years
Ideal Weight8-22 Pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height8-12 Inches (male and female)
Fur TypeLong and Fluffy or
Short and Coarse
Common ColorsBrown, Fawn, Black, Apricot, Brindle
MarkingsBlack, White
AvailabilityModerately Available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToPug
Shih Tzu

The Pug-Zu is a designer breed that is the crossbreed of the two cute, little purebred Dogs: Pug and Shih-Tzu. The combination of these two popular breed results in The adorable Pug-Zu. It is a small-sized dog breed that does excellent as a lap dog.

Pug-Zu is a small dog with a strong build. It is best suited in an apartment with a loving family who can take care of it. It makes an excellent family companion even for a novice dog owner. Pug-Zu does not have a high activity level and does well with less activity but needs an affectionate family.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Pug-Tzu is playful, friendly, devoted, and very affectionate. They are a perfect lapdog that is suitable for a novice or a first-time dog owner. Their devoted and friendly nature makes them an excellent family companion for all age members in the family.

Behavior: Being a lapdog and a companion dog, Pug-Zu thrives on the love and attention of its people. If they are not provided with enough attention and interaction they need, they tend to get depressed and destructive. They will start chewing on stuff and baking if they are left alone for a long period of time.

Personality: The personality of the Pug-Zu is loving, lively, intelligent, and sweet. They love to spend time with their family either playing with them or just sleeping on their lap. They love to be a center of attraction, so they need to be involved in all the family activities. Their sweet and friendly nature even with strangers doesn’t make them excellent watchdogs.

Pug-zu playing
Pug-Zu playing on the grass.
Image Source: Lucky Pug


Training Pug-Zu is not a very difficult task as training most of the other designer dog breeds. They are very eager to please their owners and are quick at learning new commands and instructions. While training them, firm and consistent leadership are required.

A positive method is the best method while training your Pug-Zu. Treats and lots of vocal praises motivate them to be focused on the training session.

Is Pug-Zu Child-Friendly?

Yes, Pug-Zu is very friendly with children and makes a great playmate for them. They are sweet and loving with children who can play and be by their sides all day. Although they are small in size and kids might play rough with them. Therefore, close supervision is needed so your kids do not become harsh on your Pug-Zu by pulling and pinching its skin.

Pug-zu and a baby playing
Pug-zu and a baby playing.
Image Source: Instagram-@dobby_the_pugzu


  • Since Pug-Zu is a hybrid, it has not yet been recognized by any major kennel club.
  • It is a very dependent dog that will fully depend on you once you bring it home.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesCataracts, Lens Luxation, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus, Kennel Cough,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingMinimal to Moderate Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergy
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 22% Protein
Fat: 8%
Fish Oil

Pug-Zu is a designer dog breed that can face a few possible canines and genetic health problems in their lifetime:

Patellar Luxation: It is a condition where the knee cap of your dog gets dislocated from its original place. it causes difficulties in moving but is not a serious problem. With some movement of your dog’s leg, the bone will come back to the right place. However, it does not get well by itself, immediate vet check-up is needed.

Hip Dysplasia: It is a genetic condition that is passed from its parent breeds. It is a painful situation that makes the movement of your dog difficult due to the underdeveloped or dislocation of the hip socket. So, before buying a puppy, always check for its parent’s health problems.


Pug-Zu comes in the following color combination:

  • Black
  • Fawn
  • Brindle
  • White
  • Brown
  • Apricot


Pug-zu Puppy cost
Cute, little Pug-Zu puppy sitting.
Image Source: Dog Breed Info Center


Height: The average height of the Pug-Zu is between 8-12 inches

Weight: The average weight of the Pug-Zu is between 8-16 pounds.


The average cost of the Pug-Zu puppy is between $300-$600 USD.

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