16 Adorable Pug Mixes You’ll Want to Bring Home
Pug mixes combine the best of two dogs, with curly tails and wrinkly faces guaranteed! From Puggles to Poxers, there's an adorable Pug mix for everyone.
Pugs vs Pug mixes
Pugs are one of the most distinctive-looking dog breeds in the world, and Pug mixes are the proof! With their small square bodies, flattened faces, curled-up tails, and big eyes, Pugs are definitely one of the cutest dog breeds. Originally bred as companions to ancient Chinese emperors, pugs later became mascots of Holland’s royal House of Orange when one apparently saved the prince’s life by barking to alert him as Spanish troops sneaked up to attack. Pugs are heroes! However, purebred Pugs can be prone to genetic health issues, some of which can be eliminated or minimized by crossbreeding them. Many Pug mixes retain the big eyes and adorable neck wrinkles of the Pug, whilst often benefiting from longer snouts (for easier breathing) and the expanded gene pool purebreds often need. The result is Pug mixes that make for some of the cutest small dog breeds and big dog breeds. These adorable Pug pictures are further proof of their charming good looks.
Pughuahua / Chug (Chihuahua Pug mix)
If you’ve ever spent time with either a Pug or a Chihuahua, then you know that these little dogs have big personalities and, well, the Chihuahua Pug mix is no exception! These mixes tend to have the energy of their Chihuahua side, while keeping the goofball silliness of a Pug, resulting in a 100 percent adorable pet who’s also loyal and cuddly. The Chihuahua Pug mix can be a bit yappy, but early training can limit those watchdog tendencies to an appropriate level. Chugs are great family dogs, as long as those families like to play. They are smart and fairly easy to train but may have short attention spans, so it’s best to limit training sessions to just a few minutes at a time. Both Pugs and Chihuahuas are examples of adorable small dog breeds that stay small.
Pugsky / Hug (Husky Pug mix)
Although the Pugsky, a Husky Pug mix, might seem unlikely at first, it’s a combination that actually works surprisingly well. Both breeds are naturally playful and affectionate, so your new Hug pooch pal will love being involved in all your activities. The Husky Pug mix needs a lot of attention to be happy but will reward you by being a great member of the family—they’re one of the dog breeds that are best with kids. Their genetics might shake out in some surprising ways, too: the Pug Husky mix might have a squished Puggy face and blue Husky eyes or pointed Husky ears and a shorter muzzle. Either way, the Husky Pug mix makes a wonderful canine companion.
Puggle (Beagle Pug mix)
This adorable mix has the floppy ears of a beagle and the wrinkly nose of a Pug; however, they may also have the stubbornness of both their parents when it comes to training! Puggles are energetic and smart, curious and social, usually getting along well with both other dogs and humans. They prefer to spend time with their humans, and should not be left alone for too long. They also need regular daily exercise and love to go on long walks outside; Beagles are scent-hounds, which means that Puggles love to sniff everything in the neighborhood.
Bugg / Boston Pug (Boston Terrier Pug mix)
As far as temperament goes, Boston Terrier Pug mixes are a match made in heaven: both these breeds are loving, laid-back, and friendly, which means that your cute Bugg one of the more affectionate dog breeds that love to cuddle. It’s vital that you make sure they get daily exercise, as Buggs are happy to be layabouts and might not take the lead when it’s time for a walk. It’s also important to watch out for health problems in a Bugg, however; we love the big eyes and flat faces of these sweeties, but those traits can lead to breathing and eye problems, so you’ll need to have a good vet on call. Because they always aim to please, Buggs are also prone to sensitivity—be careful with their feelings! Treats work better than reprimands for training. Pugs and Bostons look pretty similar; can you tell the difference between these commonly confused dog breeds?
Daug / Pugshund (Dachshund Pug mix)
Squishable neck wrinkles? Check. Long, yet thick? Check. Adorably short legs and big eyes? Check! The Daug, a dachshund Pug mix, is one of the more popular Pug mixes. They’re low-maintenance in terms of exercise, but need a lot of attention as they tend to bond closely with their humans. Daugs can be territorial and protective of their people when it comes to meeting new dogs or other humans, and they don’t like to be left alone for too long. However, they are very adaptable and will happily follow their humans on hikes or outings. The other piece of good news? Dachshunds are amongst the dog breeds that live the longest—one made it to 21!
Pug Tzu (Shih Tzu Pug mix)
Both the Pug and the Shih Tzu are ancient dog breeds that originated in Asia (China and Tibet respectively). Bred as companion dogs, they are both friendly and affectionate, resulting in a Pug Tzu that will be a perfect (and exceedingly cute) family dog. Pug Tzus have the big eyes and adorable squished faces of their parents, and tails that curve up over their backs. Their coats tend to grow long, taking after the Shih Tzu side of the family, so regular grooming is a must. Pug Tzus are very cuddly, and prefer to play with you inside or just hang out on the couch. Although they can be stubborn, they are very devoted to their humans. This is what your dog is trying to tell you.
BullPug (English Bulldog Pug mix)
This pooch is melt-your-heart cute! Bullpugs are smaller than their full Bulldog parents, and have puppyish features even as adults: wrinkles, big brown eyes, and floppy ears. English Bulldogs tend to be a little aloof, but their wacky Pug side can cause them to spend some of their energy on goofy antics. Sadly, both English Bulldogs and Pugs are prone to numerous health problems, so proper veterinary treatment is a must. Bullpugs are very sociable, and love nothing better than to hang out with their families and other pets. They definitely lean more toward the couch than the racetrack, so if your lifestyle is more chill than full-on, a Bullpug might be right for you.
Pugshire (Yorkshire Terrier Pug Mix)
If you want a pooch that looks like a teddy bear, the flat-out adorable Pugshire is the Pug mix for you. Pugshires are intelligent and extremely loyal; once they’re bonded to you, they’re bonded for life. This can mean that they are a little clingy and territorial, and may become jealous of other objects of your attention (or affection!). However, the Pug part of their heritage can temper this personality trait and make them more relaxed. Pugshires generally have two speeds: 100mph, and off. They like to be active for short bursts, and then to take a rejuvenating (and lengthy) nap, usually cuddled up next to you. Because they don’t shed much, Pugshires can be good for people with allergies. Did you know that Yorkies are one of the most popular dog breeds in the country?
Schnug (Miniature Schnauzer Pug mix)
Miniature Schnauzers and Pugs are pretty close in size, which makes them good for crossbreeding, and the Schnug is therefore a pretty small dog, although they can be long! Schnugs often end up with the adorable boxy bearded-and-eyebrowed head of their Schnauzer parent, and the big eyes of the Pug. They may also have slightly shortened snouts, and their tails usually curl up over their backs in the Puggish fashion. Schnugs enjoy being active and appreciate long walks and playtime. They are very social and love to be around their human, so they don’t cope well with being left alone for too long. This is how the Schnauzer (and other dogs!) got their names.
Pugalier (King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Pug mix)
Pugs are laid-back and friendly. Cavs are sweet and affectionate. Put them together and what do you get? The sweetest, wrinkliest lapdog of your dreams. Pugaliers are incredibly social animals who live to please their humans and get along with everyone they meet. The confidence of their Pug side combined with the endearing nature of the Cavalier side means that everyone they meet loves them right back! However, because King Charles Cavalier Spaniels tend toward the same short-nose problems as the Pug, breathing can be an issue for these cuties. That doesn’t get them (or you) out of a daily walk though! Exercise is extra essential for these Pug mixes, because of the Pug side’s tendency to put on a bit of squish.
Puginese (Pekingese Pug mix)
Looking for a dog that’s 100 percent sweet potato pie, 100 percent couch potato and 100 percent cuddle monkey? OK, so math might not be their strong point (or ours) but this is one of the Pug mixes that’s 300 percent worth the adoption fee. Puginese pups are sweet-natured and cuddly, and they bond closely to their humans. They can be a little low energy, so they might be better suited for more relaxed homes. Because of their short snouts, these cuties can also have a little trouble breathing, especially in hot weather. The Puginese also has a stubborn streak, so proper training is important! They definitely don’t need training in napping, though—these are the lazy dog breeds that are napping pros.
Frug / French Pug (French Bulldog Pug mix)
As the union of two small dog breeds, Frugs are adorably portable. They tend to have the upright ears of the Frenchie, and the wrinkly forehead and curled over tail of the Pug. These little cuties are charming and fun-loving, enjoying play with people of all ages. Curious and social, Frugs tend to get along well with everyone and everything (except very hot weather, due to their predisposition to breathing problems). They may also have guard dog instincts, which can lead them to be a bit territorial, but sufficient socializing in puppyhood should curb that behavior.
Poxer / Bug (Boxer Pug mix)
The Poxer, or Bug, tends to be smaller than a full Boxer, but larger than a Pug. These absolute cuties often have puggish forehead wrinkles, long tails, and sweet bat ears. They are very cuddly and affectionate, with endless energy and curiosity for playtime and exploring which makes them good family dogs as long as they get enough exercise. Poxers are very intelligent and alert, and can make effective guard dogs. They love nothing better than to spend time with their human families. Here are other dog breeds that make the best guard dogs.
Jug (Jack Russell Pug mix)
The Jug has the adorable curled-over tail of its Pug parent while retaining the slimmer body, more upright ears, and long nose of its Jack Russell genes. Jugs are friendly, energetic, and lively, and some inherit the Jack Russell’s prey drive. They love going on long walks or bouncing all over your house, and prefer to be with their people as much as possible. Jugs are intelligent, and are pretty easy to train because they love showing off their tricks. They are very curious and interested in everything, but like all Pug mixes should be carefully monitored for breathing problems. It’s easier to train these pups—they’re the smartest dog breeds around.
AffenPug (Affenpinscher Pug mix)
Star Wars fans might have given this picture a doubletake, because the adorable AffenPug does indeed closely resemble those cute tree-dwelling teddy bears of the Endorian moon, the Ewoks. The German Affenpinscher’s name translates to “monkey terrier,” and like Pugs, they are full of attitude beyond their size. Both breeds are friendly, stubborn, and sometimes territorial with their food, toys, or people. Pint-sized they may be, but the AffenPug is full of personality. Their Pinscher parents give the sedentary Pug half a boost of energy, and the loyal and devoted AffenPug is more than ready to accompany you on all your adventures.
Bassugg (Basset Hound Pug mix)
The Basset Hound is instantly recognizable for its long, sturdy body and nose; short, bowed legs; floppy ears, and mournful expression. Bassuggs have some of these characteristics, but Pug-ified! That means shortened noses and ears, curly tails, and a wrinkly, grumpy expression. The Bassugg has two friendly parents, so they are very gentle and affectionate; Bassuggs live to please their humans, and love to be social with their family. They are gentle and tolerant with children, and are very smart and trainable. Bassuggs can get bored easily, which means they need regular and engaging exercise and play. Next, find out the best hypoallergenic dog breeds for people with allergies.
- American Kennel Club: “Pug”
- Dogtime.com: “Chug”
- Doggydogdog.com: “Husky Pug mix”
- Dogtime.com: “Puggle”
- TheHappyPuppysite.com: “Boston Terrier Pug Mix”
- DoggieDesigner.com: “Daug”
- PerfectDogBreeds.com: “Pug Shih Tzu Mix”
- Dogzone.com: “Bullpug”
- DoggieDesigner.com: “Pugshire”
- TheHappyPuppysite.com: “Schnug”
- DoggieDesigner.com: “Pugalier”
- DoggieDesigner.com: “Puginese”
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- WagWalking.com: “Box a Pug”
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- DoggieDesigner.com: “Affenpinscher Pug Mix”
- 101DogBreeds.com: “Bassugg”