The Hug: A Complete Guide

A remarkable blend of the mighty Siberian Husky and the classic Pug, the Hug is an independent, single-minded dog.

Considering the strong traits of both the parents, it is only fair that a lot of research is done into the background and personality traits of the Hug, especially if you’re looking to get one for yourself.

As tempting as the name of this pup may be, any decision that involves taking a responsibility this huge simply cannot be made in haste.

Particularly when you’re considering getting a mixed puppy that is produced from varying dog breeds, and two very different breeds at that, it is imperative that you do your homework on both breeds to best understand how the puppy Hug could turn out to be.

Although the idea of crossbreeding is quite controversial, it is not entirely a bad thing.

In fact, it combines the joy of having two very distinct personalities of two different kinds of dogs into one surprise package.

The Hug shares some very intriguing qualities from its two lineages.

Since the historical backgrounds of both its parents are far from similar, the Hug is known to inherit the stamina and exercise requirements of the working Husky breed, while at the same time being the couch potato that its Pug parent is, though the former may outweigh the latter in your Hug.

This is an affectionate and loving dog that will welcome anyone into the home with open arms, a quality that coincidentally is in line with its name.

In order to help you make an informed decision that you will not only bear for the years to come but will thoroughly enjoy, this guide walks you through each step of the way.

We will start with some basic information about the Hug that you need to have on your fingertips before you make your choice.

The Hug Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Hug
The Hug can be your perfect companion.

Before getting started, here are some questions that you can ask yourself to gauge your existing knowledge of the Hug breed.

  • How much does a Hug puppy cost?
  • Can I find trustworthy breeders for the Hug?
  • Are my family and I ready to bring a Hug puppy into our lives?

If you’re unsure about these questions, you’ll find your answers in the following sentences.

What price are the Hug puppies?

Hug, or Pugsky, puppies are relatively less expensive than their purebred parents.

On average, you can expect to pay a price between 800 to 1200 pounds, which makes approximately $1230 to $2000.

The price of your Hug puppy will also depend a lot on factors like the age of the pup, the location of the breeder, and the quality and reputation of the breeder.

How to find reputable Hug breeders?

To find a reputable and sincere crossbreed breeder is an ordeal in itself.

You will need to take several factors into consideration before narrowing down the choices for your breeder.

Crossbreeding is undoubtedly a bigger gamble than the breeding of purebred pedigrees, therefore a lot of breeders also use it as a way to mint more money than is worth the quality of the puppy that is produced and sold.

The following are some warning signs to look out for in a breeder who is more interested in doing business with you than providing his puppy with a loving home:

  • The breeder is in a hurry to sell off the puppy.

Reputable breeders will take their time to gauge for themselves whether you’re a suitable candidate for a puppy of the Hug breed or not.

In order to be sure of this, the breeder will ask you questions about your lifestyle, family, finances, and may possibly ask to see your home to check if it is puppy-friendly.

Additionally, the breeder will also be patient when you ask him/her your questions and express your concerns.

  • The breeder hesitates before answering too many questions.

As mentioned earlier, a good breeder will answer your questions and cater to any concerns that you may have regarding the puppy.

The breeder should have sufficient knowledge of the Hug puppy, as well as about both its parents and be able to guide you accordingly.

  • He/she fails to show you certified proof of the puppy and the parents’ health tests.

Make sure that you ask your breeder to provide documentation regarding your the parents’ health that prove that both dogs are healthy.

  • The breeder does not let you or encourage you to meet the parents.

Ask to meet the parents of the puppy.

It is hard to trace the lineage of a designer dog.

Therefore, since most breeders will not have a lot of knowledge on the ancestral background of the puppy, the best way to get an idea of what the puppy could look like and what personality traits it could develop are to have a look at both the parents.

If the breeder fits the image of a reliable and genuine Hug breeder, do not hesitate to contact him.

After all, that will be the first step towards forming a bond with your breeder, because that is what is needed to make sure you have ample help and guidance in owning and training your furry mate.

3 Little-known facts about the Hug puppies

  • The Hug is a dog with high levels of energy.

The Husky-Pug mix is most suited for people who have an active routine.

Lazy people who find it hectic to give the Hug enough time and attention and engage it in ample physical activities will find it difficult to keep up with the energy of their pet.

  • It can get along with children and other pets.

The Hug is a friendly dog that will not shy away from interacting with other species.

Therefore, if you have children or other small pets in the house, don’t worry about the Hug not making friends.

Given that you train it well and provide it early socialization as a puppy, meaning you give it enough experiences of social interaction, the Hug will prove to be a loyal and affectionate playmate for your children.

  • The Hug has the potential to turn into a couch potato.

In some cases, the Hug can take after its Pug lineage and become a lazy, inactive pet.

Having said that, the good news is that this trait can be easily eradicated, owing to its Husky genes coupled with some effective training efforts on your part.

The best way to train a Hug is to through a reward-based routine. Incentivise your Hug with some delicious treats to get it off the couch.

The Hug responds well to exciting toys and stimulating exercises. A game of hide-and-seek will keep it engaged and distract it from lazing about in one corner of the room.

Physical Traits of the Hug

The Hug
The Hug is a moderately energetic breed.

The Pug is a small dog, while the Husky can easily be identified as a large dog. Therefore, the Hug can be found in different sizes, depending on its genes.

How big is a full-grown Hug?

Usually, a full-grown Hug is considered to be a medium-sized canine, not as small as the Pug, but noticeably smaller in size than its Husky parent.

The bodily measurements of a female Hug do not differ all that much from those of the male, with both weighing between 30 and 60 pounds.

The Hug normally reaches a height of about 16 to 22 inches tall.

What is the life expectancy of the Hug?

The average lifespan of a Hug is about 12 to 15 years, which is amongst the longer life expectancies for dog breeds.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Hug

Goes without saying, the personality of the Hug is a combination of the characteristics of both the Husky and the Pug breeds.

Since both parent breeds are known to be friendly, mischievous breeds, the Hug’s personality can also be described as playful and fun-loving.

Having said that, the Hug is commended for its high tolerance levels, which makes it an affectionate and devoted dog.

In terms of sociability, the Husky is widely known to be very selective in its company, especially when moving in packs.

However, this trait is neutralized by the Pug’s outgoing and social nature, producing a Hug that is welcoming and eager to share its home with another pet.

The Hug’s social personality, however, is not that useful a trait if you want a guard dog. Although, their alertness can make them efficient watchdogs for your home.

One of the strongest personality traits of the Husky is its independent mind, which can make it particularly headstrong.

This, coupled with the inherent stubbornness of the Pug can combine to produce a dog that, at its worst, is willful and not fond of taking orders.

In addition to that, if the Hug is not engaged in interactive exercises, it has the tendency to get easily disinterested and bored.

These are high-energy, single-minded dogs that are inquisitive and crave social activities. Therefore, to get the best out of you Hug, socialization from the very first day is imperative.

The Hug Diet

The Hug
The Hug requires moderate levels of maintenance.

In order to meet the energy requirements of the Hug, a nutritious and healthy diet rich in important minerals and vitamins will go a long way.

That being said, the dietary routine of the Hug should be regulated keeping in mind the size and activity level of your pet, which needs to be done to prevent overheating.

Due to some genetic health ailments that the Hug is at risk of, a diet rich in fish oil supplements like glucosamine or chondroitin should be fed to your pet.

Additionally, a raw meat diet is best for dogs with the Wolf background.

How much Exercise does a Hug need?

To keep the Hug happy and satisfied, you will need to walk it at least for an hour every day.

Additional hours of playtime with physically and mentally stimulating games are an added bonus for both you and for the dog.

As a puppy, the Hug will have higher energy levels, therefore it is best to take it to the dog park so that it not only gets the activity that it requires but will also make new dog friends.

It is also very likely that your Hug inherits the prey-drive of its Husky mom/dad, so you’ll need to control your dog with a leash at all times when you take it out.

The Hug will appreciate some independent time, outside in an open, but fenced-in, yard.

The Hug Health and Conditions

Genetic issues of health are very common amongst canines, particularly in crossbred puppies.

However, it is very easy to avoid health conditions in your puppy, given that the breeder provides you substantial proof that the parents are tested and free of any diseases.

Even if the parents have had any health troubles in the past, an honest breeder will provide all health clearance certificates to show you that the issues were treated.

The health condition of your Hug will also, like other traits, depend largely on how much of which side of the family it takes after.

While on the one hand, the Husky is known to be a sturdy dog, the Pug, on the other hand, tends to get riddled with some common canine health issues, though these are largely mitigated in the Hug, owing to the healthy genes of the Husky parent.

Some health concerns to look out for in the Hug include hip and elbow dysplasia along with other obesity-related issues.

Issues of the eye, like corneal ulcers, progressive retinal atrophy, and cataracts are issues that are specific to several dog breeds, including the Pug.

Grooming Advice

The Hug is a relatively low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming.

Having said that, the frequency with which its fur will need to be brushed will depend largely on the length of the coat that it inherits.

Dogs of this hybrid breed generally inherit a coat that is medium to long in length and of moderate thickness.

Therefore, it will need to be combed out at least once a week with a slicker brush and a deshedder to get rid of dead fur and to maintain the luster of its coat.

A Hug with a thicker and longer coat will have to be brushed more regularly, at least two to three times a week with a dematting brush because it will tend to mattify more easily.

Moreover, as is the case with all dogs that have floppy ears, you should schedule a weekly cleaning of the ears of your Hug.

This is to prevent any ear infections and remove wax buildup that can become a breeding ground for bacteria.

Make sure that your cleaning methods are safe and don’t penetrate into the ear canal because that would cause pain to your pet.

The Hug is also quite likely to inherit a wrinkly face.

If this is the case with your dog, you should make it a point to wipe its face every day to ensure that there is no dirt buildup between the folds on the face.

Overgrown nails can also be quite painful for your pet as well as put it at the risk of infection or injury if it scratches itself too hard.

To avoid this, get your dog accustomed to a nail clipper so that it does not resist when you trim its nails.

Finally, oral health should be paid attention to and weekly brushing of the teeth should be done to prevent tooth decay.

My final thoughts on the Hug

If you’re the kind of person who has a particular fondness for exploration, consider the Hug your perfect adventure companion.

Hands down one of the most inquisitive and adventure-hungry dog breeds out there, the Hug will be ready to try out new endeavours in life right by your side.

A dog that requires moderate levels of maintenance in terms of grooming, but will do best with a lot of attention from its owner’s during playtime, the Hug is easily adaptable to apartment life.

Our final verdict on this versatile and intriguing designer combo of two of our favorite dogs is that it is perfect for active families that can keep up with the energetic pace of the Hug.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

4
Cost to Buy
8.5
Cuteness Level
7.5
Family Safety
7.5
Friendliness
5.5
Health Concerns
7.5
Life Span
5
Exercise Required
6
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 6.4 / 10

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