The utterly adorable Pug is a popular companion dog due to its loving, affectionate personality and charming ability to entertain with clown-like antics.
These toy breed dogs are often crossed with other dog breeds to create a range of hybrids—these range from the tiny Chug to the larger than life Jug.
While their names may sound laughable, these dogs are sure to put a smile on your dial!
What is a Pug?
The Pug is an ancient Chinese breed that has been beloved by emperors and royals throughout the eras.
These small but stocky dogs were always bred as companions, and so have a very people-orientated personality.
They make great pets for families, older people, and those living in apartments because of their small size and love of being indoors, cuddling with their humans.
Pugs are also known to be oodles of fun, always charming their owners with their mischievous antics and goofball ways.
This playful nature is matched by comical looks with large, bug-like eyes, a flat face covered in wrinkles, and a curly pig-like tail.
Unfortunately, those flat faces and prominent eyes can lead to a range of health conditions, including difficulty breathing, mobility problems, and diseases of the cornea and retina.
Available in fawn or black, or variations thereof, Pugs are also known for their short, double-layered coat, which sheds profusely.
Pugs are often mixed with other breeds to create dogs that don’t shed as much or live healthier lives.
Quick Choices for Top Pugs
- Best low-shedding poodle mixes: Pugapoo, Malti-Pug, Pugshire, Pug-coton
- Best poodle mixes for families: Pugapoo, Pom-a-Pug, Malti-Pug, Bassugg
- Best poodle mixes for kids: Jug, Pom-a-Pug, Cocker Pug, Pugalier, Pugairn
- Best poodle mixes for apartments and small spaces: Chug, Malti-Pug, Pugshire, Japug
37 Most popular and adorable pug mixes
More than 40 different Pug mixed-breed dogs can be found in the world today, each one with a unique set of characteristics that define appearance and personality.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular Pug mixes:
1. Beagle Pug mix (AKA Puggle)
Crossing a Beagle with a Pug results in a strong, muscular, and sturdy little dog. These dogs are super playful and very eager to please, with a remarkable ability to entertain.
They can, however, be quite stubborn and mule-headed, which can make training a challenge. Puggles typically have a wrinkly face like a Pug with long floppy ears and a short coat.
2. Chihuahua Pug mix (AKA Chug)
The Chihuahua Pug mix is a tiny companion with plenty of personalities packed into a small body. They stand only 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) tall.
Compact and muscular, these dogs have super-expressive faces, and their friendly demeanors mean they get along well with virtually anybody. That said, early socialization is essential with this breed.
Chugs are very loyal and protective of their owners but can also be a touch independent and stubborn. They are also known to shed a lot because of their double thick coat.
3. Jack Russell Terrier Pug mix (AKA Jug or Retro Pug)
The Jack Russell Pug mix has a slightly longer face than the Pug, resulting in less of breathing issues associated with the Pug.
These dogs also generally have the floppy ears of the Jack Russell as well as their multi-colored coats. The Jug is a consistent shedder.
These dogs are to be loved for their vibrant, playful personalities.
They have lots of excess energy to expend and often a very naughty, mischievous streak. They are charming, though, and will shower you with love and affection!
Meet a fantastic little Jack Russell Pug mix in this video:
4. Husky Pug mix (AKA Hug)
The adorably named Hug is half Siberian Husky, half Pug. One of the larger Pug mix dogs, the Hug is a medium-sized dog with high energy levels that requires a fair amount of exercise.
These active dogs have a very playful personality, making them great companions for children and homes with other dogs.
Although generally very sweet and loving, the Hug dog can have a stubborn side, which makes training a challenge.
5. Poodle Pug mix (AKA Pugapoo)
The Pugapoo is one Pug cross that may not shed. If your Poodle Pug mix puppy inherits the Poodle parent’s curly coat, you might be blessed with a dog with a hypoallergenic coat.
Coming in a variety of sizes, depending on the size of the Poodle parent, Pugapoos typically have a curly tail and sturdy, muscular body.
These super-smart dogs are enthusiastic and energetic and make fantastic companions for children and families. They learn quickly and have an eager-to-please, people-focused personality.
6. Boston Terrier Pug mix (AKA Bugg)
The Bugg dog has to be one of the cutest Pug mix-breeds around, with his short, squat stature, squished in face, and tiny, upright ears.
It is hard not to fall in love with these dogs because of their cheerful and friendly dispositions. These are excellent dogs for first-time pet owners.
Bred as companions, the Boston Terrier Pug mix loves to be around his people and will give you devoted, unwavering loyalty.
However, this loyalty can make them quite protective, so plenty of training and socialization is necessary. Because of their flat faces and prominent eyes, Bugg dogs are prone to developing several severe health conditions.
7. Corgi Pug mix
The Corgi Pug mix has short legs, a wrinkly face, and a stocky, muscular build. These small dogs are quite energetic and want to work, thanks to this mix’s Corgi side.
Thus regular exercise is necessary to keep this mixed breed happy and healthy. Friendly dogs, the Corgi Pug mix always seems to have a smile on their face.
8. Bulldog Pug mix (AKA American Pugabull)
The American Pugabull, or Bullpug, is half American Bulldog and half Pug. These dogs have a friendly, perky personality and are intensely devoted to their humans.
They make superb watchdogs but can be a touch aggressive when it comes to strangers and other animals. The American Pugabull is likely to have a single short coat, making them moderate shedders.
9. French Bulldog Pug mix (AKA Frug or Frenchie Pug)
Dogs don’t get much cuter than the Frug or Frenchie Pug. This Pug mix has a wrinkly face, curly tail, short muzzle, compact body, and straight little legs.
They are characterized by their big brown eyes and their oversized-upright ears. These curious little creatures love to play and interact with their family members and are likely to be by your side wherever you go.
10. Pitbull Pug mix (AKA Pug Pit)
The Pug Pit typically looks like a smaller Pitbull, weighing no more than 30 pounds (14 kg). These dogs usually have little ears, a short muzzle, and a curly tail like their Pug parent.
Their muscular, stocky build can make them look a bit chubby. Tough and athletic dogs, these strong canines are not for weak owners.
They require a firm owner that can establish themselves as the dominant member of the pack and can provide them with reliable, consistent training from a young age.
With early socialization, good training, and enough physical and mental stimulation, the Pug Pit can be a very affectionate and sweet companion.
11. Pomeranian Pug mix (AKA Pom-a-Pug)
Pom-a-Pugs are adorable little designer dogs with a lean body and wrinkled face with a short muzzle. Friendly and easy-going,
Pom-a-Pugs make lovely lap dogs and great companions for kids. They are also very playful, making these dogs amusing family dogs.
With an alert nature, they also make surprisingly good guard dogs despite their small size.
Unfortunately, due to the myriad of health issues associated with both parent breeds, the Pomeranian Pug mix can be prone to several diseases.
12. Shih Tzu Pug mix (AKA Shihtzu Pug or Pug-Zu)
The Shihtzu Pug is a mix of two ancient Chinese breeds of dogs. With both parent breeds, Emperors’ favored companions, the Shihtzu Pug is a dignified little dog with a people-orientated nature.
Loyal and friendly, these dogs back a lot of personality into a small frame – weighing around 8 to 22 pounds (4 to 10 kg).
These little lap dogs love to be loved, and their sweet demeanors mean you will want nothing more than to shower them with affection all day.
However, they can have a stubborn streak, especially when they feel like they are being ignored.
13. Dachshund Pug mix (AKA Daug)
The Daug has the low slung, elongated body of a Dachshund with a wrinkly face and low hanging ears. Loving and affectionate, Daugs love a good cuddle.
They are, however, also vigilant, lively, and intelligent dogs, making them fantastic watchdogs.
14. Boxer Pug mix (AKA Box-a-Pug or Poxer)
The Box-a-Pug or Poxer is a powerful blend of Pug and Boxer. This medium-sized canine features a short nose, an athletic build, and a silky coat that can come in various colors.
These dogs have a high energy level and are incredibly playful, making daily exercise essential when owning this breed.
They are also alert and pretty fearless, making them good watchdogs. Friendly and loyal, Box-a-Pugs love to snuggle up with their humans, despite their bigger size.
15. Labrador Retriever Pug mix (AKA Pugador)
The Pugador is quite a popular designer breed due to the Labrador Retriever being a favored companion in the United States.
This dog’s looks can vary greatly, but you’re likely to end up with a pup that weighs between 30 and 50 pounds (14 and 23 kg), has a slightly scrunched face, and is either black or tan.
Thanks to the Labrador Retriever parent, the Pugador has an even-temperament and is very loyal to its humans. These friendly and charming dogs need lots of human attention.
16. Pekingese Pug mix (AKA Puginese)
Another cross of two Chinese companion dogs, the Puginese takes on Pug and Pekingese traits. With both parents having similar looks and temperaments, the Puginese is a small, dignified breed with a good-nature.
Although ideal lap dogs, Puginese also like to be independent, and training can be a challenge. They are also subject to the same breathing problems and eye diseases that these purebred dogs also suffer from.
17. Schnauzer Pug mix (AKA Schnug)
The Schnug is the result of a cross between a Pug and a Miniature Schnauzer. This is a super-smart, super cute little dog.
Very outgoing, the Schnauzer Pug mix likes to play and jump around, but at the end of the day, they also love a good cuddle. These dogs can be pretty stubborn, so early training and socialization are essential.
18. Maltese Pug mix (AKA Malti-Pug)
The cross of two popular companion dogs, the Malti-Pug, is one dog that loves to please. These dogs thrive on human attention and love to show off any new tricks.
They get along well with anyone, making them an excellent choice for a wide range of families. The Malti-Pug is also one Pug mix that is unlikely to shed.
19. Yorkshire Terrier Pug mix (AKA Pugshire)
A small cross, the Pugshire makes for a fantastic lap and apartment dog.
These dogs weigh only 12 pounds (5 kg) with a medium-length coat that can be hypoallergenic and comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Although sweet and devoted dogs, Pugshires don’t get on with kids.
20. Basset Hound Pug mix (AKA Bassugg)
Bassuggs are strong, little dogs with a face that looks like a Pug but with the long ears of the Basset Hound and the big, round, soulful eyes of both parent breeds.
These serious and sad-looking dogs can range in size and color.
Bassuggs love to be around their people, with a loveable nature that makes them suitable for families. They are also pretty curious with a nose for new smells, so they can tend to wander off when out and about.
21. German Shepherd Pug mix (AKA Shug)
The Shug is a larger Pug mix with an athletic, energetic nature that isn’t suitable for apartment living. These dogs love to work and need plenty of exercise.
As medium-sized dogs, the German Shepherd pug mix will have a square body, a triangular head with upright ears, and a long coat that sheds a lot.
The dog’s longer muzzle and legs mean they don’t have the same health problems that plague the Pug parent.
22. Cocker Spaniel Pug mix (AKA Cocker Pug)
The Cocker Pug is a beautiful cross with a smooth, wavy, double coat of a longer length, and sheds consistently.
The Cocker Spaniel brings a more obedient and eager to please side to the Pug’s playful personality, making for a fantastic combination in a companion dog.
As a result, Cocker Pugs make excellent friends for children of all ages.
23. Shar-Pei Pug mix (AKA Ori Pei, Pugpei, Sharpug or Pug-A-Pei)
While both the Shar-Pei and the Pug originated in China and are known for their adorable wrinkles, the Ori Pei isn’t as common as one would expect.
These dogs originated in the United States in the 70s, created by Aaron Silver to negate the health problems associated with both breeds.
These robust Pug mixes are quite extraordinary, being sweet, affectionate, playful, and brave. They are oversized lap dogs with wrinkly skin!
24. Shiba Inu Pug mix (AKA Pug Shiba)
Yet another blend of two ancient Chinese breeds, the Pug Shiba, blends two dogs with clashing personalities.
The Shiba Inu brings a more aloof, independent nature to this cross, while the Pug means this dog still has an affectionate side.
Due to the Shiba Inu parent’s hunting instincts, your Pug Shiba can chase smaller animals but will get along well with others with the proper training and socialization.
With both the Shiba Inu and Pug is known to shed, you can expect this mix to be a heavy shedder.
25. Greyhound Pug mix (AKA Puggit)
Blend the superfast Greyhound with the short and stout Pug, and you’ll end up with an interesting companion.
These highly adaptable dogs have a playful, energetic side that makes them quite excitable. They are also very friendly.
The Puggit is likely to have a short, silky coat that is easy to groom, but that doesn’t protect the dog too well from the elements.
Thus, Puggits shouldn’t be kept in areas with harsh climates and need to spend most of their lives indoors.
26. American Rat Terrier Pug mix (AKA Puggat)
Full of energy and a zest for life, the Puggat is a small and playful Pug mix.
Although generally friendly, these dogs can chase small animals and children as their American Rat Terrier hunting instincts kick in. As a result, they need to be well socialized around other animals.
The good news is, the Puggat is not a high-maintenance breed, although their coat does shed consistently.
27. Australian Shepherd Pug mix
A loving and affectionate dog, the Australian Shepherd Pug mix is a rarer cross. While they love cuddles, Australian Shepherd Pug mix dogs also need to work and have relatively high energy levels.
They are very alert, active, and lively companions best suited to active homes.
28. Brussels Griffon Pug mix (AKA Brug)
With both the Brussels Griffon and the Pug smaller, toy-sized companions with flat-faces, bulgy eyes, and little ears, the Burg’s appearance is relatively easy to predict.
In terms of personality, the Brug will be an affectionate and playful dog that is friendly to everyone and gets along well with children. These dogs are also pretty happy to sleep alongside you on the couch all day!
29. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pug mix (AKA Pugalier)
Graceful yet silly at the same time, the Pugalier is an excellent dog for families with kids. These gentle and sweet dogs are very attentive with an affectionate nature.
While their looks can vary, the Pugalier will likely have the Pug’s face but with a slightly longer muzzle, getting rid of some of the issues associated with the Brachycephalic Pug breed.
The Pugalier will also likely have the longer, wavier coat of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
30. Japanese Chin Pug mix (AKA Japug)
The Japug is an adorable lap dog that has both a calm and an energetic side to its personality. They have a very even-temperament, meaning they are not too boisterous, but also not lazy or too laid-back.
As these dogs don’t bark or yap alert, they are an ideal choice for apartment dwellers. They are also very eager to please and keen to show off, making training easy with the Japug.
Breeds: Japanese Chin and Pug mix
31. Cairn Terrier Pug mix (AKA Pugairn)
Spirited and independent, the bold little Pugairn is a friendly, lively dog that is super sociable. These dogs crave human attention and love to please by showing off new tricks.
They generally get along well with anyone, including children. They are curious but never aggressive, which means they play well with kids.
32. Affenpinscher Pug mix (AKA Affenpug)
A spunky breed with an alert personality, Affenpugs are fantastic watchdogs and delightful companions. They have a curious, mischievous side to their nature, which can be equally entertaining and naughty.
With enough exercise, these dogs can satisfy their need to explore, making them the perfect companion. The Affenpug will likely have a rough, wiry coat.
33. Toy Fox Terrier Pug mix (AKA Toy Poxer)
A toy breed with a fierce personality, the Toy Poxer has lots of energy despite its small size. Quick to snap, Toy Poxers aren’t the best companions for small children who could also easily injure these petite dogs.
With the right humans, who show them love and respect, these dogs love a good cuddle.
34. Chinese Crested Pug mix (AKA Pugese)
The Pugese is a small powerhouse of a dog with happy-go-lucky energy. Loving and super protective, Pugese dogs make very loyal companions that thrive on attention from their humans.
However, they can be relatively reserved around strangers.
35. West Highland White Terrier Pug mix (AKA Pugland)
The Pugland dog is a superb companion dog that weighs about 15 pounds (7 kg) and stands around 12 inches (30 cm) tall.
These small dogs have endless energy for playtime but are quick to snap at small children who don’t know how to handle them correctly. These dogs do require a fair amount of socialization from a young age.
36. Tibetan Spaniel Pug mix (AKA Tibetan Pug)
The mix of two loveable lapdogs, the Tibetan Pug, is up for anything, be that cuddling on the couch or playing in the garden. These small dogs weigh around 15 pounds (7 kg).
An intelligent breed, they understand human emotions exceptionally well and make fantastic companions for kids. Due to the Tibetan Spaniel parent’s alert nature, they are good watchdogs but can tend to bark a fair bit!
37. Bichon Frise Pug mix (AKA Pushon)
They are highly sociable dogs, so the Pushon can be a fun, lively companion in your home with the right training.
Which Pug mixes are your favorites?
Now that you know a little more about the various Pug dog mixes out there, do you have a favorite? Is it the hypoallergenic Pugapoo, the family-friendly Pom-a-Pug, the energetic Jug, or the incy wincy Chug?
Do you have a Pug mixed breed of your own? Let us know what you love about them in the comments below.