Yorkie pug mix, the perfect pint-size companion
If you are thinking about inviting a small dog to share your life with you, the Yorkie Pug mix may already be on your list of dog breeds to consider.
Also known as the Pugshire, Yuggie and Porkie the Yorkie pug mix is a small dog with a big attitude. While crossing a Yorkshire terrier with a Pug may give you the best of both breeds it may also give you a lot of dog in a tiny package.
Gaining an understanding of what characteristics your dog is likely to have is the first step in ensuring that the life shared with your dog is harmonious.
Like all designer dogs, the history of the Yorkie pug mix is rather short. To get an idea of what your dog is likely to be like we have to look at the breed history of the parent dogs.
Underestimating the importance of a dog’s history is a mistake. As it offers vital clues as to the nature of your dog. What’s more, it provides an insight as to whether your chosen dog will fit into your lifestyle.
Breed introduction – the Yorkie
The Yorkshire terrier is native to the UK having first appeared in the 1850s. Like a lot of dogs, the Yorkshire Terriers ancestry is a bit murky.
It’s thought that Halifax terriers were brought from Scotland into Yorkshire and Lancashire where they were bred with local terrier type dogs. Eventually producing the Yorkie as we know it today.
Known as extremely efficient ‘ratters’ Yorkies were used in mills and mines to catch vermin. What’s more, because of their small size and their tenacious nature. They were also used to hunt underground for much larger prey like foxes and badgers.
Breed introduction – the Pug
In contrast, the Pug has only ever been a companion dog. The Pug originates from China where it was highly prized by Chinese Emperors and Buddhist monks.
Pugs were brought to England by Dutch Traders where their popularity soon spread and increased under the royal patronage of Queen Victoria.
With an established history as a companion dog. Pugs are affectionate and devoted to their owners and are well known as the clowns of the dog world.
As with any dog that has mixed parentage, it’s almost impossible to provide an accurate description of how they will look.
When you look at both the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pug, the only thing they have in common is that they are both small dogs.
With this in mind, the one thing that we can predict is that the Yorkie Pug mix is a little dog. The Pugshire has an average height of around twelve to fifteen inches high and weighs around seven to twelve pounds.
As for the rest of their appearance, there can only be rough estimates of what you might expect. The Pugshire tends to have a leaner look than the Pug but is more stocky and sturdier than the Yorkie.
In contrast to the Pugs squashed face. The Pugshire is more likely to have a slightly more elongated muzzle with the help of its Yorkie parentage. But nevertheless retains the round face of the Pug
The ears vary from dog to dog, in that they may be erect like the Yorkie or flat like the pug. But typically they fall somewhere in between. Similarly, the tail of the Pugshire may have a curl, but it may also be straight. Again it’s not unusual for it to lie somewhere in the middle.
What’s more, depending on the colour and marking of the parent dogs, coat colours vary a lot. Typical colours are black, fawn, steel blue, tan or any variant of these hues. Masks and dark shading on the face are also possible.
The coat itself is longer than the Pugs but shorter than the Yorkies and tends to be fluffy rather than silky like the Yorkshire terrier.
Yorkies are working dogs at heart and despite being popular for ‘handbag’ dogs are still faithful to their roots. They are energetic and spirited that are likely to chase anything that crosses their path.
Bold and adventurous, Yorkies are fearless and will protect their owners and property against much larger foes. Because of this they make good watchdogs and are devoted to their owners. Also, they are intelligent and affectionate but are known as a stubborn breed.
Pugs are charming, sociable and mischievous. They are even-tempered dogs and get along well with both people and other animals.
The Pug remains an excellent companion and is devoted and affectionate. Pugs err on the side of laziness and despite their willingness to please have a similarly stubborn streak to that of the Yorkie.
So what happens when you combine the two breeds?
The Pugshire is a lovable, energetic dog that likes to play. Devoted, loyal and protective they are intelligent companions with an independent streak.
Tolerant and easy-going they rarely show any aggression but are nevertheless bold, brave and assertive.
Despite the Pugs leaning towards laziness, the Pugshire inherits some of its Yorkie parents working dog roots.
Although you don’t have to commit to daily hikes. It does mean that your small dog has a lot of energy for its size.
A minimum of thirty minutes a day is required with additional playtime during the day. However, if your Pugshire has inherited the squashed face of its pug parent be careful of over-exerting your dog in warm weather as they can quickly overheat.
The Pugshire doesn’t require extensive grooming. A weekly brush to remove any knots will do. Also depending on the length of their coat your dog may need a professional trim from time to time.
Although the Yorkie is a non-shedding breed, this does not mean that your Pugshire will be. In fact, it is much more likely that your Pugshire will moult. But it will be moderate rather than heavy like that of the Pug.
Although it’s commonly thought that mixing two or more breeds of dog makes them more robust and reduces inherited conditions, this isn’t always true.
Before you decide on any dog, it’s worth knowing the possible health risks associated with them and what can be done to minimise those risks.
Despite the list below Pugshires have a relatively long lifespan at between 12 – 16 years and are considered to be a robust breed.
- Breathing problems including ESP (Elongated soft palate). Collapsed trachea and stenotic nares
- Eye problems including; cataracts, distichiasis, dry eye, retinal dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy
- PDE (Pug dog encephalitis)
- Luxating patella
Yorkie Pug mix highlights
The Yorkie pug mix has plenty to offer and is a lot of dog in a small package. Like any other dog and dog breed, the personality of individual dogs varies.
Always research both the breed and breeder, if buying a puppy thoroughly. The parent dogs characters play a significant role in the qualities that your puppy will have.
However, if you do decide to share your life with a Yorkie Pug mix, you can expect a loyal and affectionate dog. What’s more a dog that is playful, cheeky and will keep you on your toes.
Fundamentally easy- going but with the energy and spirit of its Yorkie parent, the Pugshire just may be the ultimate companion dog.