If you’re thinking about a mixed-breed dog to add to your family, a Pug Greyhound mix might not be the first choice that comes to mind.
The two dogs are so different in personality and appearance, that it might feel like an odd choice – but strangely enough, it actually works well.
However, there are some things you should know. So, let’s dive into it!
A Bit About Greyhounds
Greyhounds are sighthounds. This is the name given to any hunting dog that sees and chases their prey, rather than smells and sneaks up on their prey.
Thus, they’re extremely fast, reaching over 45mph (70kmh). However, these speeds come at short bursts that tire them out pretty quickly.
To help with their lifestyle, they have long, slender limbs and smooth, fine fur so they can zip through the air quickly.
But, at home, with dog food readily available, you’ll find that they prefer to snuggle up on the sofa and watch TV, and leave the sprinting to their ancestors.
Italian Greyhounds are the smallest type of Greyhound. These are the ones typically bred with pugs to create a mixed breed, simply because their sizes are compatible.
While the Italian Greyhound is still a sighthound and keeps all the characteristics of the Greyhound, they’re a fraction of the size and don’t need to eat or exercise quite as much.
A Bit About Pugs
Pugs were originally bred to be lap dogs. Their distinctive short muzzle and round little body are adorable.
However, these characteristics have been slightly overbred to achieve the perfect purebred pooch. This means that they’re prone to respiratory problems which may need surgery to widen their airways.
They don’t need a whole lot of exercise. A short walk once a day and a backyard should be fine for them. They’re also excellent apartment dogs, as they don’t need a ton of space.
They’re happiest when they’re chilling around the house and are real people dogs.
They don’t do too well by themselves for long periods. It’s advisable to either get another dog or to spend a lot of your time at home with them.
Greyhound Pug Mix
As mentioned, when pugs are mixed with Greyhounds, it’s usually an Italian Greyhound that’s used. This is because they’re smaller, making the mix is much easier to create.
The mix between the Pug and the Italian Greyhound can actually eliminate some of the issues that the Pug breed has. It elongates the snout to reduce the risk of respiratory problems.
A Pug Greyhound mix is usually called a Puggit.
Pugs are loving and loyal homebodies and Greyhounds are extremely sociable.
This means that your Puggit is most likely to be a great little apartment dog who just loves to spend days cuddling.
Because Greyhounds are great for bursts of speed, but not stamina, they tend to spend most of their days laying around. Pugs aren’t overly energetic either so your Greyhound Pug mix would suit apartment living perfectly.
Both Pugs and Greyhounds do love company though and can get anxious if they’re left alone for too long.
You will need to be stringent when they’re young to prevent any destructive behavior from occurring while you’re out of the house.
Crate training these dogs is a necessity. They will need a safe space to go to when they’re feeling anxious so it’s good practice to get them used to going in the crate while you’re out.
Pugs can grow to around 14in (36cm) tall at the shoulder, with the females being slightly shorter at around 12.5in (32cm).
Italian Greyhounds aren’t too much bigger. They grow to around 15in (38cm) in adulthood.
A crossbreed with the traits of both of these won’t ever be much bigger than the 15in (38cm) of the Greyhound.
This makes them excellent for smaller homes or apartments, as they don’t need a lot of room to roam around.
Coat & Color
A Pug’s coat is relatively thin and short, requiring little to no care.
The Greyhound’s coat is even thinner to help it with aerodynamics while it’s running.
This means that the coat of your Greyhound Pug mix will be incredibly thin. This is helpful in a way, as there’s not a whole lot to clean off your sofa daily.
However, it does mean that your dog will require a coat in the winter to stay warm.
The coat is most likely to have the tan or light brown color of a pug, possibly with the same black features on the face (as seen above).
Although Italian Greyhounds come in grey, brown and black colors, the most common Puggit color mirrors that of a standard Pug.
The Puggit’s structure is a perfect mix of the two breeds.
It has the stocky build of the Pug, but also the slender, long legs of the Italian Greyhound.
The muzzle is slightly elongated, being the perfect measure between the Pug’s small, squashed snout and the Greyhound’s longer one.
This tends to relieve any of the problems that come with the Pug’s overbreeding and excessively short snout.
Greyhound Pug mixes will only require a quick clip every 6-8 weeks to keep their coats looking good and their nails cut.
Other than that, they are one of the easiest dogs to care for when it comes to grooming.
A brush once a week with a soft brush should be sufficient and just bathe when you feel you need to.
Remember, if you aren’t going to the groomers very often, you’ll still need to have their claws clipped down regularly.
They aren’t massive walkers, so they won’t naturally wear their claws down.
Common Health Issues
Greyhound Pug mixes do suffer from periodontal disease – a disease of the gums – if not treated regularly. You’ll start to notice inflamed gums, bleeding gums, and gingivitis.
Eventually, if you don’t keep on top of it, the teeth could fall out, making it difficult for your dog to eat.
So, make sure you brush your dog’s teeth regularly. If you notice any changes to their gums, you should take them to the vet for treatment as soon as possible.
Overall, the Greyhound Pug mix would make an excellent pet for people with a busy lifestyle and they’re ideal apartment dogs.
However, it’s a good idea to place a Puggit in a home with another dog to stop them from getting lonely. And make sure you give them lots of love and attention!