The Pugshire is a small-sized dog prized nowadays for its companionship and its suitability for indoor living. Descended from two breeds with distinct physical features, the Pugshire can take after just one parent, or possess a mix of both breed characteristics.
The Pug is easily recognizable, with its flat face and shortened muzzle, its bulging eyes, and the wrinkled skin on its face. The body is compact but ideally well-balanced and sturdy. This makes the Pug a great playmate for children, who might overcome other, more daintily built dogs.
The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest terrier breeds. Originally from England and bred for clearing barns and households of vermin, the Yorkie has come to be more known for its fine, shiny, silky coat that can be grown long, and usually comes in blue and tan.
Pugs commonly come in black or fawn, and sometimes grey, or even white. Yorkies are typically born black and tan, which slowly turns to blue and tan as the dog matures. Yorkies do not come in black. The Pugshire will most commonly come in black, or blue and tan.
The Pugshire may have fur that is a bit longer than the Pug's, though not as long as the Yorkie's. Either way, it will be fine in texture and shiny. Shedding will be minimal to just average.
The Pugshire is an active indoor animal that thrives to get its owner's attention as much as possible. It will tag along, even when just going from room to room, and will stay in a spot where human traffic is high. Children will get joy out of this breed, as it is playful and energetic. Younger children, however, must be supervised, as they could hurt this small dog. The Pugshire could be a bit jealous of attention given to others, though, and could be disagreeable towards other animals. If properly socialized, though, it can live peaceably enough with other pets. Alert and attentive, its occasional yappiness could serve as an alarm if there are strangers around.
Brushing of the coat and regular checks of the teeth are important for the Pugshire. Daily brushing can take care of shed hair and keep the coat looking shiny, while periodontal diseases common in small-jawed breeds can be headed off with regular cleaning. Shampooing more than once a month is not necessary.
Stubbornness runs in both parent breeds, so training might not be smooth all the time. Patience is required, as well as firm, consistent commands, coupled with treats as a reward for desired behavior.
A good round of games indoors will go towards relieving the Pugshire of excess energy. Leashed walks at least half an hour daily is recommended, to break the monotony of being indoors and let the Pugshire indulge its outgoing, curious personality by investigating new surroundings.