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Schnug

Schnug

A furry dog with an unkempt appearance and small head staring straight at you with its big eyes may be peculiar yet attractive. Yes! That is the Snug, Pug – Miniature Schnauzer cross for you. Bubbling with energy, they are loyal pets that love following their owners everywhere they go.

Train them since their puppy days with patience and perseverance, and they would follow your commands to the tee. However, keep them miles away from birds or other small pets at home as these feisty dogs would not spare any opportunity to get after them.

Dog Profile

  • Other Names:Shnug
  • Breed Registry Details:ACHC, IDCR, DDKC, DRA
  • Common Physical Features:Longish body; small skull; large, round head; narrow chest; short, pointed muzzle and bearded face, like the Schnauzer or a Pug-like flat one; rounded eyes; triangular-shaped, semi-erect ears hanging to one side of its head; curled up Pug-like tail  
  • History:
  • Coat Type:Short and smooth coat like the Pug; medium length wiry topcoat and soft undercoat similar to the Schnauzer
  • Colors:Fawn, tan or brown with black facial markings
  • Lifespan:12 – 15 years
  • Size:Small
  • Height:10 – 12 inches
  • Weight:15 – 25 pounds
  • Litter Size:2 – 4 puppies
  • Temperament:Good-natured, mischievous, curious, alert
  • Kids-Friendly:Yes
  • Stranger-friendly:Somewhat; takes time to accept them but gets friendly after developing the trust
  • Animal-Friendly:Somewhat; mostly inherits the Miniature Schnauzer’s hunting instinct and chase smaller pets like birds, rats, squirrels, and mice
  • Climate Compatibility:Moderate; cannot adjust in hot weather
  • Apartment-friendly:Yes; as long as their exercise requirements are met 
  • Care Level:Easy to moderate
  • Exercise Requirements:Moderate; Walking: 30 minutes; Playing 15 – 20 minutes
  • Grooming Needs:Moderate
  • Coat Brushing:Regular; twice or thrice a week using a firm bristle brush to keep it free from tangles
  • Bathing:Occasional; once a month
  • Eyes and Ears Cleaning:Regular; once a week
  • Brushing of Teeth:Regular; at least four times a week since they are prone to dental infections
  • Nail Clipping:Occasional; twice a month
  • Feeding:Adults: 1.5 to 2 cups dry dog food per day

    Puppies: ½ cup dry dog food per day
  • Hypoallergenic:Not known
  • Barking Capacity:Moderate; gets vocal on seeing an unknown person at the beginning
  • Trainability:Easy; as long as the sessions are short and fun-filled
  • Common Health Problems:Hip dysplasia, diabetes, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, dry eye, pug dog encephalitis
  • Origin:USA

If looking for an active dog with moderate energy perfectly fitting in to your lap, the Schnug would be one of your apt choices. Remember not to leave them alone for long since they cannot withstand separation anxiety leading to behavioral problems.

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