Chug Dog Breed Information: The Chihuahua Pug Mix

The Chug dog is a mix between the Chihuahua, and the Pug. The Chug is a popular Chihuahua breed that can be adapted to any household. Don’t despair if you are looking to add a furry friend to your home, but don’t feel discouraged. The Chug can live in an apartment or small home, without or with outside space.

While the Chihuahua or Pug are very popular, it can be expensive to get a purebred dog. Many people choose to adopt a mixed breed dog instead. You can have the best of both worlds if you choose a Chihuahua/pug mix or “Chug, “ as the breed is also called.

This guide introduces you to this amazing mixed breed. This guide will help you decide if this adorable little dog would be the right companion for your family.

Chug Dog

Parent Breeds

To understand the Chug dog better, it helps to know a little bit about each parent breed. Both the Pug and Chihuahua are very popular breeds. Both are great family dogs. The Pug is more popular as a loving family dog. Before you decide whether a Chug is the right dog for you, it’s important to learn more about the Chihuahua as well as the Pug.

Usually, the genes of one parent will have more influence on the child than the genes of the other. Some puppies will be more like their mother than others. Some siblings will be closer to their father than others. It’s like buying a lottery puppy! It’s not possible to predict how your puppy will develop as an adult. We’ll dive into both Pug and Chihuahua.

Chihuahua

The diminutive Chihuahua falls under the umbrella of the toy group. These pups may be tiny but their personality is more than compensated for by their small size.

The national symbol of Mexico is a favorite of many celebrities. You can see them riding in style in the pockets of the wealthy and famous. Although the Chihuahua is undoubtedly super-cute, the breed does have a reputation for being feisty at best and aggressive at worst. The Chihuahua wasn’t born with the nickname “armpit pirateranha,” for nothing.

Chihuahuas can be snappy. If they feel threatened, they will bite off little fingers. If playtime gets too rough, the Chihuahua can become very fragile. The Chihuahua barks. This can be a problem for apartment dwellers, as well as neighbors.

Chihuahuas are confirmed lap dogs. They are happy to spend the day cuddled up in their human. A healthy Chihuahua has a long lifespan of up to 20 years. This breed is the longest-lived. You may inherit some health problems from your Chug if they are adopted. Other popular Chihuahua mixes include the corgi chihuahua mix and the Pomchi.

Pug

The Pug is another member of the toy group, and is often viewed as the comedian of the dog world! The pug was originally bred to be a companion to the Chinese nobility and continues to fulfill that role today as a family pet. Because of their sweet nature, they are often cross bred with other pure breeds in the designer dog movement, which includes mixes like the Porgi, which is a mix between the corgi and the pug.

Pugs get along well with children, dogs, and cats making them a great choice for families. The pug is larger and stronger than other toy breeds. It can tolerate some roughhousing as long as you are there to supervise.

A healthy pug can live for up to 14 years. The pug is large enough to have some health problems. They can have trouble breathing (brachycephalic Syndrome) and their cute flat faces make them very heat-tolerant. Due to their shape, they can also have eye problems.

Pugs are playful, eager little guys who love learning and are happy to learn if there are lots of treats. Although there’s no height specified in the AKC’s breed standard, the pug grows to around 25 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder, weighing in at between 14 to 18 pounds.

Chihuahua Pug Mix (Chug)

The Chug is a mix breed that has been created by combining a Chihuahua with a pug. There are many personalities to choose from in a Chug, including the comical pug and the fierce Chihuahua. A Chug is a great companion and can get along with any other household members, even pets.

Chugs have been highly sought-after due to the popularity of the designer dog craze. This has especially affected the United States. It’s not unusual for legitimate Chug breeders and owners to charge high prices for their puppies.

However, the Chug is a mixed-breed dog. His character and appearance will be determined by which parent he has. The Chug may have desirable traits as well as inherited problems like breathing difficulties, aggression towards other dogs, and a tendency toward yapping.

Temperament

The Chug loves attention! They will give you the same amount of attention as you give them. A Chug is not the right choice for you if you don’t want a dog who needs your affection and love all the time. Chugs are prone to anxiety. Although they inherit it from their Chihuahua parents, it is not as severe as that of a Chihuahua.

Chug dogs must be with a family who can spend enough time at home with them during the day. They are not happy being left alone for too long. They do not need much stimulation, they just need you to keep them busy.

The Chug dog doesn’t have a toy motivation once they are out of puppyhood. Smaller toys are needed as puppies as they have a small stature and a smaller mouth. They will be more motivated to eat food as they grow up than toys. Chugs can be called lapdogs, and are quite mellow as adults. Chugs will happily lay on your lap and watch television at night. They don’t seem aggressive and get along well with most people.

Size & Appearance

Mixed breed dogs inherit some traits from their parents, and are more influenced by one parent than the other. However, Chugs are typically small dogs that grow to be between six and 12 inches tall at the shoulder, weighing from eight to 20 pounds.

This is a smaller breed. This is not the breed for you if you are looking for a larger dog. They may not be athletic and could inherit the flat faces of their Pug parents, which can limit their activity in hotter temperatures. Their Pug parent’s skin roll may be passed to them. It will depend on which parent has a greater influence on their genetic makeup.

Coat & Colors

Chugs may have short or long hair, and can shed. They typically shed about as much as their pug parent does, which has extremely dense fur. The coat colors are black and brown, brown and black and tan and cream, dark brown, chocolate, dark brown and merle, and spotted. A Chug dog will not have a brindle, white, or blue merle coat.

*Chugs can have either a single- or double-coated coat. Double-coated Chugs will shed all year. Double-coated Chugs shed more in the summer than they do in winter. We recommend that you groom your Chugs regularly and shed when necessary. Their coats will be shorter.

Exercise & Living Conditions

The exercise needs of the Chug are very small because he is a small dog. Your Chug will be happy and healthy with a short walk every day, as well as some time in the backyard or indoors.

The Chihuahua Pug Mix will not be happy outside. One reason is that both parent breeds form strong bonds with their human families and can suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for too long. This can cause excessive barking or destructive behavior.

In a nutshell: Your Chug should live inside together with you and your family. You should ensure that your Pug Chihuahua mixes don’t get too hot if you live in an area that is very hot.

Training

It’s important that your Chug be taken to puppy training and socialization classes as soon as he is old enough, and has had his vaccinations.

The puppy training school will teach your puppy how to get along and be good friends with other dogs. This is especially important if your puppy follows the Chihuahua lineage. Chugs can be stubborn, or easy to train depending on the parent with the most influence.

We recommend that all dogs learn basic obedience, including rescues. It is important to keep them learning and reinforce good behavior by continuing obedience training at home with their owners. You should get a harness that is suitable for small dogs if you intend to train them. You can check out our favorite harnesses for pugs right here.

Health

Most Pug and Chihuahua purebreds don’t share any common health issues. Their offspring are unlikely to be sick. That being said, it is important to ask for health certificates if you purchase a puppy from a breeder. It is important to verify that both parents of your puppy have been tested for any conditions that could affect their breed.

Mixed breed dogs are less likely to have genetic health problems. Because of the cross between two species, inbreeding is reduced. While this is great news, we still recommend that you have health insurance. In fact, if you want to read a great story on why pet insurance could save your wallet, check out this article on what you can expect the cost to be if your dog tears their ACL.

Nutrition

Chug dogs should be fed according to their size and life stage. As a puppy, you’ll want to feed them a small breed puppy food. You can change to an adult formula as they reach adulthood. To maintain their immune system health, you can move them to a Senior formula once they reach their golden years.

Both the Chihuahua and the pug can suffer from dental overcrowding, which can allow plaque to accumulate, predisposing the dog to canine periodontal disease in adulthood. Choose a dry kibble food that can remove plaque-causing bacteria from the dog’s food.

Make sure your Chug is fed according to the instructions on the food packaging. Your Chug can also be given treats, but remember that pugs can become obese quickly due to their tendency to overeat.

Grooming

Chugs can have either a single-layered or double coat, as mentioned above. Chugs will have either shorter or longer fur. Double-coated dogs shed more, regardless of how long they have. The Chug dog is no exception. They should be groomed at a minimum of three times per week during shedding seasons, and they will require weekly brushing throughout the year. The Chug can be kept off your couch and clothes by deshedding.

If your pug parent has inherited wrinkles or folds, you’ll need to clean them. It is recommended that you bathe your dog once a month. Your Chug’s skin will be damaged if you bathe more frequently than that. To avoid skin infections, you will need to dry your skin rolls well. Using a sensitive skin shampoo is recommended.

As Family Pets

The Chug is cute and charming, but would you consider one of these adorable little dogs as a family pet?

  • The Chihuahua-pug mix is a friendly dog.
  • Chugs are sociable and do well with children and other pets.
  • The Chihuahua-pug mix requires regular grooming.
  • This Chug sheds year-round, especially in summer and winter.
  • Chugs are not recommended for people with pet hair allergies.
  • A Chug is small enough to live happily in an apartment or small home.
  • The Chihuahua-pug mix doesn’t need very much exercise.
  • Chugs are lazier pups.
  • The Chug can be a one-person dog.
  • The Chihuahua-pug mix can inherit genetic health issues.
  • Always ask for health certifications from your breeder.

If the Chihuahua Pug mix sounds like the right pet, where can you find one? A breeder is an obvious option. If you are unable to find a breeder, it is advisable to look into a rescue. Designer dogs can be found in rescues. Let’s take a look at each.

Breeders & Puppy Prices

*The Chihuahua Pug Mix has yet to become a popular mix breed. The price of Chug dog puppies is still very affordable.

Currently, the price of a well-bred Chug puppy is somewhere between $500 and $750. Price will depend on where the breeder is located and the success of the parents dogs in the show ring. You may also be able to find reliable breeders through your local vet. Local Chihuahua and Pug clubs might be good sources of information.

Chug Rescues

Look for rescues if an adult Chug dog is lost or you would like to adopt one. This is better than buying a puppy. Sometimes, chugs are used as rescue dogs in both pug rescue and chihuahua rescue centres. You might also want to check out these websites, where you can find helpful contacts and links:

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a small dog to share your life with, the Chihuahua Pug Mix may be the right-sized pooch 1_ to consider. The friendly and happy-go-lucky Chug dog will show you unconditional love and loyalty. The Chug dog is a great family dog and gets along well with children and pets. The Chihuahua/pug mix is easy to fit into small apartments or homes.

The Chug dog may have some health issues that are similar to their parent breeds. These pups can also shed a lot making them not suitable pets for allergy sufferers. Do you still believe a Chihuahua/pug mix is the right dog for you? Get started today!

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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