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Chug - Spirited and Sociable

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The small mixed breed known as a Chug, Pughuahua or Pugwawa is a cross between the Pug and the Chihuahua. She has a life span of 10 to 15 years and has been known to take part in dog sports like agility, rally and obedience. She is also a great companion dog and when trained well can be a very effective therapy dog. The Chug is especially suited for people living in apartments or people who are less active as she only has moderate needs when it comes to exercise.

Here is the Chug at a Glance
Average height 6 to 12 inches
Average weight 10 to 20 pounds
Coat type Could be short and smooth or long haired
Hypoallergenic? Moderate to moderate high
Grooming Needs Moderate to moderate high
Shedding Moderate to moderately heavy
Brushing Brush twice a week to daily depending on shedding
Touchiness Some can be if more like the Chihuahua
Tolerant to Solitude? Not at all
Barking Moderate
Tolerance to Heat Low to moderate
Tolerance to Cold Low
Good Family Pet? Good - may be very good with training and socialization
Good with Children? Moderate - needs socialization and being raised with them
Good with other Dogs? Low to Moderate - needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good but training will be harder than some other breeds
Trainability Moderate
Exercise Needs Low to moderate
Tendency to get Fat Moderate to high
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, heart problems
Other Health Concerns Eye problems, skin problems, hip dysplasia, allergies
Life Span 10 - 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $450 - $750
Average Annual Medical Expense $450 - $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $550 - $700

Where does the Chug come from?

Also known as a designer dog the Chug was presumably created when a breeder wanted to create a dog with the finer qualities of the Pug and the Chihuahua, however what traits or looks the puppies get from such pairings cannot be controlled or predicted. Designer dogs or hybrids are popular right now, as are toy dogs (very small) so the Chug is welcome in many homes. However we should be careful who we get such dogs from as there are a lot of breeders out there who are only creating such mixed breeds for the money and have no care about the puppies, their health or whether you actually get the kind of dog you want. Since this trend is one or two decades old only there is not really a history for the Chug and as with many hybrids we do not know who first deliberately bred him and named him. Here is a look at her parents to get more of a sense at what a Chug is like though.

The Chihuahua

It is not too clear where the Chihuahua's true origins come from, one option is that when Spanish traders brought small hairless dogs with them from China to Mexico, those dogs then bred with small dogs that were natives resulting in the Chihuahua. Another possibility is that it is a descendent from the Techichi, a South and Central American dog dating back to the 9th century. The name comes from a state in Mexico called Chihuahua where the short-haired was discovered in the 1850s. The long-haired probably came about from breeding that version with something like the Pomeranians or the Papillons. Today he is a confident and alert dog who loves attention and bond strongly with one person rather than many. He is bold but can be stand offish when first meeting people and can even be timid if not socialized from a young age.

The Pug

Pugs are a very old breed coming from China and can be found as far back as 206 BC. Emperors of China prized them and they were given every luxury and pampered completely. When trading with Europe began in the late 16th century Pugs came over with Dutch traders. They became favored throughout Europe in many royal and noble families. He was known by different names in different countries, the Carlin in France, the Caganlino in Italy and the Mop in Germany. His popularity continued into the Victorian era and were brought to American after the Civil War. While they were popular initially they fell out of favor for a while. The Pug's purpose was never to be a hunter, retriever or a ratter even, he was bred for one purpose, to be a companion. That is what he still is today. He will happily be a lap dog all day and expects your devotion for which in return he will be devoted to you also. He can still be playful but is a far calmer dog than many!


Personalities can range quite a bit with a Chug because the Pug and the Chihuahua are so different in some aspects. If she leans towards the Pug she will be more sweet, happy to be in your lap, clownish on occasion. If she is more like the Chihuahua she may be more imperious and bolder in nature. Both can be stubborn though when it comes to training so that is a probability in the Chug! A chug is usually not overly shy but is also not overly aggressive. They are smart, sociable and can be spirited and lively too. They love getting attention and affection and can be very friendly themselves. They will be loyal and may have a closer connection to one person, but are happy to play with and be affectionate to others in the family too.

What does a Chug look like

The Chug weighs somewhere between 10 to 20 pounds and is 6 to 12 inches tall. She has a very expressive face with a body that is compact and muscular. Her muzzle is short and her ears are medium sized that fold over at the tip. Her eyes are almond shaped and are well set. Her coat can be long and silky like a Chihuahua's or dense and short like a Pug's. It comes in a variety of colors such as black, brown, tan, cream, merle, spotted, chocolate, fawn and speckled.

Training and Exercise Needs

How much exercise will the Chug need?

She has low to moderate needs when it comes to activity so suits people who do not have active lifestyles for whatever reason. She is happy with a short to moderate length walk and some play each day. Access to a yard is not required though she would play in it if there was one. Thirty minutes in total a day should satisfy her. In some cases when a Chug is more like a Chihuahua she may want more than that and may have a bit more energy so add in another walk or more play time.

Is training going to be a problem?


Put simply, it is possible yes! This is not because Chugs are not smart or struggle to learn, it is just their temperament can sometimes make then stubborn or strong willed and that can impact on their willingness to learn, or do anything you ask them to! They can also sometimes have a short attention span and those combinations are not good for quick learning. Try to use praise and treats to reward her, keep your sessions short and make them fun for her. Make sure you are clear as pack leader and firm with her but not harsh. Also be sure to socialize her from a young age. With good training and socialization you can get the best out of your dog and life will be a lot easier.

Living with a Chug

What grooming needs does she have?

She does tend to shed a moderate to heavy amount as Pug's are one of the worst dogs for shedding, and Chihuahuas shed some too. Brush her coat once a day to remove loose hairs and try to control what is going on you and the furniture. You may want to invest in a good vacuum cleaner too. Some Chugs may have short coats that do not shed as much and can be brushed a couple of times a week. Baths are something you may want to make regular like once a week if the shedding is very bad, otherwise just do it when she needs it. Make sure after the bath your dry her well especially her ears.

Her face may have facial wrinkles like a pugs so these will need to be kept clean and dry. Use a damp cloth to clean them and her ears and then use a dry one to dry them or use corn starch or baby powder. Just make sure you are careful of her eyes. Her teeth will need cleaning too preferably once a day using a dog toothpaste. Finally her nails will need clipping carefully. Her nails should not be cut too low or you will cut the quick where there are live blood vessels which will cause bleeding and pain. You can learn how to cut them online or from a groomer or a vet. Or you can have the groomer do it for you!

What is a Chug like with children and pets?

Chugs are best in families with children who are older or in homes with just a couple or single person. They are not great when young children are in the home because younger kids do not know how to be more careful around smaller dogs and this may lead to the Chug being snappish or aggressive. While socialization can help with this it is still something to consider. She could be aggressive with bigger dogs too, but are usually okay with other pets.

Other information

The Chug will need to be fed ¾ to 11/2 cups of high quality dry food a day. Divide that up into meals and make sure she does not overeat as being less active she could gain weight more easily than some dogs. She is well suited for apartment living and for people who want a companion to watch tv with. She is not a good watchdog though and some Chugs may bark more than others.

Health Concerns

Chugs are generally a healthy dog but there is a chance they might inherit conditions from the parents. They could also be more prone to problems that their parents are prone to. For example Pugs are prone to weight problems so the Chug could be too. Other conditions to watch out for include eye problems, patellar luxation, heart problems, allergies and hip dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a Chug

These puppies are quite adorable making them a popular mixed breed to have. The sad fact is the cuter the puppies are the more they will sell for so the more chance you are going to come across irresponsible and greedy breeders and puppy mills. If you decide on a Chug as your new family member make sure you buy responsibly. Current puppy prices are around $500 - $750. There are certain things you will need too like a crate, a carrier, food bowls, collar and leash. And there will be initial medical costs to cover for things like spaying, testing for health, chipping. The sum of these initial costs should fall somewhere between $380 and $500.


Looking after your dog properly will cost you money too. She will need regular vet visits, vaccinations, flea prevention. She will need food, some treats, toys, training, licensing. You also need to be prepared for emergency medical care costs should something happen either in the form of health insurance or savings. These yearly costs should fall somewhere between $950 - $1050. This sum includes a $250 amount for long hair grooming at a professional groomers should you have a Chug with long hair. If you do not you can deduct that amount from the estimate.


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  • The Chug is a great lap dog, she will be a great companion to anyone who adores her. She may have a lot of grooming needs though especially if she is a heavy shedder. As long as you do not mind hairs around the place or you have a good vacuum she will be a great friend.


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