The Chug dog is a mix between the Chihuahua and the Pug. Affectionately labeled the Chug, this popular Chihuahua mix can adapt to almost any household. If you’re longing to add a furry friend to your family, but you live in a small place, don’t be disheartened! The Chug is perfectly happy in an apartment or small house, with or without any outside space.
While the Chihuahua and Pug are popular in their own right, purebred dogs can get expensive! That’s why many people take on a mixed breed instead. And, in this case, you can enjoy the best of both worlds by choosing a Chihuahua-pug mix, or “Chug” as the breed is also known.
In this guide, we introduce you to this wonderful mixed breed. We’ve provided you with all the information you’ll need to help you to decide whether this super-cute little pup would make the perfect canine companion for you and your family.
In order to understand a bit more about the Chug dog, we need to learn a bit more about each parent breed. The Chihuahua and the Pug are popular breeds in their own right. Both breeds are excellent family dogs, with the Pug being more well known as a friendly family pup. It’s vital that you understand more about both the Chihuahua and the pug before you decide if a Chug is a perfect dog for your family.
Usually, one parent’s genes will have a greater influence than the other. Some of the puppies will take more after their mother. Some siblings will be more like their father. Buying a mixed breed puppy is something of a lottery! You’ll have no clear idea of how he will turn out as an adult. Below we dive in and look a little more at both the Chihuahua and the Pug.
The diminutive Chihuahua falls under the umbrella of the toy group. Although these pups are tiny, what they lack in size they more than made up for in personality!
The national symbol of Mexico is a firm favorite with many celebrities. They can be seen riding in style in the purses of the rich 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 didn’t earn the nickname, “armpit piranha” for nothing!
Chihuahuas can be snappy. They will nip little fingers if they feel threatened. Also, the Chihuahua is fragile and can be easily injured if playtime becomes too rough. You should also be aware that the Chihuahua is a barker. That will cause you a problem if you have nearby neighbors, especially if you are an apartment dweller.
Chihuahuas are confirmed lap dogs. They will be content to spend their day snuggled in their favorite human’s lap. A healthy Chihuahua has a long lifespan of up to 20 years. This means this breed is one of the most long-lived. If you adopt a Chug, they may inherit some of their Chihuahua’s health issues. Other popular Chihuahua mixes include the corgi chihuahua mix and the Pomchi.
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 are good with other dogs, cats, and kids, making the breed the ideal choice for a family dog. Being larger and more robust than many of the other toy breeds, the pug will tolerate a degree of roughhousing, provided that you are on hand to supervise the play.
A healthy pug can live for up to 14 years. However, for his size, the pug certainly comes with some health issues and can have difficulty breathing (brachycephalic syndrome) and those cute flat faces make them heat intolerant. They can run into eye issues as well due to the shape of their face.
Pugs are generally willing little chaps who enjoy learning and respond very well to positive training methods, especially if plenty of treats are on offer. 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 mixed breed created by mating a Chihuahua and a pug. Chugs have a broad range of personalities, ranging from the cute, comic pug to the feisty Chihuahua. A Chug is typically great fun to be around and gets on well with all the other members of the household, including pets.
Chugs have become highly sought after with the designer dog craze that’s hit multiple countries, especially the United States. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for legitimate Chug breeders to charge a premium price for their pups.
However, because the Chug is a mixed breed, his character and physical appearance will depend on which parent he takes after the most. As well as desirable traits, the Chug can also have inherited issues, including breathing problems, a tendency to yap, and aggression towards other dogs.
The Chug absolutely loves attention! They will take it from you as much as you’ll give it to them. If you don’t want to own a dog that needs your love and affection constantly, a Chug might not be the best fit for you. Chugs have an inherent amount of anxiety. They inherit this from their Chihuahua parent, but it’s nowhere as intense as a Chihuahua.
Chug dogs should be with a family that can spend enough time with them at home during the day. They do not do well when left alone for long periods. They don’t need much activity, just your presence in order to keep them entertained.
The Chug dog isn’t really toy motivated after they grow out of puppyhood. Smaller toys are needed as puppies as they have a small stature and a smaller mouth. As they become adults, they will be more motivated by food than by toys. Chugs are lapdogs and they are pretty mellow as adults. These pups will be happy just hanging out on your lap while you watch TV at night. They are not aggressive, and they generally get along with everyone.
Size & Appearance
As we’ve already mentioned, mixed breed dogs take some of their looks from each parent, being more heavily influenced by one or 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 sized breed. If you want a bigger dog, this is not the mix for you. They are not particularly athletic and may inherit their Pug parent’s flat face, which can restrict heavy activity in hotter weather. They may or may not inherit their Pug parent’s skin rolls. This will largely depend on which parent plays a bigger role in their genetic makeup.
Coat & Colors
Chugs can have long or short hair and they do shed. They typically shed about as much as their pug parent does, which has extremely dense fur. Coat colors include black and brown, brown, black and tan, cream, chocolate, dark brown, merle, fawn, spotted, or speckled. The Chug dog won’t have a brindle coat, a white coat, or a blue merle coat.
Chugs can be single coated or double-coated dogs. If they inherit the double coat, it means you’ll have a year-round shedder. Double coated Chugs also shed more significantly during the summer and winter. During those timeframes, we recommend regular grooming, and deshedding when appropriate. Their coats will usually be shorter in length.
Exercise & Living Conditions
As the Chug is a small dog, his exercise requirements are relatively small. A short walk each day and some playtime indoors or in your backyard is all that’s required to keep your Chug happy and healthy.
The Chihuahua-pug mix will not live happily outside. For one thing, both the parent breeds form a strong bond with their human family and can easily suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. That can lead to excessive barking and destructive behaviors.
So, in a nutshell, your Chug needs to live indoors with you and your family. If you live in a hot environment, make sure that you are keeping your pup in a place that’s regularly air conditioned so that your Pug Chihuahua mix doesn’t suffer from breathing problems.
It’s essential that you begin taking your Chug to puppy training and socialization classes as soon as he’s old enough and has completed his course of vaccinations.
Puppy training school will teach your Chug how to get along with other dogs and their owners. That’s particularly important if your puppy takes after the Chihuahua side of his parentage. Chugs can be stubborn or a breeze to train, depending on which parent has the greatest influence.
We typically recommend basic obedience with all dogs, including rescues – and ongoing obedience training with their owners at home is always the best method to continue their learning and reinforce positive behaviors. If you plan to train with a harness, you’ll want to get one that’s made for smaller dogs. You can check out our favorite harnesses for pugs right here.
Most Chihuahua and Pug purebreds do not share many common health problems. It’s unlikely that their offspring will be unhealthy. With that beign said, if you buy a puppy from a breeder, always ask to see health certifications. You’ll want evidence that your pup’s parents have been health-screened for all the conditions that can impact both breeds.
Mixed breed dogs generally suffer less genetic health defects. This is because inbreeding has been reduced with the crossing of two species. This is good news, but we always recommend 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.
When it comes to feeding your Chug dog, you’ll want to feed them according to size and life stage. As a puppy, you’ll want to feed them a small breed puppy food. As they approach adulthood, you can move them to an adult formula. Once they enter their golden years, move them to a Senior formula to keep their immune system healthy.
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. So, choose a dry kibble food that will scrape away plaque-causing bacteria as the dog eats.
Be sure to feed your Chug per the manufacturer’s guidelines on the food packaging. You can give your Chug treats too, but do be aware that pugs are prone to overeating and can quickly become obese.
As mentioned, Chugs can have single layered coats or double coats. They will generally have shorter or medium length fur. Regardless of how long their coat is, double-coated dogs shed more. The Chug dog is no different. They will need to be groomed at least three times per week during shedding season, and will need weekly brushing during the rest of the year. Deshedding can help keep the Chug’s hair off your couch and clothing.
You’ll also need to clean the wrinkles and folds on the dog’s face if he’s inherited these from his pug parent. Bathing once per month is recommended. Anything more than that will damage the oils in your Chug’s skin. You’ll also want to make sure you dry any skin rolls thoroughly so that you don’t have to deal with any skin infections. Using a sensitive skin shampoo is recommended.
As Family Pets
The Chug is undoubtedly appealing and sweet, but would one of these cute little dogs make a good choice of family pet for you?
- 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 perfect pet for you, where do you find one? The obvious choice is to go to a breeder. However, we’d recommend looking at a rescue first if you can. Rescues are great places to find designer dogs. Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Breeders & Puppy Prices
The Chihuahua-pug mix has not yet caught on as a hugely popular mixed breed. For that reason, the price of Chug dog puppies is still relatively affordable.
Currently, the price of a well-bred Chug puppy is somewhere between $500 and $750. The price will be influenced by where in the country the breeder is based and how successful the parent dogs were in the show ring. Local vets may be able to recommend reputable breeders, and local pug and Chihuahua clubs may be a good source of information too.
Look to rescues if you want to give a home to an unwanted adult Chug dog. We always encourage this rather than buying a puppy. Chugs do pop up from time to time as rescue dogs both in pug rescue centers as well as chihuahua rescue centers. Also, check out the following websites where you may find useful contacts and links:
If you want a small dog with whom to share your life, the Chihuahua-pug mix may be the right sized pooch to consider. This friendly, happy-go-lucky breed will repay your kindness with endless loyalty and affection. The Chug dog makes the ideal family dog, getting along fine with kids and other pets too. The Chihuahua-pug mix doesn’t need a huge amount of exercise and will fit comfortably into a small home or apartment.
On the negative, the Chug dog can suffer from a few health conditions that are common to the parent breeds, and these pups do shed quite a lot, making them unsuitable pets for households with allergy sufferers. If you still think that a Chihuahua-pug mix sounds like the ideal dog for you, what are you waiting for? Start searching today!
December 7, 2022 at 12:53 pm
We had a Pughuahua as we called him, Hercules & a Pug named Belle. The absolute loves of our lives. Miss them every second of every day!
June 17, 2022 at 8:59 pm
I rescued my Bubbles from friends no longer able to care for him. He was already 7 years old at that time and I really had no desire for a pet. Now I can't imagine my life without him. He rescued Me
May 20, 2022 at 6:44 pm
I just adopted a rescue chug a couple of weeks ago and I love him more than anything or anyone! He's my first puppy and he's perfectly imperfect!
April 21, 2022 at 1:46 am
I just adopted a rescue Chug and at little over 12 weeks, he's already very reactive towards dogs, especially puppies, and barks at pretty much everything. I'm hoping some training with a professional will help him overcome his fear and insecuities. Anyone have experience with a young rescue Chug and was able to fix the reactivity and constant barking through training? Feeling overwhelmed! I'm worried its because of the Chihuahua nature and it can't be trained out of!
April 10, 2022 at 7:58 pm
I have one that just turned 10 but also has some beagle in him he is pugle and Chihuahua they called him a Chugle. Such a sweetie. His name is Pudgy!! But in the last year he has picked up a coughing almost gagging sound that happens a couple times A-day the vet says it's just allergies what do you think??
April 6, 2022 at 1:19 am
I have a Brindle Chug. So does this make her rare. But as I read all of this. It said that Chugs don't come in Brindle. Ivy Jade is 12 years old. She has had three litters of puppies. The first ones were tan like their dad, but three also were brindle. Juju is a three year old from the second litter of Chugs. Then we have Bear, he is one and a half. I wouldn't trade any of them for a million dollars. The personality of these guys are awesome. And their facial expressions keep a smile on your face all day.
November 11, 2022 at 9:07 pm
They are brindle chihuahuas, no brindle Pugs no after what anyone says. England done testing over 100 years and never found one carrying the brindle gene br2. I was gave a chug, I fell in love with her. She died 2 year ago I miss her so much. I breeded Pugs then the economy got bad in the early 2001 so I had all mine fixed and we just grew old with each other. Don't believe in cross breeding except (CHUGS) you can get a DNA ran onyour babies, it will tell you just what breeds you have in those little faces. Good luck.
February 19, 2022 at 11:17 am
I have Cariño and she’s lovely and so chic, she’s like a French bulldog without the dust and smell lol
January 10, 2022 at 6:54 am
I have a Chug named Romeo who will be 4 years old March 14. He is a wonderful companion! He is so smart! He loves children & women. He is very protective of me & will bite a man if a man is standing over me or if a man moves too fast around me. A man must sit. Romeo is so loyal. He is such a blessing.
November 1, 2021 at 2:48 pm
I was very fortunate to find one at a rescue I adopted her and she only weighed 3 pounds. She was abused and thrown out of a moving vehicle as a puppy.
But you would never know that, she perfect. This is my 2nd rescue I have A three-year-old coonhound at home which thinks that this is her puppy LOL. The only problem that I am having with her is potty training we put her out all the time but she still comes in and does number 2 on on the floor anyway so we are working on that. Is any help would be grateful. THANK YOU
Rhonda G Bass
June 18, 2021 at 4:01 pm
I have been blessed with an adorable Chug. That's what my niece said he was. To me he looks more like a Frenchie except with the curled over tail. He's a golden color with gold-colored eyes. He's stocky and approximately 7 to 7.5 inches from floor to top of shoulder.
He's thick though when you pick him up you'd never think he's that heavy. He's not overweight. Just built like a Frenchie. Well-defined muscle tone. I wish I could send a pic of him you'd see for yourself and yes he has the double coat. You're so right about the coat. Lol
June 21, 2021 at 5:42 pm
Sounds like an adorable pup, Rhonda! Thanks for commenting!
February 27, 2021 at 5:55 am
I received my Chug fur baby Scarlet as a birthday present 2 years ago. I was a cat person before her. Now, I couldn't live without her. She's my only baby and she's brindle. Her birthday is 7 days before mine.
February 27, 2021 at 3:37 pm
Sounds like an amazing pup, Michele! Thanks for stopping by to comment and share!
February 14, 2021 at 11:50 pm
I had 2 pugs for 13 years, so when I lost them both in 1 1/2 years I was very lonely. I bought Beauregard a pughauhau, best decision ever so loving and such a smart boy.
February 16, 2021 at 11:16 pm
Sounds like a fantastic pup Trinda! Thank you for sharing your story about your dog!
April 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm
Just got a chihuahua mix and think it is Chug... looks like Pug in the face.. she is so sweet and has been really good so far with going outside for potty. Looking forward to a long and loved fill time with her.
April 4, 2020 at 1:50 am
Thanks for the comment Cindy! Sounds like a great pup!
January 4, 2020 at 3:32 am
Got to 2 chugs ,brothers they are 10 months now. Best decision I ever made when one learns the other one catches on.
January 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Sounds like awesome pups, thanks for the comment, Esther!
November 30, 2019 at 6:17 pm
Hi Kelly! I have a Chug and would like to submit his picture. Best dog ever!!
December 12, 2019 at 2:26 pm
Hi Kevin - feel free to email me at [email protected] and we will get it posted! Thanks!
November 10, 2019 at 6:03 am
I love my Chug..Bella..She is the best dog I ever had. People always ask me what she is..because she is so cute..and well behave. Wish I could post her pic ????
November 13, 2019 at 12:46 am
Hey Shana - if you email me ([email protected]), I am happy to post your pic on this page for you and give you credit!