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Chug Dog Breed Information: The Chihuahua Pug Mix

Last Updated: March 31, 2020 | 10 min read

Chug Dog - Chihuahua Pug Mix

If you’re longing to add a furry friend to your household, but you live in a small place, don’t be disheartened! There are many small breed dogs out there that will be happy in an apartment or small house, with or without any outside space.

Two very popular small breeds are the Chihuahua and the pug, both of which rank highly on the American Kennel Club’s breed popularity chart.

However, buying a pedigree, purebred dog is expensive. That’s why many people are considering taking 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.

Designer Dogs

Basically, designer dogs are a new breed of a pup that’s created by mating two purebred dogs.  Another example of a popular chihuahua designer dog is the corgi chihuahua mix.

Designer Dogs, which are basically just mixed breed pups, always inherit some of their personality and look from each parent. Usually, one parent’s genes will have a greater influence than the other one. That means that some of the puppies will take more after their mother, while their siblings will be more like their father.

So, buying a mixed breed puppy is something of a lottery because you have no clear idea of how he will turn out as an adult!

Mixed breed dogs are typically healthier than purebreds. However, you should know that if each purebred parent is prone to the same range of health problems, it’s highly likely that their offspring will be too.

That means it’s vital that you understand more about both the Chihuahua and the pug before you decide if a Chug is the right choice of dog for you.

Chihuahua Overview

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 and can be seen riding in style in the purses of the rich and famous. Now, 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!

The Chihuahua can be snappy and will nip little fingers if he feels 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.

On the other side of the coin, the Chihuahua is a confirmed lap dog who will be content to spend his day snuggled in his favorite human’s lap. A healthy Chihuahua has a long lifespan of up to 20 years, making the breed one of the most long-lived.

Remember that if you take on a Chug, he may have some of these health problems if he takes after his Chihuahua parent.

Pug Overview

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 breds in the designer dog movement, which includes mixes like the Porgi – 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. The pug’s attention is easily distracted, but you’ll soon have him back onside if you have a tasty snack to catch his eye!

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.

Appearance & Grooming

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.

Chugs can have long or short hair and they do shed. Colors include black and brown, brown, black and tan, cream, chocolate, dark brown, merle, fawn, spotted, or speckled.

As a general rule, the shorter the coat your Chug has, the less grooming he will need. Long-haired examples should be brushed two to three times every week. You’ll also need to clean the wrinkles and folds on the dog’s face if he’s inherited these from his pug parent.


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.

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.


Fortunately, the Chihuahua and the pug purebreds do not share many common health problems, so it’s unlikely that their offspring will be unhealthy. However, you should still ask your puppy’s breeder to show you documentary evidence that your pup’s parents have been health-screened for all the conditions that can afflict both breeds.

Usually mixed breed dogs suffer less genetic health defects 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.


It’s a good idea to feed your Chug the same food to which he’s been accustomed. That will avoid any tummy upsets that could happen if you change the brand of food suddenly. Stick with the food for the pup’s first six months, and then change him over to an adult diet that’s specifically formulated for small dogs.

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 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, sociable little dog that gets along well with children and other pets.
  • Despite his small size, a Chihuahua-pug mix does take a fair amount of grooming
  • Because of their constant shedding, 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. They are lazier pups.
  • If the Chug takes more of his Chihuahua parent’s personality, he may turn out to be a one-person dog.
  • Unfortunately, the Chihuahua-pug mix can inherit genetic health issues from either parent.
  • Remember to ask the breeder to show you the health-screening certification for both puppy’s parents.

If the Chihuahua-pug mix sounds like the perfect pet for you, where do you find one?

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 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.

Chug Rescues

If you want to give a home to an unwanted adult Chug, rather than buying a puppy, take a look around local rescue centers.  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:

Final Thoughts

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 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 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!

Leave a Comment



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 ????

Kelly Wilson (Author)

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!

Kevin Jones

November 30, 2019 at 6:17 pm

Hi Kelly! I have a Chug and would like to submit his picture. Best dog ever!!

Kelly Wilson (Author)

December 12, 2019 at 2:26 pm

Hi Kevin - feel free to email me at [email protected] and we will get it posted! Thanks!

Esther Szuwala

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.

Kelly Wilson (Author)

January 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Sounds like awesome pups, thanks for the comment, Esther!


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.

Kelly Wilson (Author)

April 4, 2020 at 1:50 am

Thanks for the comment Cindy! Sounds like a great pup!