10-20 lbs
Chihuahua-Pug, Pughuahua, Chugg

Chugs are friendly, loving, playful dogs that are a mix between the Chihuahua and Pug. This hybrid stands about 6 to 12 inches and can weigh up to 20 pounds. The Chug is a moderate to heavy shedder and will require daily brushing in order to remove loose clumps of fur and to maintain an attractive coat. Due to their independent and sometimes stubborn attitudes, the Chug requires an experienced dog owner who knows how to train with a firm but kind hand. If socialized and trained well, this fun and lively dog can make an excellent companion for homes with children and other pets.

Date of Origin
Chihuahua and Pug

Chug Health

Average Size
Male Chug size stats
Height: 6-12 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Female Chug size stats
Height: 6-12 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Collapsed Trachea
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Dry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Tests
  • Ophthalmologic Examination

Chug Breed History

Pugs are an ancient breed that are said to have come from Buddhist temples in Tibet before appearing in China and were first documented there as far back as 206 B.C. Most often noted as a royally treated canine living in the palace of the Emperor, the Pug later made its way to Europe via Dutch trading ships. Favored in the royal courts of Europe, notable owners were William, Prince of Orange, Marie Antoinette, Josephine Bonaparte, and Queen Victoria (a fan of many dog breeds). Pugs were the adored breed in England, France, Germany and Italy for many years before making their way to North America after the Civil War. This spunky, fun breed was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1885 and today is quite comfortable in the show ring. The Chihuahua is an ancient dog breed as well, said to have originated around 300 B.C (or even earlier) in Mexico. Traced back to the Aztec civilization, they were considered a dog that may have healing powers and were thought to have been guides for the dead towards the afterlife. They were a member of every household for this reason. In 1904 the Chihuahua was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the Toy Group and is a popular breed today, presently ranking as the 30th most popular breed. The enthusiasm of this cute little canine makes him a spirited addition to any home.

Chug Breed Appearance

Chugs have an expressive face; comical and cute, this hybrid has a gait that says they are confident and happy. They are petite but well built, sturdy little dogs that can weigh anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds and stand between 6 and 12 inches. They have a rounded face, large, protruding eyes, and a nose that is round and dark. The muzzle is short and may be pushed in and the jaw may have a slight underbite. The Chug tends to have a wrinkly face that needs special care - the wrinkles and folds must be kept clean and dry so that bacteria does not build up and cause odor or irritation. His ears are slightly flopped down if he takes after the Pug parent or erect if the Chihuahua genes are dominant. Typically, the coat is short but if the long haired Chihuahua is part of the mix as opposed to the short haired one, then he may have a longer coat. Colors may be black, brown, white, cream or brindle.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chug eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chug nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Chug coat
cream Chug coat
white Chug coat
brown Chug coat
black Chug coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chug straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chug Breed Maintenance

Generally, the Chug is a moderate maintenance dog; if his coat is short, weekly brushing with the slicker brush will keep the fur looking shiny and neat. If his coat is longer, then a weekly brushing with the pin brush should work just fine. If he is shedding, you can brush more often so that tangles do not occur. Because your Chug is a small hybrid, he may need to have his teeth cleaned several times as week as a preventative against dental decay and tooth loss. Your hybrid may have folds and wrinkles that will need attention; check the folds daily to make sure that moisture is not accumulating. Keep the folds dry by gently patting them with a soft towel as needed. His nails will need trimming every other week or whenever they appear too long, which will depend on the growth rate and his activity level.

Brushes for Chug
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chug requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chug Temperament

Social, stubborn and playful best describes the Chug's temperament. They are intelligent and quite happy to learn new things but if not mentally stimulated and challenged they may experience "small dog syndrome”, whereby they act bossy and dominant over other members of the household. Consistent leadership and guidance with a firm but gentle form of training is ideal. Best suited to families with older children, the Chug needs to be socialized at a young age so that they know what is expected of them and what type of behavior you want in every situation. The Chug is good with other animals within the home and with other dogs. They can sometimes be wary of strangers - they will not be aggressive, just unsure until they get to know the visitor.

Chug Activity Requirements

Chugs can be laid back dogs; they will not be demanding as far as exercise but will also be very happy to go for a walk whenever you suggest it. Their little legs will not need to go far in order to have a good stretch; 30 to 45 minutes in short walks a few times a day will keep your Chug happy as can be. Obedience training is always a suitable outing as it enables the Chug to practise his social skills and show off his enthusiasm for life. He can easily live in any environment. An apartment is suitable as is a home with a yard. Don't leave him unattended outside though, as he may wiggle his way through the fence in search of adventure. Take care in extreme temperatures as the Pug parent can pass down the respiratory difficulties that come with a brachycephalic facial structure.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Chug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Chug Owner Experiences

1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
A very kind, fun companion to our househould, who is loved very much.
4 days, 11 hours ago
7 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Playing Ball
We got Charlie from a friend who found him roaming around her apartment complex, and he has been great. His allergies are pretty bad in spring and summer, which is apparently common in chugs. He gets a bath once a week, and a brushing at least once a week. He is very friendly with people—never met a stranger—and does well with kids of all ages. He is also friendly with our other dog. His energy is off the charts, but after running around the yard for a few minutes he is content to lay around the house. He is very trainable but also gets distracted easily, by other dogs or loud noises.
8 months ago
4 Years
4 People
Toby is very lively and ADORES kids, but really doesn’t like strangers, especially men. He attaches himself to my 8-year-old stepson and cuddles with him all weekend and lets the neighbor girls push him in the stroller. He is opinionated and vocal about it with other dogs. He likes to be the boss of my two other 60-pound dogs and frequently tries to play rough with them (luckily, they are submissive and gentle giants). He loves walks and hikes, but loves naps and cuddles just as much.
8 months, 1 week ago
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