The Chihuahua Pug Mix: Chug Dog Breed Information

Are you looking for the right dog for your family? The Chug dog is a great mix of the Chihuahua and the Pug, two very popular breeds. We look at how much a puppy costs, how he acts, what he needs to eat, and more!

The Chihuahua and the Pug are both parts of the Chug dog. This popular Chihuahua mix, affectionately called the Chug, can live in almost any home. Even if you live in a small space and want to add a furry friend to your family, don’t give up! The Chug is fine living in an apartment or a small house, with or without a yard.

Even though the Chihuahua and the Pug are both popular, purebred dogs can be expensive. Because of this, many people choose to get a mixed-breed dog instead. And in this case, you can get the best of both breeds by getting a Chihuahua-pug mix, also called a “Chug.”

In this guide, we’ll tell you all about this great mixed breed. We’ve provided you with all the details you need to decide if this incredibly cute little puppy would be the right choice for you and your family.

Parent Breeds

To learn more about the Chug, we need to know a little more about each parent breed. Both dogs, Chihuahua and the Pug are prevalent dogs. Both breeds create awesome family dogs, but the Pug is better known for being a friendly family dog. Before you make a decision if a Chug is a right pooch for you and your family, you should learn more about both parents.
Most of the time, one parent’s genes will have more influence than the other. Some of the pups will look more like their mother than others. Some kids will be more like their mother than their father. Getting a mixed-breed puppy is a little bit like playing the lottery. You won’t be able to tell how he will be as an adult. We’ll go into more detail about both the Chihuahua and the Pug below.


white and tan chihuahua dog


The Chihuahua is a small dog that is part of the toy group. Even though these puppies are small, they make up for it in personality what they lack in size.
Many famous people love the Mexican flag, which is the country’s symbol. You can see them riding around in style in the purses of rich and famous people. Even though the Chihuahua is a very cute dog, the breed is known for being, at best, stubborn and, at worst, aggressive. The Chihuahua’s nickname, “armpit piranha,” wasn’t given for nothing!

Chihuahuas can be quick to bite. If they feel like they are in danger, they will bite your little fingers. The Chihuahua is also very fragile and can get hurt easily if playtime gets too rough. The Chihuahua also barks, so you should know that. Especially if you live in an apartment, that will be a problem if you live close to other people.

Chihuahuas definitely make good lap dogs. They will be happy to spend the day cuddled up on the lap of their favorite person. Chihuahuas can live up to 20 years if they are healthy. This shows that this breed is one of the ones that live the longest. If you get a Chug as a pet, it may have some of the health problems that their Chihuahua had. The corgi chihuahua mix and the Pomchi are two other well-known Chihuahua mixes.


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The Pug is also a toy dog, and many people think of him as the comedian of the dog world. The pug was first made to be a pet for Chinese aristocrats, and it still does that job as a family pet today. Because they are so friendly, they are often mixed with other pure breeds as part of the designer dog movement. For example, the Porgi is a mix of a corgi and a pug.

Pugs get along well with other dogs, cats, and children, which makes them a good choice for a family dog. The pug is bigger and stronger than many other toy breeds, so it can handle a certain amount of rough play as long as you are there to watch.

A pug that is healthy can live up to 14 years. But for his size, the pug has some health problems. Pugs with brachycephalic syndrome have trouble breathing, and their cute flat faces make them sensitive to heat. Due to the shape of their face, they can also have trouble with their eyes.

Pugs are usually eager to learn and do very well with positive training methods, especially if there are lots of treats to give them. The AKC’s breed standard doesn’t say anything about height, but the pug grows to be between 25 and 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 14 and 18 pounds.

Chug history and origin

The Chug came from the United States in the early 2000s. No one breeder can say for sure that they created the breed, but it’s thought that it was made to get rid of some of the Pug’s less healthy traits, like his short snout.

Even though the Chug is a new breed, the Chihuahua and Pug have been around for a long time—so long, in fact, that it’s not clear where they came from in the first place! There are a few ideas about where the Chihuahua came from, such as the Aztecs or the Middle Ages. Some people also think that Chinese dogs had something to do with the breed we know and love today. But it is clear that they were very popular in Mexico in the 19th century and that tourists would often bring a dog or puppy home as a souvenir.

On the other hand, the Pug is a well-known Chinese dog breed that may have been around as far back as the Han dynasty (B.C. 206 to A.D. 200). he type of dog came to Europe when China started trading with Europe in the late 1500s and early 1600s. In 1688, when William III and Mary II went to claim the throne, they managed to bring this dog with them. People all over the world, especially in the royal courts of Europe, loved pugs. Queen Victoria kept 36 of them, bred them, and took them to shows.

Chihuahua Pug Mix (Chug)

A portrait of a Chihuahua-Pug mix female dog with lots of personality.


A Chihuahua and a pug were bred together to make the Chug. Chugs have many different personalities, from the cute and funny pug to the stubborn Chihuahua. Most of the time, a Chug is a lot of fun to be around and gets along well with everyone in the house, including pets.

With the popularity of designer dogs, especially in the United States, chugs have become very popular. Because of this, it’s not unusual for real Chug breeders to charge a high price for their puppies.

But because the Chug is a mix, his personality and appearance will depend on which parent he looks most like. The Chug can have both good and bad traits that are passed down from his parents, such as breathing problems, a tendency to yap, and aggression toward other animals.


head shot of a Crossbreed dog between chihuahua and pug


The Chug loves attention more than anything! They will take as much of it from you as you give them. If you don’t want a dog that always wants your love and attention, a Chug might not be the best choice for you. Chugs have a natural level of worry. They get this from their Chihuahua parent, but it’s not as intense as a Chihuahua’s.

Chug dogs should live with a family that can spend enough time with them at home during the day. When left alone for a lot longer, they perform poorly. They don’t need much to keep them busy; just being around you is enough.

Once a Chug dog is no longer a puppy, he doesn’t really care about toys. Puppies need small toys because they are small and their mouths are small. As they grow up, food will be more important to them than toys. Chugs are lapdogs, and as adults, they are pretty calm. These puppies will be happy to just sit on your lap at night while you watch TV. They are not mean, and most people get along well with them.

Size & Appearance

Chug dog is a Mixed-breed between a pug and a Chihuahua sitting against white background


From each parent, with one or the other being more significant. Chugs, on the other hand, are usually small dogs that stand between six and twelve inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between eight and twenty pounds.

This breed is smaller than most. This mix is not for you if you want a bigger dog. They aren’t very athletic, and if they get their parents’ flat faces, they might not be able to do as much in hot weather. They might or might not get the skin rolls from their Pug parent. This will depend a lot on which parent’s genes are more important to them.

Coat & Colors


Chugs’ hair can be short or long, and they do shed. Most of the time, they shed about as much as their very dense-furred pug parent. Coats can be black and brown, brown, black and tan, cream, chocolate, dark brown, merle, fawn, spotted, or speckled. The Chug dog’s coat will not be brindle, white, or blue merle.

Chugs can have either one coat or two coats. If they get the double coat, that means they’ll shed all year long. Chugs with two coats of fur also shed more in the summer and winter. During these times, we suggest grooming your pet regularly and deshedding when necessary. Most of the time, their coats will be shorter.



Since the Chug is a small dog, he doesn’t need too much exercise. All your Chug needs to be happy and healthy is a short walk every day and some time to play inside or in the backyard.

The Chihuahua-pug mix can’t live outside and be happy. For one thing, both parent breeds form strong bonds with their human families and can have trouble being alone for long periods of time. That can make dogs bark too much and do other bad things.

In short, your Chug needs to live with you and your family inside. if you are located in a hot place, you should keep your Pug-Chihuahua mix in a place with air conditioning, so the dog doesn’t have trouble breathing.


mongrel dog looking at the camera waiting for treats

Most purebred Chihuahuas and Pugs don’t have many of the same health problems. It’s unlikely that any of their children will be sick. So, if you buy a puppy from a breeder, you should always ask to see their health certificates. You’ll need proof that the parents of your puppy have been checked for all the health problems that can affect both breeds.

Most mixed-breed dogs are less likely to have genetic health problems. This is because there is less inbreeding now that two species have been crossed. This is good news, but health insurance is always a good idea.



As soon as your Chug is old enough and has finished his vaccinations, you should start taking him to puppy training and socialization classes.

Your Chug will learn how to get along with other dogs and their people at puppy school. This is especially important if your puppy looks like his Chihuahua parent. Depending on which parent has the most power, chugs can be hard to train or easy to train.

We usually tell all dogs, including rescues, should learn basic obedience, and the best way for them to keep learning and reinforce good behaviors is for their owners to train them at home. If you want to train your pooch with a harness, you should get one made for small dogs.


Chihuahua Pug making faces


As was already said, Chugs can have single or double coats. Most of the time, their fur will be short or medium length. No matter how long their coats are, dogs with two coats shed more. The Chug dog is just the same. During shedding season, they will need to be groomed at least three times a week. For the rest of the year, they will need to be brushed once a week. By deshedding, you can keep your Chug’s hair from getting on your couch and clothes.

You’ll also need to clean the dog’s face if he has wrinkles and folds like his pug parent. It’s best to take a bath once a month. More than that will hurt the oils in the skin of your Chug. You should also make sure that any skin rolls are completely dry to avoid getting skin infections. It’s best to use shampoo for sensitive skin.


Veterinary nurse measuring a dog's waist.


When you feed your Chug dog, you’ll want to do so based on his size and stage of life. You should feed them small-breed puppy food when they are young. As they get close to being adults, you can switch them to a formula for adults. Change them to a Senior formula when they reach their golden years to keep their immune system healthy.

Both the Chihuahua and the pug can have overcrowded teeth, which can cause plaque to build up and make the dog more likely to get the canine periodontal disease as an adult. So, choose a dry kibble food that will remove bacteria that cause plaque as the dog eats.

Make sure to follow the instructions on the food package for how to feed your Chug. You can also give your Chug treats, but keep in mind that pugs tend to eat too much and can quickly gain weight.

As Family Pets


The Chug is definitely cute and attractive, but would you want one of these cute little dogs as a family pet?

  • The dog is a mix of a Chihuahua and a pug and is friendly.
  • Chugs are friendly and get along well with kids and other animals.
  • The Chihuahua-Pug mix needs to be groomed often.
  • This Chug sheds all year, but most in the summer and winter.
  • People who are allergic to pet hair should avoid this dog.
  • A Chug is small enough to be happy in an apartment or a small house.
  • The Chihuahua-Pug mix doesn’t need to go for a lot of walks.
  • These dogs are lazy
  • The Chug is suitable for just one person.
  • The Chihuahua-pug mix can get health problems from his parents.
  • Always ask your breeder to give the dog’s health certifications

If a Chihuahua-pug mix sounds like the perfect pet for you, where can you find one? Going to a breeder is a clear choice. But if you can, we think you should look at a rescue first. A great place to find designer dogs is at an animal shelter.

Breeders & Puppy Prices

The Chihuahua-pug mix is not a very popular mixed breed just yet. Because of this, the price of a Chug dog puppy is still pretty low.

A well-bred Chug puppy costs somewhere between $500 and $750 right now. The price will depend on where the breeder lives in the country and how well the parents did in the show ring. Local vets and pug and Chihuahua clubs may be able to recommend good breeders.

Chug Rescues

If you want to take in an adult Chug dog that you don’t want, look for rescues. We always tell people to do this instead of buying a puppy. Chugs can sometimes be found in both pug rescue centers and chihuahua rescue centers as rescue dogs. Also, you might find useful contacts and links on the following websites:

Quick Breed Summary Table

Weight 8 to 20 lbs
Height  6 to 12 inches tall
Size Small
Coat Type short or medium
colors black and brown, brown, black and tan, cream, chocolate, dark brown, merle, fawn, spotted, or speckled. The Chug dog’s coat will not be brindle, white, or blue merle.
Amount of Shedding they shed
Nose Dark
Ears floppy
Temperament active, stubborn, Sassy, friendly, and may show some aggressiveness.
Life Expectancy 12 to 16 years
Hypoallergenic No
Intelligence Not very intelligent, they need time to be trained
Kid-Friendly yes
New Owner Friendly Yes
Activity level lazy
Breed Recognition None

Here is a video of a cute chug puppy during a training session

Last word

If you want a small dog to share your life with, you might want to think about a Chihuahua-pug mix. This friendly, happy-go-lucky breed will show you love and loyalty for as long as you treat him well. The Chug dog is the best dog for a family because he gets along well with kids and other pets. The Chihuahua-pug mix doesn’t need a lot of exercises and can live in a small house or apartment.

On the downside, the Chug dog can get some of the same health problems as its parent breeds, and these puppies shed a lot, which makes them bad pets for people with allergies.


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