Chug is a highly controverted Pug Mix Breed that has earned a spot among the most popular crossbreeds. They are the mix between a Pug and a Chihuahua, two of the most recognized and beloved toy breeds. But, once again, this is perceived as a highly controversial breed that stains the name of breeders due to the nature of the mix.
Learn more about the Chihuahua Pug mix here and decide for yourself if this is the breed for you.
What is a Chug or Chihuahua Pug mix?
The Chug is the mix of a Chihuahua and a Pug. The exact definition is hard to come up with because there’s no such thing as a standard. That’s why you need to peek Chihuahua’s and Pug’s traits to know what you’re getting into.
When you think of Chihuahuas, you probably think of three things: personality, loudness, and a tiny body, and you’re probably right.
The top five facts of Chihuahuas are:
- A very small body since they are the smallest among all breeds.
- They can have either short or long hair and different traits that accompany each variation.
- They are not good with strangers, kids, older people, and other dogs/pets. They are only faithful to one owner.
- They are the bravest dogs and the most prone to be aggressive (yes, they are like tiny destruction machines).
- Finally, they are easy to maintain because of their small size. They don’t require a lot of anything!
Imagine a Pug with those qualities up to 50%, and you’ll get a Chug.
Description of Chugs.
The Chihuahua Pug Mix is slightly bigger than Chihuahuas, yet smaller than pugs, and it can weigh something between 10 and 15 pounds. They have a muscular and barrel-shaped build similar to Pugs, but they are visibly leaner. For the head, the brachycephalic skull is mostly present, but a slightly longer snout is also possible. Chug’s ears can vary between pointy and floppy, but never quite like each breed’s standards. The coats can be long or short depending on the type of Chihuahua, and the color of the Chug is mostly those of regular pugs (fawn, gray-fawn, black, and apricot ).
“This DNA-testing–based evidence shows that while mixed breed dogs are in fact less likely than purebreds to develop the recessive disorders evaluated in the study, they may still be carriers.”AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association
Reasons why you should consider getting a Chug.
Some of the main reasons to get a Chug are:
- They are a smaller pug: Chugs are one of the Pug Mixes that are used to make Teacup Pugs. As we’ve stated in the past, they can be much smaller than pugs, and that can be highly convenient for apartment owners.
- They require a minimum of everything: They are really small, so they eat a little bit each time, they don’t make huge messes with their necessities, and they represent a smaller investment overall, pun intended.
- They are incredibly cute: They are a Pug that will always be a puppy in size. They can be playful, and since they can have long coats, there is a possibility of getting a Pug with a perpetual Ewok cosplay. Isn’t that the cutest?
Certainly, the Chug has a huge amount of popularity due to those traits and many others that make it the right mix for some owners.
Reasons to avoid getting a Chihuahua Pug.
Some drawbacks might make you think about it twice before getting a Chug. Some of them are:
- They are prone to many diseases: Chihuahuas require tons of care (even more than pugs!) from the day they’re born. They can suffer from many diseases, ranging from heart diseases, hypoglycemia, hydrocephalus, eye conditions, tooth decay due to their small mouths, and much more. They also have many issues to give birth, which makes them prone to complications and c-sections. Chugs can inherit all of this, and since pugs are also prone to some of these conditions, the risk is doubled.
- If they are Teacup Chugs, the risk is bigger: Ironically, smaller Chugs are in a greater risk of suffering from many of the named diseases.
- They are not the friendliest mix breed: They have quite a temper thanks to Chihuahuas (they are actually among the most aggressive dogs!). If they inherit this personality and the Pug genes fail to make them calmer, they can be aggressive towards anyone but their owner. That means they are not great with kids or other dogs. This can be reduced by tons of training.
- Finally, the Chug is the least recommended Pug Mix for new owners. They don’t require a lot of care, but they do need tons of training. You’ll also need to keep them in check to avoid obesity.
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How to get a Chug?
This is the part where things turn difficult. You see, the best place to get a Chihuahua Pug Mix is at a puppy mill. Why? Because there’s not a single well-reputed breeder that will use both breeds to create this mix knowing the poor quality of the resulting dog, and the time bomb it will be. That’s simply inhumane, just as the Teacup Pug. It’s an exploited mix, with a high price tag, and issues that will make you spend a lot of money.
Finally, if you manage to find one, you’ll need to pay a lot of attention to our basic tips on how to buy a Pug and make as many questions as you can.
So, do you want to get a Chug? Let us know in the comments!