Chug Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Chug so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Chug have?
PughuahuaPugwawa
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Chug Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Chug puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Chug?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Chug, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Chug for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Chug gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Chug? How many Chug are there in the world?
Average: The Chug is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Chug Size

Size
Is a Chug small, medium or large dog?

How big do Chug get?

Small
Weight
How much does the Chug weigh? How much should the Chug breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Chug?
10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Chug?
14 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Chug? Chug height:
10-13 inches (25-33 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Chug?
11.5 inches (29 cm)

Chug Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Chug have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
CoarseShort
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Chug's coat?
BrownBlackFawnCreamWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Chug and how often?
Easy to groom: The Chug doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Chug is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Chug dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Pughuahua?
Chugs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Chug breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Chug need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Chug every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Chug Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Chug have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
PlayfulLoyalGoofySocialTerritorialGuarding
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Chug? Is the Chug breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Chug ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Chug dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Chugs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Chug is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Chug sensitivity:
Chugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Chug a good family dog?
High: Chugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Pughuahua need? Chug social needs:
Chugs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Chug dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Pughuahua bark?
Low to Average: The Chug rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Chug good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Chugs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Chug dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Chugs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Chug bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Pughuahua? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Chug? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Chug has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Chug has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Chug? How much bite force does a Chug have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Chug bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Chug do?
Chugs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Chugs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Chug to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Chug roam?
Chugs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Chug have high prey drive?
Chugs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Chug good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Chug breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Chugs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Chug be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Chug Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Chug temperament with other people:
Chugs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Chug dogs get along with other pets? Are Chug dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Chugs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Chug dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Chug temperament with children:
Chugs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Chug dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Chug breed live with a cat?
Chugs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Chug good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Chug dogs get along with other dogs?
Chugs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Chug breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Chug breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Chugs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Chugs good office dogs? Do Chugs make good office friendly dogs? Can Chugs be office dogs?
No
Chug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Chug dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Pughuahua temperament with senior people? Are Chug dogs good for elderly owners?
Chugs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Chug Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Chug dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Chugs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Chug breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Chug breed? Most common health risks of Chug:
Respiratory ProblemsEye ProblemsCataractsCherry EyeHeatstroke
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Chug breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Chug see the vet?
Rare
The Chug should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Chug dogs live? How old can a Chug be? What is the age limit of the Chug? How many years can the oldest Chug live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Chug?

9-13 years
The average lifespan of Chug: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Chug breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Chugs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
No
Chugs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Chug have? What is the activity level of the Chug?
Chugs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Chug need? How much exercise do Chug dogs require per day?
Chugs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Chug breed need?
Chugs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Chug need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Chug breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Chug? How much food should I feed my Chug?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Chug risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Chug's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Chug's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Chug has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Chug drool?
The Chug is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Chug could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Chug.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Chug As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Chug be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Chug is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Chug be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Chug be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Chug is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Chug be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Chug is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Chug be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Chug is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Chug be a boat dog?

Not really

Chug breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Chug be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Chug is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Chug dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Chug Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Chug pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Chug breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Chug: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Chug have in a litter? How many puppies can the Chug breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Chug have? How many puppies can a Chug give birth to?
2-5 puppies

Chug Recognition

AKC Group
Is Chug recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Chug recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Chug breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.

Chug Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: Chugs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Hypoallergenic: Chugs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Chug breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Chug doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Chug is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Chug has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Chugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Child Friendly: Chugs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Chugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Chugs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Shedding Level: Chugs shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Chug's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Cat Friendly: Chugs are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Chug is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Chug History

The Chug is a relatively newly developed designer dog breed, which was created, possibly in North America. The trend of creating new hybrid breeds began around the middle of the 1900s, in North America and in Canada, with cross-breeding purebred dogs with each other, in order to create new, hybrid breeds. These hybrid dogs were an instant hit because they always inherited the best and most desirable qualities and traits of the parent breeds, thus they usually suited better to their owner’s needs. Unfortunately, this popularity does not mean, that we are certain about every detail of these hybrid breed’s ancestry, and the intention which led the breeder to develop these dogs.

Even though many sources state, that the Chug might have existed naturally over the years, by the result of an accidental mating between the Chihuahua and the Pug, the first planned cross-breeding happened in the early 2000s. In order to gain a better understanding of the reasons why the Pug and the Chihuahua were mixed with each other, it is advisable to examine both of the parent breed breeds’ histories. Both of the breeds have long and extensive ancestries, and both of them are long recognized and registered by most of the kennel clubs and organizations. The Chihuahua is considered to be originated from the now-extinct, so-called Techichi dog, which was indigenous to South America. Wall cravings depicting a dog resembling the Chihuahua from the Tolec people were also detected in South America. After the Aztecs conquered the Tolec tribes, they also took their dog, the Chihuahua, and started to develop them more in order to better suit their needs. According to Aztec mythology, the Chihuahua possessed special powers, with which they could accompany and guide their owners in the afterlife. After their owners passed, the dogs were buried or cremated with them, in order to keep their strong bond. Another theory suggests that the Chinese people brought the Chihuahua to Mexico during the late 1850s, thus this theory indicates that the Chihuahua is not really an ancient breed. On the other hand, regarding the other parent breed, the Pug’s history can be traced back to 206 B.C., to the Buddhist temples in Tibet. It is believed that the Pugs were brought to Tibet from China, where the dogs were considered to be and treated like royalty. Pugs were later exported by Dutch traders to Europe. Later, as the Pug became more and more popular in the Western countries, it was further developed by adding several Bulldog breeds to the Pug’s gene pool, with the intention of establishing a more unique and distinguishing physique. 

Interestingly, the Chug is one of the few hybrid breeds that have no Poodle in their lineage. The Chug combines all the wonderful traits and capabilities of its parent breeds. From the Chihuahua, the Chug inherited their playfulness, affection, and loyalty, while the Pug gave the Chug a more robust, and stronger appearance. However, unfortunately, most of the Pugs suffer from several breathing and nostril problems due to their skull structure. Furthermore, there are certain unpleasant characteristics of the Chihuahua too, including their occasional aggressive behavior and their yapping nature. These negative characteristics might also appear in the Chug puppies, for the reason that breeders did not manage to eliminate these problems just yet.

Just like other designer breeds, the Chug is solely recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Breed Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America, Inc., and the International Designer Canine Registry.

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