As you might have guessed from the name, a Chug is the mix of a Chihuahua and a Pug. They’re also known as Pugwawas, among other names. This mixed breed has been gaining popularity since the early 2000s. You might be wondering whether one is the right choice for you and your family. With our guide to Chug puppies, you can learn more about these goofy pups.
Where To Get Chug Puppies
Since a Chug is a mixed breed, it’s more likely to show up in backyard breeding operations and puppy mills. This is why you’ll want to do plenty of research if you’re choosing the breeder route. You’ll definitely want your money to go towards someone who cares about the health of their breeding pairs and their puppies. Lola…
Chugs do show up in Chihuahua and Pug specific rescue organizations. In addition, you may find one in an animal shelter as well. Adopting or rescuing is a great way to give an older dog a second chance at a better life! However, it may not be the right option for you. If you’re sure you want a puppy, you may have trouble finding one at a shelter or rescue. In addition, it’s harder to get complete health information for a Chug who was surrendered to a rescue or shelter.
Whether you buy a puppy or adopt a rescue Chug, we recommend research and due diligence.
A Chug puppy from a responsible breeder usually costs about $500 to $750. Since this mixed breed is currently not as popular as others, even puppies from ethical breeders tend to be more affordable. However, you’ll still want to check for signs of unethical breeding practices. For example, a puppy mill or backyard breeding operation will often breed multiple breeds at the same time, instead of just focusing on one. If your breeder will only meet with you in a neutral location away from their breeding facility, stay far away. If a price for a Chug puppy seems much lower than average, this is also a bad sign. Steve…
A Chug can either have a long or short coat, depending on whether their Chihuahua parent is long-haired or short-haired. Depending on their pug parent, they can either have a double coat or a single layer coat. Either way, a Chug will shed. They can be either a solid color or a mix of colors. Chug colors are brown, black, fawn, cream, and white.
A Chug will stay small, growing to only 10-14 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing only 10-20 pounds.
Without early training and socialization, a Chug can get territorial, guard resources, snap, and yap continually. As long as you don’t miss out on the training work, they can grow to be friendly and affectionate family dogs. They’re well known for their goofy antics and behavior. While they can be good with children, it’s best to supervise any interaction between your dog and kids. Since Chugs are small, teach young children how to play gently with them. Chugs are all right with other dogs, but may do better in a house where they’re the only pup. They might be reserved around strangers at first, but warm up to them once they know they’re safe. Coffee…
Like Chihuahuas, a Chug may become more attached to one or two family members. Without proper training, they may become over-protective of their selected people.
Chugs are high-energy dogs. They will need daily exercise. However, they should stay inside on hot-weather days to avoid getting heat stroke. Since many are short-coated, a Chug will probably need a jacket or vest and booties to walk in cold weather.
Depending on a Chug’s parents, they can either be as stubborn as their Chihuahua parent or as easygoing as their Pug parent. Training a Chug can either be super easy, or a struggle. Use patience and positive reinforcement in either case.
Chug Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Since Pugs have issues stemming from their short noses and faces, the same is true of Chugs. Brachycephalic dogs are well known for respiratory issues and getting heat stroke in hot weather. Keep them inside and air-conditioned on hot days. Consider using a harness instead of a collar to take pressure off your Chug’s windpipe.
If you bought a Chug from a responsible breeder, they should have done health screenings on both their breeding pairs and puppies. These include issues common to both Pugs and Chihuahuas, including cataracts and cherry eye. If you rescued your Chug, you may not have as much background or health information. Regardless, it’s a good idea to pay attention to developing symptoms. Regular vet visits and check-ups will also help monitor any changes. Beverly_thomas…
After bringing your puppy home, bring them to the vet every three weeks or so. These visits are where your vet will make sure your puppy is growing up well. In addition, these visits are where your vet will perform a series of puppy vaccinations. These include shots for the potentially fatal parvovirus, distemper, and rabies. If you choose, you can also vaccinate your Chug against kennel cough during one of these visits. Check out our puppy vaccine schedule for more information.
Both Chihuahuas and Pugs can get overweight if they’re overfed. The same is true of a Chug. Make sure to keep to a feeding schedule and limit treats. Don’t leave their food out during the day.
With a Chug, you’ll want to choose a food formulated specifically for small breed dogs. You’ll also want a diet with a good amount of protein to support their high energy levels. Since there are risks to feeding a dog raw or grain-free diets, make sure it’s the best choice for your Chug before committing to either. Lenny…
As with any dog, you’ll want to take your Chug’s weight, overall health, and age into account before choosing a food. Your veterinarian or a certified pet nutritionist will be able to help you with this process.
How much you need to brush your Chug will depend on their coat type. A longer-haired Chug will probably need more frequent brushing with a high-quality slicker brush. If your Chug has a short coat, they should do well with a once-a-week brush down. Use a grooming glove, bristle brush, or de-shedding tool. With either coat type, you should brush your dog more frequently during their shedding seasons. Depending on a few factors, your Chug may just shed twice a year or year-round. Pepsi…
Monthly baths will help cut down on shed hair and dirt. Check your Chug’s face wrinkles regularly. Even though they’re not as deep or distinctive as a Pug’s, a Chug’s wrinkles may still collect dirt, or become irritated and infected.
Since Chugs will have the narrow jaws of both parent breeds, brush their teeth daily to cut down on plaque and the chance of dental disease. Check their ears regularly for wax buildup and debris. Unless you’re frequently walking your Chug on hard surfaces, like concrete, make sure to trim their nails when needed, too.