Chug Dog Owner’s Guide

By Kim •  Updated: 04/03/21 •  5 min read
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Have you considered adopting a crossbreed? A lot of people are choosing crossbreed instead of purebred dogs since you can enjoy the best traits from two canines. For example, the Chug is a combination of the Chihuahua and the Pug. This creates a small and playful furry friend that you can welcome into your home. Let’s learn more about the Chug and whether this pooch is the right match for you.

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What Can I Expect from the Chug?

You may hear the Chug called a variety of names. This can include the Chihuahua Pug, Pugwawa and even the Pughuahua. But rest assured, all of these names are referring to the same beloved companion. It is likely that this designer breed or crossbreed was developed in the early 2000s. While the exact origin of this pooch is unknown, the Chug was likely created to create a healthier pup. Indeed, the Chihuahua and the Pug are popular breeds and this could have been another reason.

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You can expect the Chug to be around 10 to 14 inches in height, as well as weighing around 10 to 20 pounds. They are classed as a small furry friend and the Chug can enjoy a lifespan of around 10 to 13 years. The normal colors for a Chug include brown, black, white and fawn. You might find that your pup has a combination of these colors too.

Do They Have a Good Temperament?

One thing’s for sure, the Chug is a small canine with a big personality! Both parents of this crossbreed are known for being confident and they can be a very playful pooch to have around the home. In fact, a lot of owners describe the Chug as goofy and this is sure to make you laugh.

But this does mean that the Chug can act as if they are a larger canine and become too forward with other dogs. They can even become territorial. So, you will have to be prepared to train and socialize your Chug from an early age. This is going to stop your pup from becoming dominant. In addition, this can mean that your Chug becomes yappy and irritating. But training is the way to prevent this from happening all the time.

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The Chug is loving towards their family. Often, they are going to become attached to one member of the household. You will have to be careful that this does not become a bad thing. For instance, they might become so attached that they guard a person.

Do They Need a lot of Exercise?

The Chug needs a moderate amount of exercise every day in order to expend their energy. They are going to love going on new adventures and owners should be prepared to provide at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. This should also include playtime with their favorite toys.

An important thing to know about the Chug is that it is called a brachycephalic breed. In other words, your canine has a short snout and this can make breathing more difficult for them. You will have a responsibility to ensure your furry friend does not over exercise, especially in the heat. This is very important because your pooch is brachycephalic as they are more at risk from heatstroke than other canines.

Do not forget to exercise your canine’s brain too. You can do this by providing mental stimulation, often achieved with short and regular training sessions. You can teach your dog new tricks and commands, which also allows you time to bond with your pup.

Do They Need a lot of Grooming?

When it comes to grooming, the Chug is easy to take care of. They tend to have short coats due to their parents. If your pooch is mixed with a long-haired Chihuahua, their fur will be soft. But you can expect coarse fur if your beloved companion has a parent who is a short-haired Chihuahua.

Since the Chug has a short coat, they might need a jacket for the winter weather. So, if you live somewhere that has low temperatures, ensure that you purchase a warm winter jacket for your canine so they can enjoy their walks.

Where Can I Find a Chug Dog?

If you have decided that you love the Chug Dog, you will want to know how you can adopt one. You have several options you can choose from. First of all, one of the best places to start is at your local animal shelter. While the Chug Dog will not be one of the most popular canines here, there is always the chance that they need a new home. Indeed, there are going to be a lot of puppies and adults at your local shelter that are looking for a forever home.

There may also be adverts online for a Chug Dog. You can do your research on the internet and see if there are any owners trying to rehome their pooch. Just ensure that you find out as much information about your furry friend as possible. This can make sure that they are the right fit for your family and you can meet their needs. In addition, you can inquire with rescue organizations to see if there are any Chug Dogs that need new homes.

The last option you have is to find a Chug Dog breeder. Due to the interest in this canine, there are always going to breeders offering you puppies. This can come at a price and this is something you will need to be prepared for. You will also have to do your research when it comes to finding a Chug Dog breeder. Unfortunately, there are puppy mills out there and this is something you want to avoid. So, ensure that you research reputable breeders so that you can ensure your canine is healthy and happy. Always visit the premises and ask to see the parents too. This can give you an indication of what you can expect from your Chug Dog puppy.

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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