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The Chug is one of the smaller designer crossbreeds and while still not common in the UK, the breed is growing in popularity around the world.

The breeds that make up the Chug are the Chihuahua (long coat or smooth coat) and the Pug. The Chug can be a first cross (with one Chihuahua and one Pug parent), can be bred back to one of the original breeds or be two Chugs bred together - so there are varieties in size, shape, colours, coat types and health, but in all cases this is an extremely small companion dog.


The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Little toy dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Quiet dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10–13 years
Weight: 4.5–9kg
Height: 25–35cm
Colours: The Chug can come in any of the colours common to the Chihuahua or Pug including:
Brown, black, fawn, silver, apricot, cream or white
Their coats may be solid or a mix of colours
Size: Small


Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 4/5


Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Chug depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared, but both the Chihuahua and the Pug are affectionate dogs who bond closely to their owners.

The Chug may be a tiny dog, but they have no idea that they are, as both breeds have large personalities! The personality of a Chug seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Chihuahua or the Pug personalities) or else be bred to another Chug - in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue).

Responsible breeders should be prioritising behaviour as highly as health and so it is important to find a good breeder. A well-bred Chug should be outgoing and confident and not nervous, shy or fearful. This does require early and ongoing socialisation.

History and Origins

Health and Common Issues

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Chugs

Training Chugs

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Did You Know?

  • Due to their shorter snouts, Chugs can be prone to heat stroke so require additional care during the summer months.
  • Chug is also known as the Pugwawa and the Pughuahua.
  • They have very affectionate natures and love spending time with their family.
  • Chug’s aren’t currently recognised by the UK Kennel Club as they’re a mixed breed.

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