Fun Chug Dog Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Nov 15, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Chandan Shukla
Chug dog facts for kids are interesting!

Chugs are small cute, and a chihuahua-pug mix. They are a lovely designer dog breed that has combined traits from their parents, such as playfulness, loyalty, and affection.

However, they might also have less desirable traits from the parents, like health problems that can include shortness of breath from the Pug genes and the yapping nature from the Chihuahua parent genes. Since their traits are unpredictable, there is no guarantee that the Chug will be the size predicted by the breeder.

Chug dogs have an expressive face with almond-shaped eyes and folded ears with a short muzzle. Heights may vary depending on which parent's trait the puppy takes after. They have a wide array of behavioral trails that they inherit from their parents.

Chugs are extremely friendly and are fond of humans and are active and happy-go-lucky types, making them suitable for children and old people, as they thrive in families of all shapes and sizes. Their relatively small size makes them perfect for small apartments.

However, they should be kept away from kids as they are fragile due to their small shape and size. Overlooking health issues, Chugs are an amazing pet to have for dog lovers across the globe!

With proper health care and training, these dogs can excel at canine sports, as they are obedient and can make good therapy dogs.

With two of the most extremely popular parents, it comes as no surprise that the Chug dog breed is gaining popularity among dog lovers! If you enjoyed our fun facts about the Chug Dog, you might also want to read our articles on Chihuahua terrier mix and Pitbull lab mix.

Chug Dog Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a chug?

Chugs are Chihuahua-Pug mix dogs. They are small, loyal, and playful. A Chug puppy can have the best traits of its Chihuahua and Pug parents.

Chugs have several other names, like Pughuahua, Pugwawa, and the Chihuahua Pug mix. They are often seen as exotic, designer dogs due to cross-breeding.

What class of animal does a chug dog belong to?

Chugs belong to the mammal class. Mammals are vertebrate animals making up the class Mammalia; they are usually characterized by the presence of mammary glands in females that produce milk for nursing young ones, fur or hair, and three middle ear bones.

How many chug dogs are there in the world?

An approximate number is difficult to state as these Pug-Chihuahua mix dog breeds can be bred all over the world.

Where does a chug dog live?

Chugs live in households as pets. These mixed-breed dogs are small enough to live in small apartments and are affectionate with family.

They are also kid-friendly, meaning they can be around kids without causing any trouble. Chugs, like their Chihuahua parents, are naturally not fond of other animals and prefer to be the sole animal in the house.

But that doesn't mean they can't get along with other animals.

They are less wary of strangers than some other dogs, which means they can adapt to outsiders and have a vast potential for playfulness along with an intense activity level. It is said that Chugs have a goofy attitude and act silly willingly, making them one of the best dog breeds to be around.

What is a chug dog's habitat?

The Chug dog breed is an indoor animal and will not live outside happily. Both the parent breeds are known for forming strong bonds with their human family and suffer from anxiety if separated for long periods. And this can lead to excessive barking and destructive behavior.

These small dogs are compact, meaning their exercise needs and training sessions are relatively short. A walk each day and some indoor or backyard playtime are required to keep a Chug healthy and happy.

So, it is wise to keep your Chug indoors with you and your family.

And since the parent breed of Pugs is known for their respiratory problems, Chugs can suffer from them, too. Hence if you live in a hot environment, it's better to keep them in a regularly air-conditioned environment for positive reinforcement and to keep away breathing problems.

Who do chug dogs live with?

Chugs live with humans as pets. They are socially adept, outgoing, and friendly. They are an attention-loving dog breed and are confident about their charm. They can be great watchdogs due to their barking and tendencies of being territorial. Chugs are also known for making friends easily and are eager to please their humans.

They can live with other animals if they are introduced to them slowly and calmly, with early socialization helping them to be smoother. It's best if they get used to other pets early since, like their Chihuahua parents, they might not be fond of other animals naturally.

How long does a chug dog live?

Chugs, even with all the health problems they inherit, live a healthy life and have a lifespan of 10-13 years. With increased genetic diversity that is associated with mixing two breeds, resulting in hybrid vigor, they might have fewer health issues than their parents.

The opposite is also possible, as Chugs may be more susceptible to common health issues like the parent breed.

How do they reproduce?

The gestation period for the female chug lasts around 60-64 days. Chugs do not have a set litter size because it depends on the parent breeds used in the cross-breeding.

Chug puppies within the same litter may exhibit varying degrees of Pug or Chihuahua characteristics. Sometimes these litters have two puppies that exhibit a Chihuahua-like face and a Pug-like body, and another two that will look completely different. These conditions make it impossible to predict what any Chug puppy will look like.

What is their conservation status?

Chugs are unlisted on the IUCN Red List, as these animals can be bred as long as Pugs and Chihuahuas exist. They follow the breed characteristics of Pugs and Chihuahuas and can be bred all over the world year along.

Chug Dog Fun Facts

What do chug dogs look like?

Chugs are mixed breed dogs and take some of their looks from each parent, heavily influenced by one another. They are often known as designer dog breeds as they have an exotic look.

However, Chugs are small dogs. An adult chug can grow up to 14 in (35 cm) tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 20 lb (9 kg).

Chugs are toy dogs, like their Pug and Chihuahua parents. They are sturdy and muscular, with a round face and brown almond-shaped eyes. They have a short and dark nose like a miniature boxer.

Chugs may inherit folded and flop down ears like their Pug parents, or folded at the peak ears from the Chihuahua parents.

Their fur coat differs based on the parent breed genes, the coat can be dense and short like Pugs, or it can be medium in length and soft like a Chihuahua. Even in the aspect of fur color, they are unpredictable.

Chug coats can go from black to white and include cream to brown colors. In short, you can get a black, brown-black, chocolate, or golden-colored Chug.

How cute are they?

Since both the parent breeds are cute in their appearances, Chugs are cute by default.

And their physical features like almond-sized eyes, droopy ears, tiny legs, and a small body with a goofy behavior pattern increase their cuteness factor to sky-high limits They are also very affectionate with family and are a treat to have around older children who know how to play with them without exerting too much pressure on them.

Their friendly nature towards strangers helps with their cuteness factor as they get lots of playtime with humans and other animals!

How do they communicate?

Like all other breeds of dogs, Chugs communicate with vocalizations, and auditory communication, including barking, howling, growling, whimpering, whining, screaming, panting, and sighing. They also communicate using gustatory communication and by utilizing scent and pheromones.

How big is a chug dog?

Chugs can grow up to anywhere between 10-14 in (25.4-35 cm). In comparison, the parent breed of Pugs and Chihuahuas have different height-weight ratios.

Pugs grow 10-14 in (25.4-35 cm), whereas, on the other hand, Chihuahuas grow 6-9 in (15-22 cm). This small dog has a lifespan of 10-13 years which is similar to the Pug parent but less than the Chihuahua parents by a maximum of five years.

How fast can a chug dog run?

Because of a lack of data, there is no way to put an exact number to their speed. But since we know pugs can run at 5-10 mph (8-16 kph) and Chihuahuas can run at 15 mph (24 kph), we can assume the Chug runs at either of those speeds or in between.

How much does a chug dog weigh?

Chug dogs weigh around 10-20 lb(4.5-9 kg). In comparison, the pug parent weighs around 14-18 lb (6-8 kg), and the parent Chihuahua weighs 3-6 lb (1.5-3 kg).

In cases of extreme obesity, Chug dogs become more obese than usual dogs and start having health-related issues.

What are their male and female names of the species?

Since they are just another breed of dogs, Male chugs are called dog, and female chugs are called bitch. In the rare occurrence when a male is used only for breeding, it may be called a stud.

What would you call a baby chug dog?

A baby chug is called a puppy. Chug puppies have no set litter size during birth and their personalities and looks may depend on the parent dogs used in the breeding process.

A Chug puppy might be born with the face of a Chihuahua and the body of a pug and vice-versa.

They are absolutely adorable when it comes to looks. It is also impossible to predict how puppies will be in social situations, as they might take on the mischievous Chihuahua genes, or the goofy and easy-going Pug genes.

If a Chug puppy is not trained and socialized as early as possible, it might suffer from Small Dog Syndrome and become yappy and aggressive.

What do they eat?

Chugs require an intake of a high-quality dog food diet formulated to suit their unique needs. Cheap kibble should be avoided as they have no nutritional value. Opting for food with high natural grade ingredients with a good protein to card ratio is a good diet for Chugs.

It is a necessity to feed them one cup of food per day. Overfeeding should be avoided as they might become obese and suffer from health issues.

Are they slobbery?

Chugs are slobbery, but not as much as other dogs. Mostly, their drool is a result of having breathing issues or just being in a state of relaxation. If you have a relaxed attitude towards slobber, then it's fine, but if you are a neat freak, then it might be problematic for you.

Would they make a good pet?

This designer breed dog can be an excellent pet! They are social, friendly, outgoing, and love being the center of attention with a goofy and charming attitude.

They can make friends with humans easily, and their territorial tendency makes them great watchdogs. They are absolutely a breath of fresh air to have around you as they are small and can live comfortably in small houses.

Their high energy level and playfulness make them great companions for people who live alone or with family.

Pleasing them is easy as all they need is a good amount of playtime and being taken on walks to relieve that excess amount of energy that these goofballs have! Chug dog personality may depend on which parent's traits it takes after more.

They can live with other pets in households too, but need to be introduced to them at an early age as the Chihuahua genes in them might make them socially inept to other animals.

Chug puppies usually cost around $500-750 from a reputable breeder.

Did you know...

Chugs can be prone to health problems and obesity if they are overfed. They are yappy and with early training, unwanted barking can be curbed.

Chug breed dogs might have existed naturally over the years, but breeders started breeding them as designer dogs because of their popularity and uniqueness. They were the first bred intentionally in the early 2000s, likely in the United States.

Since they are short-snouted, they can be prone to heat strokes, so we should take extra care of them in hot weather. They might need a jacket in cold weather because they have short fur thanks to their Pug genes!

They are great companion dogs and love to live with people in the house, and hardly outdoors.

They have short, smooth coats and shed moderately to heavily. Chugs are best suited to homes with older children who know how to handle them carefully.

Chugs have a muscular face that is similar to a miniature boxer and do not prefer cold, harsh weather as they love being warm and taken out for walks during winters.

Chugs have a low-moderate need for exercise. They are adaptable and can easily integrate to their owner's lifestyle.

An active owner will benefit greatly from their Chug's energetic nature. A less active owner too can provide them with an interesting life, as the chugs can follow them around the house and be a good companion for running errands.

A 30-minute walk every day with dedicated playtime is great to keep a Chug mentally and physically stimulated and decreases their chances of developing small dog syndrome or behavioral issues.

Since Pugs and Chihuahuas have eye problems because of their eyes protruding out the face, Chugs too are susceptible to trauma from objects and sharp corners.

Some of the other eye problems that can occur in Chugs are Cataracts, Entropion (eyelids fold and turn inwards, leading to irritation and infection), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (degeneration of the retina, causing progressive vision loss culminating in blindness), Cherry Eye (the inflammation of the tear duct glands), and Dry Eye (occurs when tears are not able to provide adequate moisture).

Do chug dogs shed?

Chugs can have a variety of fur coats, like a short-haired Pug or like a long-haired chihuahua. Chugs are known to shed moderately, and you will need to deal with some level of dog hair on your clothes and in your house.

Brushing their coat regularly is an absolute necessity to get rid of dead hair, and reduce the amount of hair in the house. Wrinkles on the face should be kept clean, we can use a damp cloth and wipe the face and then dry them.

This brushing and cleaning process should be done every day, every week, or every month, depending on your Chug's needs.

Are chug dogs intelligent?

This small breed of dog, for the most part, possesses an average intelligence. They react positively to training. The Chug dog breed is obedient and with enough patience, it can be taught a variety of on command tricks.

During their training period, it is important to maintain an alpha status and make sure we avoid abusing them. Positive reinforcement and reward-based training will go a long way in creating a healthy and responsible relationship with your Chug.

In some cases, when this chihuahua-pug mix breed is not familiarised with other pets in the house, they will have behavioral issues and develop a certain amount of aggressiveness towards the other pets, as it is in their nature, thanks to their Chihuahua parents, to be the sole pet of a household.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including Norfolk terrier, or Field spaniel.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Chug coloring pages.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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