Pug and Chihuahua crosses could be there for centuries, but it was not until the first decade of this century, when the breeders started intentionally breed them together. There is no clear documentation about when or where the first intentionally planned litter was born.
2) Designer dog breed
The Chug is a so called designer dog breed, and just like all of them, they have pretty unpredictable temperament and appearance. You can never be sure if the Chug will inherit more Chihuahua or more Pug genes. They can be both – confident, alert and courageous as Chihuahau or affectionate, charming and mischevious as Pug. Most of the time, they will combine all these temperament traits together.
The Chugs face is probably one of the most unique and easiest to recognize. They have large cute eyes, round dark nose and short muzzle. They also tend to have pretty wrinkly face, and you should keep the wrinkles dry and clean, otherwise, they might cause irritation and smelly odor.
Chugs are normally pretty laid back dogs, who does not need tons of exercise. But they will definitely like to go out on a walk with you whenever you suggest it. It is important to exercise them regularly and stick to proper feeding plan, since Chugs are pretty prone to become obese, which is always bad for the dog and it is shortening their lives.
Chugs are smart little dogs, but the training is not the easiest. It is because they have pretty short attention span and they are kinda stubborn. That is why you should keep the training session short and fun and reward them everytime they are doing good job. Chugs are definitely capable of learning all the basic commands like stay, come, sit or lie down.
Typically, the Chug is small, but sturdy dog breed with comical and cute face expresssion. The average height is between 7-13 inches, which is 17-33 cm and weight between 10-20 pounds, which is 4-9 kgs.
7) Short Snout
Chug is a brachycephalic dog – which means they are short snouted. It might be cute, but it can cause some troubles. You should not over do it with exercise and walks in hot weather, since they are prone to heat stroke easily. They also commonly suffer from respiratory problems.
Most of the time, the Chug has short coat, but there can be some exceptions, if the long haired chihuahua was used for the breeding. Both parent breeds do shed, especially the Pug is a heavy shedder, which means, regular brushing is needed to minimize the shedding. And what about the colors? Most of the time you can find Chugs in brown, cream, brindle, black or white.
9) Big dog personality
Even though this is very tiny dog, they think they are much bigger. And they act accordingly to it. Chugs are able to try to protect them or you from much bigger dogs, especially if they have more Chihuahua blood in them. This is also pretty independent dog.
10) Living with
As you would probably expect, Chugs will prefer to live indoors. If they have access to a yard, than it is even better. Chugs are great family companions, but since they are pretty fragile and can be injured easily, they are better companions for older kids who know how to play gently. They can also live with other dogs and animals, if they are socialized with them from the puppyhood.