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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.


10–13 years
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
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Need to be aware of potential health issues
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Needs under an hour of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
This breed may encounter health problems

There is often a degree of variation in the health conditions and issues that crossbreeds are predisposed to. This is because some individuals retain more of the characteristics of one breed over the other. 
The Chug crossbreed is likely to have fewer respiratory concerns than a Pug as the cross with a Chihuahua means there is less shortening of the muzzle and potentially larger nostrils. 

For more information on the health problems that may affect this crossbreed, visit the Chihuahua and Pug breed pages.


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.

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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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