A cross between two dog breeds, the Chihuahua and the Pug, the Chug dog, like its parents, is a dog with a muscular, compact built. With a characteristic lovable, expressive face, the chug dogs have almond-shaped eyes, medium-length ears folding at the peak, and a short, blunt muzzle. Although their heights vary, the chugs are generally small. Inheriting the traits from their parents, the chug dogs usually have a wide array of behavioral traits.
|Other names||Chugg, Pughuahua|
|Coat||Short, dense, coarse coat like a Pug or medium-length, silky coat similar to a Chihuahua|
|Color||White/Cream, Speckled/Brindle/Spotted/Merle, Golden/Light Brown, Chocolate/Dark Brown, Black and Brown, Black|
|Group of Breed||Toy, designer|
|Life span||10-13 years|
|Weight||10-20 lbs (4.5-9 kg)|
|Size and Height||Small; 12 inches (average)|
|Shedding||Moderate to heavy|
|Temperament||Friendly, affectionate, intelligent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Size of Litter||Variable|
|Competitive Registration||DBR, IDCR, DRA, DDKC, ACHC|
Since the dog chug is not a recognized purebred, it does not have a well-documented history of a purebred dog. Although it has a relatively short history, the chug has become a sought-after hybrid dog breed. This dog is rather unique because, unlike most of the other hybrid breeds, it is not influenced by poodle ancestry.
The chugs are a great family dog, as they love to be in the company of their family. These energetic, outgoing, fun-loving dogs love to draw everybody’s attention, especially their owners. Although the Chugg gets along well with kids and other pets, its interactions with kids should be supervised to keep them safe. The chug puppies should be taught to become sociable with people of all ages, especially the strangers.
The basic step in training the dog breed chug is to understand its behavior. You need to teach your puppy to differentiate between right and wrong. The dog becomes more confused if you punish it for any misbehavior. Catching your puppy in the act not only stops it from committing a wrong, but also makes the training process simpler. Use some basic commands like “stay”, “sit”, “off”, “get busy”, etc. for obedience training. If the pup responds correctly, praise and reward it immediately. Be sure to use a crate while housetraining your puppy.
A chug dog requires good-quality commercial additive-free dog foods, specially formulated for smaller dog breeds, consisting of meat as the prime ingredient. Avoid feeding the dog excessively, as it might lead to obesity.