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Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Chug puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Chug please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Chug puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Chug puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Chug breed is also commonly known by the names Chihuahua x Pug, Pugwawa.

Lifespan: 9 – 13 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Not Pedigree – Hybrid Dog Breed

Height
Males 15 – 30 cm
Females 15 – 30 cm

Weight
Males 5 – 10 kg
Females 5 – 10 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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small (3/10)

Exercise

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low (3/10)

Training

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average (5/10)

Shedding

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moderate (6/10)

Grooming

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medium (5/10)

Children

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good (4/10)

Health

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good (8/10)

Cost to Keep

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low (3/10)

Being Alone

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short periods (4/10)

Intelligence

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Average (6/10)

Introduction

Chugs were developed by crossing a Pug with a Chihuahua and as such they are considered as “designer dogs” and not recognised as a breed in their own right by The Kennel Club. With this said, the result of crossing these two pure breeds has seen Chugs becoming an extremely popular little dog. Chugs are not only adorable looking having inherited many of the physical traits of their parent breeds, but they also boast very kind, affectionate and loyal natures.

History

Chugs are the result of crossing two pedigree dogs, namely the Chihuahua and the Pug and these charming little “designer dogs” have only been on the scene for the last 10 to 15 years or so. For the moment, Chugs have not been recognised as a breed in their own right. However, many breed clubs have been set up with their end goal being to make sure these little dogs are bred the best way possible.

Anyone hoping to share a home with an adorable Chug should always contact a reputable breeder who always gets their stud dogs checked for any of the health issues that all too often affect both the Pug and the Chihuahua.

Appearance

Chugs, as previously mentioned can inherit different physical traits from both their parent breeds. Some will look more like their Pug parents whereas others might inherit more of a Chihuahua look. With this said, their coats tend to be fine and straight with dog’s having shorter hair.

They do shed, a trait they have inherited from the Pug. Their tails are typically tightly curled over their backs – a trait inherited from the Pug too. Muzzles can be short or they can be longer depending on which of their parent breeds a Chug leans towards.

When it comes to their coats, Chugs come in a vast array of colour combinations and again, it depends on their parent breed’s coat and their coat colours as to how a puppy might turn out. The most commonly seen coat colours for a Chug includes the following: Black and Brown, Black and Tan, Brown, Chocolate, Cream, Dark Brown, Fawn, Merle, Speckled, Spotted.

Temperament

A Chug’s temperament really does depend on several things which includes what their parent dogs are like. They might take after the Chihuahua and be a little aloof or they might be real comics, a trait Pugs are renowned for. Chugs are known to be affectionate and friendly characters by nature, more especially if they are carefully bred and then socialised correctly from a young enough age which includes when they are still with us. The one consistent is that every Chug tends to be a little different whether it’s in obvious or very subtle ways which is what makes these little dogs so very unique and so adorable to live with.

Because of the Chihuahua in them, however, Chugs can be a little aggressive towards other dogs no matter how big they are which is why early socialisation is so essential. They often inherit the “barking” trait that both parent breeds are known for which is something that needs to be gently nipped in the bud. Chugs do not like being left alone for long periods of time.

Another thing to bear in mind is that Chugs feel the cold during the chillier winter months so it’s important for them to be kept warm which in short means investing in a few winter dog coats for them when they are out on a walk or playing in a garden.

Intelligence / Trainability

Chugs are smart little dogs and in the right hands they are easy to train. However, their training and education has to start early and it has to be consistent so these small dogs understand what is expected of them. If a Chug gets their own way a little too often, it can lead to all sorts of behavioural issues. They are known to have a bit of a stubborn streak in them, but with patience and perseverance, Chugs can be taught new things. 

Children and Other Pets

Chugs are very small dogs. They are a good choice for people with older children who know how to behave around such small dogs and most importantly who have learnt how to handle them so they don’t hurt or injure their dog. Chugs are quite social little dogs, especially if they have been well socialised from an early enough stage in their lives and therefore they generally get on well with other dogs. It would be a mistake to trust a Chug around any small animals and pets although if they have grown up with a family cat in the home, they generally get on well together. This is not to say a Chug would not chase the neighbour’s cat if they ever get the chance to.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Chug is between 9 and 13 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages. Chugs have short muzzles and as such they are extremely sensitive to heat so during the hotter summer months, care has to be taken to ensure a dog does not overheat which they can do all too quickly and easily which could prove fatal.

Caring for a Chug

As with any other breed, Chugs need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Grooming

A Chug can have a smooth, short coat whereas another dog might boast having a longer one if there was a longhaired Chihuahua in their ancestry. Having a Pug as a parent breed means they do shed quite a bit throughout the year. Some Chugs have a lot of wrinkles and folds around their faces which is another physical trait inherited from the Pug and it’s important for these to be kept clean which can be done using a baby wipe. Once clean, it’s essential for the folds to be thoroughly dried.

Their nails need to be checked every few weeks and carefully trimmed when necessary. It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. 

Exercise

Chugs are not high energy little dogs, but they do need to be given the right amount of daily exercise combined with a good amount of mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, healthy and well-rounded dogs. This means a good 30 minutes exercise a day.

These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden as often as possible so they can really let off steam. However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these charming little dogs in because if they find a weakness in the fence, they will soon escape out and get into all sorts of trouble.

Chug puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing and too much pressure on them could result in causing a dog a few problems later on in their lives. They should not be allowed to jump up or off furniture nor should they be allowed to run up and down the stairs.

Feeding

If you get a Chug puppy from Little Rascals we will give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. 

Older dogs are not known to be fussy or finicky eaters. It’s best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it’s good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. We recommend Royal Canin. It’s also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight which can lead to all sorts of health issues. Obesity can shorten a dog’s life by several years so it’s important to keep an eye on their waistline from the word go.

Average cost to keep/care for a Chug

If you are looking to buy a Chug, you would need to pay anything from £400 to over £650 for a well-bred puppy.  The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Chug in England would be £18 a month for basic cover. When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK and a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry, to feed your dog throughout their lives making sure it suits the different stages of their lives. This would set you back between £25 – £35 a month. On top of all of this, you would need to factor in veterinary costs this includes their second vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying your dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Chug would be between £35 to £70 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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