The Chihuahua Pug breed is a hybrid breed, created from combining the Chihuahua breed with the Pug. Not all hybrids are going to be an exact 50/50 of the two breeds. Most lineages, if you look back through the chain of each family’s history, have more of one of the breeds or the other, in them. It is hard to say exactly what you will be getting with your dog, in the way of looks, temperament, or characteristics, since each dog has the possibility of inheriting more traits from either side. This is a very unique little hybrid breed because the Chihuahua and the Pug breeds are so different. They are often referred to by either of two names, the Chug Dog or the Pughuahua. This is a good dog for people who live in small homes and apartments, due to its small size, however, does it have all the characteristics and traits that would also make it a good match for you? You may have heard of this breed, keep reading to learn seven things you didn’t know about the Chihuahua Pug.
1. Friendly, get-along dog
This is a fun breed, with a happy-go-lucky personality, so long as it is trained and socialized well. This little breed of dog is a great family pet that will get along with other pets, children, and are good with the elderly. This breed will play with children in a fun and loving way and are the perfect size for playing with kids. Both dog and children need to be taught how to behave with each other, but once they are taught, they can be the best of friends.
2. Think they are bigger than they are
This is a small breed of dog with a big dog mentality. This means that this breed believes it is much bigger than it really is. It hails from two parents who are small breeds who also believe they are much bigger than they really are. Both the Chihuahua and Pug breed have this same big dog mentality and it can pose a danger to the dog in certain situations. One problem is when your Chug Dog comes in contact with a bigger dog who isn’t very friendly, or wants to play rough with him Your Chug Dog may think it can stand up for himself and try to fight back, which can put him in danger of getting injured.
3. Big shedders
The Chihuahua Pug breed is a big shedding dog. He may be small in size, but it is one of the biggest shedders of any breed, this is because it hails from to lines of dogs that are known to be big shedders themselves. The Pug is at the top of the list for being a big shedder, with the Chihuahua not being far behind. Chihuahua Pugs need to be brushed very often, and not just daily, but multiple times a day, is what is really recommended, in order to keep shedding at bay. If shedding is something you don’t want to deal with in a dog, this is probably not the breed for you.
How easy your dog is to train will depend on a couple of things, the most important, which parent your puppy takes after. If it ends up taking after the Pug parent, you will be pleasantly surprised at the ease of training you will experience. However, if your dog ends up with more Chihuahua in his blood, you will probably be dealing with a more stubborn streak and find it difficult to get your puppy to stay focused on what you are teaching him. Either way, it is always easiest to train any dog when you start the training early in your puppy’s life.
5. Don’t require much exercise
This little dog is an indoor dog and does just fine without a lot of exercise, like many other breeds require. It is perfectly content with going outside as an as-needed-basis, and possibly one small walk a day. Long walks are harder on this little dog due to its short stature, which causes it to tire easily. As part of its daily exercise routine, you will want to play with your Chihuahua Pug for about 30 minutes to give him a little physical and mental stimulation, other than that, he’s perfectly content to just be an indoor dog.
6. Health issues
All dogs have the risk of health issues, just like humans. Typically, hybrids are a bit more healthy than full breeds due to the breeding process can eliminate certain medical issues that tend to run in the breed. Even so, hybrids can develop certain health issues that run in each side of their lineage. The most common health issues this breed is prone to include, joint issues, dental problems, eye problems, and hypoglycemia. If your dog takes after the Pug side of his lineage, he will also be at risk for obesity and breathing difficulties and respiratory problems, due to the smushed muzzle and nose. Following a proper diet for your dog will help to keep your Chihuahua Pug at a healthy weight.
7. Can make good therapy dogs
If a Chug is well trained and has a good disposition, that coupled with its compact size, which makes it easy to transport to hospitals, nursing homes, and other environments where therapy dogs are often used, make this one of the most popular breeds used for this service. Individuals living at home who need therapy dogs, often choose this type of breed for the service, as well. They are easy to care for and take with them wherever they go and wherever they are needed.