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Chug Dog Breeds


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Height at the withers: Males 15.5 – 30 5 cm, Females 15.5 – 30.5 cm

Average weight: Males 3.6 – 9.0 kg, Females 3.6 – 9.0 kg

Chugs, as previously mentioned can inherit different physical traits from both their parent breeds and this includes the good and the not so good. 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, but if there was a long-haired Chihuahua in their ancestry, a Chug might end up with longer hair too.

They have large round eyes and their heads are well domed with their ears being set high and well apart. Chugs have nicely furrowed brows which is a physical trait they inherit from the Pug and the Chihuahua. Muzzles can be broad and wide or shorter and slimmer depending on which parent they throw to. Jaw lines are distinctly Pug-like with Chugs often having slightly over-shot jaws. Muzzles can be short or they can be longer depending on which of their parent breeds a Chug leans towards as such they can be more brachycephalic than dogs with longer muzzles which means they often have trouble breathing.

Chugs have sturdy, well-muscled bodies with their legs being on the short side. They have well developed necks that blend in well with a dog’s shoulders which are nicely muscled.  Chests are broad and deep with a Chug having a nice level back and well developed and well-muscled loins and rumps. Their tails curve over a dog’s back when at rest and when on the move too which is a trait they inherit from the Pug. Feet are small and compact with Chugs having firm paw pads and strong nails.

When it comes to their coats, Chugs come in a vast array of colour combinations and coat textures. It is also worth noting that it depends on a parent breed’s coat, their coat colours and textures as to how a puppy might turn out. With this said, the most commonly seen coat colours for a Chug can include the following:

  • Black and brown
  • Black and tan
  • Brown
  • Chocolate
  • Cream
  • Dark brown
  • Fawn
  • Merle
  • Speckled
  • Spotted


When a Chug moves, they do so with great drive and purpose covering a lot of ground when they do. Their gait can be quite bouncy and dogs are always on the alert and give the impression of being happy and gay when they move.


Prospective Chug owners should be wary of any puppies or dogs that show any sort of exaggeration whether in their looks or conformation and that extra-small Chugs often come with many health issues so they are best avoided. A responsible breeder would always ensure that puppies they produce are of a good size and conformation and would avoid breeding extra small dogs for these reasons. Males should have both testicles fully descended into their scrotums. 

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