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Chugs are known for several unique behaviors and personality traits. Let’s look at the temperament of the Chihuahua Pug mix, so you can find out if this dog is right for you!

A Loving Temperament

Chihuahua mixes are known for their gentle and affectionate nature, and Chugs are no different. This is a dog mix that is perfectly suited to anyone who is looking for an adoring companion. Chugs also have a playful side, and their silly antics are sure to bring hours of entertainment!

A Great Companion for All Ages

Due to their small size and gentle nature, Chugs are well suited to people of any age, including children and seniors. This is a naturally friendly breed that will be sure to fit right into any family, and they typically get along well with other pets.


Before committing to a Chug, it is important to know that they require a firm hand in training. Early socialization is a must for this dog mix, or else they might become aggressive and territorial. The Chug can be a bit stubborn to train at first, but with the proper time and patience, any dog can be trained into a loyal and affectionate companion. Providing your Chug with proper exercise and enrichment is another way to avoid unwanted behaviors.

Chewy has an intro guide to puppy training that we recommend reading and implementing. It’s simple, but with as well behaved as Chugs are naturally we find that it’s most of what you need. Check out Puppy Training 101.

Care and Exercise Needs

Being small dogs, Chugs have relatively low exercise requirements and do not need a large yard to run around in. However, Chugs are still playful and energetic dogs that require plenty of playtime as well as a wide array of enriching toys. Being somewhat prone to obesity, regular walks are important for this mix.

If you’re a new pet owner, check out our section on Activity and Exercise for Chugs.

Many Chugs have short snouts, which can cause breathing difficulties. As a result, make sure to keep your Chug indoors whenever it is particularly hot or cold outside. 

Separation Anxiety

Chugs are wonderful dogs with plenty of positive traits. However, before committing to adopting one, it is important to know that Chugs are often prone to separation anxiety. Chugs become very attached to their owners, and they also often suffer from anxiety. As a result, Chugs can become very upset when their owners leave for work or vacation. This can result in undesirable behaviors such as destruction of furniture, barking, howling, or whining.

Chugs are best suited to families where at least one person spends much of the time at home. They fit in well with retired seniors or owners who work from home. A Chug that is left behind most of the day will become depressed, so if you are often out of the house, this may not be the best breed for you.

Common Compulsive Chug Behaviors: Shaking, Digging, and Nesting

One reason people adore Chugs so much is that they have quite a few quirky behaviors. In particular, Chugs are known for shaking, digging, and nesting, which we will cover in more detail.


Chugs have inherited the trait of shaking directly from their relative, the Chihuahua. Like Chihuahuas, if a Chug is uncomfortable or dissatisfied, it will begin shaking or trembling. This behavior can occur whenever your dog is nervous, hungry, bored, or even just wants some attention! While this shaking behavior can seem odd at first, it is a very helpful way to be able to tell if your dog needs something.

Digging and Nesting

Another odd behavior trait unique to Chugs is their propensity for digging and nesting, which they again inherited from Chihuahuas. Chugs love to burrow in blankets and pillows, and it’s not uncommon to find a Chug cozily nestled on your couch. Chugs engage in this behavior for two reasons.

Firstly, the Chug’s small body and thin coat mean that they can become cold easily. Many Chugs choose to burrow and nest in blankets as a way to keep warm. Secondly, like Chihuahuas, many Chugs are prone to anxiety. Digging and nesting can make a dog feel safer and relieve anxiety. If you want to take a Chug home with you, it’s a good idea to keep plenty of blankets and pillows around for your dog to burrow in!

Their Favorite Activities

Chugs are known to be silly and playful at times, but overall, they are relatively low energy dogs that love to cuddle and relax with their owners.

Napping, Cuddling, and Relaxing

Chugs have pretty low exercise requirements, and spend most of their time either napping, cuddling, or relaxing. A Chug’s favorite way to show love is by cuddling up next to their owner on the couch, or sitting on your lap while you work. As a result, this dog mix is particularly popular among seniors, who may not have the energy to play with a larger and more rambunctious dog breed.

Linus lounging - classic chug behavior
The ultimate lounging

Chewing, Chasing, and Playing

Chugs may spend most of their time relaxing, but they still have a playful side to them. When Chugs become energetic, their favorite ways to play include chewing and chasing. Having plenty of chew toys and balls to throw around the house is a great way to keep your little buddy entertained and channel his energy into positive behaviors.

The Importance of Family Bonding

Overall, Chugs are affectionate creatures that develop deep bonds with their owners. They are well suited to families of one or many, but no matter how many people are in your family, your Chug will always require plenty of love and attention.

Chugs are adorable and lovable creatures who are best suited to homes that can give them all of the attention they need to feel safe and happy. If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, and you think you have what it takes to provide a comfortable and loving environment for an animal, then a Chug might just be the perfect dog mix for you!