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Pugs: Purebred & Hybrid Dogs

Updated on June 14, 2012

Meet The Breed

The Pug is well described by the phrase "multum in parvo" which means "a lot of dog in a small space." They are recognized for their even-tempers, playful personalities, and their outgoing, loving dispositions.


The Pug is a perfect choice for families with kids. Their upbeat personality and sometimes clumsy behavior will keep you entertained and fulfilled with the very rewarding experience.


This breed is not easy to train. It takes a lot of patience and time to train this stubborn little dog. If you train your pug, there's no need to shout. Simply correct the misbehavior by speaking in a normal voice. Otherwise, you may discover the pug's stubborn streak.

Health Concerns:

Pugs are susceptible to a few health issues.

  • The compact airway causes breathing difficulties. It also reduces the ability to regulate its temperature.
  • Some pugs suffer from a chronic form of meningoencephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.
  • Pugs are susceptible to obesity. Feed your pug a healthy diet and make sure he gets plenty of exercise time.
  • Allergies affect a large portion of the pug population.

Hybrid Pug Mixes

Hybrid Dogs are more popular than ever. Although the mixing of breeds has taken place since the beginning of dogs themselves, the careful mixing of certain breeds has become almost an art form.

Pugs are ideal for breed mixing since they're cute, intelligent and have a great personality. We may be a little bit biased but the Pug would be an improvement over whatever other breed it was mixed with!

Puggles: Pug and Beagle Mix

Puggles are one of the most popular hybrid dogs and they actually account for about half of the crossbreeds in this country. 


Puggles are energetic, without being hyper or yappy, and may not have the tendency to howl or bark like a beagle. They're the ideal pet for an active family and require a lot of activity and attention. Puggles can be considered lap dogs because of their relatively small size and demeanor.

Health Concerns:

Luckily, puggles don't have many of the physical conditions that ail purebred pugs, including the breathing problems associated with a pug because they have shorter snouts. Regular vet checks and immunizations are necessary to keep you Puggle in good health.

Chugs: Pug and Chihuahua Mix

Another popular mixed breed is the Chug which is a cross between the Pug and the Chihuahua. Also known as the Pugwawa, they are one of the most sought after mixed breeds.


If you've never been around chihuahuas or pugs, you'll quickly learn they're very sweet, mild-mannered dogs. While Chihuahuas can be somewhat reserved and protective of their environment, Pugs are very friendly and laid back animals. This mix creates a nice balance in the chug personality.

Health Concerns:

Chihuahuas and Pugs are primarily indoor animals, especially pugs. Therefore, you can expect your Chug to require a minimum amount of exercise. For more health specs on Chugs, check out


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      Felicity 7 months ago

      What a load of complete and utter rubbish ...

      A pug and a beagle could create a dog that wants to run but has the physical attributes of a pug and therefor can't get enough air into its lungs and dies .,

      Oh great a chihuahua mother and a pug father - fabulous ...... mum has To gave a c section as the pugs will probably be too big for her to whelp.

      How can you I possibly guarantee health or temperament !!

      These are Cross bred dogs who could have any multitude of health or heart issues and I bet the parents aren't health tested !

      If you want a darling cross bred GO TO YOUR NEAREST SHELTER !

      DOnt support these money grubbing Criss bred breeders

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      wvugirl2007 4 years ago from Virginia

      I loved this article. I had a full blood pug for 10 years and it is so true that they are very hard to train. She was a sweet girl, but not very smart. Now I have a pug/sheltie and he is brilliant! I know he got his brains from the sheltie side, but he has the amazing pug heart. (He is the one on the left in my profile picture.)

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      equinelover909 7 years ago

      great article! I love that pic of the puggle you have; he's just too cute!!

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      Simple Tim 7 years ago

      Adorable! my daughter would love one of these! The Pug and Beagle Mix is most appealing to me.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      I really enjoyed reading this. I've been looking for a dog for my 7 year old daughter. We have a Rottweiler, but he is too big for her to play with. So I have been looking for a smaller dog for her. The Pug looks like it would be an excellent choice.