They are not recommended for people with allergies. If the Chug has a wrinkly face, it is important to keep them clean and dry. Here are some of the things you need to take care of about the maintenance of your loveable Chug:
Ears: To keep ear infections at bay, you need to check your dog’s ears regularly and clear the wax and debris from the ears.
Eyes: Their eyes need to be checked periodically and cleaned daily to remove dirt and debris.
Teeth: You will be required to brush your dog’s teeth every day as Chugs are easily susceptible to dental issues.
Nails: Periodic clipping of the nails is a must. You may trim the nails once in a fortnight or a month at the maximum.
Hair: Your Chug’s coat needs to be brushed at least twice or thrice to keep shedding the least possible amount.
Recommended daily amount: Chugs can easily gain weight if they are overfed. You will be required to feed them 1 cup of food, maintaining a proper schedule.
What food to choose: You can provide your Chug with a dry kibble which will help him clean the dental plaque as well.
How to keep good shape: Chugs tend to over-eat; hence you should ensure that the food is not kept outside. Like any other small dog breed, they require a balance between eating and physical activity to be in proper shape, else they can easily become obese.
How many times to feed your dog: You will be required to divide your dog’s meal into 2 parts.
Chugs usually have a healthy lifespan of around 12 years, but they do suffer from certain health problems of both the parent breeds. One major problem is that of obesity. Other health conditions are as under:
Condition – Due to the facial folds and wrinkly skin, breathing may be a difficult task for some of the Chugs. Such condition is called as being brachycephalic dogs, meaning a flat and wide skull shape. The difficulty in breathing may occur during exercises and is characterized by heavy panting, noises while breathing, such as snorting or snoring. It may also lead to reverse sneezing.
Treatment – Usually medicines are given to treat the condition. However, it is always advised to visit the vet when you have a doubt or observe the above-mentioned anomalies.
Eye problems are common in Chugs, thanks to their heritage from the Pugs and Chihuahuas. The main reason is the shape and placement of the eye, which is protruding outside making them prone to injuries. Other eye problems include diseases like -
Cataracts are more common with the aging dog. The condition can be treated with surgeries.
Entropion is inward folding and turning of the eyelids, causing severe touchiness, uneasiness, leading to infection. This also can be treated with surgery.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy, which is a gradual degenerative disease that may even lead to complete blindness. There is, unfortunately, no treatment for this condition.
Cherry Eye, which is the soreness of the tear duct in the eye, making the eyes red as a cherry. This can be treated with medications and drops.
Condition – This is a common problem in small-sized dogs, in which there is a dysfunction in the kneecap. This can be a problem arising from post-trauma or may be congenital also. The affected dogs do not walk properly or avoid the use of the affected leg.
Treatment – Generally, the condition is treated on its own, in a slow and painful process. Surgery is the other option.
Chugs are intelligent dogs and quick learners. However, they can be quite stubborn as their Chihuahua parent. To carry out a successful training program of a Chug, it will be recommended to start as early as eight weeks, keeping regular training sessions, which are short and fun.
Owners will be required to use only positive reinforcement with rewards such as appreciation, treats, and cuddles. They tend to please their owners and perform amazing tricks. It is also necessary to impart socialization training at an early stage so that they develop a comfort with other pets and people.
Chugs are normally affectionate, enthusiastic, and charming. They are mostly playful and sometimes full of self-esteem and poise – tiny but behaving as a large dog. They can be carrying too much of the 'small dog syndrome”.
They love being with their family, so much so that they don’t like sharing their people with other pets. They get along with children very well, only that the children should be taught to handle them properly due to their small size. If not handled with care, Chugs may get irritated and show destructive behavior.
Always energetic, Chugs are lively, outward, and friendly. They love the attention of their people. They are very confident, alert, and terrestrial and can make a good watchdog. They are not very fond of outdoor games; hence it is advised to invest in chew toys and other things to keep them busy indoors.