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How Big Do Chugs Get? (All You Need to Know)

Chugs are hybrid dogs, a mix between Chihuahua and Pug dog breeds. The Chihuahua is one of the smallest dog breeds named after the Mexican state Chihuahua. On the other hand, The Pug is a dog breed that originated in China.

Chugs are small, Playful, and loyal dogs. As a result, they have become incredibly popular worldwide, especially in the United States. Follow our article to get a comprehensive understanding of how big chugs get with their ages.

Chugs size

A fully-grown adult chug can be big as much as 10 to 14 inches tall and weighs between 10 to 20 pounds. They are usually categorized as small-sized dogs. However, their size can vary from dog to dog. They are typically bigger than their Chihuahua parent but smaller than their Pug parent.

But the size may vary according to gender. Let’s get to know them.


The height of a chug depends on various factors including the parents’ breed, diet, lifestyle, etc. However, a fully-grown chug typically becomes 10 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder.

There are no significant differences in height between a fully grown male chug and a fully grown female chug. However, some minor differences can be found between male and female chugs.


The average height of male chugs can be a little bit more than female chugs. A fully grown adult chug can be 11 inches to 14 inches. 

Male chugs tend to be more mischievous, energetic, confident, and bold. Thus, they get more exercise and become more physically fit than female chugs.

Typically, male chugs are 1 to 2 inches tall than female chugs.


Female chugs are a bit shyer and more relaxed than male chugs. The height of fully-grown adult female chugs is almost similar to the height of male chugs.

However, they are usually 1 to 2 inches shorter than the male chugs. The average height of female chugs is 10 to 12 inches.   


The average weight of chugs is 10 to 20 pounds no matter whether they are male or female. The is no huge difference in weight in male and female chugs.

However, male chugs tend to be 1 to 4 pounds heavier than female chugs. This is perhaps due to the male hormones in their adolescent period.


Most male chugs tend to be heavier than female chugs in the first year of their life. However, there are significant differences in weight between a fully grown adult male chug and a female chug.

A fully grown adult male chug usually weighs around 15 to 20 pounds.


Female chugs are a little bit relaxed and they grow slightly less than male chugs in their first year of life.

In the first year of life female chugs can grow up to 10 pounds, whereas, males can grow up to 12 pounds.

A fully grown adult female chugs usually weigh around 14 to 18 pounds which is slightly less than male chugs.

What weight should a chug be?

Typically, a fully grown adult chug must weigh between 10 to 20 pounds. And their height must be around 10 to 14 inches. To stay a healthy life, the weight and height of chugs must be within the aforementioned rages.

Chugs become fully grown adults within 24 months of their age. If an adult chug weighs less than 10 pounds, it is considered as underweight. The most common causes which can make chugs underweight are nutrition deficiency and serious illness.

Several health problems may arise in an underweight chug such as immune system weakness, increased susceptibility to infections, bone density reduction, etc.

If you have a chug which underweight, you need to go to the vet immediately and properly diagnose what is wrong with the chug. You also need to readjust the diet of your chug to ensure they are getting enough nutrition.

Chugs also can be overweight. Obesity in chugs may cause several health complications such as diabetes Mellitus, hypertension, osteoarthritis, etc. If your chug weighs more than 20 pounds, you need to consult with the vet immediately.

To treat obesity in chugs, you need to modify their diets and increase their activity. Proper diet and exercise can irradicate obesity and other health complications in chugs.

Chugs size and weight chart:

Chugs typically grow big till they are 18 to 24 months old. During the first year of chugs’ life, female chugs grow a little bit less than male chugs. However, there are no huge differences in size between adult male and female chugs.

Follow our chart of chug size and weight with their age to determine whether your chug is underweighted or overweighted.

AgeWeightSize (Height)
6 MonthsMale- 7 poundsMale- 4 Inches
Female- 6 poundsFemale- 4 Inches
12 MonthsMale- 11 poundsMale- 7 Inches
Female- 10 poundsFemale- 7 Inches
18 MonthsMale- 15 poundsMale- 11 Inches
Female- 15 poundsFemale- 11 Inches
24 MonthsMale – 20 PoundsMale- 14 Inches
Female- 18 PoundsFemale- 12 Inches.

How to make your chug bigger?

Although Chugs are often classified as small dogs, with proper care you can make your chug bigger and healthier. However, you cannot grow a chug into a monster giant dog breed.

The average height of chugs is 10 to 14 inches tall and the average weight is 10 to 20 pounds. The guidelines to make a chug grow healthy are listed below,

Diet for growth:

Chugs can become underweight if they do not receive proper nutrition from their diet. You need to choose a balanced diet and maintain and consistent feeding time for your chug to ensure they are growing.

You can easily consult with a vet to get your chug a diet plan for weight gain.

High-protein diet:

Your chug needs a high protein diet to ensure that it gets enough materials required to create more muscle tissue.

However, more proteins in the diet also create health problems. Thus, always consult with a vet before increasing the protein intake of your chug.

Exercising your Chug:

Like all other dogs, chugs also need proper exercise to stay healthy and grow. Typically, a chug needs a minimum of 20 minutes of moderate exercise to stay healthy and grow timely. 

You can go for a 30-minute walk daily with your chug to make sure they are getting enough exercise.

Keep your chug disease free:

A diseased condition always interferes with the growth of dogs. If your chug has any health problems you need to treat them for proper growth.

Chugs are also susceptible to some parasitic infections that can hamper their growth. You must keep your chug under a routine checkup by a vet to ensure they stay healthy.

Puppyhood care:

Dogs grow in several stages throughout their lives. The first stage is called puppyhood. In the puppyhood stage, the chugs need very good care to grow properly.

If your chug does not get proper nutrition and exercise in its puppyhood stage, it may not reach its maximum size. Hence, proper care in the puppyhood of a chug is important for its growth.

Monitor the weight of chugs:

Monitoring the weight of chugs regularly is very helpful for optimizing their diet and exercise plan. Thus, you must keep a record of your chugs’ weight regularly.

How long do chugs normally live?

Chugs normally live between 10 to 14 years. They have a relatively long lifespan. Both parents of chugs have a long lifespan.

For instance, Pugs have an average life span of 12 to 15 years. On the other hand, Chihuahuas have an average lifespan of 14 to 18 years.

However, the lifespan of chugs can vary depending on their health and lineage. A healthy chug can live more than 13 years. To extend the lifespan of chugs, you need to take care of them regularly.

For instance, regular exercise, a balanced diet, regular vaccination, and regular check-up by the vet can extend the lifespan of your chug.

However, like all other hybrid dogs, chugs are susceptible to different genetic health problems such as hip dysplasia, luxating patella’s, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or dry eye syndrome.

You need to select healthy parents for your chug to avoid any genetic problems.

Final Thoughts:

A fully developed adult chug may stand 10 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 10 to 20 pounds. They are typically classified as little dogs. Their size, however, varies from dog to dog. They are larger than their Chihuahua ancestor but smaller than their Pug ancestor.