Many people are attracted to chug puppies for their small size. The cliche’ of a designer dog is often associated with movie stars and celebrities carrying around a cute little pup in their purse with a cute outfit on.
The fact of the matter is, not all chug puppy owners are celbrities, but that does’nt mean you can’t outfit your pup with some stylish gear.
Here are some designer clothing ideas for your chug puppy:
1. Sweaters and Coats. Chug puppies are often suceptible to the cold temperatures, so why not outfit him with some outer wear?
Online stores that have sweaters and coats for your chug puppy:
2. Hats. While it may not be that practical, hats will set your chug puppy apart from others in the pack.
Online stores that have hats for your chug puppy:
3. Boots. Boots will keep your chug puppy’s paws warm on those rainy or snowy days.
Online stores that have boots for your chug puppy:
If you are on this site, chances are aware of the designer dog rage, as chug puppies fall into the category of a designer dog. Most first time designer dog buyers have a wealth of questions about the little breeds.
So what’s the big deal about designer dogs? Many look for them due to specific physical appearences and behavioral attributes. Many people are starting to flock to chug puppies because of their small size and good temperaments.
Many people are opposed to the deliberate crossbreeding of dogs like the chug. This is primarily because there are devious breeders out there that may be trying to make a quick buck.
If you get your chug puppy from a reputable breeder, you should be able to find the perfect companion at the right cost. Make sure the chug puppies you are looking at seem healthy. Chug dogs are not a “teacup” breed. Teacup breeds often have health problems, so be weary of them. However, chug puppies can often stay small in size.
So in a nutshell, yes it is safe to buy a chug puppy. Just make sure you do your research first.
There is going to come a time where you need someone reliable to take care of your chug puppy. Your first instinct may tell you to leave them with your closest family or friends. However, this may not always be the best option. Given the size and temperament of a chug puppy, some special considerations need to be made before you hire a sitter.
Things to look for in a pet sitter for your chug puppy:
- A home without kids. Chug puppies are small and can easily be injured by small children.
- A home without large dogs. If your chug puppy were to get into an altercation with a larger dog, they risk serious injury. A large dog could easily break a chug puppies neck.
- A house with a fenced in yard. Chug puppy’s can easily escape through small holes in fences and run off. Their small size makes them difficult to find and suceptiable to birds of prey.
Most of all, use common sense when dropping your chug puppy off at a sitter. Never leave them with someone you would not trust with other members of your family. Make sure you supply the sitter with plenty of supplies and instructions on how much to feed the pup, how much exercise he needs and anything else you think is important.
1 Month after we got our chug puppy Max, we decided it was time to get him a dog tag. We had not microchipped him, so a dog tag would really be the only way of identifying him if he were to run away. After researching some options, Pet Smart’s do it yoursef engraving machine seemed like a good bet. The process was quick and relatively inexpensive. All you do is pay for the tag, insert it into the machine and choose what you want to engrave on it. We chose one of the smaller tags for our chug puppy and the cost including the tag was around $10 USD.
Here are pictures of the dog tag we got Max:
Put some thought into your dog tag’s contents, as it may be the only way to connect you back with your chug puppy if he runs away.
Make sure to include the following on your chug puppy’s dog tag:
- The Puppy’s name
- Your home address
- Primary contact number (Preferably a mobile number in case he gets away when your are out of town.)
- Secondary contact number
- Email Address (if for some reason you are unable to access your phone)
You can even add an alternate address to have the puppy returned to if there is room on the tag, but that probably will not be the case.
It is also important to consider the size of a chug puppy when buying his dog tag. Chug’s are generally tiny, so a large clunky tag may make him uncomfortable and strain his neck. If the begins to scratch at the collar and tag frequently, it is time to consider a different tag.
It may seem like a small decision, but your chug puppy’s dog tag will be one of the most important accessories you buy your chug, especially if he is not micrchipped.
So you have your little chug puppy home and it’s time to feed him. It is important to feed him the right amounts at the right intervals so he does not overeat or become malnurished. Chug puppies have a tendency to become hypoglycemic due to their small size an active behavior. If your chug puppy has a good mix of chiuaua, he might also be prone to shaking which causes him to metabolize food fast. However, all of this can be managed with proper diet and feeding times.
How Often Should You Feed Your Chug Puppy?
Most vets (including the ones at Banfield Pet Hospital) reccomend feeding small breeds such as chug puppies 3-4 times a day.
How Much Do Chug Puppies Eat?
This is relative to the size, but if your chug puppy is built more like a pug, he may require more food than a chiuaua would. Generally one cup of food for each feeding should suffice. Many times the bag of dog food will specify amounts as well. Feeding him more than this may cause obesity, lethargy and other symptoms.
What Should I Feed My Chug Puppy?
Try to avoid table food whenver neccesary. Do this at a young age and your chug puppy will be less prone to begging when he becomes a full grown chug dog. Max, the official chug of this site only eats dry dog food. If you mix soft food in with a chug puppy’s meals, he may become more prone to diarrhea. Vets also suggst giving your chug puppy an egg a few times a week, as it helps the shine of his coat. Click here for a list of quality food for your chug puppy.
Always make sure your chug puppy’s dish is full of water as well.
After traveling with our chug puppy Max for over 20hrs this holiday season, we can speak from experience that these little dogs make great travel companions given their small size and temperament.
You should begin getting your chug puppy used to car travel since this is the most common form of travel for them. If you are acclimating an adult chug dog who is unaccustomed or afraid of car travel, you may have to make a regular training project out of it. Start out with short drives and graduate to longer trips over time.
While chug dogs do just fine sitting in your lap, an unsecured pet can distract you while driving or interfere with the operation of the vehicle. It is also possible that a young puppy could jump from the vehicle if their sense of depth perception is not fully developed yet. Car seats and containment seats are now available and can be secured with your seat belts.
Make sure your chug puppy always wears a collar with an I.D. tag and rabies vaccination tag, as many pets can become separated from their owners while traveling. You may also consider having your chug dog micochipped. The process is relatively inexpensive ($50-$100), quick, and permanent.
What to Pack When Traveling With Your Chug Puppy:
- A chew toy
- An old towel
- An extra collar
- A sturdy leash
- Moist towelettes
- A sealable container of water
- Plastic bags
Just like a human, your chug puppy will need fresh water, exercise, and breaks to stretch and relieve himself, and comfortable temperatures. It is important that you never leave your chug dog in the car, especially in hot temperatures. If your chug has more of a pug body type, this will be even more important, as pugs have a tough time with hot temperatures.
Before you leave home, clip or trim your chug dog’s nails, brush out all loose hair, and feed him lightly, never a large meal. Call ahead and make sure your pet is welcome at your destination, as many hotels and motels do not allow pets.