The Chug originated in the early 2000s in the United States. There’s no specific breeder that claims they created the breed, but it’s thought that it was developed in order to breed out some of the unhealthier attributes of the Pug, such as the short snout.
Although the Chug is a very recent breed, the Chihuahua and Pug have a long history, so long in fact, it’s under debate where they actually originated from to begin with! There are several theories about where the Chihuahua came from including the Aztec period, the Middle Ages and some believe that Chinese dogs contributed to the breed we know and love today. However, what is clear is that they were very popular in 19th century Mexico and they were brought into America by tourists who would often take home a dog or puppy as a memento.
The Pug on the other hand is widely known as a Chinese dog breed and are thought to date back as far as the Han dynasty (B.C. 206 to A.D. 200). The breed came to European shores in the late 1500s and early 1600s when China began trading with Europe, and then eventually came to England in 1688 with William III and Mary II when they set to claim the throne. Pug’s became incredibly popular with people around the world, especially in the European courts and even Queen Victoria was a fan, keeping 36 of them and breeding and showing them.
The Chug can have any combination of the two breeds in their appearance, behaviour and temperament.