There are several methods of breeding of mini pugs, including mixes and miniature pugs, but people commonly call all types miniature pugs or mini pugs.
The mixes come from pug and Chihuahua parents. Miniature pugs come from the runts of a pug litter or from introducing a dwarfism or achondroplasia gene.
Mini pugs that have Chihuahua and pug parents are also called Chugs, Chuggs, and Pughuahuas. This is the most accepted definition of mini pugs. You may hear them called “hybrid” or “designer” dogs. Those bred from runts are commonly called “pocket pugs.”
According to the American Kennel Club, mini pugs are not a separate breed. The AKC recognizes miniature pugs as a type of pug. Importantly, this designation does not apply to the mixes that come from breeding a pug with a Chihuahua.
How Big Do Mini Pugs Get?
When full-grown, mini pugs typically weigh 3 to 10 pounds.
By contrast, full-size pugs typically weigh 14 to 18 pounds.
Like full-sized pugs, mini pugs have large round heads with wrinkled brows and large, dark eyes. They have smooth coats that are short and require minimal grooming.
Mini pugs, like pugs, are brachycephalic.
This type of breed has deep facial folds and a face that is short and flat. Pugs of all sizes are usually all black or have a black face on apricot-fawn or silver coloring.
Miniature pugs share their history with their full-sized counterparts that they were bred from. Pugs have been around since at least 400 B.C. They are associated with Buddhist monks and Chinese emperors.