Pugs vs. Chihuahuas: What’s the Best Companion?

Last updated on November 23rd, 2020 at 07:44 pm

Small dogs bring so many advantages. They’re not only adorable and cute but also handy and need less space. But among small, toy, and lap breeds, what’s the best choice?

Among the most popular small dogs are the Chihuahua and the pug. Each breed has its own set of pros and cons. They also have different temperaments and needs.

If you’re torn between these cute fur balls, check out this comparison—pugs vs. Chihuahua.


Pugs vs. Chihuahua Group and Ranking

Both breeds are from the Toy Group. Dogs that belong to this group are small in size. But don’t let their size fool you as these dogs have big personalities.

Toy dogs are commonly friendly, sociable, and affectionate. But perhaps the biggest advantage of getting one is their adaptability. They can adapt to any kind of environment and lifestyles.

Because of their size, toy dogs are the best choice for apartment living. They don’t need much space, and you can bring them anywhere. While friendly, most toy dogs are also protective. They may not be the best watchdogs, but they can alarm you of strangers and threats.

But while pugs and Chihuahuas are in the same group, they have different ranks. Based on AKC’s breed popularity, pugs are the 28th most popular breed. Meanwhile, Chihuahuas are on the 33rd spot.

 The ranking doesn’t necessarily affect many dog owner’s choices. But it’s still good to know what American families tend to have.


Their size is the only similarity between these two breeds. But once you see a pug or a Chihuahua, you’re bound to know them. Both have distinct looks that make them adorable and popular among dog lovers.

Size and Weight

Bigger of the two breeds, pugs stand at 10 to 14 inches for both male and female dogs. These are according to breed standards. Their ideal weight is between 14 and 18 pounds. Be aware that they can gain weight fast, so monitor their weight.

Chihuahuas are smaller at five to eight inches for both male and female. They should not exceed the weight of six pounds. Like with pugs, they can also gain weight fast.

Overall Appearance

Pugs are best known for their pushed-in noses and comical expressions. They also have wrinkled faces and round puppy eyes. In general, they have a cobbly and square build.

Pugs also have thick, muscular bodies. You will also notice their tightly curled tail. It should be close to the hip as possible. If you ever get a pug with a double curl, you’re in luck. This is believed as the perfect pug tail.

Their ears are either “rose-” or “button-” shaped. But the latter is more preferred.

Meanwhile, Chihuahuas are seen as graceful and have a saucy expression. Their skulls are well-rounded and apple in shape with round eyes. It should not protrude and should be well-balanced.

Their ears are erect and around the same size as their head.

You can find seven different types of Chihuahuas depending on their coat.


Temperament is another important factor in choosing a dog. Here are the unique but bold personalities of pugs and Chihuahuas.


Pugs are believed to be the perfect house dogs. They can work with families with children as they are gentle and has low aggression. If you’re a single dog-parent or you have other pets, pugs will adjust.

Besides their friendliness, pugs are also well-known for their mischievousness. These dogs have an amazing sense of humor. If you want a companion that will relieve your stress, pugs will do the job.

They won’t just cuddle and snuggle with you. Your pug will also make you laugh with their comical expressions and crazy antics.

And speaking of cuddles, pugs are loving and sweet dogs. They’re the perfect lapdogs as they enjoy snuggling close to you. You can even let them sleep on your bed if you wish.


Chihuahuas are feisty little creatures. They are small but are loud and highly intelligent dogs. They can be good watchdogs because of their big personality.

Chis are too good at being protective that they’d bark at everyone even imaginary threats. But that could be a problem. These dogs are too suspicious of strangers. If you can’t train them to be more social, they can be a little aggressive.

These dogs are also devoted and loving dogs. They love snuggling with their dog parents and have an eager-to-please attitude. But train them to be more independent as they are prone to separation anxiety.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-train dog, the Chihuahua is a great choice.

Plus, their compact size makes it easy to thrive in apartments.


Comparing pugs vs. Chihuahua is easy. But choosing which one to get is a tough decision. Still, you can choose any of these dogs and get a loving and charming companion.

About the author

Sarah Andrews

Hi I'm Sarah, dog lover and blogger. I was born into a dog-loving family and have been a proud doggy mommy ever since I can remember. I love sharing my dog knowledge and love being an active part of the dog-loving community.

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