Cheeks & Chugs - Hunter, North Dakota
Common Questions About Us & Our Chugs
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Last Update on 01/15/13
Before you proceed, I would like to make a plea to you. I am asking you to respect my wishes, for MY puppies. Simply put, I have an idea in my head of the kind of home, I want for my puppies. Since I have raised them, and I am responsible for their welfare, I am well within my rights to choose homes based on any criteria I want.
It is not about you, I mean it. I want homes who:
If even one of these things is something that you can't agree to, please get a Chug somewhere else. In other words, if you feel you need to "hide" something, or "tweak" the information a little, you are the wrong home, and you know it. It is very hurtful to me when I find out someone has lied, or did not keep their word. Save us both time, aggravation, and hurt feelings and just back out now. Thank you.
|About Chugs, and puppies, in general:|
|1. What is a Chug? A Chug is a cross between a Chihuahua, and a Pug. Our Chug's are pure, straight run Chugs. By that I mean, we only use 2 purebred parent's to make the cross. We do not breed Chug to Chug, Chug to Pug, or Chug to Chihuahua. Our parents are all dual registered (AKC & APRI). Our puppies are registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC). Other names used for this breed are "pugwawa", "pughuahua", and "chugg". However, only "Chug" is recognized by all of the registry's, except one. The International registry recognizes them as "Chugg". Typically an uneducated backyard breeder uses the term "pugwawa" or "pughuahua".|
2. How big does a Chug get? I can't
speak for all Chugs, but our puppies can range from 4 pounds - 17
pounds full grown, depending on which parent they are taking after.
We cannot really
determine who will be what, due to the range of growth
possibilities. So please be prepared for any size in that range,
before you commit. A basic rule of thumb with most puppies is, they
are 1/3 of their adult weight, at 8 weeks
old. That will not be exact, but it is pretty close. Another thing to remember: Once your puppy is
full grown you will need to limit their diet to the instructions on
the bag. They also need to have exercise each day. Chihuahuas, Pugs,
and Chugs can very easily become overweight if not fed, and
exercised, properly. Some people think it's cute when they're fat.
But it's very bad for their over all health, and joints.
While I am addressing the size issue, I would like to add, that a puppy is NOT full grown until they are 18 months old. They will reach their maximum height by the time they are a year old, and then finish filling out for the next 6 months. I hear people say that pet stores, and some breeders, told them that their 2 pound, 3 month old Chihuahua, is full grown. A Chihuahua that size, at that age, will be closer to 4½ - 5 pounds when it is actually full grown.
3. What is the temperament of a Chug?
I can't speak for all Chugs, it depends on the
breeder, and the stock they chose to breed from. Our Chugs have gone
to quite a mix of families in the past, from singles, to families
with small children, and other dogs and cats, or all three.
Our babies are socialized with other people, kids who visit, other dogs, cats, and even ducks. There really isn't much they aren't used to when they leave here, except horses, we don't have those anymore - LOL!
My stock are very sweet dogs, many were rescued from larger facilities, and are eternally grateful and loyal. They are shy around strangers, but never aggressive. I wouldn't expect anything less, given where they came from.
We are still in touch with MOST of our previous owners. Exceptions are people who did not keep their word. Those people make it harder for new potential owners to get approved. Please don't be one of those people.
All of the families who do keep in touch, love their Chugs, and some of this years families, were referred to us by last years families.
|4. Will the puppies have long hair, or short hair? As you have probably noticed, both daddy's have long hair. We have chosen these guys for the options of occasional long coats, and other colors. However, the mom's have strong genes, and most puppies ultimately end up short hair, with fawn coats, and dark faces. We won't be able to tell if they are long coats, until they are about 6 weeks old.|
|5. Will the puppies be housetrained? It is nearly impossible to fully housetrain several puppies at the same time. Unless I watched them non-stop 24/7, how would I know who made the mistake? However, they will be started, and very close to complete, by the time they leave here. We start all of the puppies on litterbox training from the moment they can walk. When the puppy goes home, we include a follow up guide on how to complete the litterbox training, and/or transition to outdoor training. Every dog at Cheeks and Chugs has learned to use a litterbox. It has been wonderful in severe weather, when they don't want to go outside (and neither do we). It is also great if you can't get home in time to let them out. We are here to help. Every puppy learns differently. We may need to make adjustments, or try some different tricks, to get your puppy finished up. You can e-mail me anytime for advice.|
6. Which sex is better? The only time
sex will make a difference, is if you don't spay or neuter, prior to
6 months of age. At 6 months your puppy will hit sexual maturity.
So, simply put, if you can't get them fixed right away, you may want to go with a female. But please: If you can't get them fixed right away, be responsible. Unplanned and planned litters, by unprofessional breeders, are the REAL cause of the over population problem.
|7. What should I get for my new puppy? Our recommended shopping list can be found by clicking here, or going to the Site Map.|
|8. Isn't "Chug" just a fancy name for "mutt"? This is a matter of opinion. However, as a matter of fact, all breeds started out as "mutts". Every "Pure" breed is a combination of 2 or more breeds, bred to produce certain physical characteristics, or personality attributes. Usually specific to the type of work, or atmosphere, that the breed will be used in. Chugs are bred to be family pets. They are bred for adorable looks, outgoing and comedic personalities, and a similarity to their purebred parents, while reducing the breathing, and temperament issues, of the two pure breeds.|
|About us, our Services, and our Policies:|
1. What comes with a Chug puppy? All
puppies come with:
2. What forms of payment do you accept? I accept Cash & PayPal.
No personal checks. Paypal online only, please
request an invoice. (You do not have to have a Paypal
account to use your credit, or debit card, through Paypal.)
Invoices will come from our Pet Apparel store "Layla's Closet".
|3. Do you have any references? To protect the privacy of my customers, I do not ask them for references. However, several of them have made reviews on our site. You can read our Reviews by clicking here.|
4. How do I make a deposit to hold a puppy?
|5. Do you ship puppies? Sorry, I do not ship my puppies. I will bring them in to Fargo, Casselton, Hillsboro, or Mayville for free, if you like. I have had customers fly to Fargo to pick up their puppy, so the puppy can ride home in the plane cabin with them. If that is an option for you, it is the only way I will let them fly.|
|6. What about a Health Guarantee? I have never had any health issues with the puppies before. But, if your vet determines that your puppy has a serious illness, or genetic problem, you can return it for a full refund, or exchange for a different puppy of your choice, when puppies are available. You must have documentation from a licensed veterinarian, to prove your claim. Any illness that has been vaccinated for, is not covered under the guarantee. Neither are worms. It is the responsibility of the new owner to maintain your puppy's vaccines, and dewormings, once they leave my care.|
|7. Can I change the puppy's name? Of course! Temporary names are easier to use when a buyer wants to discuss, and reserve, a specific puppy. Numbers and/or letters are confusing, and in my opinion, brand the puppies as livestock. Once you have made your deposit, we will send a follow up e-mail. In that e-mail we tell you to let us know when you decide on a name. Once you have named the puppy, the website and facebook page, will be updated with the new name. We will also start calling your puppy by that name until it's time to go, so they are used to it already, when they leave.|
8. Why did I get declined to buy a puppy?
The first thing to remember is, it's not personal. I don't know
you, so how can it be? Factors that come into play are:
All of these reasons are the things that lead to dogs ending up on craigslist. I don't ever want to see one of my babies on craigslist, or in a shelter. They are good dogs, and do not deserve to be dumped like trash.
Once I have made up my mind, I seldom change it back. In fact, I never have so far. Once you have been declined, you are added to my address book as a blocked buyer, so please don't bother trying next year. All e-mails from blocked buyers are ignored.
|9. Puppies as a gift, or surprise: We do not allow surprises. The person who will own the dog, is the person who must do the application for adoption. I cannot hold someone else responsible for a promise that you made. I also feel that puppies are not good "surprises". A puppy is a long term commitment. The person who will be responsible for the puppy, is the only person who should make such a commitment. They should also be able to choose the puppy they like. Maybe your favorite in the litter, is their least favorite. Your surprise will have to be that you found a breeder, and are willing to pay for the puppy, if your intended actually wants one.|
10. Important Policies you must know before
making a deposit:
|Website / Facebook Page Questions:|
|1. It's the litter's weekly birthday, where are the new photos? As much fun as the photos are to take, they are not easy to take - LOL! If the puppies are squirmy, and uncooperative, it can take an hour to do just one of them. Once the shoot is done, then the editing begins. Depending on how many good shots I got, it can take several hours to do this. Your best bet is to "Like" the facebook page (www.facebook.com/cheeksandchugs). All photos are posted on there first. (Sorry, the fans take priority). I do my best to get them up by early afternoon, but some weeks that isn't possible. Weekly birthdays can also be booster shot day, and that keeps me busy a little longer. Thank you for your patience ;) (Your personal Facebook page stays private from us, and other users.)|
|2. Where are the videos, and other photos? Any extra photos we take during the week, are exclusive to our Facebook page fans. Videos are on Facebook only, for the first 2 days, then they are also added to our YouTube channel. We like new owners to be on the Facebook page. It is the optimal way for us all to stay in touch. So obviously, we are going to make some perks for the Facebook page users. Buyers: Extra photos, and videos, will be on your new puppy's baby book CD.|
3. Certain things are not showing up, or a
link isn't working: If you are having any technical difficulties
with our site, please let me know. Sometimes different browsers can
cause different issues. If you are on a different browser than me, I
may never discover the problem.
If you are having trouble with the Facebook page, let me know that too. I may not be able to fix it, but I can try.
|General / Additional Questions:|
|1. Why did you decide not to raise Cheeks? In our research of the Pekingese breed, we discovered a multitude of very common health problems. One ex-breeder told us, that the breed was nearly extinct at one time, and she wishes it would have been left alone. She now rescues Pekingese instead. Because of the fact that the problems are so serious, and common, we decided it wasn't worth the risk, even in a cross.|
2. You are too far away from us, how do I
know if I am dealing with a good Chug breeder? There are three
main things, I tell people to watch for:
Simply put, raising Chugs is hard. That's why they are hard to find. I am sad to think how many Chihuahuas have probably died at the hands of backyard breeders, and puppy mills, trying to make a fast buck. I raise them, because I absolutely love them. We are not making big money here. As long as my kennel breaks even, I am happy. And believe me, with only 3 litters per year, that's a tough one - LOL!
More questions will be added, as they are asked. Thank you for taking the time to read ;)
Last Update on 1/15/13
If you didn't find the answer above, contact us:
E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the puppy you are inquiring about, if you have decided on one. This is the easiest, fastest and best way to get a response from me. To insure receipt of our responses, add our e-mail address to your approved senders. If you didn't get a response, please check your bulk/spam folder.
Phone: My phone doesn't like to ring here on the farm, and has very poor reception. If you would prefer to call, instead of e-mail, please send me your phone number, and I will call you when I have a chance. Please remember, if it hangs up while we are talking, it was the phone, not me, who was rude to you. I will call right back.
I typically respond immediately. However, Friday's and the puppies weekly birthdays, are very busy around here. There may be delays on those two days. I apologize for any inconvenience.