Pugs are the class clown of dog breeds. They’re cute and cuddly but should probably come with a warning label. If they did, it may read something like this: expect to find your Pug’s hair…everywhere; expect your Pug release noxious odors; expect to spend a great deal of time grooming your Pug to prevent infection. Did we mention they’re cute? Who reads warning labels, anyway?
Pugs will eat whatever you put in front of them — even if they aren’t hungry. Not surprisingly, the breed is prone to obesity. Therefore, these energetic guys need to get some exercise every day. A moderate walk or games in the park will suffice.
You’ll be surprised at how much hair a Pug can shed. You won’t be able to miss it when it’s on your clothing and furniture, though. Pugs also snort a lot and are prone to passing gas. Charming.
Barking and Volume:
Like all dogs, Pugs do bark every once in a while. You’re more likely to hear wheezing and snoring coming from your Pug, however.
Even though Pugs are mainly companion dogs, they love to please their owners and are easy to train. Take a puppy class to help establish the rules.
Health Factors: This breed is prone to corneal abrasion and obesity. Clean your Pug’s wrinkles regularly or it may develop skin fold dermatitis. Other concerns for this breed include breathing problems caused by an elongated palette, patellar luxation (sliding knees), epilepsy and nerve degeneration. Some Pugs may contract Pug Dog Encephalitis, a fatal disease unique to Pugs. Note: Pugs can’t handle high heat or humidity, or extreme cold. * A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is sufficient.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class will do.
While their coats only needs minimal brushing, Pugs’ skin requires special attention. It’s very important to clean your Pug’s skin wrinkles daily to prevent infections from setting in. Also keep his ears clean and wash them out regularly with an ear wash. Keep your Pug’s nails trimmed and do your best to clean off the tartar that builds up on your Pug’s (generally) crooked teeth. Special tartar-reducing bones can help with dental care.
Small children may want to pull on your Pug’s curly tail or poke at its buggy eyes, which could cause corneal abrasions. It’s probably best to wait until your children are out of the toddler stage before purchasing a Pug. Otherwise, this happy-go-lucky breed is great with children.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
These class clowns are generally friendly with other dogs and pets.
Friendliness Towards People:
Pugs are born companions and love to be with their parents. If ignored or left alone for long periods of time, the Pug may become jealous or depressed. Even though they’re small, they think of themselves as watchdogs and may be a little stand-offish with strangers because they want to protect you. However, they will warm up with time.
BE PREPARED FOR:
Lots of hair (and maybe some noxious fumes) in your house, but a devoted companion whose sole goal is to make you happy.