Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Chinese Pug; Dutch Bulldog; Dutch Mastiff; Mini Mastiff; Mops
A little dog with a huge sense of importance, the Pug is a natural charmer. As one of the oldest dog breeds, with a history that dates back to at least 400 BCE, the Pug has been a royal pet found over the centuries everywhere from humble Tibetan monasteries to the Chinese Imperial Palace. With a dog this adorable and this self-assured, you may find it a little too easy to spoil and over-indulge your pet. But, all in all, this cute and generally quite amusing breed can be a great choice for the beginner.
As with any short-faced breed, the Pug may present some special health challenges that you should be aware of in order to provide the best care for your pampered pet.
Appearance / health:
The Pug is a little dog that gives the appearance of being more substantial than it is-- small, square and sturdy in build, with a sleek and soft coat. The head is large, round, and short faced with deep wrinkles on the forehead. The ears are soft and preferably rose-shaped; the eyes are dark, radiant, prominent and animated; the muzzle is short, flat and black; and, the teeth meet in a somewhat undershot bite. The tail is tightly curled and lies on the back. A double curl in the tail is a highly desirable trait.
The Pug is an easily groomed dog requiring brushing two or three times each week and bathing only when necessary. Dry thoroughly and quickly after bathing to prevent chill. Give attention to the nails and teeth weekly. The eyes should be washed 2-3 times per week to avoid infection. Clean the facial creasing regularly. Pugs are a seasonally heavy shedder.
While they are a toy breed, the Pug requires more exercise than the typical toy breed. Daily walks and lively games will keep them in good shape and prevent the obesity to which they are prone. Though walks should be somewhat brisk and games energetic, avoid strenuous exercise, particularly in warm weather, as it is difficult for them to breathe with such a short snout. The key to their overall health is consistent, daily exercise rather than intermittent strenuous exercise.
Pugs do not tolerate hot and cold weather; in fact, they will be stressed by it. They catch colds very easily and are prone to allergies and chronic breathing disorders due to their short muzzle (always ensure adequate ventilation). Their eyes are delicate and prone to weeping, inflammation of the cornea (“keratites”), corneal ulcers, and issues involving the eyelids. Additionally, they are prone to Pug Dog Encephalitis (“PDE”), which is a brain inflammation of unknown cause that strikes between the ages of 2 and 3 years. They are also prone to skin disorders. Other health issues that can affect the Pug are deformities of the mouth and nose, hip dysplasia, luxating patella, Legg-Perthes disease, epilepsy, inability to give birth, and heatstroke.
Behavior / temperament:
Pugs require an owner who can establish and maintain their place as the pack leader in order to be happy and to prevent them from developing unwanted behavioral characteristics. This is very important in Pug ownership because this adorable little dog is very intelligent and will resort to amusing, playful and witty strategies to get what they want, often refusing to stop until they get it. The Pug can be loving and affectionate, spunky and playful, quiet and unassuming and, occasionally, very willful. They are devoted to their owner, are good watchdogs, and rarely demonstrate any aggression. Pugs have a curious nature and will often investigate new people thoroughly. This is a good breed for the novice owner with a great sense of humor and who can remember to hold his or her place as alpha in the family pack.
The Pug is rated high in learning ability, medium in obedience, and low in problem solving. They will respond very well to basic obedience training but require a gentle hand; they are a sensitive breed and will respond to your tone of voice, making harsh punishment completely unnecessary. They will get bored with repetitious training sessions, so find ways to vary it up and make it interesting to them.
Pugs are average barkers.
apartment dog, great family pets, comical little sweethearts, loves children, entertaining, cuddle bugs
breathing problems, snoring, Pug fart, eye ulcers, anal sacs, dog hair
best toy breed, regimented feeding schedule, huge personality, pug meetups, leg hiker
The Pug Life
Owning a pug is like owning a stuffed animal. No really, they have the best temperaments one could hope for. They were actually bred to entertain children therefore they are exceptional around kids. My pug was born and raised around cats so he adapted will to other animals.
The only downside to having a pug is their snoring, but I somehow managed to let my pug know he was snoring and he'd stop. Don't ask me how, but he did. He was quick to pick up signals and queues and was patient when it came time to eating dinner scraps.
They can easily become overweight so it's ideal not to over feed them, as with any animal, moderation is key.
I've owned two pugs in my lifetime. The last one I had was my absolute joy! I couldn't have asked for a more loving companion. He went everywhere with me, including relocating overseas with me from America to Australia.
Bottom line, if you're looking for a small to medium compact dog, easy to train, well behaved and super good with little kids, a pug is an ideal dog to have.
The only down side is the amount of shedding that they do, and keeping their "wrinkled" nose clean..
From MissLadyPug Sep 19 2015 5:53AM
Great for dogs with arthritis
As dogs get older they can develop arthritis and it can make it a little harder to get around. These are great at providing extra support and comfort to your dog when they are lying down on the floor. This will give them something to lay on besides the floor. It can also provide extra support when they go to get up as well. The only downside, is they have to use it in order to benefit from it! If they don't really sleep on dog beds, buying this might be a waste of money unfortunately. But it is definitely worth a try!! The price can vary according to size and brand. There are many different brand options out there for you to choose from. Id recommend shopping around and looking at the reviews on which one would be the best fit for your pup..
From Tabitha Wickett 67 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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