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Pug Dog Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

Children love him!

And he loves them back! The Pug Dog Breed is one of the most adorable little dogs in the world. And famous too – everyone knows how he looks like.

And…

As Pug owners would tell you, he is funny, playful, always happy, and has such a charming personality. He is a perfect family dog who loves human company, especially children.

You know how he looks!

The Pug has a distinctive appearance. He belongs to a group of Brachycephalic Dogs. Brachycephalic Head Shape, short nose, powerful Dog Underbite, curly tail and small, squarish body.

You couldn’t possibly miss him in a crowd!

This is a lively little dog who is always moving around. He can’t sit still by himself for too long. He has to be a part of every family activity and will follow you everywhere you go.

It’s so adorable…

…Watching a Pug with your kids. He makes for a perfect playmate for children. He loves playing for hours and never gets tired or bored.

The Pug is like an adorable little brother or sister for your child. So if your child’s birthday is coming up soon, get them a Pug puppy. Your child will never get bored as long as this little sweetheart is around.

But…Did you know?

  • The Pug is one of the most popular characters in the popular video game, Dog’s Life.
  • He is a close cousin of the Chinese breed, Shih Tzu.
  • Frenchie Pug is a new breed developed from crossing French Bulldogs with Pugs.
  • Pug Beagle Mix is a designer dog developed from cross-breeding a Pug with a Beagle.
  • He has a soft palate and can get obese very quickly. So watch what he eats and make sure he follows a nutritious diet.
  • Pug puppies can develop a fold in their ears. Use a Double-Sided Tape to set that right.

And yes…

Always buy Pug puppies from a reputable breeder, never from a puppy mill. A good breeder runs an ethical breeding program. They make sure that their breeding dogs are free from any genetic diseases and have a pleasant personality.

But just because…

These guys are so popular and just because we here at IndulgYourPet happen to be HUGE fans of this breed, that doesn’t mean that choosing to adopt a Pug puppy or Pug rescue dog is going to be the “right” choice for you.  This is why we wanted to take a moment and discuss exactly what it might be like to own a Pug so that if you ever get a chance to own one, you’ll know for sure if it’s going to be a good “fit” or not.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Pug Dog Breed Fast Facts

Country of Origin: China

Original Purpose:  Companion animal or lap dog

Height: 10 to 14 inches

Weight: 14 to 18 pounds

Dog Breed Classification:  Toy group

Life Span: 12 to 14 years

History and Origin

Pugs are originally from China. They were brought to Holland by Portuguese traders in the 16th century. They certainly made a mark in the Dutch Royal Court. They were a favorite of the ladies and children in particular.

The Pug was…

Then brought to England in 1689 when the Dutch Prince William was made the King of England. Pugs became popular across England after that.  Now as far as America is concerned, Pugs weren’t “officially” brought to America until the mid to late-19th century.  But that didn’t’ prevent them from soon became a major sensation. The American Kennel Club (AKC) registered their first Pug in 1885.

Now…

The most famous Pug in history was probably Dhandys Favorite Woodchuck. This little dog became the first pug to win the Westminster Best dog show, back in 1981.  Even though many of our younger readers might question us on this simply because off the popularity of the MIB (Men in Black) movies which features a talking Pug as one of the main characters and in our own opinion “steals the show”! (No offense to Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones).

Today…

The Pug remains a hugely popular breed of dog, not just in the United States, but across the world.

Physical Characteristics

The Pug is a Toy Dog – which means he doesn’t weigh much, only 14 to 18 pounds. The Male Pug can rise up to 18 inches in height at the shoulder level.

One area of concern is that…

Pugs do have a Brachycephalic Head, flat face, short nose, short muzzle and a short coat, which we will discuss later, which makes them rather “intolerant” to hot and humid environments.

Additionally…

They can get easily exhausted if you leave them out in the sun for too long.  So, you just want to make sure that you’re careful with these little guys if you do live in a warm climate.

Their coat is smooth and short and comes in different shades of gray, tan and black. Pugs usually have a wrinkled face accented by a black mask.

 We should also mention that…

These guys aren’t “silent predators” or “stealthy creatures”.  In fact, they wheeze, snort and snore a lot, and not because they are sick it’s just what they do!

And while…

You may be thinking that’s not good or that’s going to be annoying, their large eyes, close-cropped ears make them so cute to look at even when there are snorting/snoring of just wheezing, you’re not likely to notice it all that much.

Lastly…

Now that we’ve exhausted the fact that they make a lot of noise when breathing, we don’t want to leave you with the impression that these little guys are “scrawny” or sickly.  Because the truth is quite the opposite.  You see, these guys actually have a compact, muscular body structure and can be quite “chunky” if you’re not careful with their diet… and it you’re not careful, their small tail that ends up in a ring that is quite similar to a pig’s tail can be very appropriate for some.

Grooming Requirements

Pugs have minimal grooming requirements. They are not a high maintenance pet by any means. Just give them a bath every now and then and check out their ears every couple of weeks to avoid any potential ear infections.

And yes…

Make sure your Pug gets enough exercise and watch what they eat. That’s because these cute little dogs have a tendency to get fat very quickly.

Personality and Temperament

The Pug always has this worried look on his face. But looks can be deceiving. He is smiling inside, he is happy and having fun and he wants to make you happy as well.

That’s what he lives for, to make people happy. That’s what he was bred for, to bring joy and happiness wherever he goes. He is easily one of the cutest pet dogs anyone can have, personality, behavior and temperament.

Any Pug Owner would tell you

…That a Pug is at his happiest when he gets to spend time with his human family. He doesn’t mind the company of other dogs and gets along well with cats too, but he is happiest when he is playing with your kids.

Pugs are…

A loving, affectionate and rather sensitive dog. He hates it when you don’t pay him the attention he deserves. He can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone by himself for too long.

Health Problems

Pugs are a reasonably healthy dog breed and have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. This is pretty decent in dog years.

But like all breeds, they are prone to certain health issues. You should be aware of these problems if you want to bring home a Pug:

  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Macropalpebral Fissure
  • Cheyletiella Dermatitis (Walking Dandruff)
  • Nerve Degeneration
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Eye Problems such as Dry Eye
  • Allergies
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Staph Infection
  • Hemi-vertebrae
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Perthes Disease
  • Patellar Luxation

And while…

Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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