Are you feeling lucky, Pug?! This breed has a vibrant personality packed with humour, which is more than we can say about this introduction. In fact, the Pug is commonly referred to as the "clowns of the dog world".
This quality makes them natural charmers and has made them one of the more popular dog breeds globally. However, they can offer way more than they appear to.
The Pug loves to be the centre of attention.
The Pug is an intelligent dog with a lot of love to give. They love attention and strive to be the centre of attention by jumping in your lap or asking to sleep in your bed.
They might look a little "butch" but are neither aggressive nor shy. On the contrary, they are social creatures that love being amongst humans and other animals.
They tend to alert you when strangers come to visit and quickly find the tone with the newcomer after a proper introduction. A Pug is absolutely no whiny dog.
Pug owners can testify to the strong ties they form with their families. They will be loyal and devoted to them for life. They also love hanging out with children.
All Pugs are different, both in personality and appearance - often, one individual may have completely different facial expressions to another.
You should know this:
- Pugs have an uncontrollable appetite, so be strict about their diets. If not, they will become overweight and develop health issues. Of course, moderate amounts of treats are still ok!
- The Pug is far from "just a sofa dog". Pugs love to be active, and they should be due to their proneness to obesity. Let them run freely!
- The short, flat snout gives them breathing issues. Be careful on hot days as they will take damage from overheating. On warm days, you should focus on stimulating them mentally through play and training. Walks in the early morning and late evening is also an option.
- They are suitable for city apartments but do not like to be alone.
- Pug tends to sneeze, snore and grunt a lot.
Activities Pugs like
Pugs are surprisingly adaptable to agility and obedience training. You should probably not expect any podium prices in any of the branches, but that is not the point. The most important thing is to have fun, right?
When it comes to obedience training, you can teach them a lot, but you should probably have a good dose of patience and not least bring some humour into the training. Pugs tend to get bored of repetition, so keep the sessions short and vary the tasks.
Health and care
Their fur is double-layered and constantly sheds a little. Bathe when necessary and brush regularly.
Please pay special attention to the wrinkles and creases on their face. Food residue, dirt and moisture often accumulate here, so clean these areas regularly.
Their health is a somewhat complicated topic. Pugs have received some negative publicity in the media and among veterinarians due to several known health problems. Some of these problems are related to their anatomy. They have been equipped with a short, broad skull and short snout. This is called a brachycephalic syndrome.
This structure makes them prone to respiratory problems (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome). The Pug usually doesn't have breathing problems. Still, it is important not to overstimulate them during extreme cold or extreme heat.
Due to their large and protruding eyes, we are more prone to injuries and infections, so the owner must clean their eyes regularly.