Pug – Breed Profile.
It is said that the Pug is a big dog in a small body. Originally bred in China as companion dogs for wealthy people Pugs are one of the oldest dog breeds. They are muscular dogs with large personalities and are expressive with an ability to convey happiness, surprise and curiosity.
Pugs are a fun and affectionate dog that is ideal for first-time dog owners. They are fun and loving companions. These little cuties are not aggressive and rarely bark. They are protective of their families out of curiosity and don’t make good watchdogs. These delightful pups are ideal house dogs that are happy to live out in the country or the city.
General Characteristic List.
Classification: Toy dog
Weight Range: Male and Female: 14 to 18 lb
Height at Withers: Male and Female: 10 to 14 inches
Unique Features: Distinct facial wrinkles, prominent eyes, flat round face and curly tail
Exercise Requirements: 40 to 60 minutes every day
Energy Level: Low
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
The tendency to Drool: No
The tendency to Snore: High
The tendency to Dig: No
Social/Attention Needs: High
Bred For: Companionship
Coat Length: Medium
Coat Characteristics: Fine and glossy
Coat Colours: Fawn, black, apricot, silver fawn
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate
Garden Requirements: No
Pug – Personality
Pugs are charming, loyal and even-tempered. They love to snuggle and sit on their owners’ laps. They crave attention and affection and may get agitated if they aren’t receiving any. Though Pugs can be comfortable to sit still next to their owners, they can be playful and rambunctious. Pugs have a wonderful sense of humour and love acting silly once in a while to entertain their human companions.
Pugs in the home
This dog breed is low maintenance; their small size and laidback personality in the home make him ideal for senior citizens. Pugs build outstanding bonds with their families and love to follow them from room to room.
Pugs are adventurous and have short bursts of energy. They don’t do well in humid or hot weather and should spend less time outdoors to avoid breathing problems. With minimal exercise needs, Pugs adapt well to apartment living and doesn’t need to run around a yard.
Even though they are little dogs, Pugs are excellent active pets for children. They adapt well to life in homes with multiple pets like cats and rabbits.
Pugs may be wilful and challenging to housetrain. They are intelligent and benefit from early socialization like visiting busy parks to become well rounded. Pugs do not respond positively to harsh training techniques. Food is an excellent motivator when training.
Pugs are susceptible to gum disease. Special care should be taken to avoid injuries to their large prominent eyes, especially during walks and grooming. These dogs are prone to develop conditions like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and Willebrand’s disease.
Pugs have noses that are pushed in, and their facial structures make their breathing challenging. They are not good swimmers and may experience trouble breathing on aeroplanes. Pugs are prone to obesity. They can be greedy, and their food intake needs to be monitored.