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Pug

 

General Description:

The pug is well described by the phrase “multum in parvo” which means “a lot of dog in a small space”. Pugs are recognized for their even tempers, playful personalities, and outgoing, loving dispositions. The pug’s body is square and cobby, with a well-defined “mask” on his muzzle. The pug is the largest of the toy breed, and is a popular companion dog who also excels in the show ring.

 

Size:

Ideal weight is 14 to 18 pounds for both male and female, and the pug’s body should be compact, decidedly square and cobby.

 

Color:

Pugs are fawn, silver fawn, apricot fawn, or black.

 

Energy Level:

The Pug’s reason for living is to be a companion to their person, and their exercise requirements are minimal. They do not require daily exercise, and do not do well in extreme temperature ranges. However, pugs do very well in obedience, agility, and tracking when trained in those things.

 

Life expectancy:

Mid to upper teens.

 

Children:

Pugs are even tempered and a stable breed that does well with children. Pugs are playful, charming, outgoing and loving.

 

Other animals:

Pugs typically get along well with other animals.

 

Abilities:

Pugs are born to be a companion, and this is what they do best: be with their people. However, pugs are trainable and perform well at agility, obedience, and tracking.

 

Shedding/Grooming:

Pugs have a short coat, which is fine, smooth, and glossy. Pugs shed a lot and should be regularly brushed

 

Health:

The number one problem with pugs is weight because pugs will eat till they burst and will always act hungry, even when they have just eaten. Pug mouths contain a lot of teeth which are crowded and crooked, and should be brushed regularly. With their short, pushed in face, pugs can have trouble breathing, especially in high heat and humidity. Your vet should check your pug if he is snoring excessively or gasping to breath because his soft palate may be too long, which can be corrected surgically.

 

Best with:

Pugs do well in any environment. They are excellent dogs for apartment living because they need minimal exercise, but the breed is adaptable to all situations._However, they need to be kept inside when is it hot or cold outside due to their intolerance for wide temperature flucatuations.

 

Not for:

Homes where the pug would be spending the majority of its time outside. Not for the person who wants to take long walks with a dog. Not for a home where the pug is left alone for long periods of time.

 

Pros:

Pugs are loving, and exist to be with their people. They are wonderful companion dogs. Pugs are very smart

 

Cons:

Potential health issues. Pugs can be stubborn. Pugs do not do well when left alone for long periods of time.

 

Further Information:

American Kennel Club
Pug Dog Club of America
Pugs.com
The Right Dog for You by Daniel F. Tortora, PhD
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