These little squish faced clowns of the dog world are a popular breed and it’s easy to see why. They are relatively low maintenance and they have a great personality. However, they are prone to a few more health problems than most so it’s important to be prepared before you bring a pug home.
Read this brief guide to get a crash course in everything you should know before committing to caring for a pug:
The pug is a small breed that will grow to a max height of around 10 to 12 inches and will weigh from just 14 to 18 pounds when fully grown. Despite their small size, they have a uniquely sturdy build.
They look somewhat like a bulldog that was shrunk down to miniature size. But their faces are more squished flat and their tale naturally curls upward making them just too adorable to say no to.
Their short fur is most often a light tan color with black markings on the ears and face. However, you can find some with solid black coloring. Although their fur is short, they do have a bad habit of shedding excessively.
Pugs are natural comedians. They love showing off and entertaining their human companions and that can’t help but do ridiculous and adorable things all the time. They are also extremely affectionate and friendly.
All of this makes them the perfect companion animal and great for kids. However, it also makes them somewhat sensitive and needy. They require a lot of attention and interaction so it’s not ideal for someone who lives alone or otherwise plans to leave their pet by themselves during the day.
A pug should generally not be left alone for more than an hour or two as it will develop separation anxiety (which might mean you’ll come home to a house that’s been torn apart by a scared little pug).
But if you and your family do have the time to give it the attention and companionship it needs, it will be a loyal, loving, and entertaining pet that you’ll be glad to own.
As mentioned earlier, a pug’s greatest drawback (aside from the shedding, maybe) is their health risk. This breed is prone to some serious health problems.
Now, that doesn’t mean that every little pug is doomed to experience all of these. It just means that there is more you need to be on the lookout for and you would do well to invest in pet health insurance because you can probably expect your pug to run up a higher vet bill than other breeds. Here are some of the main issues that you should keep a close watch for:
Caring for a pug is pretty low maintenance but there are some important things to be aware of. Here are the basic things you’ll have to do to properly care for your pug:
If you get your pug while it’s still a puppy, be prepared to spend around 6 months potty training him. They are slower to learn this than other breeds. And stick to positive reinforcement strategies in general because they are a sensitive breed.
If you’re prepared to deal with any potential health risks and you can spend plenty of time with your pet, the pug is an excellent option. Their fun personalities and their couch potato attitude make them relatively low maintenance and very enjoyable companions. Plus, they’re just so darn cute!