Their charisma and sense of humor make Pug dogs quite popular in the toy dog group. Their distinguishing features may not look as elegant or dignified as say, a Poodle, but they certainly make up for that with their incredible personality! Learn more about charismatic Pug dogs here.
Charismatic Pug Dogs As Great Companions
Pug Dogs’ Personality
- Seldom gets into mischief
Aside from being the comedic bunch in the dog community, pug dogs’ playfulness and overall friendly vibe make them desirable pets for any age. Despite this, they seldom get into mischief. You don’t have to worry about leaving them alone and coming home to a disaster later on. Older Pugs tend to be calmer, too.
They’re great companion dogs and will follow you around the house. If given the chance, they’ll sit on your lap or sleep in the same bed as you.
What you do need to watch out for in Pugs is their tendency to be stubborn and obstinate. In fact, it may take some time for a Pug to be housebroken. They’re also quite proud and confident, so you will see them jaunt when they walk.
Size & Color
Since Pug dogs are in the toy group, they typically won’t grow more than 14 inches in height and 14-18 pounds in weight.
Pugs are usually fawn or black-colored dogs with a flattened, black muzzle, eyes and ears. They also have huge wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. Although they have short hair, they are double coated and shed quite a lot – every day in fact!
Because they have a short muzzle and big, exposed eyes, Pug dogs are prone to certain diseases. The flattened muzzle makes them gulp air whenever they eat and this turns to gas or flatulence. This also makes them wheeze and snore. If you plan to bring your Pug out with you, make sure it isn’t too hot outside. They can’t tolerate too much heat, so it’s important to always keep them hydrated and away from direct sunlight.
Pugs are prone to diseases like Cheyletiella Dermatitis or walking dandruff, Demodectic Mange, allergies, dry eyes, epilepsy, staph and yeast infection, hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. They’re also sensitive to vaccinations and anesthesia.
Other more illnesses to watch out for
- Pug Dog Encephalitis – Only Pugs can get this fatal brain disease. There are no known treatment or even means of diagnosis for this disease. Affecting mostly young ones, pups with PDE usually have seizures and then go blind before falling into a coma and eventually dying.
- Nerve Degeneration – Usually affecting older Pugs, nerve degeneration causes no pain. However, dogs affected with this disease lose control of their rears and legs, forcing them to drag their behinds or stagger as they walk. Medication may help alleviate symptoms of this disease.
- Corneal Ulcers – Because their eyes are exposed, Pugs get a lot of eye-related problems. One of the more serious ones is corneal ulcers. Redness, squinting and excessive tearing are the usual symptoms. If you notice these things, call your vet immediately. Medication can help, but if not treated right away, it may cause blindness.
- Hemi-vertebrae – Pugs’ bodies are actually deformed, which means their vertebrates are also unstable. You’ll know if your Pug has a hemi-vertebrae when he starts staggering or walking weird at 4 to 6 months of age. While some puppies grow up to live normally with this disease, some end up crippled.
- Legg-Perthes Disease – Like hip dysplasia, Legg-Perthes disease also affects the hip joints. The Pug’s legs became painful when the blood supply to the femur lessens, causing the hip joint to disintegrate. Surgery can help take away the affected bone, with the resulting scar tissue will act as the joint eliminating the pain.
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Pug dogs can live up to 12-15 years with proper care. They don’t require a lot of exercise, but you should still bring them out on a leash-led walk once in a while. It’s also advisable to get your Pug regularly checked out by his vet to ensure that he does not have diseases or other health problems.
Food & Diet
Pugs need 1/2 to 1 cup of quality dog food every day. Divide that into two meals, but make sure you don’t give too much food. They tend to overeat when not checked. Because this breed doesn’t require much exercise, they might end up being obese and, in turn, develop certain illnesses.
- Bathe once a month
- Brush coat every week
- Brush teeth regularly
- Trim nails regularly
- Clean ears every few weeks
- Clean in between wrinkle folds
They may have short hair but Pug dogs shed like crazy! It would be advisable to adjust your wardrobe, furniture, and rugs to lighter colors. On the other hand, you don’t have to constantly bathe your Pug every week; a monthly schedule is enough. However, be careful that soap doesn’t get into his eyes because they’re bulging.
To keep your Pug’s coat sleek and healthy, brush regularly. His teeth should also be brushed regularly to avoid gum disease. Prevent ear infections by cleaning his ears every few weeks. His nails should also be trimmed regularly as he doesn’t wear them out as much as other more active breeds.
Pay special attention to the folds in his wrinkles as skin infections may develop if those are not cleaned properly.
Although the original ancestor of the Pug is not known, it’s believed that the Chinese were the first to propagate the breed. The Emperor of China favored Pug dogs along with other 2 short-nosed dogs bred by the Chinese: the Pekingese and the Lion dog.
The Dutch East India Trading Company brought the breed to Holland. Later, William I, the Prince of Orange, raised Pugs as pets. He then brought his pets along when he was crowned King of England, which in turn made the Pug fashionable to the aristocracy. The breed made its way to France by 1700s and eventually recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.
The word “pug” came from the Latin word “pugnus” which means fist. An appropriate description as their head looks like a clenched fist.
One of the most popular Pug dogs in history is one named Fortune. He carried secret messages to the family of Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon’s wife, during her imprisonment in 1790.
Pug dogs can be incredibly funny! Just watch this video of their antics from Funny Vines:
If you want a dog that will make you laugh until your stomach hurts and shower you with affection at the same time, get a Pug! You’ll also love this breed if you don’t have the time to constantly play with your dog. A Pug will be satisfied to curl on your lap while you watch TV.
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