Imagine having a little cutie running around your house, spread a lot of joy, and make your life a little more adventurous. Yes! A pug can bring you all these and a lot more as they are known as one of the most humorous dog breeds. Pugs love kids, adults, other dogs, cats, toys, and almost everything.
Pugs are generally happy dogs with large black eyes and curiously wrinkled brows that bring you to laugh sometimes. It is believed that the pug’s name has originated from the Latin word “fist” because his face resembles a human fist. Pugs were first bred in China centuries ago, and they are considered royal pets since then. Pugs love attention and are heartsick if they are ignored.
Physical traits of Pug
According to the American kennel club, there is a set of standard characteristics of the ideal dog of each recognized breed, as far as the pugs are concerned,
- The general appearances of the breed are symmetric, square and cobby.
- Their coats are usually smooth and short.
- The head is large, massive, round with no indentation of the skull.
- They have stout bodies and curly-cue tails.
- Eyes are globular in shape and dark in colour and the ears are thin, small and soft.
Moles on the cheeks are considered beauty spots.
|Colour variants||Apricot fawn, silver, black|
|Ideal weight||14 to18lbs (6.3 to 8.1kg)|
|Ideal height||Male (30-36cm) Female (25-30cm)|
- Pugs have a cute fluffy face so that the chances of getting it dusty and dirty are relatively high; because of this, occasional cleaning and short hair grooming are recommended.
- Grooming the pug at least once a week is important. Pug’s facial folds can hold onto food, dirt, saliva, dust, and other debris that may be itchy and smelly.
- Pugs shred heavily. It’s important to brush the puppy regularly as the dead hairs will stay lodged in the coat and some will fall to the floor.
- Try to bathe the pug once every three weeks even if your puppy seems to be clean.
What to eat
- Pugs tend to eat a lot which gradually makes them obese. To avoid such a situation keep your pug on a healthy diet.
- According to Halifax Humane Society, Pugs need to drink 1.5 to 2 ounces of water per pound of body weight per day.
- Plan to provide all-natural foods without chemical preservatives, no artificial flavours or colours.
- Try to include more high grain products, generic meat, corn, soy etc.
- Treat them with more fruits and vegetables during the hot season.
|Pug Food Products||Age Group|
|Royal Canin Pug Carlin Adult Dry Dog Food||Adults|
|Wellness Complete Health Dog Food||For puppies|
|Purina Beneful IncrediBites||For Puppies|
|Eagle Pack Original Lamb Meal and Brown Rice||Adult|
|Holistic Select Adult Lamb Meal Dry Dog Food||Adult|
- It is vital to acknowledge the importance of wellness checks. Try to maintain the habit of taking your pet to a vet at least twice per year.
- The pug needs to be weighed and the head, coat, skin, and teeth need to be examined once in a while.
- As long as the owner can follow the routine checkups on the pug’s eyes and nose, health issues need not be too much of a concern.
- Pugs are generally considered a healthy breed. Commonly taking care of pugs is an easy task as they are not considered as one of the most active breeds.
Core vaccines and non-core vaccines are the two types of vaccines given to a dog. For the first few weeks, the puppy will be given the core vaccines which will act against distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis and rabies.
Non-core vaccines that protect against measles, leptospirosis, coronavirus, Lyme disease, Para-influenza are given in multiple shots in either 5-in-1 or 7-in-1 combination vaccines.
The Rabies vaccine is another important vaccine must have taken for puppies. The first dose of the Rabies vaccine should be taken when the puppy is 12 weeks old. After that, a yearly booster dose would be enough.
How to raise a Pug
Although they are known for their reputation of being lazy, pugs can have a good amount of energy. Always follow exercise requirements and restrictions. Exercise plays an important role in a pug’s physical health and mental health.
Pugs usually do best with at least two walks per day. Walks should be a minimum of 20 minutes, which can be extended up to 45 minutes if your pug is game.
Pugs are not conditioned for hot seasons. Try to keep them indoors in summer. Make sure your pug drinks enough water and don’t let them be dehydrated no matter what.
Provide them with supportive beds. They tend to sleep a lot. Pugs are prone to certain difficulties related to the joints, bones, and ligaments including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and some level of osteoarthritis. For this reason, it would be advisable to provide them with a quality resting bed that ensures good cushioning and proper support for the body.
Living in a Home
- Pugs are very enthusiastic, so try to maintain a Puppy-proof home. They tend to lick and chew on any handy items.
- Adore them with toys and try to not let your puppy home alone which may cause separation anxiety for them.
- Take them for a walk or let them run around the house at least twice a day.
- Introduce them to your relatives and friends so that the puppy gets the idea that new people are friendly and there is nothing to be afraid of.
- It would be great if your family share a common love for the new addition to the family.
Living in an Apartment
- If you are living in an apartment, try to block the stairs off with a gate.
- Never allow your pug to be outside without your supervision.
- Introduce your pug to other pets in and around the apartment from a very young age.
- Never allow your pug to be off-leash when they are around people especially kids.
- Try to vocally direct the dog
- It would be great if you allow them to play with kids
- Entertain them with bubbles; it also keeps them distracted from other objects/activities.
- Be cautious when you take your puppy for night walks. The chances of being tripped over or getting accidentally stepped on are relatively high.
Travel with Pug
- When you are travelling with your Pug, Pre-check the dog-friendliness of the host’s place or your destination.
- Inform them that you are bringing your pet along with you.
- Make sure your pug is microchipped or tagged.
- Choose pet-friendly public transportation (buses, trains, cargo, air travel etc)
- Entertain them with music and toys.
- Make sure that you use a harness, not a collar.
- There are many pet-friendly car seats available in the market, opt for a good one.
- They enjoy snacks while travelling, so don’t forget snacks. Hydrate them well.
- Bring portable pet crates and gates. It fits in the car and easy to carry around.
Adopt your Pet, don’t shop
There are a lot of animals looking for a peaceful happy home. However, a lot of them end up being homeless due to different reasons. If you are looking for a puppy that can spread happy vibes in your life go for adoption instead of buying one.
The dogs available for adoption are mostly rescued dogs from individuals and streets. The major difference when you adopt a puppy than buying one is that the chance of getting a young puppy is relatively low. But the benefit of doing so is that most of these dogs will be vaccinated and reasonably trained. It would help you to avoid further common medical procedures.
Do your research before getting a dog. Each dog behaves differently and each one posses different needs. If you are decided and mentally prepared to be a dog parent, Cheers! Let’s bring them home!
Resources to find your pet
- Search for the nearby shelter/rescue homes
- Visit them several times and talk to them about your needs and concerns
- Ask the authorities about the history and medical records of the dog
- Follow the official adoption process
- Take your cutie home