Thinking about purchasing an Pug? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Pug breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Pug owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Pug and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Pug Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Pug and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Description: The Pug is a celebrity dog, often appearing in movies and television as a comical character. The Pug is stubby and muscular with a wide chest, straight, very strong front legs and well-muscled hind legs. They have that "smashed in" face that many of the Asian breeds posses, and a tail that curls over the back. They often have a black mask and tan fur, and they also come in black, apricot, silver, and fawn. They receive their name "Pug" from the Latin word that means "clenched fist". To communicate with humans Pugs make a grunting nasal noise, somewhat like a pig. They often snort and sneeze. Being snuggled down at your feet snoring or being close to you, without being obtrusive, are some of Pugs' favorite activities. Pugs are dogs who tends to make people smile because they are convinced of their own importance. They can be determined in their attitude and will not stop until they get what they want. They are affectionate, alert, and patient dogs. Pugs are adaptable, sociable and good-natured. They have a strong personality meant for a family seeking an amusing and unique companion. Pugs have been called “an acquired habit”.
Other Names: Mops (Germany), Carlin (France), Lo-Sze (China), Mopshond (Holland)Type: Companion Dog
Height: 10 - 11
Colors: Silver, apricot,
fawn or black. The fawn colored Pugs often have a black mask and ears and black
trace along the back.
Temperament: Pugs are
loyal, affectionate, quiet and docile. They are often vivacious and teasing.
They like to do whatever it takes to get what they want, often using playful
or clever tactics. They are vibrant, very lively and love to play. They are
rather independent, strong willed and even forceful for such a little dog. Pugs
are amusing, witty and rarely show any aggression. They get along well with
children and other animals, often becoming curious of odd or different beings.
Watch-dog: Medium. They are alert,
but can be quite quiet in the home.
Pug Care and Exercise:
Pugs needs special care during hot, humid weather because of their short nose.
Do not leave Pugs out in the hot sun, as they can easily overheat. Nails and
teeth need weekly attention. Pugs shed a lot and need brushing at least twice
a week. Bathe them as necessary. Wash the eyes two to three times a week, as
their large eyes can get infection or damage easily. They also need regular
cleaning of their wrinkles. The Pug needs more than the required exercise for
Toy dogs. Owners warn that this breed easily becomes obese, which can be a serious
health problem, especially with such a short snout. The Pug will enjoy a romp
outdoors, or a walk around the block. Be aware, however, that this breed is
also sensitive to strenuous exercise, and should not be over-exercised, as it
is difficult for them to breathe. Daily, consistent, and non-strenuous exercise
is the key.
Pug Health Issues: Pugs can suffer from luxating patellas, skin problems, deformities of the mouth and nose, eye and eyelid problems, heatstroke, hip dysplasia, Legg-Perthes disease, epilepsy, and Pug Dog Encephalitis.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin: China
First Registered by the AKC:
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