Their short bodies, wrinkly faces and squished nose make this dog one of the cutest.
Wrinkly, stocky and with a short-muzzled face, this little bundle of joy has an incredibly large personality. Pugs are small but sturdy, and resolute but rarely aggressive. The shape of their mouth makes it difficult for them to bite efficiently, which can lead to dental issues. They can be quiet and tame, or affable and lively, depending on their owner’s mood.
Pugs are peppy, spirited and have a happy-go-lucky attitude. They make perfect playmates for children. Even-tempered, they adapt quickly to different environments. Pugs are seasonal shedders and drop their coat twice a year. Regular brushing is also recommended.
Fun fact: They are one of the oldest dog breeds and
originated from China, where they sat on Emperors’ laps.
They love being around humans and are devoted to their owner. However, they can be strong-willed and independent and may be difficult to house-train. They need a firm, confident owner who is consistent with rules. Think twice about getting a Pug if you are a light sleeper, as they are known to make snorting, snuffling and wheezing noises, and to snore as well. However, they are not known to bark.
A daily walk is a must. They require minimal other exercise but this strong and lively breed love active games and will suffer fewer health problems if kept active. Pugs are not strong swimmers, so playtime on dry land is recommended. But stop if your buddy starts to wheeze. When outside, make sure they’re within arm’s reach as they have a poor road sense. Avoid over-feeding.
Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Pugs are prone to Pug Dog Encephalitis, which is an inflammation of the brain. They are also prone to allergies, often catch a cold, dental disease and have chronic breathing problems. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.
A Pug is a small-sized breed weighing between 6 and 9kgs, with a height between 25 and 36cms.
Your pet can adapt to any space.
The equivalent of a gym-bunny: they love a good run and some time to relax afterwards. A daily walk is ideal.
Difficulty of Training
Their high level of intelligence makes them easy dogs to train. However they are independent and consistent training is necessary.
While not a great watchdog, they are perfect family pets or loyal companions.
Compatibility with other Pets
They love all other pets.
Need for Company
While not likely to follow you around from room to room, Pugs love attention.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?
Coat and Grooming Needs
They are moderate-maintenance. Brush weekly. They have a short smooth coat in apricot, fawn, black and silver.
They are heavy shedders.
Tendency to Bark
They are the strong and silent type. Don’t expect lots of noise.