Is A Pug For You?

Pugs are more then a just a cute face

Pugs may be cute to look at but they also snore, wheeze, grunt, dribble water every time they take a drink, fart, sneeze in your face and drop copious amounts of hair.

A pugs job is to be a companion

Pugs were bred to be lap dogs and provide people with company. A pugs job is to be a companion and if you are away from your pug for many hours a day they are unable to do their job.

They love being everywhere you are and are happiest living with you in your house and going with you when you go out.

Pugs like to sleep on your bed, lounge and their favourite place is usually on you.

They will tolerate being left at home alone for short periods of time but a pug exiled to the backyard for extended periods of time is not a happy pug.

If you are unwilling to or other commitments mean you are unable to share your life, house and in some cases your bed with a dog then a pug is not for you.

Pugs die from heat!!!

Due to a pugs physical make up they are more susceptible to heat stress.

You must be able to keep you pug cool in hot weather.  Pugs die from heat!

If possible you should have an air-conditioned house and car or access to either or both.  Plenty of cool drinking water should always be available for your pug.

Cool coats and mats are great for hot pugs.

If you are unable to provide a cool environment for a pug on hot days then a pug is not for you.

A pug is for life

A pugs lifespan is anything from 10 to 15 years.  If you are not willing to commit yourself to your pug for it’s entire lifetime then a pug, or any breed of dog, is not for you.

Pugs shed hair and lots of it

They shed hair 357 days a year more profusely twice a year, with some pugs having double coats who shed even more.  So if your family has allergies then a pug is not for you.

You also may want to consider coordinating your wardrobe and furnishings with your colour of pug as their hair is guaranteed to get everywhere.

Pug need special care

Pugs need to be bathed, brushed and have their toe nails trimmed regularly.  Many pugs dislike their toe nails being cut so a trip to a groomer or vet may be necessary.

Pugs nose rolls must be keep clean by wiping them with a damp cloth or cotton pad at least twice a week.

Because pugs eyes are so large and prominent and they have no muzzle to protect them they need particular care.  Cats, rose bushes, grasses, sticks, rough play, flying grit and sand can all cause potential injuries.  Any injury, inflammation, cloudiness, weeping, winking, squinting or closure of the eye must be checked by a vet as pugs can quickly develop corneal ulcers which can lead to loss of a pugs eye.

Most pugs do best on a diet of raw bones, meat, offal, vegetables and fruit.  Many pugs develop yeast infections and itchy skin due to grains which are present in most commercially produced foods.

People have a  tendency too feed their pugs to much, causing them to become obese.  Over weight pugs have a shortened life span and are at far greater risk to many health problems.

At least once a year health checks, heart worm, intestinal worm and flea protection are advisable to keep a pug happy and healthy.

Pugs are sturdy little dogs but some do suffer from medical problems which require money to treat.  The most common of which are entropion, pigmentary keratitis, eye ulcers, luxating patella, dental, arthritis and yeast infections.

If you are unable to provide for a pugs upkeep both with hands on work and financially then a pug is not for you.

Pugs are not water babies

Most pugs can not swim and will drown easily.  If you have a pool and are unable to fence it with a pug proof fence then a pug is not for you.

If you want a dog that’s almost human like in personality and you are willing to welcome it into you family like you would a little person in a fur coat. Then consider a pug, as pugs have more personality than they know what to do with!