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Living with Pugs

Deciding to make a Pug a part of your family is an exciting as well as a highly important decision that will have long range consequences for you and your family as well as for your Pug.  While Pugs make SUPERB companion pets that are very good with other animals and people young and old, they crave human attention and affection and will fare much better in homes that have much of both to give. 

Pugs are very people-oriented and tend to follow you closely where ever you go.  A pug is something of a clown and enjoys being a bit stubborn in responding to your wishes, though they relish pleasing you in the end.  You see, Pugs like to be taken seriously despite their relatively small size.  They are proud little dogs who do their best to make you understand that they are not to be taken lightly. 

If you want a dog that is loyal, whose friendly disposition clearly outweighs any instincts to protect you against intruders, you would enjoy having a Pug.  That's not to say that Pugs won't serve adequately as loyal "watch dogs," informing you when something is amiss,  but they will tend to befriend most strangers almost as quickly as they walk in the door.  They are not at all "nippy" toward strangers and really don't have a mean streak in their stout little bodies, though they're not pushovers either and, if they are forced to defend themselves, they will do so proudly.  

Pugs are not long distance hikers or marathoners, though they love to play and run and will attempt to keep up with you where ever you go.  Because of their short snouts, they are particularly challenged by excess excitement and warm temperatures and care MUST be taken that they do not become overheated.  They are simply not able to expel heat from their bodies like people are or like dogs with longer snouts.  So, excessive heat builds in their bodies and they are very susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Yes, Pugs are house dogs, needing it relatively cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  While care should be taken to minimize overexposure to temperature extremes, Pugs love the outdoors and jump at the opportunity to go for walks or for rides in the car.  While they like water, they tend to sink when it's over their heads, so play around the pool requires supervision.  A doggie life-jacket is a good idea too.

HEALTH ISSUES?  Pugs have relatively few serious health issues, most common issues centering around their
short snouts, their large protruding eyes and their skin wrinkles.  For a more detailed list of potential
Pug health problems and issues, check out Pug Health, Veterinary and Health Information.  

Pugs' short snouts make snorting and snoring pretty much the status quo, though some snort more and louder than others.  Pugs' protruding eyes make them more prone to eye injuries and their facial wrinkles/folds can become irritated or infected if they are allowed to collect dirt, sweat and grime.  Be prepared to set aside time to clean their facial folds with a wet, warm, soft cloth as needed.  Other than that, Pugs require little regular grooming,
though periodic brushing cuts down on their shedding.  Yes, Pugs do shed.  Short hair notwithstanding,
Pugs have soft, fine, cuddly hair that sticks to just about everything. 

Pugs have become one of the most popular dogs around, and for good reason.  They are extremely adaptable
dogs, faring as well in small apartments as they do in large homes.  They do well with single owners as well as
large families, with the elderly as well as the young, as long as they receive regular attention and love.  The
American Kennel Club describes the Pug as, “an even-tempered breed, exhibiting stability, playfulness,
great charm, dignity, and an outgoing, loving disposition.”

If making a Pug part of your family is a decision you're ready to make, proceed to
information on OUR ADOPTION PROCESS at this time.