What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em
Pug Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014
Sometimes playful and clownish, sometimes calm and dignified, always sturdy and stable, good-humored and amiable -- this is the Pug.
Though peaceful with all the world, the Pug will sound off with his rather odd bark when visitors arrive. Then he will welcome them inside with snorts, snuffles, and grunts.
As is the case with most short-faced dogs, his large expressive eyes, wrinkled forehead, cocked head, innocent expression, and strange sounds bring out parental feelings in many people.
A Pug is very childlike and always needs to be with you. If not spoiled too much, he can be depended on to maintain his sweet, comical, charming personality.
Pugs are fine with other animals, though they can be jealous of another pet sitting in your lap.
Though stubborn, Pugs seldom get into real mischief. Adults spend much of the day sleeping.
Gassiness can be an embarrassing problem, and housebreaking can be a challenge, especially in the rain.
If you want a dog who...
- Is small, yet sturdy and blocky
- Has a short face with large expressive eyes
- Has a soft coat that's easy to groom
- Is usually polite with everyone, including other pets
- Doesn't need much exercise
- Seldom gets into real mischief -- adults spend much of the day snoring
A Pug may be right for you.
If you don't want to deal with...
- Snorting, snuffling, wheezing, snoring, some slobbering
- Gassiness (flatulence)
- Slowness to housebreak
- Constant shedding -- every day
- Quite a few potential health problems due to his deformed face
A Pug may not be right for you.
- choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
- or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
- training your dog to respect you
- avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy
More traits and characteristics of the Pug
If I was considering a Pug, I would be most concerned about...
- Minimizing the problems that can be caused by their short face. Read about these special health problems and make sure you're willing to take extra steps to care for your Pug:
- His respiratory system is compromised, so don't smoke near him, don't use chemical cleaning products, and keep him away from allergenic pollen and freshly-cut grass.
- Make sure your vet uses only the most modern anesthetics (such as isoflurane) and insist on a heart and blood pressure monitor. Many vets are NOT careful enough when anesthetizing short-faced breeds.
- In hot or humid weather, minimize his outdoor activity and keep him in an air-conditioned home. Short-faced dogs have a high risk of heatstroke because they can't pant vigorously enough to lower their body heat.
- Walk him in a Y-shaped harness that wraps around his chest, not his throat. A collar puts pressure on his windpipe and makes it harder for him to breathe.
- Wash and dry the folds of skin on his face after every meal.
- Stubbornness. Pugs are not Golden Retrievers. Most Pugs are at least mildly stubborn and can be manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. (Food is a great motivator with Pugs, but if you give too much and don't provide commensurate exercise, you'll end up with a fat, unhealthy Pug.)
- Housebreaking. Expect four to six months of consistent crate training.
- Pug sounds. Because of their short face, most Pugs snort, snuffle, wheeze, grunt, and snore loudly. The sounds are endearing to some people; nerve-wracking to others.
- Slobbering. Some Pugs, especially those with loose jowls, slobber water when they drink. Some drool, too, especially after eating and drinking.
- Gassiness (flatulence). All short-faced breeds gulp air when they eat, and that air has to go somewhere.
- Health problems. Because of overbreeding, poor breeding practices, and their short face, Pugs suffer more than their share of health problems, especially eye diseases, joint disorders, skin conditions, and seizures.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a healthy Pug puppy. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.
If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether a Pug might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.
Once you have your Pug home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need. Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.
Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.
It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Pug the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.
Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.
Please consider adopting an ADULT Pug...
When you're acquiring a Pug PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.
But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Pugs who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!
Save a life. Adopt a dog.
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