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Thinking of buying or adopting a Pug? Pug 101

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If you are looking for a small dog that is quite large in terms of its personality you really cannot go past the charm of a Pug. Here’s what you need to know.

Characteristics of the Pug

The Pug is a small dog standing up to 12 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 8kg. The body shape is described as being square-ish and cobby and the defining characteristic of the Pug is the “squashed in” face. They also have a cute, curly tail. The Pug’s coat is short, soft and glossy and comes in different colours include silver, black, and fawn.

The Pug Temperament

The Pug is a very charming little dog who is very playful and outgoing. In fact, they’re often described as having a clownish personality. They are also very intelligent and can be quite independent, so you may find that your Pug can be a little bit challenging. It is recommended that you do at least basic obedience training with your Pug. Pugs absolutely love to be with people and so you will find that they are an excellent companion dog.

Caring for a Pug

The Pug is a fairly easy dog to care for grooming wise as their coats do not shed very much, and they are very clean. You will have to give them a brush regularly and a bath occasionally if you wish to and you will also need to clean out the folds of skin on their face and ensure that the folds remain clean and dry. You also need to keep an eye on your Pug’s eyes as they can be susceptible to eye injuries. Pugs can be lazy dogs if you let them so you need to exercise them every day in the form of a walk or a play session. However, you should be careful about exercising the Pug in hot weather or directly after they’ve eaten, due to their squashed in face.

It is best to buy your Pug from a reputable registered breeder in order to reduce the likelihood of hereditary health conditions occurring. Such conditions include corneal ulcers, brachycephalic syndrome, pug dog encephalitis, entropion, and luxating patella.

Who is the Pug Suited To?

The Pug is best suited to owners that are looking for a small dog with loads of charm and personality. They are great with kids but like all other animals, you will need to supervise children and Pugs when they are together. Being a small breed, they do well in apartments or small yards but owners need to make sure that the Pug is exercised regularly.

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