Puppy Petite Guide to Pugs

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Overview of the breed

The Pug is a dog with comical characteristics, with its small, compact body and scrunched up face, it will look at you with its big eyes and you will fall in love right away. Even if you are a first-time dog owner, this is a highly recommended breed.  Pug means ‘fist”, and is a description of its face.  This breed grows to a height of no more than a foot, weighs in at about 14 to 18 pounds, and has an expected lifespan of 12 to 15 years. This is an ideal breed for living in an apartment or small home.

What to expect with a Pug for a pet

Pugs are not as sensitive as other small breed dogs, but they do not like spending time alone.  This companion dog thrives in a family with or without children, and they adjust well to other dogs and even strangers.  They are extremely playful and will want to be where the family is at all times.

Puppy Petite recommends this breed consistently to families or single people looking for a pet that they can consider one of their families.

The best environment for Pugs

A busy home suits a Pug rather well.  This breed is highly recommended if you want a pet that will be a member of your family in just about every way.  The Pug does not cope well with being on its own for long stretches of time.

The Pug is not a breed that barks or howls excessively, so it is well-suited to apartment-living or a small condo.

They Pug needs a lot of exercises so a home with a garden or in close proximity to a dog park is ideal for a Pug.  These dogs are trainable so look out for a dog school in your area if you are considering bringing a Pug into your life.

General Health Considerations

Pugs are a breed of dog that is prone to eye injuries because of the compact nature of their skulls, resulting in eyes that protrude. Potential Pug owners should do some research on this breed and the precautionary measures to take to ensure your Pug remains injury-free for the full course of its life.

They are also prone to gaining weight over time so your Pug will need a carefully monitored diet to stay at optimal weight and the best of health.

Caring for your Pug

Pugs shed a lot of hair. New owners of this breed are advised to invest in a good brush and to groom their dog regularly.  They are easy to groom because they love the attention and time with their human.

Pugs are not comfortable in either hot or cold weather.  Make sure they have a cool place to get in out of the sun and a warm spot to cuddle up in when it’s cold.

Training and socializing

Pugs can be trained with some persistence.  Letting them run free at a dog park is great for them because they also love to socialize with other dogs.

Make sure you are going to have enough time to exercise your Pug regularly, as this will also help to maintain a healthy weight for your dog. A Pug will adjust well to other dogs in the home. You can crate train your Pug if you have trouble house-training it.

How to select a puppy from a litter or breeder

Puppy Petite only deals with breeders who are conscientious and caring towards their breeds.

When you are at the point of selecting a Pug puppy, there are some aspects you are advised to focus on.  A puppy that is in good health physically, that is strong and stable on its feet, as well as playful and responsive, would be a great choice from the litter.  These attributes will get you and your Pug off to a strong start in building your relationship.

Look out for a puppy with confidence.  Enquire about the health of the puppy’s parents.  This is a good indicator of the level of health you can expect for your puppy as it grows into an adult dog.

Your Commitment

The Pug breed has a lifespan of up to 15 years.  This is a significant period of time for any family to be completely certain that you will be able to give your pet the care and attention it deserves, both physically and emotionally.

Your new pet is a new member of your family.  It will require a similar level of attention to a child.  Choose your new pet wisely.  You are choosing years of fun, laughter and companionship.  Give this decision the attention it deserves. You are about to embark on a long-term journey during which your new pup will be relying on you for all its needs.

You will never regret bringing a pet into your home.