cute, loving and affectionate. They are wonderful companions
and very loyal friends. But they are not for everyone. Here
are some things you should know before you take home your
Pugs are stubborn
Pugs are usually very stubborn. If they want a treat or a
certain toy, they will cry about it until they get it…It’s
as simple as that! Some might refer to Pugs as “needy”,
but a better description would probably be “childlike”.
They want what they want when they want it!
Pugs are tons of fun!
Pugs are lots of fun and they love doing silly things in order
to get your attention. Most Pugs don’t even mind parading
around in crazy outfits, and that’s probably why some
call them ”the clowns of the animal kingdom”.
Pugs are a lot more intelligent
than they look (Thank God!) and they are fast learners
when it comes to things that excite them. For instance,
figuring out how to get to the cookies on the table
is usually a piece of cake for any Pug. They are also
fast learners when it comes to figuring out how to best
get your attention. Some say that Pugs are hard to train,
and sure, some Pugs might be. However, with a healthy
portion of patience from you and lots of yummy treats,
Pugs can learn lots of great tricks.
Pugs make lots of weird noises, due to their small nose
and flat face. Almost all Pugs snore and while some
consider this to be kind of charming, others might find
it annoying. To be completely honest, if you have trouble
sleeping you might be better off buying some other breed.
Pugs both snort and fart
Due to their button-nose, Pugs also tend to snort a lot. But
as long as your Pug breathes without any problems, the snorting
is normal. Pugs also tend to pass lots of gas. Ever heard
of Weapons of Mass Destruction? You will if you decide to
get a Pug!
Pugs are “people dogs”
In similarity to some being “dog persons”, Pugs
are “people dogs”. They love humans and the attention
they get from their two-legged friends.
Don’t let a Pug’s short soft coat fool you! Pugs
do shed tons of hair!
Pugs are NOT outdoorsy dogs
Pugs are really vulnerable when it comes to both heat and
cold. Most dogs have a long nose which they use to cool their
bodies. Pugs do not have this, which means that they basically
don’t have any way of regulating their body temperature.
As a result they can easily overheat. (Pugs can even succumb
by being out less then half an hour on a hot and humid summer
Your Pug, your shadow
Pugs love to be close to the people they love, so if you like
being alone sometimes or have the couch all to yourself –
a Pug is definitely not for you! Pugs tend to follow “their
people” everywhere and if you are sitting on the couch,
your Pug probably doesn’t just want to sit next to you.
If he can and if you let him, he will soon be sitting on top
of you. While some people love this, others might soon find
it rather annoying.
Pugs do need special care
Pugs do not really need much daily care, but with all the
wrinkles a Pug’s face does need special attention. Pugs
are very curious creatures and they tend to stick their tiny
nose where it does not belong. As a result, dirt easily gets
into the wrinkles, so cleaning them regularly is simply a
must! The wrinkles also tend to attract and hold moisture,
which can cause itching, irritation and sometimes even nasty
infections. But don’t worry; it is easy to clean the
wrinkles. Just take a soft tissue and clean them on a regular
basis (some Pugs might need their wrinkles wiped daily).
Pugs are NOT great guard dogs
Looking for a dog to guard your house? Don’t get a Pug.
A Pug might bark and alert you if somebody is coming, but
Pugs in general are not really watch dogs. The risk of your
Pug licking the burglar to death is probably bigger than the
chance that he actually scares him off.
A Pug is a big dog in a small
Even though Pugs are quite small, they are very seldom “nervous
barkers”. In fact, Pugs are by and large stabile, even-tempered
dogs full of playfulness, charm and dignity.
Pugs are both “explorers”
and “couch potatoes”
Most Pugs have two different personalities in one. On
one hand they are very curious and love to explore new
places and new things. They are nosy and like to smell
and taste virtually everything they have not seen before
(so never leave toxic items out). On the other hand,
they’re couch potatoes. They love taking long
naps and sometimes it might even be hard to get them
to leave that comfortable sofa for a stroll in the park.
BAD workout partners
If you want a dog that you can play with in the yard,
that fetches tennis balls and sticks and that can accompany
you when you’re out jogging, please don’t
get a Pug. Pugs get tired pretty fast and since they
do not have a great mechanism for cooling themselves,
they can easily overheat. Some even say that “you
should never walk your Pug farther than you are willing
to carry him home”.
Pugs & kids
Most Pugs love kids. However, some Pugs don’t seem to
know how strong they really are so they can easily knock over
smaller kids in their hunt for affection. As always, you should
never leave your children playing unsupervised with a dog
– and this goes for Pugs too.