This toy dog breed is a lovely companion pet, and is known for its loyalty towards its owner, and willingness to please. Pugs are even-tempered dogs that are playful and energetic. These outgoing toy dogs make not only a wonderful family pet, but also a great choice of dog for the elderly. This small dog breed is relatively low maintenance, sleeping up to 14 hours a day! Because they only need a short walk each day, Pugs are also suitable for apartment life. However this dog breed is prone to obesity, so it important to enforce a strict diet and limit treats. Rarely aggressive and considered docile, this toy breed is also an excellent choice for families with small children.
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Small / Toy
10 to 14 inches (25.4 to 35.6 cm)
14 to 18 pounds (6.4 to 8.2 kgs)
10 to 12 years
China. Pugs have been traced back to as early as 400BC, and were used as a pet of the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Pugs were later taken to Europe by the Dutch East India Company.
Energy Level:The Pug is happily lazy!
Exercise Needs:The Pug needs little exercise; a short walk or yard play is sufficient.
Training Compatability:The Pug is hard to train. Can take longer than most breeds.
Popular Pug Cross-Breeds:
Bugg,Boston Pug – Pug X Boston-Terrier Puggle – Pug X Beagle Pugador – Pug X Labrador-Retriever Pugapoo – Pug X Poodle Puggat – Pug X American-Rat-Terrier Bassugg – Pug X Basset-Hound Pushon – Pug X Bichon-Frise Puginese - Pug X Pekingese Chug – Pug X Chihuahua Brug - Pug X Brussels Griffon Cocker Pug - Pug X Cocker Spaniel Daug - Pug X Dachshund Frenchie Pug - Pug X French Bulldog Japug - Pug X Japanese Chin Jug - Pug X Jack Russel Maltipug - Pug X Maltese Muggin - Pug X Miniature Pinscher Ori Pei - Pug X Shar-Pei Pom-A-Pug - Pug X Pomeranian Pug-Zu - Pug X Shih Tzu Pugalier - Pug X Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pugottie - Pug X Scottish Terrier Pugshire/Porkie - Pug X Yorkshire Terrier Schnug - Pug X Miniature Schnauzer
The American Kennel Club only recognizes Pugs being black and fawn in color; any other color is disqualified. According to the AKC, markings on a Pug should be clearly defined, and the mask should be black.
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Grooming:Your Pug will need to be groomed once a week.
Coat Length:The Pug has a short coat.
Shedding:The Pug is a heavy shedder.
Pugs grow a short coat that is soft and fine. Because this dog is a heavy seasonal shedder, it is not a recommended breed for people suffering from allergies.
Cancer, Entropion, Eye infections, Luxating Patella, Obesity, Skin Allergies
Pugs' bulgy (protruding) eyes are prone to infection, so your pug's eyes should be cleaned regularly and kept as moist as possible. Monitor any changes and take your puppy to the vet immediately.
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