Things You Should Know Before Buying A Pug
The Pug is one of those dogs you either love or hate (though I have yet to meet anyone who hates such a cute pooch!), and for those that love them, you’re probably going to want to buy one. The clowns of the canine world is how pugs are known: loveable, cute and funny, but there is so much more to the pug than just being cute. A dog that was bred to be a lapdog and companion certainly shows through with this breed, as they loves companionship and attention. If trained correctly, they will stay the loveable, cute, companion throughout their lives, but let us take a closer look at this breed to find out if the Pug really is for you.
The pug reaches a height of between 10 and 12 inches high, is generally classed as a toy dog breed, and weighs in at between 14 and 18 pounds. Moreover, the pug has quite a long lifespan, which is usually around 12 to 15 years, so it is worth putting in some time early on to train them well. The pug is a squashy-faced dog, with very expressive eyes, and has a wrinkled forehead that looks really innocent and cute when it cocks its head to the side. The pug also has a very smooth, velvety, but short coat, making it easy to brush and groom. However, they do shed a lot, virtually every day, so you will need a good vacuum.
Pugs can be difficult to house train, and it is recommended to use the crate training method as with most small dogs. The pug also doesn’t need much exercise, so is quite at home in an apartment or small dwelling. Having said that, you must make sure you purchase your new pug from a reputable breeder, that tests their breeding dogs to ensure they are free from genetic diseases. Additionally, with pugs you should monitor their food intake due to the fact they will over eat, which often leads to obese pugs, in turn, resulting in health issues that could otherwise be avoided.
Because this breed has a flattened face, they do suffer from breathing issues, meaning they will snort, snuffle, and snore quite loudly, especially adult pugs. Due to the pugs’ eyes being so prominent, they are prone to eye injuries and should be kept on a leash at all times when outdoors. Pugs cannot tolerate high temperatures, and will over-heat fairly quickly when it is humid, (as with most short faced breeds), so many owners keep them as an inside dog most of the time.
Keep in mind, that this breed does love attention, but also loves companionship, and will follow you constantly, and may even want to sleep in bed with you too. Many pug owners have pug meetings, and meet up with other pug owners, pug parades and many even like to dress their pugs up. Getting a pug with the right temperament can make a big difference to how they act, and early socialisation and even enrolling in a training class will help your pug to get along with everyone. Moreover, introducing your new pug to neighbours and friends will help to make your pooch much more sociable as it gets used to others early on, and in most cases, your pug will keep its sense of humour throughout its lifetime.
There are a few health concerns with this breed as with all purebreds, like walking dandruff, caused by a small mite that is contagious. If you notice heavy dandruff on your pug, you should visit the vet to be treated, as every animal in the house can get this. PDE, or Pug Dog Encephalitis is an inflammatory brain disease that is unique to pugs, and is fatal, and medical professionals still don’t know why. Moreover, there is no treatment for this condition, and it usually only affects young dogs. That said, the signs are circling, blindness, and seizures. (There are people sponsoring research into this condition to find out more about this cruel and deadly disease).
Other health conditions pugs are prone to are: epilepsy, nerve degeneration, (more often in older dogs) and allergies. There are also several eye conditions that pugs can develop due to their eyes being so large and prominent, like Corneal Ulcers, which is treatable if caught early on. Therefore, if you notice their eyes tearing excessively, or being bloodshot, seek medical attention as soon as possible as this could help avoid additional complications. Another possible problem is dry eye where the eyes don’t produce enough tears, so it is always prudent to have regular checkups with your vet where pugs and any other pure-breds are concerned.
When it comes time to purchasing your first pug, we hope that this information will allow you to make an informed decision. You shouldn’t assume a pug will get any of the above conditions, but they are worth noting, so you can spot anything unusual as early as possible. Regular visits to your vet as well as regular checkups will ensure that they stay healthy and happy pooches. Now all you have to do is go shopping for your new pug, and enjoy its company for the rest of its life – neither of you will regret it!