Pugs- they are little balls of love, energy, enthusiasm and expression!
Pugs are one of the oldest breeds of dogs, and their origins can be traced back to 400 BC. It is believed that Pugs came from China and were known as lo-sze. They were bred to be companions for us humans. Pugs are very common amongst families and people living in apartments due to the low maintenance requirements.
Appearance & Size
The pug is a small sized dog ranging from 10-14 inches in height and approximately 6 – 9 kgs in weight. Pugs have a wrinkly head, dark eyes, black muzzle and button ears. Their tails are curled up and remain tight. Pugs can come in four different colours, fawn, silver fawn, black, and apricot.
Pugs are very happy and affectionate dogs. They crave the attention of their owners and are great companions. They are loyal, playful and mischievous.
Pugs are smart dogs and very willing to learn. They compete well in obedience and agility and have been used as therapy dogs and hearing-aid dogs.
Pugs love being groomed, since it is another form of stroking and pugs love attention.
They have a double coat that is quite short. But they shed a lot of hair, especially in the summer. A pug requires regular brushing of their hair.
It is also important to clean their facial folds as those tend to collect dirt, and if left unchecked can cause infections and sores.
Pugs face various health issues during their life. They are highly prone to catching colds and do not keep well in extreme weather conditions. Due to their short muzzle they face chronic breathing problems and have allergies, making them wheeze and snore a lot. It is important not to over exert the Pug in times of warm or hot weather. Pugs are generally good with children, and thus ideal for families. Because of their large, protruding eyes, Pugs are extra susceptible to injury and must be treated gently and lovingly.They are also prone to Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), an inflammation of the brain that usually occurs around the second or third year of the pug’s life. Pugs also tend to become obese if they are overfed and not exercised regularly.
On average, pugs live from 11-15 years.
Overall, pugs are small dogs with BIG personalities. This breed is ideal for those who want an active but compact companion!