Exercising Your PugGood Exercises ForYour Pug

The Pug is one of the oldest breeds known today, probably originating in China more than 2,000 years ago. In fact, the Pug may an ancestor for the modern Pekingese, the English Bulldog, and even the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This dog was bred as pets to Chinese royalty, but became popular in Europe, starting in Holland in the 16th or 17th century, probably as royal gifts or items of barter.

Breed Type

Companion or Toy Dog

Physical Characteristics

  • square, short, stocky, dog
  • short muzzle and wide undershot bite
  • face has large, deep wrinkles and the high set tail is curled over the back
  • short coat


  • loving, affectionate and eager to please
  • playful, lively with a happy-go-lucky attitude
  • good with kids
  • intelligent but sometimes strong-willed

Best Exercises

  • short walk (10 – 20 minutes), never in very warm or very cool weather
  • games and play time, indoors or out
  • dog parks if socialized, this breed tends to get along and likes to play

Suggested Exercise Plan

Pugs only need a low level of activity, but they DO need it every day! A short to moderate walk is enough in pleasant weather and a play session indoors in bad weather.

Things To Note

You have to strike a balance of exercise with this breed. Pugs are prone to obesity which is not healthy and leads to other health problems. Exercise is an important part of maintaining fitness. However, this breed is also prone to overheating due to their small stature and short muzzle. You should avoid overexercising or overexertion of a rambunctious dog, walks on hot days, walks on cold days.