Get to know the Pug!


Behavior common of the Pug

Pugs naturally seem to be able to light up a room. Between their appearance and antics they can always do something to make people smile. They have tremendous personality and love to have a good time. They are known to stick by the side of their owner no matter what and are often referred to as the shadow of the owner. They are ideal pets for families with kids as they love to play with kids. They also love naps almost as much as they love kids and can be found curled up on a couch or chair relaxing for hours on end without a care in the world. Because of their lazy style, they do not require a lot of exercise to stay healthy. The daily walk or playing in the yard is usually more than enough for a Pug.

Pugs are known to be quite stubborn and for this reason they can be tough to train. They have an independent mind and are easily distracted, so this can make it tough to do any kind of regular training. Try to keep training sessions short so it is easier for them to focus and use a reward system of great praise and treats, two things that Pugs really love to get.  Housetraining them can also be tough, which is why using a crate for this breed is often a good method for training until they are housebroken.

Pugs do make noise with barking and snorting quite often and proper training can help them to become excellent watch dogs so they learn when barking is appropriate. Pugs are given to begging and playing off their cute and funny nature in the hopes of getting snacks or treats. Training the dog and the rest of the family to avoid this can be helpful to stopping this habit.

Appearance of the Pug

Pugs have a very distinct appearance that is easily recognizable. The protruding eyes coming from the short, stout little body make the Pug stand out from all other breeds. Many of the breed also has a bit of an overbite with their teeth and they all are known for having soft ears that feel as though they are made of velvet. They have a broad chest and top that tapers down to a small waist and thin legs that make them waddle when they walk.

Most pugs are about twelve to fourteen inches tall and weigh between thirteen and twenty pounds. The feature very short coats of soft hair in a variety of colors, though they are mostly seen as being tan or black. They do have a double layer coat of soft hair on the bottom coat with very coarse, rough hair on the top coat.

Grooming your Pug

Pugs shed a lot, almost constantly all year long. Regular brushing can help cut down on some of the hair left all over your home and when started young will help the dog get used to brushing. Frequent bathing is not at all necessary and you can often get by with just wiping your dog down with a damp cloth. You also need to cleanse the face to keep the skin clean and free of acne.

History of the Pug

The Pug is thought to be one of the oldest breeds on record. Records of Pugs can be found in China going back to the sixth century B.C. They were owned by royal members of the ruling dynasty and used as lap dogs. Very often the rulers would give the dog as a gift to other people, helping to spread the breed around. Pugs then became popular among the monks in Tibet and in Japan. It was not until the 1600’s when traders from Europe started to being the dogs back from the East did the breed spread even more.