Amazing Facts About The Pug Dog
The breed is often described by the Latin phrase “multum in pravo” or “much in little” or “a lot of dog in a small space” alluding to the Pug’s remarkable and charming personality despite its small size. Originally bred to be Lap Dogs, Pugs thrive on human companionship. They are highly sensitive and though they can make for a great apartment pets. The Pug’s comical face with deep wrinkles around big, dark eyes and a flat round face, can’t help but make you smile. Pug’s name comes from the Latin word for “fist” because his face resembles a human fist. The Pug is playful dog, ready and able for games, but they are also lovers and must be close to their humans.
The Pug’s career as citizen of the world began sometime in the 1500s, when Dutch traders returned to Europe with specimens of the breed. Pug became the mascot of Holland’s royal House of Orange when a Pug save the life of the Prince of Orange by barking to warn the prince of an attack on his camp by Spanish troops. When William and Mary of Orange arrived in England to assume the monarchy, their Pugs accompanied them and began a craze for the breed among British. Pugs became very popular during the Victorian era and were featured in many paintings, postcards and figurines of the period.
Size and Life Span
- Pugs weigh between 14 and 18 pounds (male and female).
- Generally, they are 10 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Pug life span is 12 to 15 years.
- They come in variety of colours including black, fawn, silver fawn and apricot.
The Pug is Natural Cuddler
As a breed, they tend to be expressive, exuberant and often comical. They are eager to play and will follow you pretty much everywhere. Pugs tend to sleep more than other dogs( an average of 14 hours a day). While they are always eager to please people, they are also snoozers. They are lap dogs and often thrive for human companionship.
Pug is Good with Children
Pugs are great with children due to their affectionate nature. So if your family has a little one already, be sure that the new entrant will get along with this little one like house on fire. They are very much patient with children and love to play games. The shape of their mouth prevents them from biting efficiently and this makes them reasonably harmless.
Pug is Stubborn but Highly Intelligent
Pugs are known to be very stubborn at times and can appear to have a mind of their own. Just like small child, Pugs can become fixated with “wanting” something and they can make a fuss until they get it. However, Pugs are intelligent dogs so with patience and firm obedience training this will not be a problem forever. Their intelligence goes hand in hand with their stubbornness, so you will need to be patient. With enough firm training these dogs will know what items are off-limits to them and will grow into responsible pets.
Pug Makes Great Therapy Dog
Pugs are great choice for those young and old, who need them as therapy dog. They are great on a leash and can adhere to the commands that are required of therapy dogs. Pugs are also patient and gentle. Pugs love being touched, loved, and given attention and will give all of that love back as well as loyalty to their owner. They are smart, loving and sociable dogs that keep the owner focused, aware and in good spirits when they need to be uplifted.
Pugs Don't Bark Much
Pugs do bark but usually not a lot. Pugs are generally very quiet dogs. When they bark, it might sound more like a yodeling sound or they will make small yip’s when they really excited. The pugs are not so loud like other breeds. At times they can be loud, bark and make lots of noise, especially when there is a stranger or new visitor to the house.
Pugs are a bit Noisy
Due to their small noses and flat faces, Pugs do have a history of making strange noises. Similar to humans, when their soft palatte relaxes during sleep this causes the pug to produce snores that are occasionally so loud you might wonder if there is another human sleeping on the couch.
Pugs are relatively Low-maintenance
Pugs don’t need as much space as some other bigger dogs. You can house your pug in a city apartment with ease. Pugs have short hair and hence are easy to groom. Weekly brushing and occasional bath is all that a Pug needs to keep his or her coat healthy. Other than regular maintenance, Pugs do not require extra grooming.
Pugs get along well with other pets
Pugs tend to be lovers, not fighters. So they will try to endear themselves not only to you and your children, but to any other pets. They enjoy company and can be quite affectionate. Rather having two pugs is better than having one. Pugs are companion dogs, therefore, keeping two pets will reduce your pug’s health, loneliness, stress and overall anxiety.
Little Exercise Goes a Long Way
Due to their small structure, pugs don’t need fields of running room and adapt well to apartment living. About 20 minutes of brisk exercise a day should be sufficient to keep your pug healthy, happy and entertained. They do tend have a robust appetite and have a predisposition for obesity. So you will need to watch your dog’s weight and limit treats, especially in older animals.
Pugs are pretty good Shedders
Pugs are year-round shedders. Double coated Pugs do shed more during the two times per year when they “blow their coat”. Pugs are low to medium-shed breeds, which implies you are less likely to be troubled with shedding. But their shedding can be reduced by paying attention to their nutrition like quality dog food, specific supplements,etc. Brushing is the second line of defense in shedding scenario after nutrition. Daily brushing is recommended during summer and winter shedding season. During non-shedding seasons, brushing a Pug is recommended at least 3 times per week.
Not too Destructive
No doubt, all puppies can bite and chew on stuff and Pugs are no exception. However, they don’t have jaws and teeth of a staffie, so damage is likely to be significantly less.
Make Good Watch Dogs
Pugs are not good guard dogs, however, they do make a great watch dog or alarm dog. Most of them will bark whenever they hear noises and will alarm their owner of an intruder or a trespasser.
Pugs can't tolerate Hot Weather
Pugs are flat-faced shorter-nosed breed. This can lead to respiratory distress in some dogs and make it more difficult to breathe during exercise, stress, or in the heat. Most Pugs can’t handle strenuous exercise or hot and humid conditions. It’s best to keep Pugs in an air-conditioned area during the summer.