We first came to know Pugs in China centuries ago. They were treasured pets kept by royalty; it was common for a Pug to have their own guard, palace, and even chef! Many Pug owners agree that they haven’t lost their ancestry and still behave like royalty. Pugs were first acknowledged by the AKC in 1885 and was quickly welcomed into American homes. Their moderate exercise requirements make them a great apartment pet. The Pug is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13-15 years.
Pugs have certain traits that may fit your lifestyle:
- Outgoing, playful personality
- Needs minimal exercise
- Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
- Even-tempered, affectionate, and happy-go-lucky
- Good with children and other pets
- Small, but sturdy
However, no dog is perfect! You may have also noticed these characteristics:
- Can be independent and strong-willed
- Prone to quite a few health problems
- Makes a lot of snorting, snuffling, and wheezing noises, and she may snore
- Can be difficult to housetrain
- An indoor dog that doesn’t do well in the heat
- Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble
Taking Care of Your Pug at Home
Much of what you can do to keep your dog happy and healthy is common sense, just like it is for people. Watch their diet, make sure he/she gets plenty exercise, regularly brush their teeth and coat, and call us or a pet emergency hospital when something seems unusual. Be sure to adhere to the schedule of examinations and vaccinations that we recommend for your pet. This is when we’ll give your pet the necessary “check-ups” and test for diseases and conditions that are common in Pugs. Another very important step in caring for your pet is signing up for pet health insurance. There will certainly be medical tests and procedures she/he will need throughout their life and pet health insurance will help you cover those costs.
Routine Care, Diet, and Exercise
Build their routine care into your schedule to help your Pug live longer, stay healthier, and be happier during her lifetime. We cannot overemphasize the importance of a proper diet and exercise routine.
- Supervise your pet as you would a toddler. Keep doors closed, pick up after yourself, and block off rooms as necessary. This will keep them out of trouble and away from objects they shouldn’t put in her mouth.
- Pugs have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.
- Pugs often have serious problems with their teeth, ask us at MVH how to care for their teeth
- Clean her/his ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—we’ll show you how!
- Their deep wrinkles need to be cleaned and dried often to prevent infections.
- They are well suited for apartment living; they will need a daily walk and regular inside play.
- They are sensitive to temperature extremes; avoid any prolonged exposure and be very alert to the signs of heat stress.
- Keep your dog’s diet consistent and don’t give them people food.
- Feed a high-quality diet appropriate for their age.
- Exercise your dog regularly, but don’t overdo it at first.
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