10 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Pug

10 things you should know before getting a pug.
10 things you should know before getting a pug.

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1. Pugs Are Royalty

In ancient times, pugs were bred as companions for Chinese emperors. Later, they lived with ruling families in the Netherlands. Queen Victoria of England bred her own pugs, and her passion for them passed down to her grandson King George V and his son King Edward VIII.

2. Get a Lint Roller

Pugs shed… a lot! Some pugs even come with double coats, meaning they have both an undercoat and topcoat of fur. Make sure you stock up on lint rollers, and invest in a good vacuum cleaner.

See here to learn how to deal with a shedding pug. 

3. They’re Like Velcro

Pugs love their humans and always want to be with them. On your lap, in your bed, even at your feet while you use the bathroom. They’re called velcro pugs for a reason! Get used to never being alone again, and forget about your personal space.

4. Feeling Hot Hot Hot

Like all flat-faced breeds, pugs sometimes have breathing issues. They don’t do well in hot or humid weather. They do best in moderate temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold. Always make sure your pug has a comfortable area to be in, and that they don’t spend too much time outdoors in extreme weather. Here are some tips on how to help them stay cool.

5. Put Your Vet in Your Contacts

Pugs are prone to a variety of different health issues. Their big eyes can lead to corneal ulcers or dry eye, their smushed face can lead to breathing issues, and their wrinkles must be cleaned. Trips to the vet for general check-ups are a must, along with regular grooming (nail trims, wrinkle wipes, and ear cleanings).

6. They’re Never Full

If you are what you eat, then pugs are anything and everything! They live to eat, and are prone to obesity. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are super important, as is watching their weight. Don’t overdo it on the treats, and make sure your pug stays at a healthy weight to avoid health issues.

All dogs are different, but we’ve found that this recipe is great for keeping Boogie at an appropriate and healthy weight.

7. They’re Stubborn with a Capital S

A pug will always go to extreme measures to get what they want, whether that be food, their human, or more food. This means they’re not always the most obedient. Always use positive reinforcement when training them, but definitely expect some push back.

8. They’re Versatile

Pugs are the ideal pet because they’re so versatile. They’re great with old folks or children, in the city or country, as a solo pet or in a pack, or in an apartment or a house.

9. Learn to Love the Pug Symphony

Pugs wheeze, snort, sneeze, and snore. They’re constantly making funny sounds, especially at night time and when napping. These sounds are second nature in a pug household, but if you’re a light sleeper or have audio sensitivities, you might want to invest in ear plugs.

10. You’ll Never Regret It

Once you go pug, you’ll never go back. These creatures will keep you laughing, and put a smile on your face every single day. They give unconditional love, and make great family dogs. Their size, temperament, and great personalities make them the perfect pet.

10 things you should know before getting a pug.

Photo by Pets by Petra

Do you have a pug? If so, what makes them great? We’d love to hear in the comments!

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24 Comments on “10 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Pug”

  1. Pugs are the best company, the most entertaining, heart-breakingly adorable, NAUGHTY, sweet angels. But they will cost you a fortune at the vets. So be prepared for that and don’t add one to your family if you can’t commit to your pugs health.

  2. I am posing this strange question to all human companions of pugs; what would make one particular breed of dog ( enter The Pug ) more obsessed with food than any other breed ? I have talked with multiple vets, scores of pug owners – and they all agree the the pug is the most food oriented. But why ? I would assume that any trait specific to one breed has to have some historical or genetic foundation.
    The above guidance, by the way, is extremely accurate – and very helpful.

    1. Thanks so much Ted! You pose an interesting question. I have no idea why they’re so obsessed, but most certainly are. Maybe it has to do with their stubbornness, and always wanting to get what they want.

  3. Hi ,I have a question ! I wanna get a pug , but I live in a country with really hot weather in the summer . Would getting a pug be a good idea ? Thanks !

    1. Hi! We have taken the dogs to hot climates before, and NYC gets very hot in the summer. We make sure they have a cool place to hang out (fans, air conditioning, kiddie pools, and shade are good!) and they don’t spend too much time in direct sunlight. It should be fine to have one as long as you have options for them to keep cool.

  4. All the tips are so true. We have 5 pugs. 3 are foster though. Only one is not a Velcro dog. They are never full. I wouldn’t not want to live without one or more.

  5. Hi , my 6 year old daughter is completely obsessed about pugs . She’s wanted a dog for so long and recently I’ve been secretly considering adding one to our little family . I found these tips really helpful , thanks . I know this sounds really shallow but I’ve only owned working dogs before and the more I read up about pugs I just keeping hearing the horrifying words major shedders . I was just wondering if anyone could tell me how big of a problem this really is with a pug . It’s not enough to put me off but I can be quite a clean freak at time . Thanks in advance to anyone who can enlighten me .

    1. Congrats on getting your first pug! How exciting 🙂 I’m sorry to say but….be prepared for fur! Pugs do shed a lot. All pugs shed, although some pugs shed more due to having a double coat. Get a good vacuum and stock up on magic fur removers (link to get them here). Best of luck!

      1. I have had Fawn Pugs and now a Black Pug. My Black Pug does not shed nearly as much as my Fawn Pugs did. If I wear white, I do come away with black fur on me. But we do not have the tumbleweeds of Pug fur as we did with the Fawn Pugs.

  6. I have an almost 10 month old pug “Sparky”. I’m trying to find a good dog food that He likes to eat. I have tried Nutri Source and Science Diet for small & toy Breed (puppy). Was wondering if you had a preference to a specific one? Also, my pug loves chicken. So I usually give him some when I have it. He likes it a lot! Cooked chicken, mostly breast meat or thigh boneless cut up small bites.

  7. Thank you for the recipe. I made it today in batch half your size, but it was still plenty for now. I look forward to seeing how Sparky likes it! Thanks again!
    In reply to pugs are the best, “Yes” I agree, I had a female pug “Daphni” for 13 years, and she was part of our family and missed & loved very much!

  8. I have never had a pug until a few weeks ago he was born March 1st and since I got him he breaths really hard. Not sure if it’s normal for him to have that hard of a time or not I know the other puppies didn’t breath that hard like he does. Thinking maybe he have something wrong. Should I just take him to the vet and have them run test? I know he sneezes a lot and sounds like a little rattle in his chest

    1. Pugs certainly breathe differently than other dogs, and it can be noisy. Sometimes it’s made worse by things like stress, heat, or nerves. If you’re worried about it, then I would definitely visit a vet. Better safe than sorry!

  9. I would second Boogie’s observations. Pugs suffer from brachycephaly ( a shortening of the face ). If you examine pug photos from the 19th century, you can see just how much breeders have emphasized the development of this trait. Unfortunately, it also shortens their airways, and can lead to a variety of breathing problems. My nine year old pug Grace is the sweetest, most loyal dog I have ever had – I can’t imagine not having a pug. I also credit her with restoring my will to live when I had encephalitis. But the best advice I ever received was from my vet, who encouraged me to get pet insurance when I acquired her. ( I went with Trupanion ) Grace has had one expensive surgery to correct her airways, and another to pull up her upper eyelids – the constant rubbing on the cornea was causing damage to her vision.

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