So you’re thinking of getting a pug? Congratulations! Pugs are super special creatures who will change your life for the better, although I’m biased of course.
If you’re thinking of owning a pug, there a few things you’ll want to learn beforehand.
So, should I get a pug? And what are pugs like? Find out now. Here are 10 things you should know before getting a pug.
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.
Marie Antoinette, the former Queen of France, also had a pug, as did Napoleon’s wife.
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.
Do you have a pug? If so, what makes them great? We’d love to hear in the comments!
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