In case you didn’t know, pugs are adorable and have a personality, unlike many of their canine counterparts. They cuddle like champs, playful, and like most dogs, loyal. If you want to adopt one, it helps to know how their unique set of traits before you let a rambunctious pug into your home. This article is all about ten things you should know before bringing your new pug home.
- If you get annoyed with the thought of an animal following you around, then a pug isn’t for you. Pugs will follow you everywhere you go. Whether it’s the bathroom, laundry room to fold clothes, or the kitchen for a snack, your faithful pug will be there.
- Pugs have some breed-related health issues. These can be eye scratches, a higher reaction to vaccines, breathing problems, allergies to food, and even eye and nose fold care. While they may be a bit high maintenance, keeping up on their care through regular monitoring, will make things easier to deal with. Pug dogs are so worth it!
- Pugs are the epitome of attention-seeking. Most dogs need this sort of time for their happiness. Pugs insist on your devotion. They are not significant at being left alone, so be prepared to give them the attention they need.
- Though pugs love to nap (who doesn’t?), they are quite active. This means lots of walks, playtime, and other mental activities to keep them sharp. That being said, pugs can make great apartment dogs.
- All dogs shed, but pugs seem to take the prize on this one. While they may be considered a low to medium shedding breed, they are double-coated for your shedding cleanup pleasure.
- Boundaries are more of a guideline and not a hard rule. Pugs are a bit intrusive and ignore anyone or any animal’s personal space. This could get them into some trouble with some animals who don’t feel the same.
- Like most dogs, pugs are intelligent. They are great for agility training along with scent work and even tracking. While they may not be great at being work dogs, their use in palliative care is being explored.
- If it hits the floor, your pug may eat it. These precocious puppies are food driven and aren’t likely to give up any of their treats. This can be bad if they overeat or swallow something they shouldn’t have.
- Pugs and bad weather don’t mix. A pug will probably prefer to stay inside to do their business than make a mad rush into a snowbank that will swallow it whole. Positive reinforcement will help with their outdoor bathroom use. They’ll resist, but the right treat and tone, and they’ll do what they need to do.
- Snuggles and cuddles are the way of this canine. Between belly rubs, scratches on its head, kisses, and everything else, you’ll have a best friend for life. They’ll love you forever if you treat them right.
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Even if you prefer larger dogs, it’s hard to ignore the attention and cuteness, and little pug has to offer. Before you get a pug or any breed, it is best to research the breed to make sure you know what you’re getting into. When you do adopt a pub, you got a best friend for life.