Are You Ready to Take Care of a Pug?

Are You Ready to Take Care of a Pug?

Pugs and their little flat faces are one of the most popular dogs along with golden retrievers and French bulldogs. Pugs are adorable, playful, social, intensely loyal, and quirky, making them one of the world’s most beloved dogs. Although pugs are very cute they come with some disadvantages.

Respiratory Issues

Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome occurs in dogs like Pugs with a reduced skull length, and results from excess soft tissue in their airways which may obstruct airflow. Symptoms can include your dog gasping for air and struggling to breathe during even moderate amounts of exercise.  Surgery can sometimes be required, however the impact of this condition may be reduced by keeping your pug cool in hot weather, avoiding excessive exercise, providing lots of fresh water, and keeping your dog at a healthy weight.

Eye Issues

The bulging eyes of pugs are unfortunately prone to several serious eye issues which can cause chronic irritation and pain. With their large eyes, Pugs are at a high risk of accidentally damaging their eyes by running into obstacles. Symptoms of other eye issues include bumping into furniture and other objects, a discolored eye discharge, weeping eyes, discolored spots on the eye, and any unusual appearances in or around the eye.

Skin Issues

Pugs are prone to allergies that cause itchy skin. In addition, their wrinkled folds of skin can trap dirt and moisture, providing an inviting place for bacterial skin infections to develop. Your vet may treat a bacterial skin condition with medicated shampoos, or by adjusting your dog’s diet. Consider supplementing your dog’s daily diet with Dig-In Digestive Gravy Powder to help keep your Pug in tip-top condition.

Bone and Joint Issues

Pugs have small legs that support a sturdy body, and this unique skeletal structure that causes them to have bone and joint problems. Luxating Patella is a condition that causes the knee to become dislocated. Signs that your Pug is experiencing this condition are hopping, jumping, favoring one leg, and having difficulty getting up and down. Severe cases may require surgery. Pugs may experience spinal problems, which in turn places pressure on their spinal cord, resulting in pain and possible loss of back leg function. While Pugs love to be included in family activities, it’s best to avoid games which involve your dog jumping from or onto high surfaces, to help reduce the risk of joint injury.

Don’t let all those reasons scare you away from getting a pug though. Yes, pugs do have health problems but so do all dogs.

Here are 5 characteristics that may help you decide if the pug is the right dog breed for you:

Pugs are natural cuddlers

As a breed, they tend to be expressive and often comical. They’re eager to play and will follow you, well, pretty much everywhere. Pugs tend to sleep more than other dogs, an average of 14 hours a day. So while they are known as eager people-pleasers, they’re also snoozers. Pugs are also known to be great family dogs and are very playful and affectionate with children. Also, because of their mouth shape, pugs have trouble delivering an aggressive bite and so are considered to be on the more kid-safe breeds.

Pugs tend to be smart, observant, and quick learners

The plus side of this trait is that they can be easily trained. The minus is they will quickly learn where you store the treats, and can get into their share of mischief. They also tend to be a little on the stubborn side, so training your Pug may require a little extra patience on your part.

Pugs are relatively low-maintenance

They don’t bark much… which is ideal if you live in an apartment or have roommates and they tend to sleep a lot. Contrary to myth, pugs do shed, and their coarse short hair needs regular grooming. Fortunately, most Pugs love the physical contact that a good brushing provides and are eager for the attention.

With pugs, a little exercise goes a long way 

Due to their small stature, pugs don’t need fields of running room. About 20 minutes of an easy exercise a day should be sufficient to keep your pug healthy, happy, and entertained. They do tend to have a robust appetite and have a predisposition for obesity. So you’ll want to watch your dog’s weight and limit treats, especially in older animals.

Pugs get along well with other animals

Pugs tend to be lovers, not fighters. So they’ll try to endear themselves not only to you and your children, but to any other pets you might own. Because of their size and sleeping habits, they tend to do well with cats, and it’s not uncommon to catch your Pug and cat snuggling together for a nap.