Is a Pug the right dog for you?

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Pugs are an unmistakable breed of dog. Small and sturdy, they have a highly recognizable face. Pug faces are wrinkly, round, and feature big eyes that are usually accentuated by darker coloring. Their muzzles are also usually highlighted by this dark coloring. With a droopy mouth and bright personality, pugs are a breed that often brings a smile to our faces.

If you are considering purchasing, adopting or rescuing a Pug dog, consider these facts about Pugs before making your decision: 

  • Due to their short muzzles, pugs don’t tolerate extreme weather well. Very hot and very cold weather can impact their ability to breath comfortably and safely. Pugs are best suited to milder environments or need to be kept mostly indoors during extreme temperatures for their safety.
  • Pugs are considered a small dog breed and are great companion animals. Usually reaching between 10 and 14 inches in height, pugs are short and stout. Generally, pugs weigh between 12 and 18 pounds and rarely get to be over 20 pounds.
  • In addition to their distinctive facial features, pugs are also easily recognized by their coloring. Almost always a light fawn color with dark or black facial coloring, a pug is hard to miss. They have short hair, and their tails are usually tightly tucked along their backs, with a slight curve.
  • One reason pugs are so well-loved is their playful personalities. Pugs are commonly funny, energetic, and playful. Pug owners will often refer to their canine companions as clowns or tricksters. Pugs are highly social and love to play with their families or make other dog friends.
  • Pugs are intelligent but are also very strong-willed. Sometimes, pugs can be difficult to train. But with the help of a trainer or some expert tips, pugs can be trained. Their resistance to training isn’t an issue of intelligence; it is due to their strong wills.
  • Your pug needs a lot of exercise because this breed is very active and high-energy. As long as a pug gets interaction, time to be social, and lots of attention, they can adapt well to apartment or small-space living. As a smaller breed, pugs don’t require a lot of living space, but they must be given adequate attention and exercise. Pugs can be prone to weight-gain so ensuring they get enough exercise is absolutely essential. A healthy, monitored diet can also keep them in shape.
  • Another benefit of the pug breed is how easy it is to groom them. Unlike larger or longer-haired breeds, pugs are very easy to groom. Grooming your pug is an excellent time to connect and bond. They often enjoy closeness with the companions and can enjoy occasional brushing.
  • Pugs are incredibly loving and friendly dogs. When considering smaller breed dogs, pugs are one of the best options for families with children. The playful, energetic spirit of pugs lends itself well to a busy family with lots of potential playmates and attention-givers. Pugs also tend to get along well with other dogs, so could be a good option for a multi-pet family.
  • While protective of their families, pugs are not aggressive and are not a loud breed that is prone to barking. Pugs are usually friendly to strangers, but bond most strongly with their families and caretakers.

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