Welcome to ILoveMyPug.com. Your place for everything Pugs. As a little background on Pugs they belong to the pug dog breed, which falls under the category of toy dog breeds. They have a long history dating back to 400 BC, when they were favorite pets for Chinese royalties and Buddhist monks. Pugs came to Europe in the 16th century through Dutch traders, where they soon became favorite pets for European monarchs. They came to America during the early 1800s, and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. They are usually compact and muscular, with heavily wrinkled faces and curled tails.
Pugs also have protruding eyes and a snout that is compressed to their faces. They are also complemented by fine glossy coats that come in a variety of colors such as black, silver, white or fawn. In most cases, adults weigh no more than twenty pounds, while their life expectancy is about twelve to fifteen years. In addition to their physical features, pugs have other traits which prospective owners need to know prior to acquiring them.
Pugs are seldom aggressive, which makes them ideal pets for most families. They are very playful and fond of children, while they also make good watch dogs. Owing to their small size, pugs are ideal for people who do not have a lot of space in their homes. Pugs also get along with other dogs and pets without any problems, making them a welcome addition to the home. However, special care should be taken when it comes to cats. It is essential to ensure that such cats have been declawed, because the pugs’ protruding eyes make them vulnerable to injury by cats.
The other characteristic of pugs is that they are low-activity pets, which are not suited for an outdoor lifestyle. They don’t really like the cold and extreme temperatures. Due to their short muzzles and flat faces, they are not able to dissipate heat as effectively as other dogs through panting. Excess heat can lead to adverse health problems for the pugs, ranging from organ damage to heat stroke.
You should take care to ensure pugs are not exposed to extreme temperature variations such as heat and cold, thus care should be taken to regulate their temperature. Pugs love to eat it so owners should be careful when feeding them as to not over feed them resulting in your pug becoming obese.
They only require moderate exercises at regular intervals, but they usally love to take a walk or go to the park to run around. Care should be taken not to allow them too much physical activity which causes them to wheeze and pant.
Pugs generally need more health maintenance and care than other dogs. Although not all pugs may require frequent medical attention, pug owners are likely to spend more on veterinary care than owners of conventional dog breeds. Further, pugs are not easy to train due to their strong-willed nature, which means that they are not very cooperative students. It takes longer to train a pug than other dog breeds, thus it is important for a person to be patient when training one. The additional time and care when training can make a more enjoyable outcome between pug and owner strengthening the bond.