Looking for a loving and charming, and with a touch of mischievousness, dog? The pug might be your ideal choice.
This breed is well known as a small dog with a lot of spirit. Their compact and sturdy build, as well as their irresistible sense of humor, makes them adorable.
The Pug loves being at the center of attention and will do anything to make your family laugh and play with him.
But, since this is an extremely popular breed, many so-called “breeders” see an opportunity to gain profit.
This only means that finding a healthy Pug puppy that doesn’t come with any hidden health issues is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
But, if you know what to look and to ask the breeder the right questions, your chances of bringing a high-quality pup home will significantly increase.
To help you out, we offer you this in-depth guide that will not only give you an insight into what this breed brings and what to expect but also advise on how to find a reputable breeder and what to pay attention to before buying the puppy.
So, let’s see what you need to know before getting to that happy moment of introducing the Pug puppy to your family.
Pug Puppies – Before You Buy…
As we mentioned above, before making the actual purchase, there are some things you need to know about how to find a reputable breeder so that you don’t end up with a sick pup, and what is the price range you should expect.
Also, we will share some little-known facts about Pug puppies that will help you understand what to expect at the beginning of your new doggie relationship.
Let’s first take a look if the Pug’s price range fits your budget.
What price are the Pug puppies?
As with any other breed, you can get Pug puppies for a low price.
In that case, you can forget about health test clearances, and the chances are great you will walk away with a puppy that is not in great health condition.
On the other hand, if you want complete reassurance that your puppy comes from healthy parents and that it hasn’t inherited any particular health issues that might show up later, you will need to have a budget that covers the $600 to $1000 price range.
How to find reputable Pug breeders?
Getting a Pug puppy is actually really easy. On the other hand, getting a reputable Pug breeder is a completely different story.
You should avoid “breeders” that don’t have the answers to these two extremely important questions:
- What can you tell me about this breed?
If the breeder doesn’t know the history of the Pug breed, he is most likely either a backyard breeder that already had a female, found a male and decided to make some cash off the pups.
He is interested in the money, so high-quality food and health test clearances are out of the question because they would minimize the profit.
A reputable breeder will tell you all about the breed without you even asking.
He will also give you an insight into their personality and what to expect from the puppy, as well as when the pup grows up into a dog.
- Do you have a documented medical history of both the parents and the puppy?
If the answer is no, don’t you dare buy a puppy from this “breeder” because he is probably a puppy mill owner and pups from such horrible conditions are in most cases sick or will get sick later in their lives.
A reputable breeder, on the other hand, cares about his dogs and monitors their health.
You will have an insight into the pup’s parents’ health history, proof of all the needed genetic health condition clearances and vaccinations.
3 Little-known facts about the Pug puppies
Here are some little-known facts that will help you have a better idea of handling the rest of the things that come with the cuteness overload known as the Pug puppy.
- Lords of mischievousness
Sure, they are irresistibly cute. But did you know that even while they are still pups, Pugs tend to be mischievous, which leads to stubbornness if you don’t let them do their naughty games.
So, plan training your puppy and letting it know its boundaries from the first day.
- Housebreaking can get slow
Even though intelligent, this breed is known to have pups that are rather slow when it comes to housebreaking.
Therefore, you should expect a few months of constant crate training.
- They shed – 365 days a year
Pugs shed, constantly! Even while they are still pups, they will shed every day. And, that continues throughout their entire lives.
So, unless you want dog hair all over your home, brush your dog twice a day, every day.
Physical Traits of the Pug
Now, let’s see how “big” can your Pug get, and how long can you expect him to be your faithful, mischievous companion.
How big is a full-grown Pug?
Pugs are not a big dog breed, but their square-shaped bodies make them look bigger than other breeds that are of similar height.
On average, Pugs can be in the range of 10 to 14 inches in height, while their weight goes from 14 to 18 pounds, and the difference between males and females isn’t drastic.
What is the life expectancy of the Pug?
If your Pug gets proper care and food and has regular vet checkups, you can expect him to be a part of your family for some 12 to 13 years.
Of course, this is a general estimation. Meaning, there are many cases where Pugs live a few years longer than the expected age range.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pug
Pugs love to entertain and love playing games, but that is more to make their owners happy because they love spending time with and being close to their human family.
They are “All eyes on me” dogs, and if you ignore them, it will break their little hearts.
As for their personality, Pugs are famous for being affectionate and with a happy, charming spirit, and they are extremely loyal.
But, even though this is an extremely intelligent breed, Pugs tend to have that slightly stubborn or better yet mischievous side.
Which, in some cases, makes the training more complicated and more time-consuming.
Pugs can even be decent watchdogs, but you don’t have to worry about being alerted with every sound they hear because they are not particularly barky.
They will, however, let you know if they sense something dangerous.
Furthermore, this is a dog that is meant to be a companion, and he is excellent at it. However, you shouldn’t expect your pug to go hunting if that’s your thing.
Your Pug will be the happiest while in your lap and if he feels devotion from your side.
Pugs are more of a “just sitting here and chilling” type of a dog, and while inside, you will mostly find them laying on the sofa, right by the owner and watching TV.
However, they are not lazy, they just like relaxing with the owner. Once you start playing with a Pug, you will notice its playful nature, and the will to make you laugh with its silliness.
If you start the training of your Pug early, and if you properly socialize him, he won’t have a problem getting along with other dogs or animals.
They can also be great with children and thanks to their solid build, they are not fragile.
This means that you don’t have to worry that your kids might hurt the dog if they accidentally fall over him while playing.
But, if your kids expect the Pug to play fetch or football with them, they are in for a disappointment as pugs are not great active sports players like Bulldogs or other breeds that love chasing the ball.
Furthermore, thanks to their small size and quiet nature, as well as their tendency to remain relatively inactive while indoors, Pugs are a great choice for people who live in apartments.
In fact, due to the shape of their faces, mostly their noses, Pugs are meant to live indoors because they are not good with extremely cold or hot weather and could have problems with breathing in such conditions.
When it comes to Pug’s temperament, when choosing the pup, make sure you get an insight into how the parents behave when you approach them, as well as how the other pups from that litter play.
In most cases, this is a relatively calm breed, but, like with any other breed, there are exceptions.
By seeing how the pup’s parents behave, you can have a much better picture of how your puppy will act when it grows up.
But, even if you happen to take a puppy that shows signs of a stubborn or in some other ways a problematic temperament, don’t worry, like, with all other dogs, training and socialization will shape him into a well-behaved dog.
You should start the training as soon as possible, as well as expose your Pug to different sounds, experiences, animals, and people.
Always a good choice is involving your Pug in puppy kindergarten classes, as well as regularly having your friends come over so that the dog can get used to other people. If they have dogs or other pets, they should bring them as well.
Once well socialized, you will not have problems with your Pug and will even be able to leave him with cats, or small animals such as hamsters or rabbits.
When it comes to your Pug’s diet, he will develop properly with high-quality dog food.
Whether you feed him with home-made or commercial food, it is important to use age-appropriate food.
Now, this is important to know – Pugs love humans, but they also love to eat! Therefore, keep track of the calorie intake, because they are known to gain weight fast.
Also, during the training, you will have to use treats. But, keep in mind that too much can cause obesity.
You should feed your Pug with appropriate portions of dog food (a half, to one full cup daily, divided into two meals), and fresh and clean water should always be available to your dog.
How much Exercise does the Pug need?
If you allow him, your Pug won’t mind spending his days relaxing on the sofa. However, this is not good for him because, without exercise, obesity is a huge possibility.
However, since playfulness is in their nature, you should encourage him to go out and play with you.
So, each day, a walk, combined with playtime, will be a good enough exercise for your Pug and allow him to reach senior age without a problem.
Also, keep in mind that due to the shape of their faces, Pugs are not good with extreme heats and cold weather.
So, during the winter or during the summer when the sun is too hot, playtime in the house will be enough to burn those piled up calories.
Pug Health and Conditions
The first thing everyone notices on the Pug is its big dark eyes. However, eyes are Pug’s vulnerable spot.
Pugs can have some eye related issues that include the dry eye problem, and corneal ulcer.
Before buying a Pug puppy, you need to ask the breeder for following health test clearances:
- Pug Dog Encephalitis DNA Test
- Hip Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Patella Evaluation
My final thoughts on the Pug
Okay, we have reached the end of our Pug guide.
By now, you have realized that the commonly associated Latin saying “Multum in Parvo”, which means plenty in little, is the best possible description of these adorable dogs.
Thanks to their large head and big eyes, Pugs are capable of making facial expressions that resemble human facial expressions.
This trait and their playful yet mischievous nature make them adored by many.
If you ask any Pug owner, you will get nothing but good feedback and assurance that Pugs are ideal home and family pets.
They can live in the country, or the city, in a house, or an apartment, and they are devoted and love their human family.
If trained and socialized early and properly, Pugs are great with kids and other pets you might have.
Pugs are also known for being charming and with a stable temperament, and they love eating. So, you need to keep an eye on the food amount or your Pug might have problems with obesity.
But, if you provide him with regular moderate training, and monitor how much he eats, you will have a healthy, lively, funny companion that will live only to make you and your family happy.
Okay, now that you know much more about Pugs, what do you think? Is this the perfect breed for you?
If you have any Pug related questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section.
Thanks for reading!
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- Pug Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Pug
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pug
- Pug Diet
- Pug Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Pug