Pugs Shed Their Hair, Constantly!
Be prepared to be picking up a lot of dog hair.
Some Pugs have a ‘double coat’, an upper and lower coat. The undercoat grows continually which causes the hair of the top coat to be pushed out.
There is no real remedy for this but brushing regularly will help to reduce the problem.
Pugs have huge personalities!
Pugs make loving, adorable pets and they can be extremely stubborn. This stubbornness is not to be confused with a lack of intelligence, pugs are in fact very intelligent. Sometimes they simply choose to ignore the commands you give them knowing full well that you will not be angry with them for long.
Pugs Love to Eat!
Pugs are prone to becoming obese. No matter how much they have eaten they still seem to be able to make room for more. Your Pug must be put on a strict diet of good healthy food and you must control the amount of food he/she consumes if you want your dog to remain healthy.
Pugs that are over weight may look cute and cuddly but failing to regulate their food intake can lead to major health problems.
The amount of food that your Pug requires will be determined by factors such as age, weight and the amount of physical activity they undertake. Most Pugs seem to do better on good quality dog foods, as opposed to cheaper brands. Of course if you have the time you could always prepare your dog food in your own kitchen (there are lots of recipe books for dog food available online).
Pugs are naturally Lazy!
It is a fact of life that your Pug will do nothing but sleep all day if you let him. Although he/she may look perfectly content to laze around all day it is important that they get their exercise.
Exercise is as important for dogs as it is for humans when it comes to staying healthy.
Pugs are small dogs and do not need massive amounts of exercise. Usually one or two short walks a day will be sufficient. Avoid walking your dog at the hottest part of the day as they do not handle excessive heat well. They have extremely short snouts which restricts the amount of air that reaches their lungs. Exposure to excessive heat reduces their air intake even more.
Your Pugs Personal Hygiene!
Bathing: Your Pug needs to have a bath once in a while. It is important however that you do not over do it! A Pugs natural skin defences can be weakened by excessive bathing. The natural oils required for a healthy coat can be destroyed which causes the skin to dry out creating a dandruff type of condition.
On average your Pug should have a bath about once a month or thereabouts.
Teeth Cleaning: As with all breeds of dog it is important that a Pugs teeth are cleaned regularly to help keep them in good condition. Simply brush your pets teeth using a soft/medium toothbrush and a pleasantly flavoured toothpaste. This should be done at least once a month.
Cleaning the Wrinkles: One of the most adorable features of Pugs is their wrinkles. Some of these wrinkles, or folds, can be quite deep. Moisture, dust and dirt can accumulate in them over time. If these folds are not kept clean it can result in unpleasant odours and can also lead to sores developing.
To keep the folds clean simply wipe between the folds with a slightly damp cloth and then dry away any remaining moisture.
Pugs are prone to having ‘gas’!
All dogs suffer from gas but Pugs are more prone to the problem than most.
In order to try to reduce the problem to an ‘acceptable level’ there are a couple of things you can do.
It helps to feed your Pug the correct diet and make sure that he/she eats slowly. The faster they eat the more gas is likely to be produced.
There are bowls available that are designed specifically to make your dog eat more slowly. It is well worth investing in one.
Your Pug will Snore!
Pugs have very small nasal cavities which restricts their air intake. This restricted passage of air results in them snoring whilst asleep. They can also have a tendency to wheeze whilst awake for exactly the same reason.
This restricted air flow can also prevent their body’s from cooling down after a walk for example.
It can be helpful to leave a fan running close by to help them to breathe more freely.
It can also be helpful to lightly massaging the throat until your pet becomes calm and begins to breathe more evenly.
Pugs are Prone to Health Problems!
The genetic and physical make up of the breed tend to make them prone to a number of health issues. These include:
The physical shape of a Pugs face makes them prone to eye infections. If your dog rubs his/her eyes a lot then it is probably a sign that they are suffering from some form of irritation or infection.
In order to reduce the possibility of infection you should wipe your pets eyes on a regular basis to get rid of any secretions that may be present and also to help prevent problems from occuring.
Check your Pugs eyes regularly for any early signs of problems.
Pugs quite susceptible to a condition known as ‘entropion’. This is a genetic problem which causes the eyelashes to grow inwards which scratches and irritates the eyes. If you suspect that your Pug has this condition then an early visit to the Vet is advised as the condition can cause blindness if left untreated.
If your Pugs eyes appear cloudy or he/she has a tendency to squint it is possible that they are suffering from a condition known as ‘Corneal Ulcers’. If you believe that your pet may be suffering from this then it is advisable to seek advise from your vet in order to prevent the condition from worsening.
Keratoconjunctivitis Sica (KCS), commonly referred to as ‘Dry Eye’ is another condition that is quite common amongst Pugs. It usually occurs because the tear ducts become blocked or simply because the tear ducts are not secreting sufficient moisture to lubricate the eyes properly.
If your pets eyes appear to be red and show signs of a yellow discharge, or he is blinking excessively, this can indicate that your dog is suffering from ‘dry eye’.
Most breeds of dog, including Pugs, that have short noses have a tendency to suffer from a breathing disorder known as Brachycephalic Syndrome (also called brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome, or BAOS for short).
Because of the Pugs facial characteristics their respiratory system does not work as efficiently as breeds with ‘normal’ facial features.
This abnormality of the nostrils, back of the throat and windpipe causes Pugs to breathe heavily and wheeze even after gentle exercise.
If the condition becomes too severe there are surgical procedures available that can help, but not cure, the condition.
Other breeds that suffer from this disorder are Bulldogs, Boxers, Shih Tzus and Pekingese.
Other Health Issues
Pugs can also suffer from a number of other health issues. These include Intussusception, an intestinal problem, Luxating Patella, which relates to back and leg problems, and various Neurological Problems.
Pugs are happiest when they are indoors.
They do require exercise but they are basically a house dog. They require very little space and are perfectly suited to apartment living providing they get a walk a couple of times a day.
If you are looking for a companion to go jogging with you a Pug is definitely not for you!
On no account should you buy a Pug and expect him/her to live outside!
Owning a Pug will ensure that you receive loads of love!
A Pug does not understand the term ‘personal space’ and will expect to be the centre of attention at all times. They simply adore human company and will literally follow you everywhere.
Pugs are extremely sensitive and will shower you with love and affection at the end of a long hard day.