One of the key ways we can keep millions of dogs out of shelters is to encourage people to do their research before getting a dog. If you are considering adopting a pug, here are a few things about pugs you should know.
It is so important to choose the right breed for your lifestyle, budget, personality, family and home.
As part of our Rescue Dogs Rock campaign, we have been working on a breed library that includes tips or quotes from members of our community to go with the launch of the Rescues Rock and Puppies episodes of the TV series in Canada.
As I am now fostering Kilo the Pug, I thought I would share what I have learned so far.
5 Things About Pugs You Should Know Before Adopting
Origins of the Pug Breed
The Pug is believed to have originated in China, and then to have been imported to Europe around 400 years ago. The pug reportedly became the official dog of the House of Orange in 1572 after a Pug saved the life of the Prince of Orange by alerting him to the approach of assassins. The breed was popular with royalty, particularly during the reign of Queen Victoria in the UK, and frequently pampered like royalty. They were apparently one of the most searched breeds on the internet last year according to Google.
2) Unique Pug Body Type
The Pug is a squarely built, deep chested, compact breed with short legs, a tightly curled tail and an unmistakable flat, wrinkled face with large round, almost human dark protruding eyes.
They are known as a brachycephalic breed like Bulldogs, and require face cleaning in their wrinkles. They frequently have an underbite. They may be prone to breathing issues and may suffer in extreme temperatures.
3) Pugs Shed – A Lot!
Their smooth short coats can be fawn, apricot fawn, silver fawn, or black. Pugs require minimal grooming, but they do shed a lot (more than I expected), even with regular brushing. They may also require nail trims and most seem to hate it.
4) Pugs are True Companion or Lap Dogs
Pugs are true companion dogs. Although pint-sized, Pugs come packed with a lot of cheeky charm and love company. They are known as velcro dogs and follow you everywhere (including the bathroom).
The cute, sturdy little dogs usually like children and if properly socialized and trained, can make great family pets. They may have bursts of energy and be quite nimble, but do not generally have a lot of stamina and will snooze on the couch or on your lap a lot too. Pugs can make great apartment dwelling dogs, though they do require lots of love, attention and stimulation.
5) Food Motivated and Stubborn
Pugs are usually eager to please, but can be a little stubborn to train. They love to play with you and take short walks. They are often very food motivated and seem to respond best to positive reinforcement and patience. If they do not get enough exercise and an appropriate diet, they can be prone to obesity.
If you have any insights or fun facts or stories about Pugs, please add them in the comments.
I just found this fabulous article by Blanche at Pug-A-Lug Pug Rescue – so insightful and so many things I have found true with rescue rascal Kilo https://www.pugalug.com/what_the_books_didnt_tell_you.html