Pug

Big dog-ittude in a small body—the Pug has a compact, square, cobby body, big bone structure and thick, wrinkly skin. Well-known for its short-muzzled face and curly tail, Pugs are friendly and gentle dogs.Suitable for families with little ones, Pugs love to play and often follow their owners around like a shadow. Pugs can be quite lazy, enjoying frequent Nanna naps!

Other Names
Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog
Country of Origin
China
Colour
Apricot, fawn, black and silver
Size
Small
Height / Weight
On average dogs stand at 30-36 cms at the withers and weigh 6-9 kgs, bitches average at height is 25-30 cms from the withers and weigh 6-8kgs.
Health
Prone to Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), an inflammation of the brain that strikes in adolescences (usually between the ages of 2-3). Also prone to allergies, chronic breathing problems, skin problems, keratites (inflammation of the cornea) and ulcers on the cornea. Eyes are prone to weeping.
Life Span
10-12 years
Intelligence
Playful Pugs love to learn games. They are clever but can be wilful, making training a challenge.
Exercise
Low
Suitability (Children)
High
Feeding

You must be very careful to avoid overfeeding with this breed. Also, many dogs have skin problems and may need to be on special diets.

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
Veterinary expenses could be high as they are susceptible to breathing, eye, mouth and general health problems.
Excercise
Pugs need a daily walk and enjoy high-energy games. Be careful not to over do it, especially if you see them start to wheeze.
Ailments
Prone to Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), an inflammation of the brain that strikes in adolescences (usually between the ages of 2-3). Also prone to allergies, chronic breathing problems, skin problems, keratites (inflammation of the cornea) and ulcers on the cornea. Eyes are prone to weeping.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom with a firm-bristle brush and shampoo (when necessary). Dry thoroughly after a bath so the dog doesn't get too chilly. Pugs do tend to shed so a good vacuum cleaner is a must! The creases on your Pug's face will also need a regular clean.

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
Heavy
Originating from China, some believe the Pug is related to the Tibetan Mastiff. In the 1950s and 60s China started trading with Europe and so Pugs made the trip to European shores where they became the dog of aristocrats and royalty holding high status amongst dog breeds. The pug became the official dog of the House of Orange, Holland, as recognition for saving the life of William, Prince of Orange, in 1572.


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