The Pug was recognized by the American Kennel club in 1885. The breed is believed to have originated from China, where monks valued the breed and the dog’s appearance. The breed later was brought to Holland and one later became a pet to Prince William of Ornage. The dog made further positive impressions when it saved Prince William I’s life when it alerted him of invading Spaniards. Later, Josephine, Napoleon’s wife owned a pug that would deliver several messages to Napoleon when she was being held in prison. In the Victorian era the breed was high valued and sported clipped ears that further enhanced the wrinkled look.
Pugs were initially bred to be companions, a role the player well. They’re content to just sit with you and cuddle. They are playful in nature and love to please their owners with antics. They also have a great sense of humor and love to show off. Since they are low maintenance they are ideal for apartment dwellers and older owners who may not be interested in a dog that requires too much exercise. Mild walking is enough for a pug as they don’t like to move around a lot.
Pugs love kids and are great companions for a family that has children. However, if the children are looking for a dog to play with the pug is not the ideal dog as they just prefer to lead a sedentary life.
Pugs come in either fawn or in black. Both variations have a short, flat, black muzzle. The have a short and smooth coat that is easy to take care of. Nonetheless, the short coat does not mean they don’t shed. The have two shedding seasons per year where they shed almost all their dead hair. The rest of the time they shed lightly but shed constantly, in fact those thinking about owning a pug should consider.
Since they are small in size, they are easy to clean, and cleaning them at least once a month minimizes shedding. Combing their hair between baths minimizes shedding too. Trimming their nails is also essential as they don’t get to go outside often and therefore get to wear their nails like other dogs. They mostly don’t have a problem with grooming and nail trimming as long as these are introduced to them from a young age.
The face wrinkles can be problematic because they tend to get easily infected. To avoid infections, dry the wrinkles thoroughly, and between baths keep them dry with either cotton balls or with baby wipes.
Pugs are sensitive to heat and humidity and so if you live in a hot area don’t leave him to live outdoors for too long.
There are some problems associated with this breed that new owners should be aware of before bringing the dogs into their houses.
One of them is shedding. You need to be aware that pugs are constant shedders so you’ll need to pick the hairs often. They are also stubborn and require you to be consistent in your training. Treats do the trick, although it may take months before you can successfully housebreak a pug. You therefore need to be patient.
Breeders breed these dogs to be phsically deformed. As a result, they have many health problems including trouble with their breathing, fatal neurological disease called Pug Dog Encephalitis. Like all breeds with a short muzzle, the snort, snuffle, wheeze, grunt, and snore loudly. If you are a light sleeper you’ll need to wear ear muffs to keep the loud snores out. You also need to consider whether you can consider these sounds known as pug noises.
Like all short-faced breeds, pugs gulp air when eating, resulting in gassiness. They have a lot of gas and constantly pass wind. The problem is made worse by commercial food that includes ingredients that are hard to digest such as corn and other grains. This problem can be minimized by feeding a homemade diet or choosing food that does not have grains in its composition.