Don’t be fooled by their wrinkled, grumpy little face, Pugs are happy, affectionate and loyal. Their easy-going temperament means they tend to get on well with children and other animals, making them the perfect family pet.
Breed Group: Toy
Average Life Span: 12-15 years
Coat Colours: Black, Fawn, Apricot, Silver Fawn
Height: Male: 12-14 inches; Female: 10-12 inches
Weight: Male: 6-9 kg; Female: 6-8 kg
Pugs are loving, lively and never happier than when they’re spending time with their human family. Although they make good watchdogs, Pugs tend not to be ‘yappy’, which is welcome news to those who enjoy undisturbed sleep.
The legs of this adorable creature might be short, but they are also strong and straight. This means they are more robust than most other dogs in the Toy breed group and need daily walks and exercise. Despite their short coat, Pugs shed a lot of hair and require regular grooming to keep them happy and healthy.
Because of their flatter face and short muzzles, Pugs are unfortunately prone to chronic breathing problems, plus issues with wheezing and snoring. Their short muzzle means they can’t tolerate much heat or humidity and should ideally be kept indoors during hot weather. These conditions are all tied to being a Brachycephalic breed, which you can read more about here.
Be warned, Pugs are greedy eaters and will gain weight easily if left to their own devices. Ensuring they enjoy a controlled diet can help reduce the chances of developing diseases related to obesity such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Overall, a well-trained and looked after Pug is a fiercely loyal, happy and affectionate pet that would make an ideal addition to any family home.