What Is A Pug?
Pugs are small dogs with short legs and long bodies. They have a medium length coat that ranges from light brown to black. Their eyes are large and round, but their nose is pointed. There are two distinct types of pugs; those with white markings (white pups) and those without (black pups). White puppies tend to be smaller than black ones, while black puppies tend to be larger than white ones.
A Pug’s Coat Coloration
The coat coloration of pugs varies greatly depending on the breed. Some pugs have lighter colored coats than others. Pugs with light colored coats include: American Shorthair, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Chihuahua, English Bulldog, German Shepherd Dog, Irish Setter and Yorkshire Terrier.
Other breeds such as the Pekingese, Portuguese Podengo, Saint Bernard and Sulky have darker colored coats. These pugs may not be as popular as other pugs because they don’t have the same personality traits like being friendly or lovable. However, these pugs do make great companions if properly trained.
Some Pug Breeders Have A Lot Of Questions About What Size Puppy Should I Get?
Puppy mills breed pugs (and other animals) like they are products on an assembly line. They breed pugs that are so inbred that many of them have health problems. These small unhealthy pugs are then sold at pet shops or over the internet for a high price. They are bred this way so they can be sold for a higher price, but you get what you pay for. These pugs are more likely to need medical attention and will cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars to keep healthy. Reputable breeders do not sell their pugs, puppies or adults for high prices. In fact, they may even charge less than what a pet store would charge, because they love their animals and don’t care about profiting off of them.
Most pugs have very deep set eyes. In most cases, you cannot see a pug’s eyes because they are hidden beneath the brow. This is because the bones surrounding a pug’s eyes are very short.
Some breeders will remove the wrinkles from around a pug’s eyes to make them look friendlier and more appealing to buyers. However, this is very painful for pugs and should never be done.
Pugs have extremely large ears for their body. These ears are prone to infection because they trap moisture and attract bacteria. This can be combated by keeping the ears clean.
After playing or swimming, wipe your pug’s ears dry to prevent them from becoming infected.
The head of a pug is very large compared to the rest of its body. This causes pugs to have difficulty giving birth naturally, and veterinarians often have to step in to help them.
Many pugs have an underbite, which means that the lower teeth protrude forward past the upper teeth. An overbite, which means that the top teeth jut past the bottom teeth, is also quite common. These underbites are harmless and do not affect your pug’s health or well-being.
The average weight of a male pug is between 16 and 18 pounds, while the average weight of a female pug is between 12 and 14 pounds.
What Do Pugs Eat?
Pugs have relatively large appetites, and will often eat both dry food and wet food. How much food your pug eats depends on its size, age, activity level and metabolism. One rule of thumb is that the food should be slightly larger than the size of your pug’s head.
When you are choosing a food for your pug, make sure to choose one specifically made for pugs. Dog foods made for large or giant breed dogs may not have the right nutrients for your pug. Pugs also need more protein in their diet than other dog breeds.
Pugs are prone to obesity due to their small size and large appetites. Make sure your pug is not getting any extra food from the table, and also take your pug for walks and runs regularly to help burn off extra energy and calories.
How Much Exercise Does A Pug Need?
Because of their short stature and build, pugs do not have extremely active lifestyles. However, they can get exercise by taking walks and runs with their owners. Pugs are also very good at climbing stairs and jumping, so taking them to a park with stairs and outdoor playground equipment is a great way for them to get exercise.
What Is The Best Way To Train A Pug?
Pugs respond the best to reward-based training. To use this method, only give your pug treats or praise when they do something you like. If the behavior stops, the treats and praise will stop as well. Never punish a pug or get angry, as this may cause them to become timid and shy.
Pugs can also be trained through intimidation. To use this method, establish yourself as the alpha in the “pack” by standing over them, staring them down and never letting them win an argument. Pugs are very stubborn, so it is important that you always win.
This method of training is not recommended.
How Long Do Pugs Live?
The average pug lives between 12 and 15 years, which is about average for a dog. There are some pugs that live longer, and there are some that pass away before reaching their first birthday. Just like with people, no one knows why some dogs live long healthy lives while others do not.
How Big Do They Get?
Average Pug Height Average Weight 0.6 to 0.9 inches tall 9 to 16 pounds
What Else Should You Know?
Pugs are a favorite breed of many people, both adults and children. Many owners will dress their pugs up in tiny little outfits. Some pugs enjoy this, while other pugs despise it and try to wiggle out of their outfits as soon as they can.
Pugs also have very short snouts, which cause them to suffer from several health problems. These include breathing problems, eye problems and a tendency towards obesity. Feeding your pug a healthy diet and giving them plenty of exercise can help counter these issues.
Pugs are low-maintenance dogs that can get along well with children and other animals. They can adjust to city life or country life and still remain happy as long as they get attention from their owners.
Be sure to train your pug and establish yourself as the alpha, but also be sure to give your pug attention and love. With proper care, your pug will remain a happy dog that will bring joy to you and your family for many years.
Sources & references used in this article:
Pug Husky Mix Facts by HP Mix – thedogdigest.com
Pugs at work: Bodily capital and bodily labour among professional boxers by LJD Wacquant – Body & society, 1995 – journals.sagepub.com
Pug Corgi Mix Facts by PC Mix – thedogdigest.com
Husky and Pug mix–Complete Breed Info by HP Mix – thevetscare.com