Pug – Aristocratic Chinese on Four Paws

“Life without a Pug is possible. But it makes no sense,” said Loriot. Not in vain: the Pug is a lively charmer and faithful companion, while affectionate. You won’t be able to resist his plump face and big eyes. But don’t be fooled: Pugs know which stops to pull to wrap their people around their paws.

Emperor’s Little Dog

Pug is an aristocratic dog. Its origins go back to China 2000 years ago, where the monarchs only allowed it to be kept as an “imperial dog”. Pugs came to Europe through Dutch traders in the 16th century. Here they were also very popular in aristocratic circles – Queen Victoria kept a whole flock of Pugs. As a fashionable animal, the funny dog ​​quickly became fashionable in high society. At the same time, the breed began to degenerate, like the pug, as a living accessory in salons, did not lead a dog life befitting the species. At the end of the 19th century, interest in Pugs faded; however, it is currently experiencing a revival.

Nature of the Pug

Small but Bold: Pugs tend to have megalomania towards their peers. They hobble around the world with elemental trust and are sensitive to moods. Pug does not tolerate loneliness, wants to participate in everything. If he feels neglected, he shows it: he communicates with his people through facial expressions, gestures, and his vocal repertoire of grunts, huffs, and grunts. Pugs are smart, but also stubborn and sometimes stubborn. Consistent training is essential even in puppyhood.

Pug as a Pet Dog

A Pug measuring up to 32 cm at the shoulder belongs to the so-called mini-molasses. He is not born to be a sports or guard dog, but pursues a career in other areas: he is an ideal companion dog, especially for older people. His affection and need for physical contact predetermine him to this. Due to its small size, it is well suited as a city and apartment dog. The Pug is also a good choice for beginner dog owners and gets along well with children and other pets. Pugs love water, play with balance and fetch, but are by no means sports dogs. Running or cycling is not for them. Dog activities close to the ground, such as active digging and romping, are best. The Pug likes to climb on sofas and hills. But climbing stairs is unhealthy.

Pug Health & Care

The fur, which is mostly beige or black in Pug color, is easy to care for. However, regular brushing is necessary because the Pug is prone to shedding. The face needs careful care: the skin folds must be clean and elastic, and the veterinarian has special care products for the ears. Regular cleaning of the eyes and nose is also required. Also, make sure you eat a balanced diet: Pugs tend to be overweight, which they can’t make up for with exercise.

Due to the short nose, animals have a breed predisposition to respiratory diseases. These days, breeders are trying to give the Pug a little more “nose”. Bulging eyes cause corneal problems. Approximately one in a hundred Pugs suffers from pug encephalitis, an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. Be sure to buy your Pug from a reputable breeder and learn about the parent breeds too! So you will probably enjoy your Pug for a long time.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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