Pug Care

Pug Care

Looking for the basics in Pug care? From Pug coat care to Pug face wrinkle care, we've got you covered. And here's some good news - Pugs are relatively easy to care for compared with other dog breeds and you can cover most of it with just a few minutes per month!

(bonus tip: if you're looking for expert advice on house training your Pug, go check out the 2 FREE videos on how to potty train a Pug fast and easy)

Pug Coat Care

Let's start care of your Pug with the fur. Brush your Pug with a brush that has stainless steel bristles once a week. This will help cut down on the fur in the house as well as keep your Pug looking neat. But don't expect miracles - Pugs shed a ton! In the summer, when we brush our fawn Pug, it looks like he's smoking as the fur is flying off.

Some folks brush their Pug everyday because it helps reduce the amount of fur in the house. Pugs usually enjoy being brushed and many look forward to it. Simply brush in the direction the fur grows without pressing down too hard on the brush. Use smooth, even and gentle strokes.

As far as bathing goes, a lot of folks like to bath their Pugs every other week to once per month. The choice is yours based on how active your Pug is. Personally, we do every other week in the summer and once per month in the winter.

Pug Face Wrinkle Care

Here's one of the critical components of Pug care. The folds and crinkles on a Pug's face are magnets for gook! This stuff gets in there because Pugs spend a lot of time with their face in their food bowl, outside in the grass, etc. Plus, the face wrinkles collect a cocktail of dried tears and mucous...yum!

Clean those facial folds to make sure they don't develop any infections or fungus. We've had a couple infections with our fawn Pug, and while it's not a big deal to fix (non-prescription pads from the vet did the trick), you're best approach is to not let it happen in the first place. Since all that gook makes a Pug smell a bit "yucky", you've got extra motivation to clean the wrinkles regularly.

Cleaning the facial folds is easy if you've got a cooperative dog. Our black Pug is a bit of a baby when it comes to this...he constantly turns his face around to avoid the wipes! Best advice is to start cleaning the folds when they're a puppy so they get used to it.

You'll need a baby wipe that's non-alcoholic / non-scented. Hold the Pug firmly and gently run the wipe in the folds above the nose and below the eyes. Continue until the wipe is clean after running through the wrinkles. Finally, apply a very thin layer of Vaseline inside the fold above the nose the give some protection and healing to this sensitive area. I'd recommend doing this once per week or once every other week at the latest.

Pug Toe Nails

Pugs nails grow fast and you'll quickly find your Pug has some awfully sharp nails. This can be no fun if your Pug is a jumper or you have small children in the house.

There are a few options to trim the Pug's nails. You can clip ‘em, you can Dremel ‘em (a Dremel is a small power tool that has a sander attachment) or you can punt this task to a professional groomer or vet (see, there's an easy way out!). Clippers are less hassle but you run the risk of cutting the toe's vein if you're not too careful.

One of the best times to trim nails this is when your Pug is deeply asleep. They won't put up much of a struggle and they tend to be very relaxed. To avoid cutting too far down on the nail, clip just the curved part of the nail.

A Pug needs their nails trimmed every two to three weeks. There's more than an occasional scratch to you if you don't do this...Pug nails that grow too long can cause bleeding and breakdown of the pasterns on the paws, which will cause your Pug pain when walking.

Pug Ears

Use a baby wipe or a damp cloth. Gently wipe clean only the areas of the ear that you can see....don't go too deep! Think what it would be like for somebody to do the same thing to you and that will help you measure the depth correctly. Clean the ears as frequently as they appear dirty. Our fawn gets dirty ears and needs cleaning once per month, while our black Pug hardly ever needs ear cleaning.

Pug Teeth

Pugs need their teeth brushed just like humans! There are two options - have your vet do it (easy answer!) or try it yourself. Again, it's best to start this when they're puppies to make it a habit.

Buy a dog toothbrush (they make them special) and dog toothpaste from your pet shop, and go to work like you were brushing the teeth of a small child. I know it sounds strange, but it's a pretty easy task and some Pugs even look forward to it! Check with your vet on how often to do this, but I tend to do this every 2 to 3 months for my Pugs.

Pug Nutrition and Health Issues

These are big issues beyond the scope of general Pug care, so we'll cover them in a separate article.

Pug Care Makes Happy Pugs

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Comments 62 comments

Chris Miller 8 years ago

Thanks for this informative article.Great job.Keep up the good work.


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Fat Loss Secret 8 years ago from San Francisdo

Great information, especially about the dental care. I see so many small dogs with bad teeth:( It's smelly and ultimately painful for the dog.


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stevelast 8 years ago

Hey! Wow. I love Pugs, but have never owned one. I am totally blown away that your pugs have let you brush their teeth. Our Dalmation is a rescue dog, so we had him from 3 years. Now, he is totally obstinate when I even try to LOOK at his teeth let alone scrub them. The only way is for the vet to clean them under anaestheic and my goodness, doesn't his mouth give bad breath unless they are kept clean!


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videotoweb 8 years ago

Cute dog. Easy to care for. Now, that's a winning combination. Thanks for all the pug care information. Looks like you covered all the basics.


LindsayD 8 years ago

Is it just me or are dremels scarier than clippers even though they're less likely to catch the quick?


progolfer79 8 years ago

Are baby wipes better for wrinkle cleaning than a baby wash cloth and warm water?


indrapramit 8 years ago

Brushing teeth?? That was supurb, thanks a lot!!!


nixbox 8 years ago

Wow, I did'nt imagine this could be so detailed!


feyi2007 8 years ago

Cannot believe it brush their teeth,clean their ears with wipes that is really cute reminds me of babies.That is a beautiful and cute pug u have in the picture.


Navs 8 years ago

I had not heard of the 'face wrinkle care' for my pug. Thanks for the info.


Union 8 years ago

Useful information, provides with the detailed information of the basic of pug caring.


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Sarah Eve Nichols 8 years ago

I didn't know that a stainless steel bristle brush was recommended. Thanks for the information.


solowpoet 8 years ago

Dried tears and mucous.....o.k. i get i'll make sure to get into those folds reeeeeeally good


s0m1c 8 years ago

I love your dog! ^^


rabia06 8 years ago

This article provides a detailed info about Pug care. Nice info and well explained. Great


skings81087 8 years ago

I will certainly use the potty training tips that you placed on this page. It's amazing how easy it should be, and it's even more amazing how difficult it is for the pet to adapt.


olivia 8 years ago

thanks for the information because im getting one and i realy needed some help!!! there the best dogs ever!!!


puglover 8 years ago

I have a pug and he is the cutest thing in the world.but he is really hard to take care. my 3 kids help me a whole lot but once i read this he has been a little easier to take care of


JO SMITH 8 years ago

HELP WE FOUND A HOMELESS PUG IN PHILA DID ALL P-WORK 3 VET VISITS AROUND 7 WE LIVE IN THE WOODS TICKS !!!!!!!!!!!! MY OTHER ANIMALS r use to the deal with taking them off but DEDE NOWAY , FRONT LINE WILL NOT KILL ALL HELP


niharika 8 years ago

thanx this information was really helpful

we'll take care of our black pug just like u do


kaeiley 8 years ago

I need big big big help with my baby puggy!! if you can help me with training my baby pug to not run away from me or to teach her how to not, pee or poo in our house please contact me at my e-mail : kwess1998@msn.com


supermom 8 years ago

I just got my pug last week. He's nine weeks old. He is so cute. Your web site is very helpful...especially the house training section. He is a lot of work but it's so worth it. Thanks a million.


puglover 7 years ago

about clipping your dogs nails, is it okay to use a normal human clipper, or are there dog clippers?


danny 7 years ago

i hv a 3 months old pug, im feeding him twice a day on 2 full soup spoon, is that ok ?? or should i increase it to 3 scoope or what??? tq


miracle 7 years ago

hey do yall know how they got their name


miracle 7 years ago

hey do yall know how they got their name


miracle 7 years ago

hey do yall know how they got their name


tanzie'smom 7 years ago

I have my first pug. this is my husbands second. he always told me that they were stubborn, but i thought he was being over dramatic about it. well. our tanzie,(short for tanzanite) is a very loving pug. she is very bright and will do any thing I ask as long as i have a treat. She will go to the bathroom in the house if we are not paying attention to her. if we do pay attention, she will run around and yap loudly, running circles aroung the coffee table or couch, showing us that she needs to go outside. I have read the articles but i am still pulling out my hair everytime my husband says"i told you so" yet he agrees, we would never trade her for any other pet. help.


christine 7 years ago

i clean my pugs nose and ear daily and i find it keeps the smell away. its still alittle gross but not bad at all. i use baby wipes, non sented.


lab127 7 years ago

thanx for da info i am gettin a pug soon so it is a lot of help to know about the animal ur gonna get thanx again i really think pugs are cute a lot of pepole tink dare ugly they are not though i am goin to name mine princess


Adreema Penny 7 years ago

I got my pug as a gift and we all love him. We are a family of 8 four leggers and 4 two leggers. 3 cats , 3 dogs ,2 turtles and myself, my husband and our two sons. We are all loving life and living it to the fullest.


PugPop001 7 years ago

I LOVE Pugs!!!!!! Can theyt breath ok cause my pug sometimes has trouble breathing & it scares me!!!:(


Addrina  7 years ago

Thanks for the info. I'm getting a pug pretty soon so this really helps out a lot. I had no clue that they required so much work. I guess I'll just have to put forth a lot of effort! What are good names for a pug?


Kathy Dannel Vitcak 7 years ago

I created a great product to help dry, crusty, yukky Pug Noses. I am sharing here, not blatantly selling - hahaha! We also support rescue!


Dinesh 7 years ago

I AM DINESH FROM INDIA. YOUR ADVICE IS VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND. THE PEOPLE LIKE ME ARE NOT HAVE A CAPABILITY TO BUY SO CALLED BOOKS ON PUG. IT IS VERY ESSENTIAL INFORMATION WHICH YOU GIVE. THANKS A LOT.


vaibhav 7 years ago

hi i am vaibhav from india pug is very cute very cute and loveble dog you should have to look after one thing that you should not touch under his eyes you should be carefull about it


sara 7 years ago

i found this sight very helpful.. i have a 9 week old pug.I have never owned a pug befor so i needed to know everything i could to care for my baby. thanks


mai 6 years ago

hi, i was wondering if fixing my one year old pug will be painful to him?


arunima singh 6 years ago

I love dogs but i basically like pugs. they are so cute. their face is like they are wearing mack. i have not buy a pug or dog but i really like them. my friends uncle has a pug, it is very cute. its name is ROMEW.


Amanda 6 years ago

I go to pick up my first pug today, a little boy & this was the most helpful info. Thank you so much!


SADIE 6 years ago

OUR BLACK PUG IS AROUND 15 MONTHS OLD...WHEN SHE COMES BACK IN FROM GOING POTTY SHE HAS A TERRIBLE ODOR FOR AWHILE...WHAT CAN WE DO OR IS THIS COMMON


lorelie 6 years ago

thanks for the info, I love dogs and I really want to have one at home.


Trips 6 years ago

explained beautifully......

i have fallen in love with the pugs all the more......


Indianamom 6 years ago

Very helpful information. Thank you. A+++ Your pug is so cute.


Bhanwar brar 6 years ago

i am bhanwar brar from india...

your information gives a better knowledge to maintain our pug properly...thanks for your good information...i have a black pug..if u hve any other good info plz reply me on brar_rupana@yahoo.co.in thanks...have a nice time....tc..


suki 6 years ago

We have just got two pugs 11 weeks old and name them Alfie and Matilda, they have been with us just over a week and wouldn't be without them. Thank you for the helpful advice


DAKSHI 5 years ago

HI! I AM DAKSHI FROM INDIA. I HAVE JUST BOUGHT A PUG WHICH IS JUST 31 DAYS AND I NEED TO KNOW ALOT ABT PETS AS ITS MY FIRST PET.I WANTED TO SAY THAT MY PUG IS TOOO SMALL AND I AM WORRIED ABT HIM THAT IT DOESNT CATCH ANY INFECTION....CAN U PLZZ ADVICE ME? THOUGH UR INFORMATION WAS GREAT WHICH COULD HELP IN LATER TIME BUT NOW WAT??


Binoy 5 years ago

Nice comments. I have a problem with my 1 year old pug. It catches lot of bugs in its skin and paws. He does not allow to clean. Is there any spray or powder available to clean it gently. For help,I would be grateful.


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bloggering 5 years ago from Southern California

Very good article! I have a 6 year old pug named Mr. Toad :-) You're not kidding about the fast nail growth, but once I started walking him every single day (on cement), we haven't had to clip his nails at all.


Cody Lee 5 years ago

We my family and I have a 14 month old black pug that we've had since she was 8 weeks. Her name is Matty short for Matilda. She is one of a kind or a pug of a kind as I believe they (pugs) are all extraordinary in their own way. She'll do anything for a treat or a taste of real food, severely addicted i should say....A bad habit that we started when she was little. Now we've weined her off the eggs and chicken.Hahahaa however she still get's to enjoy a treat or two each day regardless of her behaviour. Matty is severely spoiled and believes she is the king of the castle. Meaning we are the dirty rascalls. LOL. Either way we love her and wouldn't trade her human like personality for anything. Pugs rock


anuj verma 5 years ago

I want to buy basset hound or pug I could not realized that which one is best here pug wants much time pls any body help me 9891302163


Syl'v  5 years ago

Hey! Couse the best is a Pug.My Looloo can talk! She is the best dog/monkey/grimling in the world! She luv fruit, peanuts, carrots etc. But is very picky. I feed her Blue for weight .management.


jc 5 years ago

My puggie is now 2years old her name is BOTOX an i love her to bits, however she gets itchy all the time and i was wondering if anny advice from other pug lovers. She is under flee control and on dieet for sensitive skin, the vet doesnt think anything is wrong with her but i know that she is itchy and would love to help her.


Guest 5 years ago

Just wanted to comment on the ear cleaning tips. Dogs ears don't go "in" like our ears. They are "L" shaped. Our vet told us when it comes to cleaning our pugs ear to put the medicated whip on the pointer and go as deep as possible. Sounds harsh I know, but we haven't had any problems sense we learned how to clean them the right way. Of course we are very careful with her and she likes it now, she even yawns when we do it lol.

JC: I also have the same problem with my pug. I bought her some vanilla/oatmeal soothing dog shampoo and gave her a bath in that and now she seems to be fine. Pugs get "hot spots" from fle bits. They are basicly scabs under the skin. They itch when they heal. There is a spray you can get from your vet but I have no idea what it's called. I don't have a problem with fleas with my pug. Haven't seen one in the house at all sense we got her in April. Of course we put fle/tick Meds on her, as you do, and give her a bath every two weeks. Nobody likes a stinky dog :P Good luck :)


suman kakkar 5 years ago

i have four months old pug oskar. we love him so much.we dont take any risk for him .your whole information will help us to take more care. thanks


giulia 4 years ago

Looks like pugs are big in India!


Happy 4 years ago

I love my pug but he smells.he has skin irritation,shedding.


jhaymi and rafael 4 years ago

brush of pugs or brush of people???????????????????????????


Bineesh.v.a 4 years ago

I want to a pug for free

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Thunder 4 years ago

Woof woof im a pug and my family say i have bad breath. Is there tasty treats that can help me woof woof.


Avril 4 years ago

I have a litter of Pug/ German Abel pups to give away. It's a long story, but my female shroud. had a Pug boyfriend.


aarushi 4 years ago

i have a little pug named chinu 5 month old

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