ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Is a Pug Dog the right pet for you?

Updated on October 23, 2012

Pug Art

Pug cards, prints, framed art, posters and more at: http://edward-fielding.artistwebsites.com/art/all/dogs+-+pugs/all
Pug cards, prints, framed art, posters and more at: http://edward-fielding.artistwebsites.com/art/all/dogs+-+pugs/all | Source

Quick History of the Pug Breed

The Pugs lineage is one of the old and goes back 400 years before Jesus Christ popped out on to the straw. Its suspected origins are from the Pekingese or Bulldog. In either case the breed came from Asia and was popular among Tibetan monasteries. When the breed was imported to Japan and Europe the breed became well known among royalty. The breed was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885 and it is noted that the Pugs talents lay in being a watch dog (alerting owners of approaching danger, not necessarily doing anything about it) and performing tricks.

Is a pug dog the right choice for your home?

I never really liked pugs. I always thought they were kind of ugly and slobbery. But then recently I've been introduced to a number of pugs of family friends and I've developed a rather sweet spot in my heart for these comical funny little dogs with the heavy breathing.

Pugs have a number of things going for them. First they are extremely portable. Their compact size and statue allows those with limited space to enjoy a dog and to easily transport them on your travels. They are known for being good watchdogs (they are not general yappers but they will bark at intruders) as well as learning tricks. Grooming pugs is easy. Their short hair can be brushed and shampoo as need. The only tricky area is their facial creases which should be cleaned regularly. Their eyes tear so around the eyes will need occasional attention.

Pugs like to eat and need a lot of exercise. Many pugs become obese simple because they follow the lifestyles of their owners - over eating and not getting enough exercise. If you are going to own a pug, watch the treats and take them out for daily walks.

Pugs make wonderful pets for both adults and children. They are a delight with their antics and add a bit of comical behavior to daily life. For example, the photo on the right is "Pete the Pug" and when he takes a pee he bends his body over to the extreme, until you are sure that he is going to actually topple over! I laugh every time I see it.

Couple of downsides of pugs. From my experience they can get nervous easily which can lead to peeing. Also that raspy breathing due to their squat faces can take a while to get used to. Shedding can be a problem. I've witnessed this myself, a pug can drop a huge amount of short hairs seasonally when they shed.

As far as living conditions, pugs like a moderate temperature which is great for inside living but cannot stand hot or cold conditions. Pugs tend to catch colds easily and are prone to allergies. Their short muzzle was breed for looks, not so much practicality and as such Pugs suffer from poor ventilation which leads to heat intolerance, wheezing and snoring issues.

Pugs can develop jealous behaviors if their "pack leader" i.e. you the owner are not strong. Make sure you don't let your pug take over. Pack leaders need to show proper leadership

Do you own a pug? Share your experiences in the comments section!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub ;I have never had one of these dogs and didn't know too much about them.

      However I loved this hub and learnt a lot also.

      Eddy.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)