Dog Facts

Medium - high
Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Not very protective
Grooming Maintenance:
Low maintenance
Temperature Preference:
cool - temperate
Typical Lifespan:
12-15 years

About the Pug Breed

The Pug is a classic, well known dog, popular across not only the UK, but the globe. Originating in ancient China, the exact ancestry of the Pug has been lost, but it is one of the few Toy breeds to have Mastiff traits and heritage.

The most iconic characteristic of the Pug is the squashed, flat face. The formation of the Pug's airways means that it is brachycephalic, and therefore can have trouble breathing. This results in difficulty dealing with heat, shortness of breath when exercising, and wheezing and snoring sounds.

The face also has a lot of wrinkles, which are important to China (where the Pug originated) as the wrinkles on its forehead are said to look like Chinese characters. These wrinkles have to be cleaned regularly to prevent infection from setting into the airtight folds of the face.

The squashed face can also cause problems with the eyes, which although can look cute to Pug lovers, can bug out too far and cause an optical emergency. For this reason, you need to keep a close watch on a Pug's eyes and, if you own one, make sure you know what to do in the event of an emergency. Your vet will be able to give you more specific directions about what to do and how to contact them should something happen.

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