Breed At A Glance: Pug - Wagr Petcare

    Breed At A Glance: Pug


    Pug Breed Overview

    • Lifespan: Typically around 15 years
    • Size: Small
    • Maintenance Level: High
    • Shed Level: High
    • Temperament: Friendly, Affectionate, Stubborn
    • Friendliness: High
    • Barking Tendency: Moderate
    • Coat Colours: Fawn (tan) or Black

    Best For:

    • Families or individuals seeking a companion dog
    • Indoor living with controlled outdoor activities


    • Compact, muscular body with a distinctive flat, wrinkly face and curly tail
    • Short coat in fawn or black


    • Thrives on attention and interaction
    • Good-natured and people-oriented
    • Can be stubborn; requires patient training

    Care Guide:

    • Grooming: Regular brushing to manage shedding; special attention to skin folds
    • Training: Responsive to positive reinforcement; can be stubborn
    • Diet & Nutrition: Balanced diet with controlled portions to prevent obesity
    • Exercise: Low to moderate; avoid strenuous exercise and hot climates
    • Ideal Environment: Primarily indoor with regular, short outdoor activities


    • Prone to overheating and respiratory distress due to brachycephalic conformation
    • Susceptible to allergies, ear infections, dental issues, eye injuries, and Legg-CalvΓ©-Perthe disease

    Nutritional Considerations:

    • Low-fat diet to prevent obesity
    • Regular dental care important due to crowded teeth

    Behaviour & Training Tips:

    • Eager to please but can be strong-willed
    • Socialise early to prevent excessive protective behaviour
    • Ideal for families looking for a low-energy but affectionate dog

    Grooming Guide:

    • Regular brushing for coat and skin fold maintenance
    • Frequent baths with gentle dog shampoo
    • Regular eye, ear, and dental care

    Considerations for Pet Parents:

    • High grooming and healthcare needs
    • Not suitable for hot climates or strenuous exercise
    • Needs companionship; not suited for being left alone for long periods
    • Good Family Dog: Yes, excellent for families
    • Intelligence: Moderately intelligent, trainable with patience
    • Exercise Needs: Low; short walks and play sessions
    • Social Needs: High; enjoys being around people
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