One of the cutest dogs around, Pugs have a lovely and playful personality. They are good with other pets and get along well with kids too. Pugs will happily follow you wherever you go, which makes them ideal family dogs.
Pugs are those dogs who carry themselves with great pride and dignity, despite their comic behaviour. They like to play with their family and always love to be the centre of attraction, when people are around them. Despite being a fairly intelligent breed, a Pug might show reluctance to training due to their innate stubborness. Also, Pugs are good watchdogs as they will alert you at the slightest of suspicion. Yet, they are not "yappy" like other dogs, which will make your neighbours appreciate it.
Even though Pugs have a short coat, they are a double coated breed. In regards to their colour. they generally come in soft and silver, apricot, fawn and black. The black muzzle and ears in a Pug makes the unique, and this is one part of the their coat characteristics. They shed a lot of fur throughout the year, so a daily brushing helps to remove dead hair and to prevent it from falling on the floor. You can use a pet-specific glove if the task is not as satisfying with a regular brush. Pugs are dogs who can experience dull skin and coat. To prevent this issue, give them a diet rich in Omega fatty acids that keep their skin in excellent health. These fatty acids significantly help in reducing inflammation as well. When it comes to grooming, you can regularly brush their coat to remove dead hair, which otherwise would cause irritation. Remember, consistent cleaning is necessary for pugs as they have wrinkles, and due to this, they are vulnerable to skin infections as well.
Pugs love a dog food which has ingredients like Chicken and Egg, so consider buying them a food which has these two. Regarding the nutrition, Puppy Pugs need a nutrition dense diet for healthy muscle and bone development. The daily calorie requirement of puppies is around 50 calories per pound of their weight. Their diet should include high quality protein that helps in keeping their hair and skin healthy. Though grown up pugs need only a moderate protein content, their foods should contain decent amount of Omega Fatty Acids for keeping their skin and fur healthy and shiny. Adult Pugs only need around 40 calories per pound of their body weight. When it comes to Senior Pugs, they should be given a low-calorie diet as they have a relatively low metabolism compared to puppies and adult pugs.
Due to their double coat, Pugs shed a lot of hair and it becomes more prolific, especially during Spring and Summer. So he might not be the right dog for someone who is experiencing allergies on a regular basis. To minimise their shedding, owners need to do regular brushing and dislodge any loose fur if they find. As Pugs are a double-coated breed, deshedding brush will help tremendously to keep their hair neat and hygienic. When it comes to bathing, you need to bathe them once in 3 weeks, even if they appear to be clean and smell okay. This is because their body is constantly producing oils that are excreted through the hair follicles. These oils act as natural barriers against external elements and also keep the skin moisturised. But these oils are not evaporated and gets accumulated on your dog's skin causing dirt and smell, generally around 3 week mark. This is why bathing should be done once in every 3 weeks.
The Pug needs veterinary medical attention more often than other breeds and needs frequent brushing of its coat, something uncommon for dogs with fur like theirs. Physical exercises should be moderate, small walks inside the house would be the only indication. However, they are important for the health of the animal, both for the weight issue and for reasons of socialisation and stimulation, since this breed tend to stay indoors most of the time.
Pug’s origin can be traced back to China during the Han Dynasty (B.C 206 to A.D 200). Many researchers have also associated Tibetan Mastiff as their close relatives, which is also apparent buy the striking similarity in their looks. In ancient days, Pugs were treated like royalty by the emperors and were also guarded by soldiers. Slowly, this breed spread to other parts of Asia as well. There are evidences which says how the Buddhists of Tibet kept Pugs as pets in their monasteries. Regardless, Pugs have retained all of their fondness given by their owners since the ancient times.