As one of the oldest dog breeds, pugs have had a special place in people’s hearts more than two thousand years! As part of our ongoing breed profile series, here is pug-specific information for current and potential owners.
Personality: The breed’s carefree demeanor means they are very comfortable around children and other pets, but time alone makes them anxious. Pugs love attention and will go to great lengths to get it, sometimes leading to destructive behavior when left alone for long periods of time.
Exercise: Pugs require less exercise than many other breeds, making them a good pet for smaller homes and apartments.
Nutrition: Pugs are known for their voracious appetites, meaning owners must monitor their pet’s food intake to prevent obesity and diet-related disorders. We recommend a quality dry food, lightly moistened with warm water to help with digestion.
Lifespan: This breed typically has a lifespan of 13-15 years.
Health Concerns: Overall pugs are a moderately healthy breed, but are susceptible to hip dysplasia, eye disease, patellar luxation, and Pug dog encephalitis. A major concern is Brachycephalic syndrome, which affects short-nose breeds. This disorder occurs when physical abnormalities obstruct the airway, making breathing difficult. Signs of this disorder include noisy breathing and difficulty swallowing. This is a serious disorder that requires surgical intervention.