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Pug Info

Pug Breed Information

Learn all about Pugs at Petstew.com. If you’re interested in adopting or buying a Pug, or just a dog lover, you should research all details including the Pug breed temperament, coat, colors, shedding, health, grooming requirements, and more.
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Origin: China Male Height: 12-14" Female Height: 10-12"
Size: Small Male Weight: 13-20 lbs Female Weight: 13-18 lbs
Lifespan: 12-15 years Litter Size: 2-5 pups Hair Length: Short

Official Pug Description

The Pug is a unique dog breed. People find the breed entertaining and love watching its antics, as can be seen by its recent track record in the public eye. The films “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” and the “Men in Black” series are examples of this. The Pug breed can also be found in famous TV series, novels, and newspapers. They have that kind of look that makes people smile, and the personality to match.

Breed Characteristics

Group Toy Drooler
Size Small(or Toy) Guard Dog
Yard Needs None Easy to Train
Kid Friendly
Active Indoors
Apartment Friendly
Exercise Demands
Stranger Friendly
Pet Friendly
Brushing Requirements
Tolerates Cold
Tolerates Heat

Breed Overview

The Pug is a Small dog breed, with a starting weight of 13 lbs for females, and can reach 20 lbs for males. It is officially part of the Toy group and recognized by the ACR, AKC, ANKC, APRI, CKC, DRA, FCI, KCGB, NKC, NZKC, UKC. Some critical information for potential owners. The Pug breed has a typical lifespan of 12 to 15 years, Short hair, and an average price of around $557. Breeders interested in the Pug should know that the average litter size is between 2 to 5 puppies.

Pug Temperament

Pugs are a very loving breed. They’re even tempered and like to have a good time. Growing up in the laps of queens, they have a sense of charm, elegance and dignity, but like to have their playtime too. The Pug can play nice with other pets, but it really loves to be around humans. They’re intelligent and loyal, but watch out; Pugs are also known to be quite stubborn. A Pug can make you laugh even in the toughest of times.

Pug Living Area

Pugs tend to like a consistent neutral temperature area; they do not do well in an overly hot or cold climate. Their activity level is relatively low indoors, and they do not have any specific yard requirements making them great for apartment living.

Health Problems

The distinct features of the Pug also put it at risk for many health concerns. Their eyes protrude from their face, making them susceptible to injury. Their smashed and wrinkled face can cause difficulty breathing, and in turn difficult regulating body temperature (hence why they need to live in an environment with a comfortable temperature.) If not fed and exercised properly, obesity may become a concern with the Pug. Pugs are prone to a spinal disease called hemivertebrae, which can be severe enough to require euthanasia in some cases. Being a small dog breed, the pug may have problems during pregnancy or while giving birth, it is a good idea to have a veterinarian around if possible through this process. Another health concern specific to the Pug is called PDE (Pug Dog Encephalitis); this causes the brain to swell and unfortunately is a terminal disease. As mentioned, when caring for your pug, be sure to clean the wrinkles of its face frequently to prevent dirt, moisture, and bacteria build up leading to disease. Pugs are extremely sensitive to temperature, especially heat; be sure to keep a close eye on your pug in warm temperatures as they are more prone to heat illness than most other breeds.

Pug Coat

The Pug coat should be short and smooth with a soft feel to it. Despite having such short hair, most pugs have a double coat.

Grooming Your Pug

The pug is a shedder! Regular brushing and bathing will help prevent some of the shedding, but there is no way around it. Daily brushing and a monthly bath should suffice, more frequent baths should not damage the coat, although if your pug has sensitive skin this may not be a good idea. When drying your pug, be sure to pay special attention to the wrinkles in its face which sometimes collect and hold onto water. Pugs can sometimes be susceptible to gum disease, it’s a good idea to use a soft brush to clean their teeth frequently. Clean the ears every week or so to prevent infection. Pugs are not as active outdoors as many other dog breeds, so their nails tend to wear down slower. Watch for this and trim the nails often as necessary. The pugs distinct look has its disadvantages as well, be sure to clean the wrinkles of the pugs face often as dirt and bacteria can build up in the folds which eventually may lead to infection.

Pug Dog Colors

The pug is found in fawn and black. The fawn color can sometimes have a tint of a reddish orange, or a silver color. All pugs should have a black mask, ears and snout, as well as a hint of black down the center of the back (in the case of the fawn color).

Recognized By


Famous People Who Own Pugs

Marie Antoinette, Ted Danson, Andy Warhol, Jenna Elfman, Tommy Hilfiger, George Clooney, Woody Harrelson, Gerard Butler, Mickey Rourke, Jason Priestley, Jackie Kennedy, Sally Jessy Raphael, Billy Joel, Paula Abdul, Stan Lee, Chris Kirkpatrick, Margo Kaufman, Empress Josephine Bonaparte, Sylvia Sydney, James Thurber, Colter Freeman, Queen Victoria, Valentino, George Eliot, Ann-Margret, George Brent, Christine Elise, Goran Visnjic

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