Meet The Breeds: Pug

Meet The Breeds: Pug

Dogs are the most loyal and caring creatures on our planet, and everyone loves to keep them as their pets. If you are looking for a small to a medium-sized dog who can lighten up your life with his active and loving temperament, then you should give Pugs a think! The Pug is a dog breed distinguishable by its shot-muzzled and wrinkly face. This dog breed is also known for its black or light brown colour and its square body with well-developed muscles. They are even-tempered, and the American Kennel Club recognizes Pugs as charming and even-tempered dogs. Let's start!


Pug Breed History

Pugs were exported from China to Europe in the 16th century and were popularized by the House of Orange in Netherlands and Stuart’s house. In the 19th century, Queen Victoria developed a passion for this beautiful breed which she passed down to her royal family. Pugs are still prevalent in the 21st century and are a favourite among celebrities.


Pug Breed Information and Facts

Mentioned below are some fun facts about Pugs which can assist you better understand the breed

  • Breed Group: Toy Dog / Toy Group
  • Height: Female 25-30 cm (at the withers), Male 30-36 cm (at the withers) being slightly taller than females
  • Weight: Female:14-18 pounds, Male:14-18 pounds. Both genders are of similar same weight
  • Life span: 12-15 years
  • Coat: Double Coat, Short glossy coat with apricot, black or silver fur
  • Color: Fawn, Silver Fawn, Black, Apricot
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Temperament: Docile, Affectionate, Attentive, Sociable, Stubborn, Calm, Charming, Loving
  • The difficulty level for first-time owners: On a scale of 1-10 paws of increasing difficulty, Pug received 6/10 paws according to the feedback from many Pug owners. According to the owners, Pug trainability is difficult for the first owners due to their stubborn personality. They are challenging to train as adults, but Pug puppies can be trained with proper care and training.


What are the types of pug?

There are many different types of pugs that are available in the market to adopt as a pet. But the American Kennel Club only authorize two kinds of color, which are:

  • Black
  • Fawn

Apart from these two colors, Brindle pugs are also famous and available to adopt.


Are Pugs Good Pets?

Pugs are considered one of the best pet dogs among all the other breeds due to their affectionate and loving nature. They are great family dogs and are also safe for children. Their facial structure does not allow them to deliver an aggressive bite, making them the safest pet for families with children.


Are Pugs High maintenance?

If we talk about a Pug’s health maintenance, we can say that they are high maintenance. Pugs require regular vet visits to keep them healthy and fit. On the other hand, if we talk about their physical care, then Pugs are not high maintenance. They require regular brushing to remove dead hairs from their coat. To assist with this, check out these grooming products that are suitable for Pugs! They do shed due to their double coat, so you always have to keep an eye on where they are playing, sitting or sleeping to clean the hairs they shed.


Do Pug Bark A Lot?

Pugs are not known to bark much as compared to the other breeds. They are quiet dogs and only bark occasionally. Typically, they are lazy dogs who prefer sleeping over playing or barking. Due to the pug's personality and their lack of barking, they are considered as best apartment dogs.


Are Pugs Aggressive?

The Pug’s temperament is loving and caring. They do not bark much and love to sleep. This breed is not aggressive as compared to the other breeds of the toy group. But Pugs can get aggressive too. Pugs can get agitated if they are not given proper attention or if they are not properly socialized. Their aggression can also be the result of fear of getting hurt or attacked. They show their aggression in the form of barking, biting, lunging, nipping, growling.


What are popular mixed breeds with Pug?

The Pug is a popular breed in the world and especially among the film stars and celebrities. Many famous people love to carry them around in their bags or hands. Their popularity led the breeders to cross-breed them with other breeds to make them look different and unique with various temperamental changes. Some of the top mixed breeds of Pugs are as follows:

  • Frugg: French Bulldog + Pug
  • Pom-A-Pug: Pomeranian + Pug
  • Puggle: Beagle + Pug
  • Bugg: Boston Terrier + Pug
  • Pug Zu: Shih Tzu + Pug
  • Chug: Chihuahua + Pug
  • Basset Hound + Pug

Above mentioned are some of the best-mixed breeds of Pugs that you can adopt as a pet.


Are Pug HDB approved?

HDB refers to Housing and Development Board in Singapore. Their approval is necessary if you want to adopt a pet and you can’t adopt a pet which is not approved by HDB in Singapore. Fortunately, if you are thinking about adopting a Pug as a pet in Singapore, then it’s good news for you that Pugs are officially HDB approved in Singapore!


Are Pugs Hypoallergenic?

No, Pugs are not hypoallergenic. They can trigger allergies very easily. They might be small, but their double coat sheds a lot, making them a non-hypoallergenic breed. If someone is prone to allergies or is allergic to dog hairs, then Pugs are not the best choice.


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Can Pugs Be Left Alone?

Pugs don’t like to be left alone for long hours so if you are going to leave them home temporarily, you have to make them house trained. It is better if you use a pet gate to confine them to a certain area in order to prevent accidents.


Do Pugs Bite?

Thanks to their loving, non-vicious temperament in addition to the shape of their mouth, Pugs are not known to be biters. They could bite in some exceptional situations so you should be aware.


What health issues do Pug face? Or What problems do pugs have?

Pugs are sensitive dogs and require high maintenance in terms of their health. Pugs are prone to many dangerous diseases and infections being a brachycephalic breed. The brachycephalic breed stands for “short-headed” dogs. Their small head structure and wrinkled face are not in their favor. Around 27.4% of Pugs die from Neurological Disorders. This causes their nervous system to stop working, including their brain, spinal cords, and nerves. Some other health issues faced by pugs are:

  • Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE)
  • Canine hip dysplasia (CHD)
  • Elongated Palate
  • Stenotic nares
  • Patellar luxation
  • Entropion
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS)
  • Obesity
  • Hemivertebra

These are some of the health issues that are faced by Pugs. To prevent these health issues, a regular visit to the vet’s clinic and proper check-up after a short time is necessary to maintain their health.



If you love dogs and think that you can take care of a Pug’s health and maintenance needs and believe in yourself that you can train a Pug then there will not be any better dog for you! They require less maintenance, and they do not bark much, which means they can live in flats too. So, if you made up your mind, you're ready for a new addition to your family!

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