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The Pug – Loyal little companion dog!

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The Pug   Loyal little companion dog!

Life Span: 12-14 years
Special Skills: None
Suitability with Children: Yes, excellent with children
Suitability with Other Pets: Yes
Living Conditions: Excellent for almost any living conditions and does well in apartment or city living, although they love exercise when they can get it.
Trainability: Can easily be trained for the basics, but the Pug is not a dog that will learn or care to learn excessive commands and often has a flair for being stubborn. May easily be frightened by physical gestures like smack on the nose or raising of voice.
Intelligence: Medium. Pugs have good skills for obedience but not for problem solving or for games.
Exercise Required: Low
Cost of Maintenance: Low, although home maintenance such as brushing and cleaning up hair that sheds will need to be done on a weekly basis.
Common Ailments: Because of their short snouts, the Pug known for having breathing problems, such as snoring and will easily overheat in the hot sun. A genetic disease called Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) affects a small population of pugs, but this is a fatal disease that progresses rapidly and has no present cure. Pugs are also known to suffer from skin infections, particularly in the folds of the face if not properly maintained and cleaned.
Breed Characteristics: Pugs are fun loving little dogs who make wonderful family pets because of their tolerance of children, other pets and their peppy, “where are we going now” attitude. Even though they are little, they have a lot of energy and most enjoy a good walk in the park, but will also love just snuggling on the couch with you. Keep in mind that these little guys love attention and can be particularly stubborn, so this may mean they don’t take no for an answer when you are too busy to pet or love them.

The average Pug weighs between 14-18 pounds, although their stout, muscular physique may make them appear to weigh more. They also tend to have a problem with weight, if not regularly exercised and with careful monitoring of their food, simply because there is nowhere for excess pounds to go. Pugs come in a variety of different colors, but the most common purebred Pugs are either fawn with a black mask or completely black. Keep in mind that while they are short haired, a weekly brushing will be necessary as they shed a great deal.