Pug owners, talk to me

  1. Everything I read online about pugs indicates that they are wonderful, loving pets. The only negative I found is that they snore, and I don't mind that! *L*

    But why then, are there so many pug rescue organizations? Or does it just seem that way? From browsing them online, it seems like a lot of people must abandon their pugs when they get older. Am I mistaken? Can you think of any reasons, or give me any thoughts at all?

    I have currently have an 8 lb female chi, 20 lb male cat (they love each other) and would like to add another dog to our family. I'd like to rescue if possible, but unfortunately I really can't afford the massive vet bills that might come along with an older pet, so I'm thinking in the 1-3 yr age range.

    Pug thoughts, pug opinions? Tell me everything you know about 'em!

  2. I don't personally own a pug, but I used to work at a vet's office, so I have interacted with many :smile:

    I can honestly say that pugs are some of the sweetest, most loving dogs! If I were ever to rescue another breed besides a Chihuahua, it would totally be a pug.

    I am not sure why there are so many pugs up for adoption...but you are right...there seems to be an abundance of rescue pugs.
  3. ^do pugs tend to need more medical care in general? I thought maybe some people get rid of them because they can't afford the vet bills. I know english bulldogs seem to need more medical care, even when they are young.
  4. Hm well I know that where I live (AZ) Pugs don't do as well b/c of the heat.

    They also can have problems with their eyes (since they are so bulgy! LOL) and respiratory problems b/c of their shortened airways.

    Other than that, though, I think they are a relatively healthy breed.
  5. All About Pugs
    Pugs have been called the clowns of the dog world, and were bred with one purpose, to be companion animals to humans. A pug loves a good meal, a soft lap and a soft pillow. They adore their owners and will often follow them from room to room. While they play with other pugs, their true allegiance is to their human companions. They snort, snore, sneeze and make lovely pug sounds so you always know they are near.
    The care of a pug is quite minimal. They need their ears and nose wrinkles cleaned, toe nails clipped, and some may need their anal glands "expressed" periodically. While they do not need to be brushed for appearances, they do shed quite a bit and might benefit from some periodic grooming.

    Pugs are NOT outdoor animals and should never be left outdoors unattended. Because of their "pushed in" face, the pug has a shorter breathing passage and is extremely susceptible to extremes of temperature, especially heat. Because of this shorter breathing passage, you must also be careful not to over exert the pug in times of warm or hot weather.

    While pugs are generally good with children, small children may not be good for a pug. Because of their large, protruding eyes, they are extra susceptible to injury and must be treated gently and lovingly.

    All breeds have medical problems that are often more common in the breed. Some of the ones which pugs are often plagued with are:

    Elongated Soft Palate: The soft palate is part of the structure of the nose and mouth. If it is too long, it can block some of the airway to the pug's lungs and may need surgery.

    Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE): A form of encephalitis which is only seen in pugs and which is almost always fatal.

    Eye Problems: Pugs are very susceptible to problems with their eyes including cataracts. Ulcers which can occur from a scratch or injury, dry eye, generalized progressive retinal atrophy, pigmentary kerinitis and other problems.

    Entropian: The eyelids roll in, and the eye lashes rub on the surface of the eyes, irritating and causing scratches. If left untreated, in time this can lead to lessening of the eyesight and blindness.

    Slipped Stifles (Patellar Dislocation): A dislocating kneecap can be either inherited or caused by an accident. Surgery is required if the problem is severe.

    Stenotic Nares: The nostrils of the pug may be too small and/or the cartilage of the nostrils too soft for the dog to breathe through, and on inhaling they can collapse. Treatment requires surgery.

    But in spite of the potential medical problems, most pug owners say that pugs are like potato chips, and you can't just have one, and once you are owned by a pug, you will probably always have one in your life!

    THE UPS:
    • Pugs are lovable
    • Pugs are natural clowns
    • Pugs are relatively clean
    • Pugs are not aggressive, as a rule
    • Pugs travel well
    • Adult Pugs will relax with you
    • Pugs are adaptable to many situations
    • Pugs are great with children
    • Pugs are typically not big barkers
    • Pugs get along with almost all animals
    • Pugs shed a LOT
    • Pugs can have health problems
    • Pugs can't tolerate extreme heat
    • Pug puppies are very active and hyper
    • Pugs are puppies until they are around 2 years old
    • Pugs should not be kept as outdoor dogs
    • Pugs can be difficult to housebreak
    • Pugs can become overweight easily
    • Pugs sneeze, snort and snuffle (Prepare to clean your glasses constantly!)
    • Pugs snore loudly
    Pugs are a member of the Toy group. They are Chinese in origin and were brought by Dutch Traders to Holland and England. They were first recognized by the AKC in 1885. Pugs were bred simply for the pleasure they bring as lap dogs. As a result, they know no greater joy than when they are with their person or family.

    While they originated in China, there is no such thing as a Chinese Pug. The correct name for the breed is Pug or Pug Dog.

    There are two colors of pugs, fawn, which are broken into silver and apricot fawn, and black. The fawn ones are distinguished by their black masks.

    Females are generally around 16-18 pounds and male pugs 18-22 pounds.

    Pugs do love to eat so it isn't uncommon to see them be a little bigger.

    Pugs are extremely people oriented. As puppies, they are especially playful and are always underfoot for want of human companionship. The puppy stage can often last until the pug is 2 or 3 years old, and if you have another dog, the puppy will often seek out their company for play and adventure.

    Pugs are smart dogs and very willing to learn, but you must show them what you want. Pugs compete in obedience and agility and have been used as therapy dogs and hearing aid dogs.

    Pugs are NOT outdoor dogs and a pug should not be left alone outside. Heat and cold can easily cause death because of their "pushed in" faces.

    Pugs do shed and they snort and snore. They love food and they have a great sense of humor. They are also natural clowns who will make you laugh at them. They will give you every ounce of love they have and be a true and faithful companion. A pug is anxious to please and anxious to learn. Their biggest requirement is that you love them back!
  6. I have a pug and she is my baby, shes 18 months old and i wouldn't be without her! The only reason I can think of is that people dont expect pugs to be as hard work as they are! I mean they act like people and therefore they get treated like a person. Since I got Minnie it has been like having a child! But in every sense of the way if you love your pug then it doesn't seem like hard work, im just comparing it to people who have other dogs!

    I would only recommend a pug to someone who is at home and can seriously spend a lot of time with them. Minnie follows me and my mum everywhere. If your on the sofa shes on your lap, if you get up to go to the klitchen she is on you heels!

    They are the most amazing, loving cleverest dogs in the WHOLE world!! I wanted to adopt but decided it would be better to get good breeding as to not endure vet bills for poor eyes, jaws and patella displacements!
    Those are the main problems that pugs have. But im sure if you get a vet to check your adopted pug over before you adopt her then she should be fine!

    So yeh, just read up on pugs and then decide!! Tell us what your decision is! xx
  7. I have a 13 month old pug terrier (pic below) and he's awesome! I skipped out on the snoring part with him guess he took after his mom the terrier! haha