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5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Getting A Pug

| Published on December 10, 2016

Pugs are tenacious and oh so cute. Even just the way they walk can put a smile on your face and brighten your day. It’s hard not to want to have a Pug in your life – meet just one of these pups, and you’ll be hooked. But just because you love them does not mean your lifestyle is suitable for one. It’s a good idea to ask yourself the following 5 questions before getting a Pug.


#1 – Can I Be Responsible With A Brachycephalic Dog?

Brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs have special health issues that owners not only need to be aware of, but need to be dedicated to working with. They can overtire and overheat easily, so they might not be the best companion if your idea of a good time is long hikes up mountains or spending the day in the sun. You will be in charge of regulating their heat and making sure they are never left in the sun or hot temperatures too long. If you live in a hot climate, you may decide a different breed would be more comfortable in your home.

#2- Do I Have Time To Groom Him?

Although they are short-haired, Pugs do require daily grooming. You need to take care of their wrinkles and make sure they do not get bacteria growing in them, which can cause infections. In addition, many of them need their nasal passages cleaned frequently. Also they can be double-coated and they do shed a lot of tiny hairs that needle into everything.

#3 – Am I Willing To Train Him?

Pugs, like many small dogs, can be hard to train because they are strong-willed. It’s a good idea to start training early to avoid listening problems as your dog becomes a teenager then adult. Basic obedience is a must, but Pugs are smart and can learn as much as you are willing to teach.

Image Source: Choking Sun Via Flickr
Image Source: Choking Sun via Flickr

#4 – Am I Gone A Lot?

Pugs do not like to be left behind – they love their families and become very bonded. This makes them a great family dog. This also means that if you are gone a lot, your Pug will not be happy and may end up being destructive. They are not a breed that likes to be left alone, so if you have a job that includes lots of travel and/or long hours every day, another breed of dog may be better fit.

#5 – Can My Dog Spend The Majority Of His Time Indoors?

As mentioned above, Pugs must live in a temperature-controlled environment which means they need to live inside.  So, if you cannot have your dog inside with you all the time, this is not the breed for you.

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