I am considering purchasing a Pug. Does anyone know the pros and cons of purchasing one? I've done a little research and found out that they shed a lot, and that they have more medical problems than most dogs. Can anyone attest to this?
I've heard they can shed alot and that since they are short nosed dogs, they can have some problems...and snore alot...but someothers will come on and give you some answers....just hang on a bit. It takes some time for people to reply. Welcome to the forum.....
Yep there's a few pug owners on the forum who'll be happy to answer your questions! They do have some different health issues than other dogs because of their short pushed in snouts. Not necessarily more, but just ones that are a concern.
I have two pugs a male and female. When i first bought the puppies I was unsure if I would like a small dog. These two have changed my mind. They are the best dogs I have ever owned. They are sweet, loving, they obey, they are the funnist little characters.
My boy who i have to say is a very handsome dog is the wild one of the two. He likes to run and play with the kids as much as he can and if there is trouble you will usually find him in the middle of it. He just loves the kids to death. My female is very calm and all though she does play with kids she is mostly by myside. They do snore and shed quite a bit. They require alot of attention too and if your not giving it to them they will be sure to let you know. I have also noticed that the both of the puppies require at all times it seems like to be touching you or someone at all times. Its doesnt matter if your petting them or if they are sitting by your feet they have to be touching you.
I am a pug owner. Yes pugs do shed I give my pugs regular baths to get the hair out. No biggy... they love splashing around.
Yes some pugs have breathing problems due to their short snouts. Ask the breeders if their pugs have this breathing problem. My Bea doesn't seems to have any problems so far and all of her babies never have had any problems either ??? She is a very active pug. So I think this problem would have arised by now ??
I do keep her on a strict diet as they can get kinda chubby which doesn't help with the breathing. I know of one person who had there pugs sinues drilled out ???? to help and I was shocked that it only cost 75.00 around here.
I have had no other health problems with my babies. I really think it depends on each particular bloodline. I love pugs they are loveable and just a joy to be around. Jubilee
hvpretty girl ... you are so right they do need to touch you LOL one of my babies has to lay on my feet when I am doing dishes??? Yes they are funny little characters !!! I like to watch them run there little tail goes down and they get real low to the ground . hehehe Jubilee
I have a pug too. You know it's so funny, I never realized this was a pug thing, I just thought it was Bailey. She has to touch you all the time too. She will come sit in front of you and rest her head on your leg. lol You do have to be careful about their sinuses and allergies. My pug has both problems, but the vet said a lot of this is because I live in a very hot and humid climate. She is inside most of the time. And yes, even though I have not changed her diet she is getting fat! They can't tolerate being outside for long periods of time in hot weather. I don't know about the cold since I don't live where it gets cold. She sheds a ton and unfortunately mine doesn't like her baths. She also has very sensitive skin. She used to scratch all the time and her hair would fall out. Since I started using the flax seed oil capsules in her food that problem is gone. She also snores a lot and LOUD.
Those are the problems I've had. Now, on the other hand, I love her to death. She loves to play and is great with the kids and other dogs. I wouldn't give her up for anything, but you should be prepared for all of the above if you decide to get one. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask.
Thanks to everyone for all of the feedback!!! It is really appreciated!!! I live in the Houston, TX area and I am looking to purchase one within the next month or so (before Christmas). Does anyone know any breeders in this area? Also, I'm a first time pet owner....what type of questions should I ask a breeder? I've noticed that some of the pugs I've seen for sale are "champion sired" or have "champion bloodlines" how important is this? I was thinking I wanted to purchase a dog in the area or within a reasonable driving distance so the dog would not have to be transported on a plane.
Thanks again for everyone's advice! This has been great. I am so excited about becoming a Mommy!!!
You guys said you have to watch your pugs diet? What have you done differently. I measure there food everyday. If I give them special treats I buy the Mother Hubbard fat free bisquits? The puppies love them. They love carrots and fresh apples too.
Flees?? I have a question for you all. Do you use any certain kind of shampoo or flee killer for your pugs?
awwww, ncraven, you will just fall in love. i have a black male, he is about 1 1/2 years old. health concerns can be luxating patellas and elongated soft palate (slipping kneecaps and extra tissue at the backs of their throat) and some can develop seizures. really they are sturdy little dogs. can't be an outdoor only dog, they must be a house dog. they don't do so well in heat due to short nose so you have to keep them out of the heat of the day and watch activity. also don't do well with cold as the above have said they shed a lot. mine loves to be brushed. they do well with kids and are silly little clowns. ohhh yeah mine just mostly has to be touching you, too. he loves the back of the couch, too. he has a little monkey and a raccoon (stuffed) that he sleeps with. and like above they are little fart machines. and snore and snarfle to beat the band. but i like it. not the farts, though. i put mocha in my other bathroom and he's peeling off the wallpaper for me with his farts.
for breeders, have you considered pug rescue? if a first time dog owner think about an adult dog instead of a puppy. can be easier. i'd get on the AKC website and lookup pugs and the breedclubs and get address/email for the houston pug club, and start from there. go to www.pugs.com. it's a big pug website with all kinds of info and i think some breeder referrals.
I just adopted a pug puppy two weeks ago. I can't really say anything about health problems yet, although I did make myself aware of the breed before I committed to taking one. Everything that others have said about pugs seems to be true of my pup. He is a clown, and always has to touch me/be on my lap. He does have silent but deadly farts when he has to go #2.
I got him from a breeder in my area. I went on breeders.net to find one, chose a couple breeders to call, found one I liked and who seemed to be really concerned with finding the right placement for her pups. I was able to visit with him for 3 weeks before I could take him home. I would also highly recommend reading all the information you can find. It really helps you to be prepared, since puppies are a lot of work.
Pearl is right !! Lots of questions and having knowledge of the breed before going to the breeder really helps.... I am very picky as to were my babies go... I had several ppl ask me questions that scared me to death "like are pugs inside dogs or outside dogs ?" I just about hung up on that one I didn't even know how to respond except that I was NOT letting that person have one of my precious babies !!!!
Another one asked me if I docked their tails ???? UMmmmm Nooooooooo. Pugs do not have docked tails. I didn't even know if they knew what a pug was LOL
microchipping is a little capsol (sp?)they put just below the dogs skin ussually between front the shoulder blades. It is an Identification system that has become quite come in dogs today rather than the tatoo method. the owner registers there dog's code / number. It will appear when scanned with a devise .
Oh its not standard not every breeder does this . I would like to think that a good breeder would microchip their dogs. Microchipping is not cheap it does cost between 50 to 100 (don't quote me on that price) approx. Lets put it this way. Puppy millers don't ussually microchip any of their dogs LOL so a serious and ussually ....... I said ussually .... Good breeder will put the extra effort and money into their pups. Jubilee