I had a stepmother who raised and bred pugs, and they were adorable dogs, except for their snoring and their smell. I have heard that puggles don't have the same breathing problems, but what about the smell? Do they have the same musk glands?
Is there a way to get rid of the scent that I'm just unaware of? I'd love to get a puppy once I have my own house with a yard.
(I apologize if this has already been discussed. I looked through the forum, but I couldn't find a "search" tool for it.)
If pugs smell and beagles smell..??? besides the fact that when you mix dogs you don't get a perfect blend. You might get one thats more pug like or one thats more beagle like. Thats the problem with mixes. At least with a purebred dog from a responsible breeder you can be fairly sure of what your getting. You might get shorter coat or longer coat or long crooked legs or short with/ long body. Nothing is for sure with a mix.
I'm curious about 'the Pug smell'. We have raised them for quite some time as well as show them, and they do not have a 'smell'. The only reason they would have an odor is if they are 1. not being bathed, 2. not getting the wrinkles cleaned out , 3. skin allergies.
The "pug smell" I'm referring to is a musky, awful smell, not like the regular doggy smell. I guess since my only experience with pugs has been with the one breeder, maybe I'm judging them all on just that small experience.
I dont know about a "pug smell" but I have a puggle and her anal glands get full and leak. It REAKS. She has to have them expressed about once a month and she scoots her butt on the floor a lot (no, she does not have worms). The smell is so strong you have to wear gloves to express the glands because if the stuff gets on your hands you will have a difficult time washing it off.
I have heard of the glands being removed, too...but the vet told us that it usually is a last resort. I guess the more the glands fill the faster they continue to fill. And sometimes they can get infected....if they keep getting infected they might need to be removed.
Is expressing them uncomfortable? I know I've never had a pet who liked having their nails clipped, so I can't imagine a dog sitting still for having their butt squeezed. I'm imagining this process to be like popping a zit, but maybe I'm wrong about that :P
To dianarchy, yes it's very uncomfortable for any animal to have their anal glands expressed. I use to be a Vet.tech so I this was something I did often. I have a puggle who was constantly having problems with glands so I had them remove. Trust me it was a very wise decision, because now he doesn't have to go thru the pain he use to have month after month. Hope this helps.