Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning a Pug Dog

The Pug dog can be an loving and affectionate pet for the right family. Here are the advantages and disadvantages to owning a Pug dog.

Are you considering bringing a Pug dog into your family? This affectionate dog breed can be a joy to own and a much loved and cherished member of your family. As with any dog breed, there are pluses and minuses to owning a Pug dog breed. If you’re planning on giving a new Pug dog a home, it’s important that you be aware of the characteristics that make this dog breed distinctive .Here are some advantages and disadvantages to owning a Pug.

Some things you’ll love about owning a Pug:

  • The Pug Is Super Affectionate

    The Pug dog breed is highly social, even tempered, and enthusiastic about life and spending time with their family. They want to be included in all of your activities and may become depressed if they’re not allowed to participate. These dogs are definitely “people dogs”.

  • Pugs Are Great With Children

    Their love of children probably stems from their overall affectionate nature. Their rather small size makes them less threatening to children. They’re generally a good choice if you have young kids.

  • They’re Small In Size

    Being a small dog with an average weight of around fifteen pounds makes them easy travel companions. If you travel by air, you can usually take them on board with a carrier and they usually travel well by car. Their smaller size and unusual appearance makes them popular with people you meet in public places. A Pug is a great “take along” dog.

  • They’re Distinctive In Appearance

    Some people have actually stated they find the Pug dog breed to be the ugliest dog breed in existence while others will swear they’re the cutest. It just reaffirms that dog beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. No matter which camp you fall into, the Pug has a look unlike any other dog which is sure to draw attention.

Some Drawbacks To Owning A Pug:

  • They Shed And Shed And Shed

    People will sometimes look at a Pug’s short coat and form the mistaken impression that this dog breed doesn’t shed. Nothing could be further from the truth. Underneath that short coat lies a very fluffy undercoat that will stick to your carpeting, clothing, and upholstery. Because of their strong tendency to shed, a Pug needs their fur brushed on a daily basis. The Pug may not be the right dog for an owner obsessed with cleanliness.

  • Pugs Make Lots Of Noise When Breathing

    If you buy or participate in a Pug adoption, be prepared for lots of wheezing and snorting Pug dogs are some of the noisiest breathers alive. If you sleep in the room with one at night, be prepared for their incessant snoring or wear a good set of earplugs to bed with you.

  • Pugs Can Be Stubborn

    Members of the Pug dog breed tend to be stubborn and have a mind of their own. This can make training them a challenge. Unfortunately, they’re not always easy to house train. Some Pug owners have reported that it took up to a year to fully housetrain their dog.

Now that you know the characteristics of the Pug dog, you can make a more informed decision as to whether the Pug dog breed is right for you and your family. If you decide a Pug is right for you, you don’t have to necessarily get your Pug dog from a breeder. There are a variety of rescue groups that participate in Pug adoptions and would love to give a Pug dog a good home.

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  1. Lynda slaughter

    On April 7, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Hi,My pugs name is Alfie and yes he does shed alot of hair and breaths heavliy and also found it hard to train him and he is now 6 months old still have to make sure i follow him out to the kitchen so I can let him out as if I dont he will jump up on the sofa in the kitchen and poo on that!!I have had a few tears!!hahaha
    but What I would like to as would you reccommend having him nutured?as we were thinking of it but were not 100% sure????
    please emial back to thanks.

  2. aysia

    On February 25, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    hey pug dogs rock

  3. Pj

    On March 25, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Do pugs Bite & Bark On What Level????????????????

  4. Carrie

    On January 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Pugs are great dogs, they do shed like crazy though. I do recommend having your male dog neutered if you do not plan on breeding him as you will start to notice him sitting sideways and they are ranked #2 for hip dysplasia. I love my pug and he is very loveable and great around kids!!

  5. wisdom555

    On October 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    … I want one… like now. pugs are so cute i don’t care if they are seen as ugly. Their wrinkly!

  6. radhika

    On November 22, 2010 at 2:47 am

    my pug is jsz 45 days old….nd today he will be coming …..i am very excited abt wat to do … to take care……and all that.:-)

  7. sally

    On December 4, 2010 at 6:56 am

    theyre duffers kaminey salle

  8. Holly

    On February 5, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    My pug Bailey is 5 years old, and I love her so much! She\’s sweet, affectionate, sticks to me like glue, sheds A LOT, is stubborn as all heck,,,,,,,,,,,,but she\’s an amazing pet :) My youngest daughter just got a jack rat terrier mix and she\’s so good with her. I do recommend neutering, though, unless you breed them,,,,,,,and I don\’t recommend breeding a female pug unless you have experience in that,,,,,,,,,pugs often need C-sections.

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