If your lucky enough to have a new Pug puppy or dog, then you must have had some good luck! Pugs are a funny breed of dog that will make you laugh one minute, and then make you wonder what they heck they are doing the next minute.
The Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dogs, believed to be around since 400 BC. It is believed that the Pug came from Asia, and was used as pets to the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet.
The average size of a pug is usually about 14 to 18 pounds with males usually weighing more, and the life expectancy is about 10 to 11 years old.
Most all Pugs are either fawn or black colored, with fawn coming in different shades almost, from white, to apricot, to fawn. Their face has plenty of wrinkles in it to give them that wrinkly look. The creases in the wrinkles need to be cleaned the right way, so that the folds can be cleaned, so your puppy or dog stays healthy, and does not get any infections.
Pugs can suffer from a variety of aliments that can affect them, from their eyes that seem like they pop out of their heads, which can easily get hurt or scratched, which is very common in pugs.
Pugs are also in trouble if they get into to much heat. Pugs do not really like to exercise, as their mouths and nose to not breath that well sometimes. Pugs have flat snouts almost, that leaves many Pugs unable to breath properly. They must control their body temperature by evaporation from their tongue.
A Pugs normal body temperature is between 101 and 102 degrees, if their body temperature goes over 105 degrees, they can no longer control cooling themselves down, and they could lose lots of oxygen and have a hard time breathing, or even death if it gets worse. It is important that you don't keep your Pug outside in hot summer months, or in hot areas. They need plenty of clean cool drinking water and shade.
Pugs have the ability to become over weight very easily, since they are not much of an exercise dog, and mostly just walk around and sleep. So you should make sure you dog gets some exercise, but not to much, and make sure they do not over eat.
Pugs can be the life of a party and the center of attention one minute, and sound asleep the next minute. Pugs have a mind of their own sometimes, but are rarely aggressive. Pugs usually get along great with other animals and small children, as long as they were socialized when they were little.
Pugs can make good watch dogs, as they will bark when they hear or see something that is not right. They can't make very good guard dogs because of their size, but make great watch dogs to alert you to trouble sometimes.
The Pug has been recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) since 1885, and a Pug won the Westminister Kennel Club show in 1981.
The Pugs have an elongated palate, which makes them seem like they are reverse sneezing when they get excited. It seems like your Pug is gasping and snorting and sneezing, and it is because they got excited. They have fluids or food particles under their palate, and this causes the dog to sneeze. It is not harmful to the dog, but you can massage their throat lightly, and make it go away quicker.
Some Pugs you might remember are: Frank the Pug, from Men in Black, and some other shows Pugs where in include: The Adventures of Milo and Otis, Disney's Pocahontas, Hotel for Dogs, and more.
Your Pug might be a little bit more difficult to train than some other breed of dogs, and that is just because they are a Pug and have a mind of their own sometimes. You will hear your Pug make all kinds of weird and funny sounds when they are asleep and awake. Pugs make lots of different snoring sounds, and breathing sounds when they are awake.
If you remember that your Pug has a hard time breathing, especially if they are outside, and it is very hot out. Pugs can tolerate a little bit of exercise, but not a lot of it. Just make sure they to not over eat, and you should have a very happy and healthy Pug on your hands. When you have the time, you should enroll your Pug and yourself in obedience classes as soon as possible, so that you get to bond with your dog better.