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Pug Breed Profile

Pug fact file

KC Group: toy
Size: small
Good with children?: yes recommended
Exercise requirement: little
Good guard dogs?: no
Moulting level: medium
Grooming: little
Jogging partner: no

Originating from China, the Pug was very popular with royalty and aristocracy. Nowadays they are popular pets as they are non aggressive and get on well with children. Celebrities love them too! In fact for the first time last year the Pug entered the Kennel Club's official Top 20 most popular breeds in the UK!

Pug Character

Pugs are independent and resolute and know what they want! They are stubborn but rarely aggressive and get on with people and other animals. They are loyal, playful, eager to please, enjoy company, and are extremely intelligent.

Pug Size

The Pug is a small Toy dog with an average weight of 6.3-8.1kg.

Pug Health

Because of their short snouts, pugs have a tendency to develop breathing problems. They are also prone to eye, ear and mouth infections. The main problem tends to be skin infections if the crevices in their face are not kept clean. Pugs can also suffer from a fatal brain disease specific to their breed called Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE). Pugs also put on weight easily and can become highly obese.

Pug Special Care

Pugs cannot tolerate high heat and humidity. Because of their short snouts they do not have the ability to cool themselves like other breeds through panting. Overheating can be fatal.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.