Let’s talk about Pugs

Fort Lauderdale Pet Sitter Kennel CoughPugs are more than just cute, with their little grunting and snorting noises, and an adorably deep wrinkled pug face with the round and super huge dark eyes it’s no surprise that he can quickly steal your heart away. These silly little dogs are playful and lovable, needing to be close to their humans. The happy Pugs are simply loyal to their owners, affectionate, playful and mischievous. Pugs love all people including kids, and because they are a sturdy dog, pugs are a good breed choice for families with children. If your pug is properly socialized, they get on well with other dogs, and if they are properly trained they can be trusted with other animals including cats and rabbits.

Everything you need to know about pugs:

Although Pugs are small and their fur is very short, be warned, they shed like crazy. This is because they have a short, double coat, which means that you need to invest in a furminator, or other good brush and/or comb, a vacuum, and lint rollers for your clothes. Also, here’s a helpful tip, light-colored clothing hides hair better than dark clothing (the struggle is real, folks). With a pug you must incorporate a regular brushing and bathing regime to keep the shedding down. Also, because pugs are indoor dogs, regular nail trimming is must. Active outdoor dogs naturally wear their nails down; however, the indoor pugs do not.  Clean your Pug’s ears every two weeks! Their ears flop down, which means they can hold in more moisture causing uncomfortable irritation.  Pug’s facial wrinkles are a significant part of your pup that also needs your attention! These folds of skin can easily become infected if they become damp or dirty. This means that as a pug owner you must always thoroughly dry the wrinkles after bathing, and clean in between them with cotton balls or baby wipes in-between baths. Pug’s big bulging eyes also need special attention, since their eyes they protrude, they can easily become injured and/ or irritated.

Pugs, though playful and silly are also snuggle bums, as in they would usually rather go for a cuddle on the couch than go for a run!  It might have something to do with the fact that they don’t do well in situations of over exertion and/or extreme temperatures, especially the heat! Because of their short muzzle, pugs don’t do well with high heat and humidity. This means that you have to monitor your pug for overheating (and over exertion) when they are outdoors. These are indoor dogs and should never be left out on their own.  However, Pugs are small but very sturdy, weighing in between 14 and 18 pounds and are usually around 10 to 14 inches tall (shoulder).

As with all breeds, Pugs are prone to certain health conditions including Cheyletiella Dermatitis, Pug Dog Encephalitis, Epilepsy, Nerve Degeneration, Corneal Ulcers, Dry Eye. Also, because they are snort muzzled they are more likely to have breathing problems, especially if they are being sedated. While your pug may not have any of these health problems, they are important to know about and lookout for.

Maybe now you understand why dogs like Doug the Pug and other notorious pugs have quickly become internet sensations!  They are simply irresistible!

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