Pugs generally live to between 12 and 15 years of age, on average. All breeds potentially suffer from health issues/conditions, Pugs are not an exception. Some health issues that Pugs can suffer from include, but are not limited to BOAS, PDE and HV. Pug owners, breeders and advocates alike are working relentlessly to reduce the risks associated with Pug breeding. The encourage the utilisation of genetic testing, health schemes and responsible ownership of the Pug breed.
When considering the decision to become a Pug owner, it is important to remember to do your research beforehand; take the time to look into the breed, their potential health complications, the support available. Research the breeder, find the relevant health scheme providers, ask your questions. All of these steps can make owning a Pug much more rewarding and fulfilling for both yourself and your new Pug.
The Pug Breed Standard (available on the Kennel Club website – click here) is a set of guidelines used to describe the ideal characteristics, colour and appearance of the breed. Colours? You may ask, colour is just as important as other characteristics, ‘rare’ colours, not listed int he breed standard, can subsequently have their own health issues due to being not so common within the breed.