Pugs are very intelligent little dogs, who are very affectionate but have big personalities. They are very sociable and love people and company, then don’t generally deal with being left alone for any length of time.
Pugs are however a ‘flat faced breeds’, this ultimately means they can have a number of health problems. As a potential Pug owner, you will be responsible for the protection and welfare of you Pug. You will need to monitor your Pug whilst they are exercising, epsecially in warmer temperatures. You should do your research into the potential health problems, the signs and symptoms as well as potential treatments available to you both.
Pugs are classed as a ‘category three’ breed by the Kennel Club, the highest category level due to the number of health concerns. Pugs are a severely brachycephalic breed, breeding them over many years to look a certain way has resulted in the increased risk of the breed suffering from serious health problem, including breathing difficulties, eye and skin problems. You should, where possible, look into the health of the puppies parents and even grandparents, by checking their health records. Upon receipt of the information you can make an informed decision as to whether or not the puppy is at risk of developing common Pug health problems. Respectful breeders will have no qualms sharing the health information of their pugs and the throughout the bloodlines.
Some of the health problems Pugs are at risk of developing are:
– BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome) – click here for more information
– Eye problems, including dry eye, eye infections, corneal ulcers or eye trauma – click here for more information