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Background It is not generally known that the Pug was the most popular of all dogs in England and the European continent many years ago. It is generally accepted that the Pug originated in China and made its way to England via Holland. With the introduction of other toy dogs, the Pug began to lose its popularity in England and there was a danger at one time that the breed would become extinct but more stock was introduced from Holland and Austria in the reign of George the third, and this gave the breed a new lease of life. The breed in Australia has been kept going by importations from England at different times.
Average Lifespan Pugs can live in excess of 12 years and consideration should be given by prospective owners to the commitment they are making before purchasing a puppy.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The perfect blend of little dog appeal and wistfulness and big stamina and courage is to be found in the adorable creature - the Pug. Do I want a personality dog? The Pug is it. If you only have a small yard or live in a flat, the Pug is for you, as they are a small fellow who can make the most of their area. Remarkably free of "doggy" odours, their coat is short and sheds very little, they are also exceptionally clean. But maybe you have hectares of ground and still want a small dog. The Pug is still the dog for you, being sturdy and swift.
Care Requirements Exercise: Most Pugs tend to laziness if left to their own devices. Following the "housekeeper" around during daily chores is okay, otherwise a brisk walk or a vigorous game of ball every day is needed. Pugs love to be walked every day, but won’t suffer if they miss out occasionally. Do not allow strenuous exercise in hot weather or just after meals. Obedience: Pugs, being intelligent and tending to independence, are not the easiest dogs to train, but they are most certainly trainable and it does them a lot of good to have a purpose in life. A local obedience club will put you on the right track and introduce you to another aspect to owning a dog and it becoming a companion, not just a pet!
Please Take Note Eye Care, due to the shape of the eyes and face, Pugs are prone to eye injury. If your Pug is rubbing its eyes or is squinting or its eyes are watering or there is any discolouration of the eye, see your vet immediately. Breathing Problems: The Pug, being a brachycephalic (short nosed) breed, can have difficulties with its soft palate.
Ideal Owner/s They are good with children. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. They are excellent companion dogs and love to be with people. They are sturdy little dogs. They give you lots of big wet kisses. They are natural clowns and they will keep you laughing. They snore, wheeze, grunt, snort and sneeze in your face.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Pug and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.