Pugs are such big characters and comedians, once a pug enters into your life it changes forever. How can you fail to fall in love with that wrinkled face with it’s bulging eyes. It is a most beautiful face which has gained our chap the affectionate nickname of Frog Face (amongst others).
Pugs are very good at becoming the most important person in the house without you realising it. They will claim the best seat in the house and have you quite happily moving over so they can be more comfortable.
A pug is small in size, but enormous in personality: They are intelligent, affectionate and love to be the centre of attention!
The Pug’s reason for living is to be near their people, their playfulness and sturdiness makes them a family favourite. They are comfortable in small apartments and can adapt to different situations and lifestyles. Some are happy to be a couch potato with minimal exercise, but remember they do need exercise to stay healthy and to mix with other dogs, they are very social little dogs.
When it comes to training you need to be quietly determined and consistent. It has to be a joint effort if more than one person is involved, they will find the weak link and use it to their advantage. However once you have the ‘pack leader’ identified and the basics down they become a delight to take with you anywhere.
They are easy to groom but most shed constantly; a daily brush and careful wiping of the over the nose wrinkle, with a daily check on their eyes and ears. Your pug will be in pug ecstasy if you learn how to give him a massage.
Cutting toenails can be a little traumatic, ours will squeal as if he was being murdered!! This generally starts as soon as he sees the scissors. We have found it much less traumatic all round if every 6 weeks he has a poochy pampering with a bath, ears and folds wash, and toenails attended to. They have assured us he is as good as gold! It only costs us $25 AU and is worth every bit.
Pug colours are variations of: fawn, silver fawn, apricot fawn or black, with a well-defined “mask” on his muzzle. For more information on what to look for when you are choosing your new puppy.