Unique to each dog but the breed is well known for it’s comical and quirky personality. Pugs are often referred to as the “clowns of the dog world”.
However they are completely unaware of their small size, although not at all aggressive by nature. Our little chap has gotten himself into a few altercations; and with dogs whose heads alone were quite frankly bigger than his whole self! As a full male dog he sees himself quite capable of being the dominant dog in situations where it would be in his best interest to back down and go submissive.
This size dysmorphia is the reason the Latin expression “Multim in parvo” meaning a lot in a little space, has become the motto of the pug.
If you are looking for a companion dog, a pug is perfect. Pugs generally attach themselves to one person, or small group. This becomes their core family, to which a pug will shower undying love and adoration. Gone will be the days when you can have a shower or even go to the toilet on your own!
Pugs will stick with you like a shadow and are quite often half a step ahead of you. They are generally in the place where you really wanted your next footstep to fall. This can be frustrating but you soon forgive as they look back at you with a face full of love.
If you are looking for an independent, self sufficient dog, a pug is probably not the best choice! Remember though they are dogs (hard sometimes as they really do seem like little people).
They do need to socialise with other dogs. Pug’s love to play and easily get along with other dogs, adults and children so relish in the chance to interact with the world outside of the family home.
All of this above loyal behaviour however seems to vanish once out and off the leash. Selective deafness seems to be a common affliction. Pugs can be stubborn, wilful and naughty ours see’s everything as a game unfortunately he is usually very funny with it.
Do not laugh at them you will only encourage this wilful behaviour. As we said before, they are seen as the clown of the dog world and so relish in the chance to show off and be the centre of attention.
Because of their stubborn streak they can be difficult to train, always remember they respond well to treats!
The classic pug head tilt which is part of the breeds endearing behaviour. Difficult to not be amused and enchanted!
Pugs range in energy levels from the couch potato pug to the lunatic Pug (we have a lunatic pug). He requires quite a lot of exercise. Despite sounding like he might expire breathing wise he will play chase and chase me please (his favourite) for hours with other dogs. He will try anything to get another dog to chase him! He has also tried this game with Swans and so far has escaped a beak on the head. However this could be a short lived win.
“Pugs are supposed not to like water but they are really different from Pug to Pug. Each and every one of them has their own unique personalities that make them your special Pug.”
Make sure you are prepared for full on face sneezes too – be particularly careful after a yawn. This is the time to look away! Do not be fooled into looking at that adoring wrinkled little face as they will sneeze and explode all over yours.
You will need to invest in a good hoover as pug hair seems to leap off their little bodies at an alarming rate. There doesn’t seem to be a particular “shedding season” it is constant.
Even though we call ours (and so do friends and family) a Lunatic Pug, at the end of the day he loves a cuddle and snores quite happily all night. On the bed of course!
Once you’ve owned one you would never want to be without one. Your life will be full of love, snot and hair and thoroughly enriched.
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