Manitoba Pug Rescue


Pug Info

Are Pugs Right For You?

Pugs are very sweet animals.  But here are some facts on the Pug breed.   Please consider the following before adopting a pug.
1) Pugs shed, even though they have short hair. Pugs have a double coat and shed a lot, year-round.  Their fur will end up everywhere?the furniture, the car, your clothes, basically anywhere you are.   Also, a pug is not a dog who will gladly stay off the furniture.
2) Pugs can't tolerate extreme heat.  Because of their short noses, they are very sensitive to heat, humidity and cold.  Overexposure can lead to heat stroke and organ failure.  It is advisable to have air-conditioning, as it does get very hot in the summer.
3) A pug is your shadow.   Pugs are very clingy dogs because they thrive on human companionship.  Pugs were bred centuries ago for this exact reason-to be lap dogs and keep people company.  They will follow you everywhere and are ?under foot? most of the time (if not all the time).  Some people adore this behaviour, while others may find it infuriating or at least a bit annoying at times.  If you work all day or leave a pug home alone for long periods of time, you are setting your pug up for behavioural problems and possible depression . 
4) Pugs sneeze, snort, snore and pass gas.  Although disgusting to a lot of people, this is a common trait among pugs. 
5) Pugs are prone to many health issues.  Again, because of their short, pushed-in noses, they can develop a lot of breathing problems that would require veterinary attention.  Pugs may also have knee and joint problems. They are prone to a myriad of genetic health issues and could require more veterinary care than the average dog.

6) Pugs are very stubborn.  Because of this, it is very difficult to housebreak them.  It can take 6 months to a year before they are trained.  Always remember to be consistent in the way you plan to train them, whether it be paper, litter box, crate or outside.
Please keep in mind these are only a few of the main points regarding owning a pug.  They are truly wonderful companions.