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Pug: The charming, mischievous, but loving dog

Pug: The charming, mischievous, but loving dog

The Pug has become increasingly popular in the last few years. According to the AKC, they rank 28 out of 197 dog breeds, which is pretty impressive. What’s also impressive is that Pugs have their own motto! It’s “multum in parvo,” which is Latin and means “a lot in a little.” This means that they have all the fun traits dogs usually have, but just in a smaller package!

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Pug – “Multum in parvo”

There’s probably no one out there that doesn’t know how a Pug looks like. Deep wrinkles around its big, dark eyes and a flat round face is the signature look of this breed. These dogs are quite small and light in weight. Males and females weigh between 14 and 18 pounds, and are between 10 and 14 inches tall.

But let’s take a look at their adorable but goofy personality.


As mentioned above, Pugs are very goofy, charming and they love fun! Many people love to call them clowns in dog form!

Because of their goofy-ness, you might think that they aren’t especially smart, but you’d be mistaken. The truth is, they are very clever and bright dogs, but they don’t always get the credit they deserve for their intelligence.

Silly Pug
The Pug’s personality is the best trait about them

Besides this they are very laid-back, they don’t tend to bark a lot, dig or chew on your furniture. Pugs usually get along great with other dogs and despite being small, they aren’t delicate so they are great for families with children.

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Exercise and training

Pugs don’t need much exercise, 40 minutes to an hour a day is completely enough for this breed to stay healthy and slim. Because they do tend to have breathing problems, walks should be kept short. Be realistic and don’t encourage too much high speed playing or expect too much of these small dogs, they will get out of breath fairly quickly.

Pugs also tend to get overweight very quickly, so pay attention to what and how much your dog eats. Every extra pound means your dog will have more trouble breathing.

This might be a bit disappointing, but Pugs are very stubborn and independent, which means they are quite difficult to train. This is why starting early and being very consistent in your training are key! That’s the only way you’ll ensure a successful training. 

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Health wise Pugs aren’t generally a healthy breed. Sadly, as mentioned above, they do tend to have breathing problems very often. They are brachycephalic, which means that breathing problems are common. Also, there is an increased risk of eye prolapse.

Other health problems Pugs might have:

  • Cheyletiella Dermatitis (Walking Dandruff)
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Nerve Degeneration
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Dry Eye
  • Eye Problems
  • Allergies
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Hip Dysplasia

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Pugs are great dogs for everyone. They don’t need much exercise, so even if you’re a couch potato this breed would be for you! They get along with other dogs and animals as well, so they’d be great for families who already have other pets. Pugs will definitely make you smile every day with their silly personality. One problem might be their health. Among other issues, Pugs most commonly tend to have breathing problems.

My name is Jackie and I am a veterinarian with a degree in veterinary medicine. With extensive experience in treating various animals, I am known for my compassionate and personalized approach to animal care.