Pugs are a controversial breed in that people either love them or hate them. There doesn’t seem to be an in-between. With that aside, there’s no denying that they have taken the world by storm.
These days you cannot enter a shop without seeing at least one product emblazoned with the face of a pug.
With an unprecedented amount of pugs making their way into rescues right now, I’m here to give an honest insight on what it’s really like to welcome a pug into your life.
1. Pugs can be difficult dogs to own.
Owning a pug may seem like a doddle based on the way they’re portrayed by the media, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Pugs, like any dog, require a great deal of commitment, training and near-constant surveillance. They can be stubborn, lofty and downright rude sometimes, but also infinitely rewarding.
2. Pugs are very intelligent.
Yes pugs may look a bit silly, but they are by no means stupid. Pugs are highly trainable (probably due to their love for food) and can be taught just as well as any breed. Our Barry was just 6 months old when he learned how to high-five for treats. It took him just four minutes to master it.
Pugs’ intelligence also works against you. They are a headstrong and stubborn breed, who often refuse to work for treats. Barry often pretends to go wee-wees in the garden in the hope he’ll get a treat for it. He’ll make sure you’re watching him first, before cocking his leg for just half a second then running inside to expectantly sit by the treat jar.
3. Pugs are not lazy.
People assume that pugs are lazy because they are often portrayed this way by the media. Well here’s the truth for you – they’re not lazy at all. Not in the slightest. Pugs have an incredible amount of energy and this will need to be burned off suitably on a daily basis, lest the pug begin chewing everything in its sight. I’ve learned this the hard way.
All three of our pugs are able to undertake a 6 mile walk with ease, and even 6 miles isn’t enough to wear little George out. If you think a quick twenty minutes round the block will be enough for a pug, let me tell you it’s not. Our pugs will put on 3lbs if they so much as look at a sausage, so regular exercise and a strict diet are both vital to ensure they keep a healthy weight.
4. Pugs are not unhealthy.
If I’m honest this one irks me a little bit. I’m often confronted by people claiming that pugs as a breed are unhealthy. It’s not entirely true. Yes as a breed they can be prone to some very serious health conditions, but this isn’t exclusive to the breed and many other breeds have breed-specific health issues. Responsible breeders work to keep these health issues out of their pups to produce healthy, happy dogs.
George did have a few health conditions when we adopted him. He did struggle to breathe for a short time, but this was solely due to the fact that he had never been out for a walk and was very overweight. It only took a few weeks to overcome this and now he’s as healthy as any dog. Barry has never had any real health issues, other than a minor UTI when he was a puppy. Betty has been given a clean bill of health just this morning at her follow-up appointment with the vet, despite her few initial health issues caused by being bred from recently by her previous owner.
As a breed pugs can be incredibly challenging but also infinitely rewarding. The
If you’re considering welcoming a dog into your family I’d love it if you could check out Muffin Pug Rescue or the PDWRA, as there are many poor babies in these rescues currently looking for their forever homes.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you love pugs, or think they’re seriously overrated? Let me know in the comments below.