Hound & Co Breed Spotlight: Pug Dogs
Pugs are comically known as “snorting, snotting, hit by a Mack truck” dogs in my household. Pugs are a humorous breed and are unique in their looks and vocalizations. With a “smashed” face look and a dark mask these pets look like mini superheroes. They are small and compact but there is a lot of dog in this pint sized breed. Pug dogs make noises other dogs don’t. Their facials structure restricts airways and they snort, wheeze, snore and make other strange noises. The snotting part isn’t really nasal phlegm more a noise made when pugs get excited. The best way to describe it is it sounds like a sneeze in reverse. Spending some time with a pug is suggested to get familiar with these noises. Some people can easily tolerate and think it’s cute while others find their noises annoying. It’s just a unique part of the Pug dogs characteristics.
Pug Dogs Origins and Unique Features
History shows the Pug originating in ancient China as companions to emperors of the era. With it’s distinct markings and ties to Tibet it’s long been
thought that Pugs originated by breeding down the Tibetan Mastiff. If the black and tan markings weren’t enough convincing the “beauty mark” on both Pugs and Tibetan Mastiffs is a dead giveaway they might be related. Pugs most commonly come in black and tan and solid black. No other color variations are recognized as Pugs. A smashed face is not designation enough to label a dog a Pug if it has different colorings. Pug dogs also have a distinct tail that is curly like a corkscrew or a pig tail.
Training and General Care of Pugs
Pug dogs can be stubborn and may be difficult to train for first time pet owners. Using a good routine and a crate can help get through the potty training. Letting the Pug be independent in other areas let’s them think they are in charge. If you give Pugs choices they will give you comical social engagements. They can also decide to snub the choices and go lay down. Pugs have a way of letting you know they think they’re better than you. Confident and mischievous are other words that can describe a Pug dog.
Pugs do well with children but aren’t the “fetch the ball” types of dogs. They make great lap dogs and thrive on love and attention. Pugs may seem “lazy” but are generally in a “I don’t really care” mode. As a toy breed they aren’t as frail or fragile as their counterparts.
When caring for a Pug dog there are three main areas of concern. The rolls of skin around the pressed in snout stays moist and can propagate bacteria. They need to be cleaned regularly to prevent foul odors and possible infections. The second area of concern is the bulging eyes. Under pressure from stress they can actually “pop out” of socket and may require surgery. The other area is shedding. Pugs have short hair and require little grooming beyond bathing. They shed a lot yet nothing a hand vacuum can’t handle.
3 Little Known Pug Facts
1) Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife used her Pug dog “Fortune” to relay written messages stuck under it’s collar to her family while imprisoned.
2) Pugs where the “house pet” to the Monks in the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet.
3) A group of Pugs is called a “Grumble”.