If you are trying to find out if a pug might be the right fit for you, there is a lot you need to consider. These little furry animals are famous in the canine world for their unique physical traits, but what is often not as well-known and researched are their personality and temperament. Aside from wrinkly faces, compact body and short legs, this toy dog come with many quirky personality traits and a whole lot of character.
First things first, the pug is not a task performing dog: if you thought you could teach your puppy to hunt, retrieve or guard your house, you might want to reconsider your decision. Pugs are, in fact, wonderful companion dogs, so much that they act as the owner’s shadow, following them around at their every move!
Plus, which other breeds can guarantee such a big amount of cute snorting, snuffling and grunting?
Do you sometimes get frustrated when you want to do something and someone doesn’t let you? Pugs do too! This dog breed is EXTREMELY stubborn, and when their mind is set on something, oh boy, it will be difficult to get it your way.
Despite this, pugs are not aggressive nor vindictive; plus, they are very easy to please! Thanks to their persistence and positivity, they can be trained with patience and constancy. Pro-tip: using treats will surely help your gluttonous puppy!
Even though this snorting creature is as friendly as it gets, your pug could be quite the barker when visitors will enter the house. Blame it on their will to protect both you and your house: they might be small, but they surely are lionhearted!
Pugs are also very childlike, and the main challenge for most owners will be not to spoil their beautiful puppy: you do not want them to lose their charming and entertaining personality. But sleep tight, the biggest problems your puppy will cause you are a few cases of embarrassment for their gassiness, or a bit of laziness when it’s time to leave the house.
On the other hand, if you are the lazy one, you can also relax: pugs require a very low amount of exercise – they would rather stay in and sleep! – and will not engage in endless walks, especially under the rain, which they hate.
Pugs and Others
Pugs will get along with people, strangers and kids! Probably because of their size and eagerness to please, they love everyone’s attention and cuddles: they will play with anyone and beg attention from whoever is in front of them. Don’t confuse this with unloyalty: these pups will never refer anyone to their dearly loved owners.
Remember, though, that pugs need attention, love and affection, and do not appreciate being left alone for long periods of time. This need for constant care will be rewarded by unconditional love: your pug will put you above anything else, will always be in the mood for cuddling or playing and will protect you with all their strength!
They will also behave around other dogs: socializing is not an issue for them, as long as it is after nap time!
Pugs are big-time nappers. We cannot stress it enough: they LOVE to nap, and the only reason they will gladly wake up for, other than playing with their owner, is to eat.
If you find yourself struggling when a couple of beautiful big brown eyes look at you and your food with desire and sadness, you might be needing some training yourself! Pugs are high-quality beggers, and they will convince you to feed them something extra one way or the other.
Their behaviour is often hilarious, especially because of their love for food and sleep: they will nap almost all day long and suddenly wake up full of energy to eat and wander around, only to come back to their nap as soon as possible.
Training will help to correct a few behaviours of this amazing animal, such as some of their food-begging behaviour or funny noises– consider though, that some of these are due to their physics and snout and cannot be modified.
And while we are talking about some of their not-so-pleasant features, you might want to consider the fact that these dogs tend to shed endlessly, and they can have many potential health issues: sadly, their physical cuteness also comes with some deformities, which could cause them troubles in the future.
Pugs come with lots of perks and flaws – who doesn’t? – but they sure are affectionate and lovable. If you decide to get one of these puppies, it won’t simply be a pet to you, but a real family member, with their unique personality and habits.
So get ready, and make sure your lap is comfortable: we bet your new pug will spend a lot of time on it!