Pugs are some of funniest, quirkiest, goofiest and most lovable breeds on the planet. There is never a short supply of entertaining Pug-related content on the Internet ( that we couldn’t be happier about!) Pug owners tend to have a steady supply of entertainment right at their fingertips. As much as we see them in our news-feeds, how much do we actually know about them? Cute? Definitely. Easy to house train? Let’s find out! Here are 8 absolute truths about Pug ownership that you may or may not have been aware of.
1. You Will Laugh…A Lot
This is a given though. Pugs are just known to be silly, which is one of the many reasons we love them so much! If given an audience, they are sure to entertain. Playful but not overly demanding, they are natural born show offs. Pugs are happy being the life of the party.
2. Pugs Can Be Stubborn
Many Pugs will not be house trained in a month or two months or even six months. Some pick it up quickly, but some can take a year or longer and may still not be 100% reliable. Of course there are exceptions to this, but as a rule, Pugs are slow learners. You may even need to take your Pug puppy out several times a night for up to 6 months. Some Pugs have even mastered the art of the “fake pee,” just to get that extra treat from you.
3. They Dress To Impress
At some point in your Pug ownership, you will probably dress your best pal in an adorable yet hilarious costume. Why would you not? Pugs look absolutely fantastic in costumes. Case in point. Do this. Do it now.
4. Breathing Is Harder For A Pug
Pugs have a compromised respiratory system due to their short flat snout. This is called Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. Symtoms include: noisy breathing, especially with exercise, and most will snort when excited and snore when relaxed or asleep. If they are severely affected they will have more pronounced airway noise, appear to tire easily with exercise, and may collapse or faint after exercise. Other symptoms may include coughing, gagging, retching and vomiting. This is often worse in hot and humid weather. What does that mean for the Pug owner? It means you shouldn’t smoke near him, or use strong smelling chemical cleaning products. Use a Y-shaped harness for walks and not anything that could further obstruct his breathing.
5. More Than One Is Double The Fun
Owning a pug is totally addicting. You may end up with more than one, and a case of the “Bed Pugs.”
6. Who Owns Who
As any Pug owner could tell you, you do not own the Pug, the Pug owns you. This dog was bred specifically for companionship. It will not be happy being anywhere by your side. 24/7/365. You might as well just buy the t-shirt and label yourself as Pug property right now.
7. A Pug Will Steal Your Heart
Do not get a Pug unless you plan to fall in love and stay there. Just as Pugs need and crave your companionship, you will start to crave theirs! They are loyal and sensitive and will be your friend till the end.
Welcome to the Pug Life!