Pug Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Carlin, Mops
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Medium
  • Shedding:High
  • Exercise Needed:Occasional walk
  • Energy Level:Low
  • Protection:Low
  • Good with Children:Yes
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:14-18 lbs
  • Height:10-11 inches
  • Coat Colour:Silver, apricot-fawn, or black, with black muzzle or mask, ears, cheek moles, and trace down back

Pug Coat

The Pug has a very fine, short, and soft coat. The coat should be smooth and glossy and neither hard nor woolly. The Pug sports a distinct black and soft muzzle. The hair is slightly broken along the curly tail.

Pug Character

The Pug can be somewhat sensitive to the tone of someone's voice, however recovers fairly quickly. Don't underestimate the size of this dog, he is very devoted and makes a good watchdog. This is a big dog in a small dogs body, making him very sturdy and very devoted. The Pug should never be timid, and should never show signs of aggression. He should always be friendly and playful.

Pug Temperament

The Pug is a happy and cheerful little fellow that gets along with just about anyone. This breed can become very jealous at times, but does exceptionally well around strangers. The Pug does extremely well around children, even children that are prone to pestering a dog, as this is a very sturdy and hardy breed. He can do very well around other dogs, but should be socialized at an early age like other breeds.

Pug Care

Grooming wise, the Pug does not require much maintenance. The muzzle area should be cleaned as this breed has the tendency to drool. Under the folds of skin should also be cleaned to avoid any dry or itchy skin. Bathing should only be performed when necessary, as it will remove the natural oils from the skin and coat.

Pug Activity

Pugs are lively little dogs, however they are relatively active indoors and do well without a yard. This breed does love long walks, but proper water should always be provided as this breed is prone to breathing problems and tires quickly. This breed is excellent for an apartment environment. The Pug adapts well to many different environments, and will take as much exercise as provided. However, he has the tendency to overeat and become lazy, so exercise must be provided on a regular basis.

Pug Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Pug is around 12-13 years. There are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed, including cataracts, entropion, liver problems, epilepsy, sensitivity to drugs and chemicals, PRA, Less-Perthes, and encephalitis. His eyes are prone to injury or infection because of their prominence. He is also heat sensitive because of his short muzzle and short coat, and should not be left out in the sun or in stuffy conditions. The parents of the Pug puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.