Pugs hail from ancient history, and can be traced back to China over 2,000 years ago! You know pugs by their short legs, wrinkled faces, flat noses and depictions in pop-culture like Frank from the movie Men In Black. Pugs are great dogs for all, but there is a lot to know

Whether you’re considering adopting a Pug, or just want to know about them, here is some background on the loving, obedient dog.

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Pug Size, Weight, and Health

Pugs are small dogs, but how small exactly? Most pugs grow between 10-13 inches tall and weigh between 14-18 pounds.

The Pug is a dog that requires some attention from its owner to stay in good health. The many wrinkles that make the Pug so lovable also need care and cleaning to keep the dog’s skin healthy. The Pug also loves to eat, so exercise, and attention to diet are needed. However, a healthy Pug can live between 13-15 years.

Temperament of Pugs

With it’s small stature you might expect the Pug to have “small dog syndrome”, but the Pug is typically the exception to this rule. While strong willed, pugs are rarely aggressive and tend to be very loving of their owners and family. Pugs are very fond of children, and often mirror the energy of their owners. Pugs are eager to please and are sensitive and intuitive.

Activity Level of Pugs

Pugs are very playful, and love to be near the action, staying close to their owners. Perceptive of their environment, Pugs feed off of the energy around them. However, the Pug is just as likely to be found snoozing the day away as keeping up with a busy family.

Caring for Pugs

In addition to keeping an eye on diet and exercise to keep your Pug at a healthy weight, care must be given to the Pug’s skin, eyes and breathing. Many of the traits that make the pug so beautiful also require extra care.

The extra folds in the Pug’s skin mean special care must be given to cleaning to keep the skin healthy.

Pugs have beautiful, expressive eyes, but their short flat face means they can bump into things and cause eye injuries. Keeping an eye on your dogs eyes will help keep your little Pug healthy and happy.

Due to their short snouts, Pugs can be prone to “reverse sneezing” when excited. This can sound a bit like wheezing and breathing problems, however, some calming pets and massaging the throat of your Pug can help them resume normal breathing.

Given playtime, healthy food, and time with their owners, a Pug is certainly a wonderful addition to your family.