About pugs

About pugs

Pugs are not normal dogs. They require special care and attention.

Before you commit to a Pug, or any other dog, you need to do your homework!

Pugs In Perth recommends thoroughly reading and researching as much as you about pugs before committing. The following is a brief summary of all things – pug, taken from the Pug Village website.

Pugs are a wonderful breed of dog, however they are not for everyone. As pug advocates it is our responsiblity to provide the negative aspects of pug ownership. This approach is taken because we want pugs to be in appropriate homes, for their benefit as well as your own.

P1110456When selecting a dog, it is vitally important to match breed with owner, so that the experience for all involved is a positive one. There are many things you should consider before you even begin your search, and what follows is a compilation of the most commonly mentioned downsides to pugs. This article is designed to focus on the people side of pug ownership, to help you decide whether your personality and lifestyle fits with the nature and characteristics of the pug breed. We urge you to consider these downsides carefully and seriously before deciding on buying a pug:

Health issues: The bottom line regarding pugs and health is that pugs are prone to a myriad of genetic health issues, and require more veterinary care than the average breed of dog. If you get a pug, be prepared to make a lot of trips to the vet. Not every pug will require frequent vet visits, but many do, so it is in your interest to plan on spending a lot of time, and money at the vet’s office. If you do not have the time, money or willingness to commit the next 12 years to a dog that may have frequent and significant health problems, do not get a pug.

Shedding: Pugs shed a lot. In fact, they shed more than a lot. They shed tons. If you are or hear anything to the contrary, you are either getting misinformation, or the input of someone whose pug is a rare exception to the norm. If you get a pug, you will have fur all over the place. On every piece of furniture, on all your clothes and in your car. You do not even have to put your pug in the car, the fur will just be there… and everywhere else. If this is at all a concern to you, do not get a pug.

Housetraining: Pugs are not the easiest dogs in the world in housetrain. They are small, which makes them inherently more difficult to housetrain than large dogs, which have a greater capacity to “hold”. Their size may not be the biggest obstacle to housetraining however, as pugs tend to have a stubborn streak which makes them less than cooperative students. Skilled and experienced dog owners usually manage to housetrain their pugs within 3 months of bringing their dog home. The majority of pug owners however, often find housetraining a task that takes a year or even longer. If the idea of a years worth of poops and pee on the carpet isn’t tolerable to you, do not get a pug.

A pug is your shadow: Pugs are clingy dogs, because they are people dogs which thrive on human companionship. This should not come as any surprise, because they were bred to be companion dogs. If you get a pug, expect it to be at your feet and under your feet all the time. Not once in a while, or during meal time… all the time. A pug will follow you, everywhere. Some people find this endearing, others find it maddening or at least occasionally annoying. Think long and hard about this one, because you may not realise it bothers you until it happens. If this clingy nature is something that you think might bother you, do not get a pug.

P1110446Pugs do not catch frisbees: Pugs are low activity dogs. This means that they sleep a lot, as much as fourteen hours a day. It also means that pugs have short bursts of energy, so you will not see a pug run very long or very far before it slows down and retreats for a nap. A pug is not going to jog alongside you on the sidewalk. It will not even consider trying to catch a frisbee. Most pugs will not even fetch a ball or a stick. If you are an outdoor person seeking to share your active outdoor lifestyle with a dog, do not get a pug.

Pugs are indoor dogs: Stated quite simply, pugs cannot tolerate high temperatures and humidity. This type of weather can cause immediate or long-term health problems ranging from heat stroke to organ damage. If you live in a warm weather climate, and you do not have air conditioning, do not get a pug.

Pug maintenance: Pugs require a fair amount of grooming and general care. They have to be brushed frequently to minimise shedding. Pugs have facial folds which need to be cleaned, every other day, every week or every month depending on the dog. Their nails grow fast, very fast and need to be trimmed often. Pugs are also prone to their anal sacs fill, and these sacs in turn, must be drained from time to time… not a pleasant, or easy task if you choose to do it yourself. If you will not do it, then you will need to take your pug to the vet to have it done, sometimes, several times per year. If you are looking for a low maintenance dog which requires minimal grooming, do not get a pug.

If after all your research you are still keen on pugs, you have to start looking at where to get one. Many pet shops sell pugs and pug crosses, however under no circumstance should you buy any animal from a pet shop. Where do you think all these puppies come from? Check out Where do puppies come from?  before you step foot inside a pet shop.

Pugs In Perth recommends purchasing your pug from a from a rescue organisations or animal shelter or a registered and reputable breeder. Below is an extract from the South Australian Canine Association’s website. It describes the benefits of purchasing your puppy from a registered breeder.


When you decide to add a new member to your household, it is important to spend quite some time researching for the most suitable breed of dog for your situation. Many dogs become a ‘nuisance’ due to insufficient research in determining suitable size, temperament, coat type and exercise requirements.

Some owners for example, may choose a breed from a picture book only to discover their handsome weimaraner or playful dalmatian requires many more hours of exercise that can ever be provided or their small garden is being destroyed by a very bored and very energetic Australian Kelpie.

Purebreed or crossbreed

When you buy a purebred dog from a registered breeder, you will know the size, temperament, coat type and appearance of the adult dog. You will also know the exercise requirements, activity level, feeding requirements and be able to research the breed through books, internet or club information.

The registered breeders will also screen their breeding stock for any hereditary diseases known to affect the breed.

To buy a crossbred puppy is not recommended as their adult appearance, size, temperament or any other characteristics cannot be determined. Usually no testing procedures for hereditary diseases are carried out for crossbred dogs.

Rescuing a dog

There are a number of rescue organisations and animal shelters in WA all with wonderful dogs (and other animals) needing loving homes.

The following is an extract from the Adopt a pet website. Choosing the right pet for you is fun, but takes time, planning and lots of research.

You need to consider very carefully both your needs and the needs of any animal that comes into your life; for example, how much time you can spend for exercise, how much space you have and how much you can afford to pay for food, toys and possible vet bills. One of the best reason to adopt your new pet from rescue organisations or animal shelter is, not only will you be giving a new home to an animal that really needs you, but through your support you’ll be helping these organisations to assist many more animals that might not have a chance otherwise. Pugs In Perth recommends the RSPCA.

Buy from a registered breeder

A registered breeder will assess your suitability to own their breed of dog and will answer any questions you may have regarding feeding, housing or training requirements. A registered breeder is also able to provide a Certificate of Registration and Pedigree for your dog should you wish to exhibit your dog at shows or compete in any of the trailing activities.

Registered breeders in Western Australianare bound by the CAWA Code of Ethics.

Do not be afraid to ask the breeder any number of questions you may have. Good breeder will be more than happy to answer your questions and will probably ask you a few too. They are ensuring their dog goes to the best possible home.

If you know people who have a pug, ask where they purchased their dog from and the experience they had. Do not be bullied or pushed into buying a dog, they are a lifetime commitment.