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Pugs are characterized by their instantly recognizable wrinkled, compact face. Tiny, playful and mischievous, pug puppies grow up to make outstanding family pets due to their patient and gentle disposition, love of play and attention, and high tolerance for young children.

Appearance

Height: Both male and female pug dogs average 10 to 11 inches in height at the withers.

Weight: Expect a pug puppy to grow up to weigh no more than 18 pounds in adulthood. Anything beyond this threshold indicates the dog is overweight.

Coat: A pug has a short, glossy, smooth coat.

Ears and Eyes: Pug dogs have two ear styles: rose ears and button ears. Both are small, thin and velvety, though the American Kennel Club favors the sleeker button ears over the more wrinkly rose ears. The eyes are very prominent, large in size, globular in shape and dark in color.

Tail: A pug dog has a curly tail. In dog shows, dogs with double-curled tails earn the highest marks.

Disposition

Despite their grouchy appearance, pugs are among the most playful, affectionate and fun-loving dog breeds on Earth. They're sociable, but prefer human rather than animal company. Intelligent but stubborn, they tend to grow anxious or upset when ignored, especially by their owners.

AKC Group: Toy

Training: Pug puppies are very sensitive to the intonations of the human voice, so physical punishment is usually unnecessary during training. On the whole, they're a clever and exceptionally obedient breed.

Ideal Environment: A pug dog can thrive in an apartment. An ideal owner is able to show the dog plenty of affection and attention, since pugs require lots of both. Hot, humid climates and excessive sun exposure are strongly discouraged by pug breeders.

Health and Care

Feeding: These dogs can get chubby fairly easily, so limit their diets and observe proper dog nutrition.

Grooming: Wash a pug's eyes two to three times a week to avoid infection. These dogs shed a lot, but their coats are generally easy to care for, requiring only brushing. Nails and teeth will need weekly cleaning, but the most attention must be paid to the distinctive facial wrinkles, which are much like those seen in bulldog breeds. A pug dog's facial wrinkles need to be cleaned every day.

Exercise: Pug dogs need more exercise than other members of the AKC's Toy group. Play with your pug often, and take it for at least one walk every day.

Health Problems: Pug breeders stress that obesity can become a problem, which in turn can lead to canine diabetes and canine arthritis. Eye injuries are an ongoing issue because of the dog's low-hanging brow. They're also very sensitive to heat, so hot climates, whether humid or dry, are not the best choice for these dogs. It's important to keep in mind that all dogs face breed-specific health concerns, so this is an area to research further no matter what type of dog is preferred.

Average Lifespan: Expect a healthy pug puppy to live for 12 to 14 years.

Finding a Pug to Own

Pug breeders offer dewormed pug puppies for sale, generally in the $400 to $500 price range. Compare the various vendors by asking for lineage information and breeder certification. Puppy mills should be avoided, since they don't monitor lineage closely and subject their animals to poor living conditions.

As a cost-effective alternative, pug rescue centers match neglected, abused and abandoned dogs with new owners. Locate a pug rescue organization by contacting local animal control authorities.

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Posted by deepti on March 20,2013 at 09:40 PM
m goin 2 buy a pug but d prob is dat i dnt b home atleast for 8 hrs/day...... cn i leave my pug alone home?????? sud i bye a pug??????
Posted by Sarah on February 15,2013 at 04:13 PM
I noticed that most folks are putting their contact email in the comment window, thus, here's mine: Jolie752@yahoo.com. I am the lady seeking a female pug.
Posted by Sarah on February 15,2013 at 04:07 PM
I have a special needs male Pug. He is my hero, my love, my heart. I am seeking another Pug, a female, that may be a good companion for him. I am on a fixed income and cannot afford the high fees required by adoption agencies - even though they deserve the fees. If anyone out there lives near Sutherlin, OR, and has a Pug (color doesn't matter) for adoption, I would be so grateful if you would email me. I can travel in any direction up to 50 miles from Sutherlin. Thank you so much.
Posted by Jerry on January 06,2013 at 03:00 PM
I am looking for a fawn female pug puppy willing to pay don't need papers but does need to be full blooded I Live just south of Indianapolis Indiana if you have 1 or know someone who does please email me rjsizemore01@yahoo.com
Posted by THERESA on January 27,2013 at 11:52 AM
if you are still looking for a fawn female pug i have four that will be ready on the week of valintine.they will be seven weeks old.they will be vet check.have thier first set of shots.they will be wormed and all so come with ckc papers.the price is $350.00 you can call me at 765-918-3053 thank you and have a nice day
Posted by Hillary on December 10,2012 at 10:10 AM
I love my pug Yoda hes 3 months old and a sweetheart I have him spoiled rotten already lol hes a very smart lil guy and i wouldnt sale him for a million dollars hes akc i got lucky and got a good deal on him :)
Posted by Chris on December 18,2012 at 04:04 PM
Hey Hillary, I just bought my second pug! One just wasn't enough. Both my boys are quality CKC pugs. Buster my new pug is a black pug. It's funny you named yours Yoda because that's what my neice likes to call Buster. My other pug Mongo is a fawn and will be two in Feb. I absolutely love Mongo! I've had him since he was six weeks old.
Posted by jason on December 08,2012 at 11:27 AM
We just lost our beloved family dog after 14 years and am looking to ease the pain for my two children and wife with a pug. I have twin daughters who are amazing with animals. My wife and I have been dog owners all our lives. If anyone knows of pugs in the new jersey area that need a home please contact me at jaymmize@gmail.com. Thank you
Posted by pirateprincess67 on November 29,2012 at 07:20 PM
I am looking for a black pug puppy it does not have to have papers or registered. I just recently lost my pug and am very much heartbroken. If anyone has to give up one or cannot keep their pug any longer I am willing to take them. Please let me know of any or if there are any for sale at a reasonable price.
Posted by lauretta porter on December 04,2012 at 01:01 PM
i have a gorgeous 2yo male pug named winston. he is thoroughly spoiled and much loved. time does not permit us to give him the attention he craves. my daughter informed me yesterday that she needs to find a new home for him.
Posted by tabithalit on January 04,2013 at 09:17 PM
If he isn't interested I certainly am. Our pug died on New Years and its been rough without him so I'm definitely looking for one as well
Posted by Kelly on September 13,2012 at 09:46 AM
My husband and I had to relocate to Texas from the Midwest and we are looking for a fawn pug puppy. I don't care if the puppy has papers or anything like that but I would like it to be a purebred pug. The gender does not matter to us either. If anyone knows of a puppy or has one to sell just reply to me. Thank you!
Posted by Alma on September 28,2012 at 01:29 PM
I can't have my pug no longer please if you really love pugs let me know my baby is only tree years old is a male and is pure pug I had the pedigree papers .
Posted by Michaela on October 09,2012 at 11:29 PM
I am so sorry Alma, you must be so heart broken, If you still need a home for your baby let me know. can't say much here the page times out to quickly. Michaela
Posted by Mbartok on September 09,2012 at 02:01 PM
Looking for a male pug,,I have a girl pug and she misses her companion so much she has been depressed...WE ALL MISS HIM BUT SHE JUST MOPES AROUND ALL DAY :(...I prefer a puppy to start out with the family I have three kids and the younger the puppy the better....please contact me Thanks, Mbartok
Posted by Lilly on August 31,2012 at 06:13 PM
im looking for a pug puppy in el paso, texas..does anyone know anyone that is selling here?
Posted by pug on August 09,2012 at 06:58 PM
Ive wanted a pug for long time thats close to syracuse ny so it wont get shipped. Any suggestions?
Posted by L on December 04,2012 at 06:41 PM
I used a company called UShip that my breeder recommended to me. I found my girl, Luna (her birthday is today!) in IL and I was in CA. I hired a cowboy (drives livestock across the country) to take her for a drive cross country. It was the cost of a plane ticket - as we all know baby puggies can not fly. I hope this helps!
Posted by Helen Beede on August 08,2012 at 09:53 PM
we have lst our love boy after 10yrs. ov love and devotion. he passes from health problems. We are looking for a young man pug . Times are tough.. but our new guy would be living the life of Reily...... good home and travel...not to mention more love that he could rvr ask fo... t&h.
Posted by maliya on July 15,2012 at 12:13 PM
hello.I am 9 years old and i am looking for a male pug.my parents and i are looking on websites to get me another pug.I have two reason i want a another pug. one because i miss......................................the best freind i ever had away! also are dog reef so lonley.please relpy when you can. thank you.
Posted by jenny on July 25,2012 at 05:19 PM
try pugrescue, give them another chance you might find a new best, thats really the best breed
Posted by Lory B. on July 07,2012 at 05:28 PM
I have wanted a pug for a long time now but was never able to because where I lived they didn't accept pets. I am Looking for a male pug.
Posted by tonya on March 30,2012 at 03:44 AM
i am looking for a female pug that i was forced to surrender in the crestview,fl area due to vet bills. her name is misty and she had to have surgery to have her right eye removed. we miss her so much and want the chance to get her back. the vet told us she is no longer in florida. we cant stand it so if anybody has any info please email me at mammacrooks@hotmail..com please help us find her.
Posted by willow on July 07,2011 at 11:20 PM
ME ME ME I NEED A PUG! please
Posted by Eva Graves on June 27,2011 at 10:55 AM
Looking for a free pug
Posted by jenny on July 25,2012 at 05:17 PM
try pugrescue they are all amazing, pug is really the best breed
Posted by Joshua Adams on June 18,2011 at 06:58 PM
I am living in Arizona and need to move and can not take my 11 year old "black mask" pug with me. My family is devasted and I am heartbroken. I need to find a new home for my little Tamale and I am hoping there is a good home out there for her. If you are interested please contact me at junyadanatural@yahoo.com. Thanks Joshua Adams
Posted by Willow on June 12,2011 at 10:24 AM
I want a pug soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad!!!! I know everything about pugs. I'm siting next to two pug stuffed animales.
Posted by lori on May 13,2011 at 09:18 PM
Does anyone know where I can buy a male pug in the state of Hawaii?
Posted by violet on April 09,2011 at 11:01 AM
I can't find anything eles about pugs.Can anyone help me?
Posted by Gail on March 25,2011 at 10:23 PM
I have two fawn pugs. Male is 5 yrs old, female is 1 yr old. Neither have papers. They are not spayed or neutered. He needs update shots. I am moving from Northeastern PA to Florida and cannot take them with me. I must find them a good loving home but they are so attached they need to go together. Serious inquires only.
Posted by veronica on April 28,2011 at 10:54 PM
what town do u live i been looking 4 pugs i feel in love with my friends pug n i just gotta have sum
Posted by Danielle on March 07,2011 at 09:21 PM
i had a 2 yr old male pug named lovey cuz he was so loveable well i had to put him down cuz he got a rare brain disorder called puginasifulitis and there was nothign they could do he had many episodes of pain and suffering so i did what i knew was right and let him go to god to run and play ....... I and my family got very attached to him and my lil girl always puts flowers out there for him by the tree his fav place to go potty so i am looking to get them another pug but cant realy afford to buy one have all the stuff for a pug even food but alot of prices are 400 or more so i am wondering if anyone is looking for a home for there pug or knows anyone who has a cheap one im from angola indiana but will travel to make my kids happy agian so please help me out here thank you email me @ danielletink@rocketmail.com danielle
Posted by cyrtis on February 08,2011 at 09:32 PM
i got a 3yr old pug name sampson and he is the best dog i ever had
Posted by Bobbarker on February 05,2011 at 11:55 PM
my name is Bobbarker and I'm a five year old puggle with papers. i'm looking for a dam bitch puggle. for a small stud fee. email me at gigetcha@gmail.com
Posted by joshua on January 22,2011 at 03:16 AM
does any one sell pugs pure breed unspayed and a female and over 3 but ove 1 is ok if so reply please we need one now please reply
Posted by puger on January 20,2011 at 09:19 PM
I have a great mix breed of a boxer and a pug what a wonderful dog he is. Turned out with mostly the best features of both.
Posted by lorie on January 12,2011 at 10:49 PM
do pugs always have problems about not wanting to go to the bathroom in the same place out side?
Posted by lewayne on December 30,2010 at 01:23 PM
i have a pug he is just a year old. looking to mate him for one thing. and he also has a thing for feet..anyone walk in my house he attacks their feet ..and no matter what i do i can not house break him ...does any one know a secret way for a pug
Posted by Keia on May 31,2012 at 09:27 PM
I have and 8 month old pug named Benson, he was bitting me feet constatntly, I had heard a frien say that if could get a water bottle and spary his face, It took me a long time to decide if I wanted to do this but I finally did i mixed 3pqrts water and one part lemon juice and every time he started to bite my toes or attack my socks I sprayed his face. He hated this and it has been at least two to three months since he has bitten my feet or anyone else's, he may sniff and lick but that's it. If he sees that spray bottle he turns the other way. If only that bottle worked to potty train his behind I'd be cool.
Posted by Karina on January 06,2011 at 02:20 PM
I have a female pug, that is in heat right now, but I'm in el paso, tx !!! where do you live ??
Posted by Rochelle on December 30,2010 at 12:41 PM
Question---I have an 8 month old pug (8th of her is terrier) who no matter what I give her has to chew on wood. Is this normal of her breed as a pug? Or should I find a tree for her to hang from (last part joke please--I am a caregiver for an elder who shares my humor on himself so please...)Anyways I would really love any info/feedback that anyone could give me on this as I've never experienced this
Posted by Nikki on November 19,2012 at 01:28 AM
Bitter apple or hot sauce on where he chews. Or give him a different toy or use a swift gun. Rotate three toys for play and switch them out with others twelve total he won't be as bored. He will outgrow it. Mine did.
Posted by Dana on November 30,2010 at 11:57 PM
I am not so sure about those height and weight specifications above. My pug is a little over a year old and he is 13 1/2 inches at the withers and weighs 30 pounds. he doesn't look fat at all. He is strong as an ox and chases the cats all day. I put his rope around the leg of my kitchen chair and he can move it with me sitting in it and I weight 185 sooo... Anyone else have a pug that weighs that much?
Posted by Nikki on November 19,2012 at 01:33 AM
My Fatty aka Fattious is 30 pounds fit skinny really. Papered too. He's just from the old day pugs in china that we're bigger. They've been Inbread downsized. Sad. More defects usually too. Mine is fit and amazing health. Don't worry about him as long as he gets excersize he'll be fine
Posted by Terri on November 30,2010 at 04:26 PM
Pugs, while some may say they're ugly, have the most beautiful souls in all of creation. I place pugs with PTSD sufferers (like some who are coming back from Iraq) and am constantly amazed by what these little dogs can do. They are ten times more effective than medication.
Posted by Evonna Bergeon on July 21,2012 at 11:17 AM
My husband is a OIF/OEF combat veteran who has a TBI and PTSD. We desperatly want a pug for we have heard they are great for vets. I stumbled upon your post, searching for a pug that we could afford with no avail. We now live in Colorado and now are able to have pets. If you could help please help me. My email is evonna23@yahoo.com. Thank you for you time and effort and thank you for all that you are doing for the veterans of our country.
Posted by elisabeth on October 21,2010 at 12:28 PM
I have a pug his name is otis
Posted by amanda on October 14,2010 at 03:44 PM
looking for a pug... we have one but we want another one..
Posted by Jason Keller on June 20,2010 at 10:44 PM
My pug is going bald in certain places. What causes this? What can i do to prevent this? Thanks
Posted by LOrna on May 29,2011 at 10:36 AM
Have 3 females and looking for a stud to use in the oklahoma city area where do you live?
Posted by marlene cabral on February 26,2010 at 06:30 AM
hi. My friend got me a pregnant pug as a gift.I want to learn how to tk cr of them,but i have no clue..please help. thanx
Posted by Jacqueline on February 08,2010 at 01:11 PM
I have a 4 year old pug I need to give away beacause of my allergic reaction to him. I am located in whitehall, pa area. Anyone interested and loves pugs, please reply.
Posted by TARA VASQUEZ on May 30,2011 at 06:21 PM
well Jacueline I love pugs I even have one pug and one chiwahwah send me a pic and i will check back with you as soon as possible. Thanx!!
Posted by claire on February 04,2011 at 09:10 PM
Yes... "please"... We recently lost our pug.... We would love to have another... We miss her so much...
Posted by Valerie on January 04,2011 at 06:52 PM
Hi I am interested in your pug could you send me a few pics of him.We can also talk about his transportation from there to here .I look forward to hearing from you.
Posted by Terri on November 30,2010 at 04:21 PM
I have a black pug who would enjoy a companion and if your little guy has the right temperament I might just train him to be a service dog for a returning veteran I know who has PTSD. His doctor has already given him an RX letter. Please let me know and I'm sorry for your loss.
Posted by Ann on April 22,2010 at 09:14 AM
Hi, do you still have your pug? I know it is heartbreaking to have to find a loving home for a pet. We ahve Daist, who was a rescue pug, about 5 years old. If you haveyour dog yet, please send me particulars. Age, sex, housetrained, kids, ect Thanks, Ann
Posted by cecile perkins on March 17,2010 at 06:06 PM
WE HAVE A FENCED IN YARD. we just put our black pug to sleep .We have a tan pug named Curley.We are a family of 4 adults and my 6 year old grandson.Please email me at Gypsymamma02@aol.com
Posted by Blanca Perez on February 01,2010 at 04:58 PM
I have a beautiful two year old male pug and would like to find a good, loving home for him. Although I paid $300.00, I would accept much less if I can find a very good home for him. I live in Austin, TX and don't know of ay Pug Rescue places. Can you help me? Thank you very much for your attention and consideration.
Posted by leah on November 23,2009 at 01:04 AM
I just got a pug givin to me. What do I clean there face wrinkles with? And how do I house break him?
Posted by Yanet on February 12,2010 at 03:04 AM
I have an 8 month old pug and I love her. Although i heard they were hard to potty train, I still brought her home. I live upstairs so she does not go outside to potty . she uses her potty pads. when she would have an accident, i would tell her "no!" and place her on the pad! For the first couple of weeks, i was after her every step she took to make sure she would not have an accident. Happy to say she learned quickly.
Posted by Jessica on December 11,2010 at 09:46 AM
Hi I just read your comment, I have purchased a new pure bread pug puppy he will be about 9-10 weeks when I pick him up Christmas Eve, his current caregivers have begun training using a mat indoors, of course its winter time here in Canada and I think it's too cold to make a 10 week old puppy use the bathroom outdoors. I just was curious to know if you were pleased with the indoor potty mat product and how soon did your puppy adapt to it?
Posted by JRB on December 17,2009 at 01:36 PM
I also clean my pugs wrinkles with warm water and a q tip, it works great. as far as training goes, look for a good article online on crate training. Both my pugs are stubborn and active little creatures and with crate training they got the idea relatively quickly. I also always use the same door when i take them out and have a phrase or command that i use everytime they go such as : "peepee potty" poo poo finish" and "hurry up" my puppy is 10 months old and will go quickly with these commands. No more accidents in the house.
Posted by courtney on November 25,2009 at 09:26 PM
leah just clean then with water and a qtip pugs will usually just sit and let you do it they are so forgiving and easy to work with make sure you do this atleast once a week because they collect so much in there and if left unclean can cause puppy acne and then they get really agitated wtih you. and as for potty training you can teach them to just to go the door if you take them out every few hours sometimes they take a little longer between peeing and pooping its a gerat time to take them for a walk
Posted by Sheena on June 07,2010 at 01:01 PM
Leah i clean my pugs wrinkles with baby wipes non alcohol free and unsented and it works.
Posted by i love pugs on November 11,2009 at 03:30 PM
i really want a pug for christmas and i think my dad is going to get me one because he wont let me see what he is looking at on his laptop but if i come out on christmas and open all my presents and there is no pug and i was looking forward to it this hole time my heart will be broken what do i do?
Posted by pugs on April 09,2011 at 11:03 AM
What do you know about pugs?
Posted by Joan Bridges on November 03,2009 at 09:26 PM
I have two quesgtions. The first one is, What is the best to feed my 8 year old pug? The second is what can cause my pug to shed more than normal? I am not exaggeratting when I say we sweep our floor atleast 6 times a day and at the end of the day it looks like the floor has not been touched. I know other people that have pugs and I know they shed also but nothing like my 8 year old. That is the reason I am asking about hew diet thinking her food may have something to do with it. Please help.
Posted by pam on August 12,2010 at 11:07 AM
was having trouble with a lot of shedding with my 3yr old pug penny. wass told to try a lamband rice food. the corn in most food could dry out the skin and coat. tried it for a while and the shedding decreased, but she didn't like the food (ofcourse, lol). also,corn is a filler, so she didnt "go" as much because more of the food was absorbed.might want to give it a try.
Posted by Sandi Deveans on September 06,2009 at 11:15 AM
Actually this is a question. I have a friend that has the same problem. My pug, Cassi, is almost three yrs old now and she has this bad habit of coming in the house after being outside in the back yard, fenced in, and goes right to the bedroom and jumps on the bed and releaves herself. Or, she goes behind the chair in the living room. A lot of times she has gotten right up on the couch and releaved herself right in front of us. What is with this and how can I break her of it. She's been doing it ever since I've had her.
Posted by Patty on March 01,2010 at 07:30 PM
my pug pees on my fridge and dryer because he is marking his territiory for our 1 yr old female peakanise. so I would recommend if she is not fixed then get her fixed or maybe she is mad at you for not giving her enough attention.
Posted by Sandi Deveans on September 06,2009 at 11:10 AM
I was faced with a terrible dillema, well not the dellema as much as the question itself. My boyfriend asked me, more than once, if he was hanging off a cliff and the dog was too, which one would I save first. To me, it's a no brainer. He's got a brain that knows the situation. The dog only has panic to work with. Need I go any farther? Of course, he had to have confirmation, the dog, of course. What have they got to hang on with? My God, what a stupid question. I couldn't imagine my life without my dogs and cats. One cat, "Possum" is quite the fellow. He likes to eat with his paws. He gets up on the counter and puts his paw in the can of food and grabs a pawful and starts eating it. He sleeps were ever he can curl up. We had just purchased a crock pot and when he found it still on the floor he immediately jumped in and went to sleep. We had corn on the cob once and the pot was on the floor and , yup, you're right he jumped in and curled up and went to sleep. He's crazy but oh so loveable. Thank you for letting me share, I could go on and on about all my animals but I know you can't sit there and read all day. Or, can you?
Posted by David on May 30,2011 at 11:27 PM
If you value a dogs life more over human life...your an idiot. Natural selection has been down played and people like you have managed to survive.
Posted by BRENT on October 14,2010 at 10:01 PM
I have a pug for two years. If it was the pug or my girl friend, no second thought, MY PUG FIRST !
Posted by kelsey on August 11,2009 at 02:58 PM
I love anamils so much i will die with out a dog
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