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For our pet profile this week, we are looking at the lovable pug. Pugs are one of the oldest breeds of dogs and are even-tempered, outgoing, affectionate and very intelligent. The second part of this article looks at exercise requirements, nutrition, grooming, life expectancy and health issues.  

Exercise requirements

Pugs do not require a great deal of exercise, but they do need more than you would think and it should be part of the regular daily routine.  You should aim at giving an adult Pug two 20-minute walks a day, together with free access to a well-fenced, secure garden.

Pugs enjoy their exercise but take care that your dog does not become overheated in warm weather and that goes for lying in the sun for long periods too. Be cautious with exercise when Pugs are puppies as strenuous activity (such as excessively long walks, or running up and down the stairs as well as jumping on chairs) can contribute to joint problems, so stick to gentle play.

Fun Fact

A pack of Pugs is called a Grumble, if you ever see a group of Pugs running together, you better move out the way because no one stands a chance against the Grumble Bundle.


Nutrition

It costs about $10 to $13 a week to feed a pug, these dogs are relatively easy to feed as they are not fussy eaters, but they can demand a lot of food, so try not to overfeed them.  
Grooming

Cleaning and caring for your pug includes bathing, cleaning the teeth, clipping the nails, and providing him with natural foods. Grooming is a necessary daily ritual. Pugs engage
in self-cleaning techniques, but will need to be brushed as they do shed hair.

Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Pug dog is between 12 and 15 years. The average male will live 12.8 years and female Pugs live a bit longer, with average life span being 13.2 years. A Pug can live well into his teens (15, 16 or even 17 years).

Health Issues


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. Pugs can suffer from an array of health problems, and anyone who owns a Pug needs to be aware of these. They can suffer from serious breathing difficulties, high blood pressure, fainting or collapsing due to a lack of oxygen, facial skin fold infections, and serious eye problems. Pugs have three main serious issues which can affect their health, 1) Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BAOS), 2) Brachycephalic Ocular Syndrome
and 3) Hemivertebrae. Find out more about them here:

http://www.rspca.org.au/campaigns/pedigree-dogs/the-pug

Is a Pug the right pet for you?

Comfortable within a small apartment or large home with back garden, these particular dogs are suitable for mostly any type of person. Pugs are ok in apartments as long as you take them for walks daily. Friendly and sociable pets, they get along with all family members including other pets in the household. They are a smaller dog breed, so they won’t make a good fit for people who want a dog to take hiking. Pugs also require more attention because of their flat face. Pugs have good hygiene, are full of energy, are a little and beautiful breed, very cute as puppies and they have an adorable face as an adult as well. Pugs are also very loyal dogs, so all in all, they make a great companion.