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Learn About Pug Dogs And Why They Make Great Family Pets
The Pug is a compact dog that is often described as "a lot of dog in a small space." However, despite his characteristic short and stocky body, the most distinctive feature of a Pug is his head. His large, dark orb-like eyes, flat nose and wrinkly face are the main features that distinguish Pugs from their other dog cousins.
Pugs are definitely one of the oldest dog breeds known today. It is believed this Toy breed originated in Asia sometime before 400 BC. Throughout their history Pugs have been adored by many noble people from all different royal houses of the world. That being said, they really established himself in Holland during the 16th century when he saved William (the prince) of Orange’s life by alerting him to the approach of Spaniards. This earned the Pug honorary recognition and he became the official dog of the House of Orange.
As you can see from their history, Pugs make a wonderful watchdog. They do not yap unnecessarily, but will bring the approach of strangers to the attention of their family. Although they will alert owners to strangers, they are not an aggressive dog. The Pug is very affectionate and loving and is friendly towards all. He enjoys the company of children and visitors and is happiest when he has the attention of those he loves. This breed will display jealous behaviors if ignored.
Pugs are quite intelligent and are easily trained, but they have a short attention span and will tire with repetitive lessons. Owners should also keep in mind that these dogs are sensitive and do best with gentle yet firm teaching.
The Pug stands 12-14 inches and can weigh up to 20 pounds. His weight can easily exceed this amount if exercise and general activity is not encouraged. Pugs are lazy and will lie around if given the chance. Their inactivity makes them perfect city dogs and they are happy in apartments.
In spite of this fact, aside from becoming overweight, other health problems Pugs suffer from include skin issues (IE. dry skin) extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, allergies, and chronic breathing problems because of their flat muzzle. Despite their health issues, they live an average of 12 – 15 years. As was mentioned, they are susceptible to breathing issues and should, therefore, be provided with sufficient exercise without overdoing it. In other words, take the Pug on a few short walks a day (weather permitting) and engage him in energetic games.
The Pug is available in different coat colors including fawn, apricot, silver and black. Regardless of the color, their muzzle is always black. Their smooth short coat is easy to groom and only requires a brushing a few times per week. That being said, the Pug does need the wrinkles on his face cleaned regularly to avoid skin problems from occurring. You should also know that Pugs are heavy shedders during shedding season, and they often grunt and snore when they sleep.
Any devoted Pug owner will tell you that this pooch is a charmer that will win the heart of any dog lover.
About the Author: Richard Cussons cares about all dogs and Pugs are a favorite. You can find out more at http://www.pugsavvy.com/