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Older Children


Ease Of Training

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Breed Popularity

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Pug Temperament, Personality, Pictures And Breed Information

Pug Information and Breed Notes

Pug Temperament

These dogs are natural jesters and have a lot of personality, however, they can be a little headstrong and stubborn when it comes to obedience.

pug temperamentPugs are an even tempered stable breed with an outgoing personality, they ooze charm and comedy in equal measure yet retain a mischievous & wilful streak that will always keep their owner on their toes.

Pugs are in the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the UK

pug temperamentShedding: Heavy, owners must be prepared to deal with a lot of shedding. They have both a top coat and an undercoat, with the top coat having long straight hairs and the undercoat having softer, straight hairs.

Coat: The coat is short, dense and one length with an overall smoothness over the body. The coat should be straight with no waves or curls and should be no longer than 1 inch

pugs sleepingChildren: Whilst considered to be one of the best dog breeds for children, as the Pug temperament is inherently gentle, they do not have the stamina for constant boisterous exertion or rough play, so perhaps they are more suitable for older children or those who are able to understand that this dog is not just an unfeeling plaything.

Other Animals: Being a friendly little soul this Pugs are able to demonstrate great affection towards people and animals alike and there are usually no problems integrating them into homes with children and other pets like cats, rodents, or birds.

Exercise: They have limited exercise needs, just enough to keep their muscle tone; however, it is very important to ensure that they don't overheat.

Protection level: This dog is made to be a companion not a guard dog. Most pugs have a very outgoing temperament and are highly interested in strangers, always looking to make a new best friend and that will include burglars and other ne’er do wells.

obese pugHealth: Pug breed health is generally quite poor and they suffer from a number of specific problems, the commonest and easiet to deal with is obesity. Pugs get fat very quickly and they will eat what ever they can get their wrinkly little chops around  so regulating their diet is of prime importance to the responsible dog owner.

Another concern is that owing to their short noses they are prone to a number of respiritory or breathing conditions. Pug Dog Encephilitus (PDE) is congenital in some Pug lines and they can also suffer from epilepsy and seasonal allergies.

Finding  a reputable breeder , sourcing puppies with a good lineage, never going to a backyard breeder and ensuring that you understand why pet insurance is so important will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend. Please also consider adopting your Pug from a rescue centre, it really is the kindest thing to do.


The Pug is the only toy breed that is descended from a Mastiff ancestor. It originated in China and Tibet  around 400bc , where they were kept as pets in Buddhist monasteries. In China the facial wrinkles were an essential feature of the breed, most notably the vertical wrinkle on the forehead which was known as the “Prince mark” on account that it resembled the Chinese character for prince.

Pugs are believed to have come to Europe via Holland and the Dutch East India Trading Company- they soon found their way to England, and by Victorian times had become incredibly popular amongst the wealthy, even displacing that old favourite the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as the royal breed of choice.

The Pug Temperament Is Friendly,Playful,Sociable,Busy and Wilful

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Do You Have A Pug? We would love love to hear your story, why not upload a picture and share your experiences, tell us why they are your favourite breed. Do You Have A Related Question? - Just ask and we will be happy to help .


 The American Kennel Club and Others

“...Pugs like to be close to you, but are unobtrusive. They’ll often snuggle at your feet and contentedly snore.The Pug has a dignity that would fit into the lifestyle of royalty, yet they are natural clowns and good for an evenings’s entertainment”..

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match

sleeping pug puppyIdeal Pug Owner's Are. Gentle and able to give this li'l guy plenty of loving affection. Doesn't mind snoring, they are champion snorers. Pugs make great dogs for novice owners

Not Recommended For. Outdoor living, hot or humid conditions, rough play, stern treatment or being left alone for long periods.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.

Puggles are a ‘designer dog breed’ that come from a cross between a Beagle and a Pug.