The Breed

Soooooo, you think you want a pug, do you? Of course, you do! But get the fact here and let’s make sure! DFW Pug Rescue wants our pugs to leave our care and go to their forever home! 

The Facts

Pugs are people dogs! They generally come in two colors: fawn (tan) or black. They were bred in the 16th century to be companion dogs. They are often referred to as “Velcro Dogs” because where you are is where they are or want to be. They are considered to be medium sized dogs. They are known for their temperament which is friendly, outgoing, playful and even-tempered. Pugs, like other mammals, have energy levels that suit their age at the time. Pug puppies are high energy and very playful while senior pugs are couch potatoes for the most part, except at meal time. Pugs are indoor dogs! They cannot be left outside at all in the summer and only for limited periods of time in cool weather. They need exercise, and most enjoy going on walks – even senior pugs. Be careful to walk your pug in the early morning or late evening or night in summer. Pugs have short airways and do not have the ability to cool themselves by panting as other long-snouted dogs do. So they can easily over heat. 

dfwpugs-breed-01Depending on the gender of the pug, they can range from 10 inches to 14 inches tall. A good weight for an adult pug will average 14 to 18 pounds. However, pugs are always hungry and are especially talented at pleading; so many of our rescued pugs weigh a tad more than that from time to time! Pugs live from 12 to 15 years. Like all dogs, pugs benefit from training. They are food motivated and easily trained!

What is the down side to owning a pug, you ask? Obviously, we here at DFWPRC LOVE pugs and see no downside. But if we are being perfectly honest, you should be aware that pugs shed – a LOT! Also, pugs snore – some not so much; some like freight trains! Pugs often have breathing issues because of their short airways and often have eye issues because of their cute, big eyes. 

The Emotions