So you want a Puppy
Not just any Puppy
You want a Pug Puppy!
If your answer is “Yes, OMG, I want one of those cute little Pug Puppys!”
Then my question to you is “Why?”
Is it because you “think”…
Pugs are undeniably irresistible?
Pugs have the cutest squishy faces and the most expressive eyes?
Pugs don’t require much exercise and would be happy just to share the couch with you?
Pugs don’t shed?
As a pug parent I’m going to set you straight!
This is the humorous, but true story of raising a pug puppy.
Cuteness Factor: No one can deny that pugs and pug puppies are the most adorable, cutest looking, unbelievably irresistible ever! Ok, I may be biased but bear with me here 😉
Pug Cuteness Comes With Work: Pugs don’t maintain all this cuteness overload without work – work on your end. You know those folds on their little squishy faces, they require daily cleaning – yup! At the start of each day, after each meal, and at the end of the day, you will need to clean those pug folds to avoid sores and infections. And trust me on this, you will want your pug puppy accustomed to having their face and folds cleaned from day one to make your life easier.
Expressive Pug Eyes: Pugs have big eyes that protrude from their face making it extemely easy for things to poke and scratch them -Take precautions and protect those eyes!
Squishy Flat Faces: Pugs are well known for their flat, squishy faces. But what’s important to know and understand is that those squishy flat faces come with health concerns that can include, but is not limited to, breathing issues and a dog that can easily overheat. Do you like to travel by plane – think twice about it with a pug, and if you do, make sure to consult with your vet before doing so. Also be aware that many airlines are now banning flat nosed breeds from flying.
Exercise: So you think a pug puppy won’t require daily exercise? Maybe you’ve been told pugs are the ultimate couch potato?
Excuse me while I *roll on floor in fits of laughter*
Below is just a sample of how my pug puppy starts her day off! And imagine if you will, what it was like before the warmer weather finally arrived and going outside for any length of time was not an option.
I am not denying that as pugs age they enjoy naps and cuddles, bin watching the next great Netflix series cuddled up next to you, BUT, for at LEAST the first year of your pug puppy’s life, you can forget, do you hear me, FORGET the following:
- Watching an entire movie or tv show in one sitting.
- Coffee lovers, this is a big one, from one coffee lover to another, listen to me! The chance of ever enjoying a full “hot” cup of coffee will become only a dream for the first year with your pug puppy!
- Are you hungry, like to eat – tough! Consider yourself extremely fortunate if you ever get a chance to finish a complete meal, never mind a hot meal. And you can set your watch by it, that at the very moment you sit down to eat your puppy will start circling looking for the best spot on your carpet to potty on. This scenario will play out many times a day as pug puppys have tiny bladders!
- Enjoy sleeping all night or sleeping in, LOL! Excuse me while I *pry open my tired eyes* that have woken each and every day at 5:00am (on a good day) to let my pug puppy out to potty – in the snow- in the rain – before the sun comes up, AND, in my pyjamas – apologies to my neighbours.
Oh yes, we were talking about pug puppys and exercise – this is something else you can expect with a pug puppy – lack of concentration due to fatigue.
There will be exercise alright, for YOU! It will be months, many months, before you will sit down, put your feet up and relax again. You will be constantly chasing after your pug puppy, sticking your hand in their mouth at least a dozen times a day removing every fluff, stick, leaf, and every other imaginable object they can stuff in their mouth, not to mention once again the constant potty patrolling.
But on a serious note, pugs, whether they are puppies or adult pug dogs, require regular exercise to keep them fit and healthy. It’s a well known fact that pugs love to eat, and they will, if allowed, easily gain weight. Don’t be fooled by those begging pug eyes and give into them for extra treats or a few extra kibble in the dinner bowl, because carrying extra weight is hard on their little bodies.
Shedding: “Pugs have short hair and don’t shed a lot.”
DO NOT LISTEN TO ANYONE THAT TELLS YOU THIS!
Excuse me while I “wipe the pug hair off of my couches before you take a seat”
Pugs, like the majority of dogs shed! True, pugs have short coats, and you may not notice the fur bunnies as you would say a Golden Retreiver. And depending on the colour of your pug, you may not notice the hair as much, but, as the pet parent of a black pug and a fawn pug, I can assure you they do shed.
Pug Nail Trims
*Queue the horror music*. Now not all pugs mind having their nails trimmed, I’m sure there are three pugs out there that don’t mind it 😉 but for the rest of the pugs, when it comes to having their nail trims be prepared to hear noises emanate from your pug that you have never heard before and will soon never forget! You will swear an alien has taken over your pug when having those nails trimmed! Pugs can be so dramatic.
So you still want a Pug Puppy
Ok, so I’ve joked about what it’s like being a pug puppy parent, yet I barely touched on the very important subject of care, health concerns, not to mention stubbornness in pugs. But I have been truthful. Making a commitment to any pet, or particular breed of dog, you must know and understand what you are getting yourself into. Do your research. Speak to fellow pug parents. Understand the commitment that comes with having a pug, make sure a pug will be the right fit for you, your family, and the life you live. And then if you still believe a pug is for you – send me your pug pictures because I want to see them!!