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Pugs

There are numerous dog breeds from all over the world but in the United States, pugs are probably one of the top choices of dog breeds for the past several decades. These dogs are in fact one of the determined dog breeds by means of DNA evidence. There are also proofs that pugs could have been existed since 400BC. Originally, pugs were bred during the Yang and Tang Dynasties by the Chinese Royalty at the Forbidden City.

In the US, this dog breed started drawing attention after the Civil War and in 1885; it was officially recognized by American Kennel Club. From then on, the popularity of this dog breed continuously grows. As a matter of fact, the pug has maintained its position in the top 20 list of dog breeds recognized by AKC.

However, although it is a very popular dog, the pug tends to get vulnerable to some health issues such as respiratory problems which are mainly caused by unique shape of their heads. Some respiratory problems that pugs could experience are elongated soft palate and pneumonia. Their large eyes also lead to numbers of health problems like corneal ulcers. These dogs are also susceptible to cataracts that can reduce their visibility and even lead to loss of sight.

Caring for Pugs

Your pug should be fed a healthy dog food, not table leftovers. Check the list of ingredients on the back of the packaging; meat must be one of the primary ingredients. Obesity is a main cause of injury and illness in dogs, and due to their small stature and size, pugs are particularly susceptible to obesity issues. Brush the coat of your pug once a week. The short hair of pugs do not have to be maintained a lot, but More...

Life Expectancy

The pug life expectancy varies, but the average pug can live as long as 20 years because they are strong and only susceptible to very few ailments and diseases. The longevity of the pug’s life will depend greatly on the breeding, exercise, care and diet that your dog should receive while in your care. If you are choosing a Pug for your pet, make sure to give considerations on the practices of the breeder. Try to ask if you can More...

Living Conditions

Pugs are great choice for pets because, unlike other dog, they do not wander off. In fact, they are used to staying inside so they are ideal for apartment life. They can do even without yards and gardens. However, for owners who have their own yards, make sure that your pug is given adequate fresh water and shade because they cannot tolerate too hot temperature especially when the weather is hot and humid. The pug living conditions can actually revolve More...