Pugs are one of the cutest dogs that anyone can get but even if you think that pugs are easy to care for, they have their own special needs that a new owner needs to attend to. Dog ownership or even owning a pug is not like buying a toy. You don’t play with it just when you want to and throw it away when you don’t want it anymore. It is a crucial step to know first thing the basics of owning a pug and how you can care for it. One thing that might scare owners is the fact that pugs do “snore” and this is not a sickness of pugs. Another thing that owners must know is that their wrinkly face should be cleaned and groomed and that they do indeed bowel a lot.
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Deciding to add a pet to your family is a big decision! Make sure you’ve done your research on the pug breed to determine if a pug is the right fit for you. Pug Rescue of Austin is unique among other pug rescues in Texas in that we rescue both purebred pugs and pug mixes. While you may have come across Pug Rescue of Austin in your search for a purebred pug, you might just discover that a pug mix would be a better fit for your lifestyle or your family. After all, pug mixes need rescuing too – and they’re pretty darn cute! Here are some of the most common questions we receive about pugs and pug mixes.
1. Do Pugs really snore?
Yes! Almost every Pug snores. Some can even be loud enough that they are mistaken for a person snoring. Pugs also will snort, snuffle, wheeze, and grunt. To some, these sounds are sweet and cute, but to others they may be nerve-wracking.
2. Do Pugs shed alot?
Yes! Do they ever! Most Pugs have a double coat of fur where the undercoat constantly grows and pushes the overcoat out. This, coupled with their being indoor dogs that don’t shed based on the season makes for a whole lot of shedding going on!
3. Do a Pug’s wrinkles require any special care?
A Pug’s face wrinkles should be cleaned and checked regularly. If not, they can hold moisture and dirt which can cause the area to become raw, sore or even infected. To clean the wrinkles, most Pugs simply need them wiped with a tissue. If you notice a foul odor coming from your Pug’s face, or he/she seems to be bothered (rubbing their face on things or digging at their face), you will want to have your vet check it out.
4. Why can’t Pugs stay outdoors?
Pugs cannot tolerate high heat and humidity. Dogs cool off by panting and their long tongues and noses give them more cooling area. Pugs have virtually no cooling area for their bodies, so they can (and will) literally over heat and die in less than 30 minutes outdoors in high heat and/or humidity.
5. Does a male or a female Pug make the best pet?
All Pugs, whether they are male or female, will have different personalities. Some people will swear that male Pugs are more laid back and loving, while females are more independent and active. However, you will find just as many people who feel that the opposite is true and will tell you stories about their sweet, cuddly girl Pug and their boisterous boy. That is why it’s important to spend time observing the Pug(s) that you are considering making part of your family and be sure to ask the owner/foster parent/rescue lots of questions.
6. Do Pugs get along with other animals?
Pugs are generally very friendly, and easy going. That is not to say that Pugs will always get along with other animals. A lot will depend on the personalities of both animals, also their age and size. It’s important to be aware that cats can cause permanent damage to a Pug’s eyes with their sharp claws – the same with birds and reptiles.
7. Do Pugs make good watch or guard dogs?
Although some Pugs may alert you when someone is at the door or bark when they hear a car pull up, they would not be considered good guard dogs.
8. How long do Pugs normally live?
Being a small breed, healthy Pugs normally live from 12 to 14 years. A Pug is a long-term commitment!
9. Are Pugs clingy dogs?
Of course, there will be exceptions, but the answer to this question is almost always Yes. Pugs, by nature, love people. They love to be with their people and are therefore usually found at your feet, in your lap or by your side at all times. If you want an independent dog, a Pug is not for you.
10. What kinds of pug mixes do you have?
Our most common mixes are Chugs (Chihuahua/pug), Puggles (Beagle/pug), Bugs (Boston Terrier/pug) and Dachshund/pugs. We’ve also taken in pugs mixed with Pekingese, Labrador Retrievers, Boxers, Bulldogs, Poodles, Whippets and even German Shepherds.
11. Where do these mixes come from?
Some of these mixes are accidents resulting from a failure to spay or neuter, and they end up in the shelter. Others are intentionally bred by backyard breeders or puppy mills, and they eventually find their way to us via a shelter or an owner surrender.
12. What are the advantages of a pug mix?
Due to certain genetic traits, purebred pugs can be an expensive, high-maintenance breed. They are prone to myriad health issues which require more veterinary care than the average breed of dog. If you don’t have the time or money to spend on pug maintenance, a mixed breed may be a better fit.
Mixed breed dogs have greater genetic diversity. Unlike purebreds, their genes aren’t related, and the best genes from both breeds tend to rise to the top. This makes them healthier, without the extremes of behavior or temperament typically found in purebreds. They are known to have more moderate temperaments, making them more flexible and able to adjust to a variety of households and lifestyles.
Pugs are a brachycephalic breed, making them low-activity, indoor-only dogs unsuited to many climates and experiences. They can’t tolerate high temperatures or humidity, two things we have a lot of in Texas. Mixes, however, tend have snouts, which cool air before it enters a dog’s body. They can usually stay outside longer and withstand more physical activity. Some of them even enjoy it! Like to hike, play Frisbee or go swimming? A pug mix might be for you.
In short, pug mixes breathe easier and better than purebreds. They’re lower-maintenance, healthier and less expensive. They’re also more active and able to spend more time outdoors. In addition, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, unlike pugs, which are all roughly the same.
13. I thought I wanted a purebred pug. Now I’m confused!
Don’t be! Purebred pugs are wonderful, and we have a lot of them, too. We take in hundreds of dogs every year, giving you many options to choose from. It all boils down to what is best for you, your lifestyle and your household.
14. How do I know what kind of pug is best for me?
That’s where we come in. Our trained adoption counselors and trial visit coordinators will screen your application carefully, directing you to which dogs we currently have in the rescue that might be a good fit. Once you’re approved, you can then talk to their foster parent to find out what they’re like. And if we don’t have any dogs that fit the bill at the moment, we’ll hold onto your approved application until we get one in. We get new dogs in every other day!
Another option is to attend one of our weekly adoption events. There, you can meet several of the dogs we have available, spending time with them to determine their suitability. Our adoption counselors and foster parents are there to help you too.
You can narrow down your interests by examining your household. Do you live an active and outdoorsy lifestyle? You may want a sturdy puggle. Do you live downtown, in an apartment or condo? A small chug might be a good fit. Do you want a dog park dog? Consider a bug. Do you work from home and want a mellow dog to keep you company all day? A purebred pug could be the perfect companion. Can’t decide? Not a problem – we’ll help you find your forever pug.
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