9 Reason Not To Get A Pug

Saturday, 27 April 2019


Now, I know what you might be thinking, Caroline, don't you own two pugs?

The answer to that is yes, yes I do.

Now, I'm part of a fair few pug groups and forums, and something I unfortunately see a lot of, is people going out and buying a pug, without doing any kind of research, only to find that they're not actually as easy to care for as you first might think.

*cue dramatic music*

I mean, sure, they have the big pitiful eyes and their squished up little faces seem almost impossible to resist, but, as with every breed of dog, they come with their downfalls, some of which are quite obvious, but others that you might not realise until after you've brought a pug home.

I've put together some pointers that future pug owners should take note of...

1. They shed their fur all year long
Especially fawn pugs. My fawn pug is double coated, which isn't uncommon for fawns, and whilst they might look like little fluff balls, that fluff eventually sheds and it's either all over you or all over your house, so get your lint rollers and vacuums at the ready because trust me... you're going to need them.

2. Acne!
Pugs are one of the only breeds of dog that are prone to acne, but there's a few things you can do to prevent it. Keeping their folds clean will help massively, along with adding coconut oil to their food. Steer clear of aluminium bowls too, as germs and bacteria can build up easily.

3. Think of the future health problems
I've had my fair share of health problems with both of my boys, and so far have maxed out insurance limits and parted with a fair bit of my own money after that. As with any pet, health isn't guaranteed and having the mindset that it'll never happen to you will do you no favours if and when it does, so be prepared and take out insurance!

4. They struggle in the heat
Badly. Really, really badly. Pugs struggle to regulate their own body temperature, and the heat can be anything but kind to them. I always make sure to stick to shady areas and I always take plenty of water for them. Little and often walks, opposed to one long walk, is probably for the best too, and it's important to remember to adjust their care and exercise routines according to the weather!


5. You'll never be alone
From the moment you step foot in your front door, to the moment you head to bed, you will have a furry friend forever attached to you. Remember, you're their human as much as they are your dog!

6. Little body, loud voice
Pugs are renowned for being a bit barky, and my two are no exception. I have to give one of mine the benefit of the doubt; he's usually very quiet until the other starts barking and sets him off too. Mine mainly bark at birds, or whenever there is any sudden movement outside, which again, is not fun (but is equally as funny watching them chase pigeons around the garden - to no success).

7. Potty training
I can't even begin to explain how frustrating potty training pugs is. They are known to be a bit slower on catching on to the idea of peeing outside, so make sure you have a mop and some room spray at the ready at all times. I used puppy pads with both of my boys, but the issue was, they would put their front paws on it, ~think~ they were on it, and pee just outside of it. Again, not the most fun I've ever had. But be persistent and they'll eventually get it, even when you think that day will never come.

8. Fold, folds and more folds
All those wrinkles are heaven on earth for bacteria, so cleaning them out daily is a must. I use either baby wipes or cotton wool and water, but here's the thing - they hate it. And I mean full on I-will-wrestle-you-to-the-death hate. So be prepared for what is the equivalent of fighting with your smaller - but surprisingly tough - sibling whilst trying to not accidentally poke them in they eye.

9. They are extremely greedy dogs
I've tried to teach them not to beg for food right from when they were puppies, and nothing gets through. Nothing. Be prepared to have them hover around you whilst staring into your soul with their pitiful eyes that almost look like you've told them that you don't love them anymore. It's a daily struggle, but pugs can get overweight so quickly, and I have to try to somewhat telepathically tell them that me not giving them the food they so desperately want is for their own benefit.

They are absolutely bonkers, and at times, they will drive you crazy, but if nothing else, you will have a loyal, funny and chaotic little best friend who will always be on hand to cheer you up.

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