Dog Breed – Pug

Dog Breed – Pug

The pug is a small dog breed that’s part of the Toy group. They’re known for their squishy faces and big eyes. Their loving face is matched by their loving personality! They adore napping and want lots of attention from their family.

pug with dollar bill toys

Fast Facts:

Standard Lifespan: 13-15 years
Height Range: 10-13 inches
Weight: 14-18 pounds
Best In Class At: Charming you. Their big eyes and expressive faces are primed to catch the love of humans. They’re in the Toy group. Take that as you will.


Motto: “Big Personality in a Small Package”
Pugs are full of personality and may even be a bit stubborn sometimes. Though a small dog, their stocky build adds to their large personality. They love cuddling and may get jealous when they see you with another dog. Why? Because they feel that they OWN your lap.

The Stats

Good with kids: Yes! Though small, Pugs don’t have a delicate build, so they’re better suited for kids. They’re great companions and loving enough to spend time with the little ones. Pugs love playtime as much as kids do.

Apartment or Ginormous Yard?: Because of their small size and relatively low energy, Pugs are great for apartment dwellers. They do need daily exercise, but usually a brisk walk a couple times a day will do. Keep in mind, however, they don’t do super well in hot climates. They’re extra susceptible to breathing problems in excessive heat.

Salon Needs: Pugs are relatively easy to groom. They have short coats and are easy to brush. The only thing to watch out for is their face wrinkles! Daily cleanings help prevent skin problems and infections in their folds.

Activity Level: Pugs are energetic and excited to play with you daily, but they also love a good snooze (don’t we all). They don’t require a lot of exercise as long as they get some daily play time.

Smarty Pants Degree in: Silliness. Between their squishy faces, spunky personalities, and funny snorts, Pugs win the prize for silliness. They’re sure to perk up anyone they meet with their clownish antics.

noodle the pug at barkbox in a small bed

Health FYIs
Because of their short faces (they’re a brachycephalic breed), pugs are prone to breathing problems (and snorting, snoring and farting). Their flat faces also makes their eyes bulge, putting them at risk for eye injuries. They’re also at risk for some diseases such as Pug Dog Encephalitis and canine hip dysplasia.

Random Factoid

The origin of the breed is in China! Buddhist monasteries in Tibet kept Pugs as pets, and they were appreciated for their wrinkles. They were later brought to Holland and became the official dog of the House of Orange. In France, the pug of Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, used her Pug to carry secret messages to Napoleon when he was in prison!

Best Toys

Many rope and tug toys are good for playing tug-of-war with your pug. This is a great way to help your pug release some of their energy. Small chew and plush toys can be used for a game of fetch.

Best Treats

Softer treats may be needed for some Pugs, but they’ll be grateful for any treats aimed at small dogs.

At Game Night They Rock At:

Charades. Their expressive faces are perfect for this playful game.

At Game Night They Suck At:

Jenga. They don’t have the best coordination.
Fallen for the Pug? Make sure you do your research and adopt from a local rescue or reputable breeder! If you need help scrolling through dogs in your area, try using the app BarkBuddy, where you can swipe right to the right dog for you! 🙂

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BarkBox Plush Toys with Noodle the Pug