Are Pugs a Good Dog Breed for Seniors?
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    Default Are Pugs a Good Dog Breed for Seniors?

    The Pug is the ultimate companion pet because he is small, easy-going, and low in energy. This breed is adaptable to a variety of home environments, partially due to his size and partially to his lazy attitude – he does well in condos as well as apartments and other urban housing environments. But how does the Pug breed do with seniors? Keep reading to find out.

    Understanding the Pug Temperament

    Pugs are a toy breed that weigh no more than 14 to 18 pounds at maturity. Their small size means several different things. For one thing, they do not take up a lot of space in the home – this is why they are a good choice for urban dwellers. Another benefit of the Pug’s small size is that he does not need to eat a lot – this can save you money. What is really great about the Pug, however, is his friendly nature and his affectionate personality – these dogs bond strongly with their families and they love people.

    As a friendly and fun-loving breed, the Pug makes a great family pet. These dogs are eager to make new friends and they get along well with other dogs and household pets. Pugs are generally good with children, though it is important that the children understand how to safely handle a small dog. They are also easy to groom with their short coats. The Pug is a very social and people-oriented breed as well, so you don’t have to worry about him being standoffish with strangers. He does have moderate territorial tendencies but he can be trained and he doesn’t bark as much as some small breeds.

    Why Are Pugs Good for Seniors?

    There are many wonderful qualities to love in the Pug breed, and many of them lend themselves well to this breed being a great choice for seniors. The ideal dog breed for a senior would be one that is small enough to manage easily as well as a dog that has low maintenance requirements. The Pug definitely falls into the category of a small-breed dog and their size as well as their dietary requirements are easy to manage. This breed has very low energy levels and low exercise needs, both of which are great for seniors who have limited mobility. The Pug’s coat is also short and easy to groom, though you will have to do a little bit of extra care to keep his wrinkles clean and dry. This breed does shed a fair bit but, again, his short coat is easy to brush and brushing several times a week will help with shedding.

    The Pug makes a wonderful pet for all kinds of families including families with children and older adults. These little dogs are highly adaptable and just happy to be with their people, most of the time, so it doesn’t really matter where you live. As long as you are able to give your Pug the love and attention he deserves, he is going to be perfectly happy.

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    My response:

    Yes and No.

    Yes, they make wonderful companions.

    No, they can be very expensive to maintain and Seniors living on a fixed income may not have the financial resources to cover potential bills.
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    Every pug I had was waaaaaay too hyper. They were not lazy at all. lol And yea pugs can have expensive vet bills.
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    I vote the straight pug ticket for seniors-----not a bad thought to volunteer as a foster, a serious rescue pays the vet bill, and know that you are meeting people while doing good. Many foster status animals have settled personalities
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    The most important consideration for seniors and any prospective owner is whether they can afford the possible expense.
    An adult Pug is usually mellow enough to just want to hang out in your lap. Going through rescue pretty much ensures that you will know whether a dog is hyper or laid back. The fosters love their charges and will do anything they can to ensure good lives for them.
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    They're the best cuddlers!

    The expense can be an issue. Another issue MIGHT be lifting them if they weigh 18lb +

    I'm a senior.....and I wouldn't have another breed!
    Shayna Pugs
    Chairperson of PDCA Rescue Committee

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