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What You Should Know Before Owning a Pug

So, you have fallen in love with the Pug dog breed and you are feeling ready to begin your search for the perfect Pug. Although Pugs are adorable and small which makes for a perfect pet already, you will want to know important facts about Pugs before making your final decision to bring one home. The following details about Pugs will help you become more familiar with the breed.

Vocalization and Other Sounds

Although Pugs are not known to be yappy they do have a rather unique bark that is used on a daily basis for a variety of reasons. In addition to barking Pugs tend to grunt, snort and have a tendency to snore when sleeping. Since Pugs adore being near their owners and need plenty of attention, they will most-likely want to sleep in your bedroom. Whether they are in their own bed, under your bed or sharing the covers with you, be prepared to have interrupted sleep due to your Pug’s snoring.

Neediness and Affection Requirements

As mentioned earlier, Pugs want to be the center of your world and they require almost constant attention in order for them to feel emotionally fulfilled. This means you should be prepared to be followed around the house into every room as well as outdoors. The Pug breed has been often referred to as a “shadow” due to their insistence of always being by their owner’s side. If you spend countless hours working and away from home you will want to consider if you will be able to provide the required emotional needs of a Pug.

Gassiness and Odor

Pugs usually have no odor as long as they are groomed and bathed on a regular basis. However, they do tend to have gassiness and will frequently pass gas. If you or your family members are sensitive to strong unpleasant odors, you may want to reconsider if a Pug is a good fit for you. This is a well-known issue for Pugs that usually lasts throughout their lifetime.

Shedding and Allergies

Pugs shed hair on a daily basis. This means you will find hair located sporadically throughout your home and on your furniture. If you or your family members have allergies or sensitivities to dogs, pet dander and fur you will want to reconsider welcoming a Pug into your home. Since Pugs shed regularly you should be prepared to vacuum, sweep and dust on a daily to weekly basis.

Health Issues

Pugs tend to suffer from skin diseases, eye diseases and joint disorders usually due to poor breeding practices and over-breeding. This means you will be visiting the veterinarian to treat these specific health issues. While regular veterinarian visits for check-up and vaccinations are required for every dog breed, Pugs may require additional visits to treat their specific health issues. You will want to assure that you are financially able to handle veterinarian bills on a regular basis.

These important details and facts about Pugs are important for every potential dog owner to know. Although they are not the most flattering facts about Pugs, it is just a question whether you will be able to live with them on a daily basis and provide a well-balanced life for your Pug. Before making your final decision to welcome a Pug into your life, be sure to take into consideration all of the needs and requirements that are essential to a Pug’s life.

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