Pug Care

If you are shopping for a pug pet, be sure to inquire with good breeders. For a time, the pug was not well bred, and there exist dogs with unwanted characteristics, such as eyes that are too big and “buggy,” poor gaits and related hip problems, small nares, or nostrils, (which make it harder for a pug to play and breathe simultaneously), incorrect bite, (which can interfere with proper eating and tooth care), and diseases which are common to the pug breed.
A breeder should offer you a guarantee that the dog will be free of genetic problems that would cause you undo expense or loss of life. They should provide evidence that the parents of their puppies have been screened to avoid the incidence of eye and hip or stifle disease, and communicable diseases. Their dogs should be housed in clean facilities and show by their appearance and actions that they are well cared for and loved.
As a potential buyer, you should be prepared to spend the money necessary to insure that your pug companion receives the veterinary attention needed to keep him or her healthy and free of disease. You should investigate food sources and become knowledgeable about food additives and chemicals which are not good for dogs and could shorten their life span. You need to spend the time with a pug to make him feel well loved and cared for, and to be obedient to the rules of your household through obedience training.
Pug owners have many opportunities to play and work with their pets through agility trials, obedience and conformation shows and pug gatherings with other owners.