Monday, March 9, 2015

Breed spotlight: Pug

The Pug is one of the oldest dog breeds, and has flourished since at least 400 BC. The earliest mentions of the breed come from Chinay, where this sturdy and cheerful little dog was a pet of the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet.

This is a lot of dog in a small package. Pugs are even-tempered, loving, charming, and often filled with mischief. They are curious and love to explore, but don’t need excessive amounts of exercise. A Pug can thrive almost anywhere - as long as they’re close to the family. For a Pug, its family is the sole reason for living.

Pugs are generally happy. They’re happy living in the country or in the city, amongst children or with the elderly, amongst other pets or as an only dog. The average Pug doesn’t care where he or she lives, as long as there is love.

The short coat doesn’t need a lot of grooming, but they shed a little. The wrinkles on the forehead and face must be kept clean and dry. Like all breeds with short snouts, the Pug overheats quickly and can be prone to heatstrokes.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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