Today I went to Petland Aurora to play with some of their puppies. I first played with a Pug---the typical color of tan with a blackened face. It reminded me of the "Men in Black" movie, and it also had a bug-like face in my opinion. For some reason, I started thinking of things that rhyme with "Pug" and came up with Snug as a Bug in a Rug! As I held this puppy, I could picture her swaddled up in a little doggy blanket. This breed of dog, of course, stays fairly small. As an adult, they stand approximately one foot in height and usually weigh between 14 and 18 pounds. After playing with this Pug, I was drawn to a beautiful, pure white Pug. I have never seen a white one before, and he had a great look---both his face and his coat were pure white. My Pet Counselor explained to me that this was the first white-coated Pug to grace the Petland stores.
I wasn't sure how Pugs behaved, so the Pet Counselor told me that the Pug is friendly with its family members. They are great with children, and given their stocky size, they won't "break" when played with. They love to be lap dogs (and definitely want to sleep in bed with you!). They will follow you around the house and just want to please you. They are a true companion dog.
The Pug is a great breed. They originally came from Japan, then made their way through Europe before making their way to the United States in the mid-1800s. Even though you don't need to brush a Pug, they do shed quite a lot. The biggest things you have to watch out for are eye injuries (because their eyes stick out like a bug) and breathing problems. They tend to snore when sleeping, and have reverse sneezing (which I talked about in another blog)---where they quickly breathe in through the mouth and then snort out their noses. If you find these quirks amusing, then a Pug might just be the right dog for you.
Pugs are sedentary dogs. They like to run around a little bit, but they can certainly get enough exercise in an apartment setting. You do have to be careful feeding them, however; they are prone to overeating and becoming obese. It is very hard for a Pug to lose weight once this happens. You don't need to bathe a Pug very often. However, you should dry off a Pug's facial wrinkles after bathing or getting the dog wet, because the dog can get an infection if this skin does not get cleaned and dried.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with the Pug puppy. I was glad to have a Pet Counselor who knew all about Pugs help me to discover this breed of dog. I absolutely love that they are friendly and loyal to their owners. I recommend the Pug to anyone with a small home and yard, and I'm sure you can find beautiful examples of this breed at Petland Aurora.