Do Pugs Have a Proclivity for Hearing Loss?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

I have two pugs and they have both gone deaf around their 11th birthday. Does the breed have a unique genetic disposition towards deafness? It’s just odd that both of mine went deaf around the same time.

While there is nothing definitive - it does not appear that it is a recognized congenital defect in the breed. However, I did find several entries where rescue organizations indicate there seems to be a higher than average incidence of deafness in Pugs.

Sorry, that’s all I could find.

What Are the Common Illness That Pugs Have ?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

My pug sometimes woud pant heavily for one hour or two because of the heat. Even when I tried to turn on aircon and have plenty of water available for him. Is there any other way ?

What are some of the common illness that pugs might have ?

Oh and, I have him eat dental bone , which are supposed to be good for his teeth, but anything that is good for his breath ?

Pugs are a flat faced dog, which means they have a hard time breathing. You would’ve noticed that this stops after sometimes, don’t let him exert too much and keep him in a cool place, not too much time outside. Pugs can develop serious problems if the wrinkles on their face are not cleaned. They have respiratory illnesses too. Pugs can develop bronchitis easily.The shortened muzzle (referred to as brachiocephalic) is the root of breathing problems and air gulping. The main symptom for this issue is that your pug has way too many gases. At the same time, breathing problems occur especially in hot, humid season. Therefore, air conditioning in summer months in the south is vital.

Signs of heat prostration are frequent in brachiocephalic dogs. Pugs in heat pain should be cooled with cold water and taken to a veterinarian as soon as possible. If you’re not a vet, than don’t try to solve the pug’s breathing problems at home. You’re not proficient enough and you’d only make him suffer for a longer time. Go to a doctor. He’ll make you dog feel better. However, it’s indicated to keep an ice bag on hand, in order to bring your pug’s internal temperature back to normal when needed. The Pug’s eyes swell somewhat and can get injured, and he can have eyelid or eyelash deformities.Tooth and gum problems are also likely to appear with this breed because of the somewhat undershot jaw. Owners should check up the mouth of a growing pup to make sure baby teeth are not retained and to watch for mouth tumors. If you read the article about pug care tips, you’ll understand why brushing their teeth is highly recommended to avoid gum disease.
Get your dog checked by your vet if you spot anything wrong. And yes, SOME denta bones do help with bad breath!

Do I Have to Buy a Breeds License if I Own 8 Pugs and I Will Not Breed Any of Them?What License Do I Need?

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Im planning to buy 8 pugs pretty soon buy i am not going to breed any of them. They will all be neutered/spayed. I was told i would need a breeders license but I wasn’t gonna breed them so i wanted to what license i would need to own that many pugs. Thanks!

Before you think about the license have you checked with the city/county regulations on how many dog you can legally have where you live. For example where I live you can have 4 dogs in the city and only 3 dogs in the county without a kennel license. This is something you need to talk to your county animal control about. If you have proof of spay/neuter on the dogs then you may get by with just licensing each dog but without that you are considered a breeder. If you are over the aloted amount in the city animal control can come and take the dogs and give you a hefty fine.

Out of couriosity why are you buying 8 Pugs if you aren’t planning to breed? Can you afford to spay/neuter 8 Pugs right away? Can you afford vet. care for that many dogs? Sorry but something isn’t adding up here. Check the site below.

Pug Puppies

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Pugs are an adorable breed of dog that make perfect house pets. Their heavily wrinkled round, flat faces characterize these dogs. Pugs are classified as toy dogs by the American Kennel Club and are the largest breed in the category.

Pugs originated in China in about 700 BC. They were not bred as a guard dog but as a human companion. The breed comes in four colors, namely black, fawn, silver and apricot. All Pugs have their tail curled up tightly over their hip.

It is said that all puppies are adorable, but Pug puppies have a charm of their own. These pups are born in a litter of about 2 to 5 pups. At birth, a Pug puppy is no bigger than a large mouse and hence will need extra care and attention. Pug mothers tend to care well for their litter. When born, Pug puppies are distinctly different from their parents. Their color tends to be different at birth and changes over time. A very common example is that of a fawn Pug, which at birth is completely black. Its tail is straight at birth and curls as the pup grows up.

Although they might seem small and frail, Pug puppies are extremely active. They require a lot of exercise to stay fit and enjoy running around. Owing to their size, they tend to tire easily and sleep for hours on end. In spite of their active nature, Pug puppies are rarely destructive. Owners usually do not have to worry about the safety of household appliances and furniture.

Pugs mature and stabilize as they grow up. As the breed is known to be stubborn, one must start training early to get a positive result. While training a Pug puppy, one should be patient as they get easily bored by repetitive training sessions. Pugs are sensitive dogs and therefore harsh punishment should be avoided during training.

The puppy should be given its time and space to grow and learn the rules of its home. When fully matured, Pugs make a great family pet.

Pugs provides detailed information on Pugs, Pug Puppies, Pug Puppies For Sale, Pug Rescue and more. Pugs is affiliated with Pitbulls Info.

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Easy Tips on How to Care for Pug Puppies

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

A Pug is a wonderful breed to adopt and learning how to care for Pug puppies is imperative before you bring a new puppy into your home.

Like all puppies, Pugs need the right nutrients for development, especially in their first year. Proper nutrition contributes a great deal to brain development and total health so you want to be sure to feed your puppy a good quality, nutritious dog food.

How do you tell if your dog food is the best?

It is vital to review the label on any bag of dog food that you buy before using it, to make certain that it contains only healthy ingredients and does not have filler. By verifying that chicken, lamb or beef meal is the first ingredient listed, you will ensure that your young pug will get enough protein. It is unwise to give your leftovers to your pug. You should also be careful not to overfeed him, as this can lead to him becoming overweight.

Providing the best care for pug puppies also includes getting the right supplies such as bowls for food and water. Also, look for a harness that fits well and a leash for your little guy, as well as a crate of an appropriate size and a dog bed. And don’t forget toys to keep your Pug entertained!

A lot of care must be taken while buying food and water bowls for your pup. The depth and narrowness of the bowl is very important. You should buy bowls which are wide and shallow as then the risk of your pup having eye infections due to constant touching of the puppies eyes to the bowl’s side or the food is almost eliminated.

The size of the crate and dog bed for your Pug is very important. These puppies although very small at the beginning will grow up ,so pick up something which will be able to house him through a period of time. If you are going for a larger crate you can divide it using a partition when he is small and latter on remove the partition to accommodate him after he has grown up.

It is a good idea to use a harness on your Pug instead of a dog collar. A harness fits around the dog’s body, as opposed to collars that are attached around the dog’s neck. Pulling on a collar can constrict the windpipe and this can lead to choking. To avoid damage to your Pug’s windpipe or any other potential problems, the best choice is a harness.

If you’ve got a good head on your shoulders and know the basics of good canine care, you’ll have no problem learning how to care for Pug puppies. Just be sure to provide good food, a loving home, and proper veterinarian care, and you’ll have a healthy and happy buddy for life!

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Pug Training Mindset: Psychological Insight on Training a Pug

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Pugs are arguably one of the most coveted dog breeds. Their distinctive physical characteristics like their scrunched, wrinkled snout and big, doting eyes along with their charismatic personality are part of what makes them so cute and lovable. Unfortunately many people acquire this playful little dog before doing their due diligence regarding how to train a Pug or understanding the psychological profile of the typical Pug.

Pugs in addition to being fun, affectionate, sensitive and loyal they are also indeed stubborn, manipulative and overly confident. Therefore pug obedience training is high priority and should take place as early as possible. Ideally anytime from 12 weeks of age onto 6 months of age. Do your training in small isolated blocks of time. Puppies just like children have short attention spans. The key to success is repeat, repeat, repeat and reinforce positive behavior with a treat rewards.

It’s also important to know that Pugs are highly motivated by food!

If you are already a pug owner then you have likely witnessed that many pugs act larger than they are. They are also quite eager to greet new people and other dogs and are prone jumping up on others for attention. These traits can be safety issues for your pug if they are not addressed but fortunately are easily corrected with proper training.

Another attribute of a pug is their desire to please. Pugs are people dogs and they long to be by your side all the time. This is important to note because it can lead to attachment and socialization problems. It is recommended to accustom your pug to other humans and dogs at a young age. Pugs generally interact great with others, especially with small children.

Once Pug psychology is understood you are now ready to move forward with actual mechanics of Pug training. You can find more detailed article by searching on “pug training” or “how to train a pug” but here is an abbreviated list for your convenience.

First, you must establish your alpha dog role and take control of your household. Although small and innocent looking pugs are headstrong and… They are truly a different breed and have a way all their own. Ever heard the phrase “I am not a dog owner, I am a PUG owner!”? Many Pug owners let their dogs have free reign of the house, including their bed and couches. This type of owner behavior can send mix signals and give the Pug the impression they are the alpha dog in the house.

Once your alpha position is established you need to create ground rules for acceptable behavior in the house. Do not be seduced by your pug’s cuteness! It is not cute for your puppy to bite you while playing or to tilt his head when you call him to come and he only sits there, or to bark at the squirrels, or, or… well I hope you get the point here. Everything you do or don’t do is considered Pug training in the eyes of your Pug. You need to determine whether your pug will be allowed on the couch, in bed, to beg for food and so on from the first day your new companion comes home with you.

Pugs are creatures of habit so you will need to institute a regular schedule your Pug can count on day in and day out. Here are some areas to consider when creating a consistent schedule.

  • Feeding times
  • Walking
  • Play time/mental stimulation

I hope you have found this article helpful.

Until next time!


Josh runs a website providing Pug training resources to Pug owners from all walks of life. If you are new to Pug training be sure to check out additional resources on how to train a Pug. There you can sign up for the free eBook “How To Be The Alpha Dog Report” and newsletter series covering everything you need to know about Pug ownership.

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Pug Training - the Keys to Success in Training a Pug to Obedience

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

There are many keys to successful pug training. If you learn the main key points of pug training then you should have no trouble training your pug. These cute little dogs may act like they do not want to learn or have no interest in training, but with some little secrets you can get them to come around and be the star pupil. With pug training all you need are some treats, persistence and to keep training sessions short.

Treats for Training

There is one thing about pugs that makes pug training pretty simple. Pugs love to eat and if they can do something that will earn them a treat then they will have no problem doing it. It is important to note that treats alone do not make good training tools. Too many treats can lead to a pudgy pug. You don’t want that. So, a back up to treats is praise. Praise can serve as a nice treat that is much better for your pug’s waistline.

Dog training in general should always be about positive reinforcement. Harsh tones and punishment really teach a dog nothing. With a pug you are set up for the perfect positive reinforcement training because your dog will love to get treats and praise as a reward for doing good and will realize that if they don’t do good that they don’t get that treat or praise.

Keep At It

It can be really easy to give up during pug training. A dog is like a child. You have to keep teaching things over and over so they will understand and finally learn what it is that you are trying to teach them. Your dog will need repetition to make the training ideas stick. You have to keep showing her, but eventually she will catch on.

It is a good idea to try to get pug training in everyday. Start with one thing and move onto others as your pug starts to learn. You do not want to try to teach her everything all at once. This will just cause confusion and likely lead your pug to tune out all further training attempts. Most people start out with potty training, since this is one of the most important things you will want your dog to learn.

Keep It Short

A pug is not really known for being the most active or energetic dog breed. Keep that in mind when you are training. If you wear the dog out she will stop. She will go lie down and you won’t be able to get her back into training anytime soon. Additionally, long training sessions will not accomplish anything.

Resist the urge to spend hours with pug training. Instead only spend about 10 to 15 minutes a day working on training. Your dog will learn,but she needs a slow pace that won’t wear her out.

Pug training is not too hard. Pugs are actually great little dogs that will be willing to do almost anything you want as long as you stick to these key training tips. For more help and ideas on pug training visit http://www.kingdomofpetssite.info

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A Look at Some of the Common Pug Health Problems

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

If you have a pug dog, you might want to look up some of the health problems in order to keep your pug healthy and alive. There are many pug health problems you should look out for and you need to know how to determine if they have the disease. When you take your pug home from the puppy store or local breeder, you should always look for many symptoms that they could have of certain diseases. Let’s explain some of the health issues you can have with your pug to get you aware.

First off, always check if your pug has encephalitis, because that’s the common disease that the pug breeds get. They can get it through older age and it can attack both sexes of the breed.

That means male and female can get it, however there isn’t a percentage of which sex gets the disease more. The disease attacks the brain and causes inflammatory pain that can cause major problems. The Vet can tell you about treatment if you catch it early.

Encephalitis can be determined if they have seizures at ages of five or more years of age. You may find your dog to have more problems with walking as well. Well, if your dog walks with a limp with the back legs, you should make sure he or she doesn’t have hip dysplasia.

The disease destroys the hip bones to making them weak and that causes them more pain. To find if they have this disease, you can go to the vet to get x rays of the hip.

If your pug is coughing and making a goose type cough, then you should know that it’s symptoms of a tracheal collapse. The windpipe swells and causes suffocation, but they can live with it. However, the problem will get worse. Taking them to the vet can help you get the problem fixed and while you’re there, the vet can tell you the other pug health problems they could get.

Next, find out more about pug health problems and get more fun dog stories.

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Pug Problems: Health Concerns to Consider With a Pug

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

If you are a new Pug owner or considering adding a Pug to your family, please understand the downsides of Pug ownership. Pug health problems are a major factor to consider! Trust me, I have been a Pug owner for over two decades and have spent thousands of dollars in vet bills. Frequent vet trips and ongoing medical bills need to be considered in the Pug ownership equation. I’m not trying to scare you away from Pug ownership, rather provide honest feedback on what you can expect.

The first thing to understand about Pugs is that they are genetically prone to a wide range of serious medical issues. Improper breeding in recent years has introduced additional genetic issues to be concerned about. This makes breeder selection a critical choice when deciding where to get your Pug puppy. I recommend spending the extra money and buying from a reputable breeder. Consider it an investment in your future peace of mind.

Early prevention measures can help a great deal in keeping the vets bills down to a reasonable amount. Once you understand early symptom indicators then proactive measures can be taken to minimize or avoid serious complications. Unless you have managed to clone, Frank the Pug from Men In Black your “cute” Pug does not have the ability to communicate how he is feeling or what hurts. Don’t let your Pug suffer in silence.

Pug problems come in both external and internal form. Here is a short list of common Pug problems:

Footpads: After letting your Pug play outside always inspect the pads of their feet. Although the footpad material is quite tough, any damage can put your Pug in excruciating pain. Contact your vet to receive the proper medical care if you find a damaged pad.

Eye Infections: Pugs are prone to several infections, especially in the eye. The chance for eye infections or damage is increased because of their protruding eyes. Because their eyes are exposed, they can get small nicks or cuts from foreign objects.

Ear Infections: Another common Pug problem is ear infections. Swelling and excessive earwax are the common symptoms of an ear infection. Frequent cleaning of their ears can help reduce the chance for ear infections.

Joint Problems: Arthritis and hip dysplasia are common problems for the Pug breed. While genetic problems can take years to develop as a Pug owner, you can take precautions by only buying your Pug through a reputable breeder. The recent surge in Pug popularity has resulted in an increase in genetic problems from improper breeding.

Bottom line is that some problems are avoidable and some are not. As a Pug owner you must be diligent to take early preventative measures in ensure a good quality of life for your Pug.

Josh runs a website providing Pug training resources to Pug owners from all walks of life. If you are new to Pug training be sure to check out additional information on Pug Problems. There you can sign up for the free newsletter series covering everything you need to know about Pug ownership.

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The Pug: The Small Wrinkly-Faced Companion

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Pugs, a toy dog breed, are known for their wrinkly face and for being small yet strong. The pug is the largest of the toy breeds and is loved by many for being quite outgoing.

The origin of Pugs is located in 700 BC China. They were designed to be companions for royalty and some members of the court. They were often spoiled, which is a trait many still have today. The Dutch smuggled some Pugs to Europe when they visited China for trading and they became popular in Europe as well. Coincidentally, they were also popular pets with the nobility in Europe, just like in China. Pugs today are sometimes used as hearing aid dogs and therapy dogs, but are usually just good companions to their owners.

Pugs are characterized by their flat, wrinkled face and curled tail. Their small body comes in four colors: black, gray, apricot, or fawn with black ears and face. The most common pug color is fawn, with apricot being the most rare. Pugs are usually about 10 or 11 inches tall and weigh from 14 to 18 pounds.

Instead of barking a lot, most Pugs stay noisy in various other ways. Pugs make a nasal noise like a grunt which gets louder when they become excited. Almost all snore and snort, especially if the Pug is overweight.

Pugs are sociable but also pretty stubborn. They are still a popular pet for their unique features and since they are easy to groom. Pugs like to act tough though, so families with small children who don’t understand a Pug’s nature may cause the Pug to become timid. They are alright with most kids and other animals though. Pugs enjoy lounging around, especially next to their owner. They do need and often enjoy exercise and owners must be careful since they can overheat easily due to their short noses.

Separation anxiety is a problem with some Pugs, as they often whine and bark when they are alone. They can be trained out of this, as they are quick learners and are quite intelligent, like most dogs are.

Due to their short noses and wrinkly faces, Pugs can develop breathing problems and get skin infections if their face is not kept clean. Since they have no skeletal brow, Pugs must be careful as their corneas can be punctured. Pugs also are prone to skin allergies, which should be treated immediately. Their wrinkly face may also lead to mouth and tooth issues. Owners must make sure Pugs’ diets are healthy and that they get plenty of exercise as they are prone to overeating. Pugs tend to not be able to swim so owners should be careful when they around pools. 1% of Pugs also suffer from Pug Dog Encephalitis, which is a chronic form of granulomatous meningoencephalitis. It is believed to be hereditary, but unfortunately there is no cure or known cause for it. A Pug’s life span is from 10 to 13 years, though if they are taken care of they can live up to 18 or so.

Pugs get along with other pets and love attention. They make great pets as they are good with children and guests, are playful and devoted and make good guard dogs.

Michael Russell

Your Independent guide to Dogs

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