Many people acquire breeds of dogs that they do not know well. This may be normal since there are so many facts that surround each breed of dog that sometimes it is impossible to know them all.
All dog breeds are different, but in this article, we will focus on Pugs. We will show you the 10 most interesting facts about these dogs, which you should know to get to know them to the fullest.
There may be some things you know about Pugs, but many others will surprise you.
1. The Pug Is One of the Oldest Breeds
The Pug is one of the oldest dog breeds originating in China approximately 2,000 years ago. Generally, these dogs belonged to Tibetan monks who used them to keep evil spirits away.
Some years later, Pugs were exported to Europe by the Dutch. They quickly became popular, and more and more people started to want them. That allowed its expansion to other countries in Europe and the world.
The popularity of the Pugs allowed them to appear in television series and even in movies.
2. Pugs Are Brachycephalic Dogs
Pugs are known to be brachycephalic dogs. That means they are canines that are characterized by respiratory problems due to their small noses and flat faces. Difficulty breathing is not the only problem they may suffer from. Some others are:
- Eye problems
- Ear infections
- Dental diseases
If you have a Pug, you should be aware of all the problems that this dog can suffer from due to its brachycephalic nature. You have to know how to deal with any situation and provide the best quality of life for your pet.
3. Pugs Are Not Easy to Train
Pugs are not the easiest dogs to train. Keep in mind that these canines are very stubborn, so it is very likely that they only want to perform an action when they want. That means they won’t obey you most of the time.
You must have a lot of patience and be very consistent during any type of training. For example, potty training a Pug could be a real challenge.
Such training could take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month for any other breed of dog, but Pugs may need more time.
Pugs respond well to positive reinforcement, so if you reward them with treats or praise when they do something correctly, then you shouldn’t have too many problems.
4. Pugs Are Clowns
Pugs are affectionate and friendly animals with all the people around them. When they feel happy, they will want to make their loved ones feel good.
Normally, a dog of this type will try to get a smile out of you through antics. Pugs are known to be clowns because they will do anything in their power to make you laugh. Keep in mind that these dogs feel empathy.
They will feel sad when you are and will want to do whatever it takes to help your mood.
5. Pugs Usually Emit Annoying and Noisy Sounds
Pugs generally make strange noises that can be annoying and irritating to some people. Some of the most common sounds produced by these dogs are:
The main reason these dogs make strange noises is their brachycephalic nature. This nature makes Pugs have greater difficulty breathing and this overexertion, in turn, causes the different sounds that these canines emit, such as panting, snoring, moaning, etc.
It is important to keep a Pug hydrated at all times to avoid these irritating noises.
6. Pugs Love to Eat Anything
All dogs love to eat, but Pugs are the champions at it. These canines will eat anything they find regardless of whether you have served it to them or not. This is a negative for several reasons:
- They may eat so much that they gain weight quickly and become obese.
- They could eat garbage which could affect their health.
It is advisable to speak with your veterinarian so that he or she can create a suitable feeding plan for your Pug.
7. Pugs Are Attached to Their Owners
Many people call Pugs “space invaders.” These canines will want to be with you all the time, no matter if it is in the living room, bathroom, kitchen, or any other room in the house.
Remember that Pugs are designed to be around people and get plenty of attention from them.
They can easily suffer from separation anxiety when their owners are not with them, so it is important to spend enough time with them each day.
8. Pugs Tend to Shed
Despite being dogs that seem to have a short coat, they actually have a double coat which sheds a lot throughout the year.
Keep in mind that these dogs shed every month of the year, but they do it more intensely in spring and autumn, so you must be prepared during those months to deal with all the hair on the floor of your house and furniture.
If you don’t want to find Pug hair all over the house, then you should make sure to brush its coat every day during heavy shedding seasons. The rest of the year you should only do it for 4 days a week.
9. Pugs Stink When They Are Not Cleaned Frequently
Pugs have a reputation for being stinkier than other dog breeds. Generally, the entire body of these canines emits an unpleasant odour, but there are specific parts that tend to stink more.
For example, the folds of a Pug’s face tend to smell bad as bacteria can easily collect there. If they are not cleaned frequently, then that area could be exposed to infections that cause an unpleasant odour.
The anal glands, ears, and paws of Pugs are also places where you will find an unpleasant smell.
10. A Secret Society Used Its Name
In 1738, the Pope prohibited some Catholics from becoming Masons. This forced this group to form a secret society under the name “Order of the Pug” in 1740.
The reason they chose the Pug name is because of the loyalty these animals have always offered their owners.
In fact, one of the “initiation” requirements was to wear a dog collar.