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Pugs require a lot of time and attention :: Pugs were bred to be lap dogs and to keep people company. They want to be right next to you most of the time. If you do not want a dog that wants to be with you all of the time, don't get a Pug. If you work a lot or are away from your pug for many hours a day, you are setting your Pug up for behavioral problems and possible depression because if a Pug cannot do his "job" he'll be miserable. Also, a pug is not a dog who will gladly stay off the furniture. 

Pugs cannot be kept as outside dogs :: Because of their short noses, they are very sensitive to heat, humidity and cold. Pugs can die very quickly when exposed to extreme heat or cold so they cannot live outside or be left outside for any period of time unattended. In addition, they are often sensitive to bee stings, so you could come home to a dead Pug who has had a reaction to a bee sting. Finally, Pugs are often stolen out of yards, or gardeners or meter readers or others leave a gate open and the Pug escapes.

Pugs shed -A LOT :: Even though they have short hair, they have a double coat, which means there is twice as much fluffy hair to come off. Ever seen a tumbleweed? Pugs shed tumbleweeds of fur - 365 days a year. They also snort, sneeze, and snore. A lot. And they pass gas. And they never, ever say excuse me.

Pugs require some special care :: See that cute little wrinkle over the pugs nose? Dirt and moisture get in there and the nose wrinkle can get infected. You need to clean the nose wrinkle daily. Ears tend to get dirty quickly and need to be cleaned, nails clipped often (they use their paws like cats to clean their faces and can knock an eye out if left long) and anal glands need to be "expressed" frequently or you may get "slimed" with foul smelling excretions when you least expect it.

Pugs are difficult to housebreak :: Even older pugs that are technically housebroken and know where they are supposed to go, often still have accidents. That is just part of the "charm" of owning a pug. Pugs can be stubborn and as puppies, just when you think they are housebroken - oops! It can take up to a year to housebreak a pug puppy. 

A Pug is Your Shadow :: Pugs are clingy dogs, because they’re people dogs which thrive on human companionship. This shouldn’t come as any surprise, because they were bred to be companion dogs. If you get a Pug, expect it to be at your feet and under your feet all the time. Not once in a while, or during meal time…all the time. A Pug will follow you, everywhere. Some people find this endearing, other people find it maddening or at least occasionally annoying. Think long and hard about this one, because you may not realize it bothers you until it happens. If this clingy nature is something that you think might bother you, don’t get a Pug.

(Reprinted with special permission from MRC Enterprises and Marcy B. Heathman from http://www.pugs.com)


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