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VALIUM 06-08-2014 08:40 AM

Any pug owners??
 
Hi everyone, I was wondering if any pug owner is out there to share their experiences with this breed. Thanks.


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huntergreen 06-08-2014 09:04 AM

never had an interest in a pug myself, but they are beloved by those that own them. there was one in my training class years ago, was the star of the class. this one was easy to train and eager to please.

LaRen616 06-08-2014 11:16 AM

I do not own a Pug but I have met a couple of them. They are noisy breathers. They make snorting noises and often sound like they have some trouble breathing. The Pugs that I know are chubby so I am sure that that isn't helping them.

I think Pugs are cute, especially black Pugs but I will never own one.

Chip18 06-08-2014 11:42 AM

Never owned one but I knew one and he was (yeah over weight) a great dog! His owners were completely clueless and this dog was still very well mannered and great to be around!

Yes they make funny noises and snort and stuff. Lots of brachycephalic breeds do to one degree or another (Boxer) guy also! :)

Lots of folks like smoochy face dogs either you get them or you don't. My only concern with Pugs is the buggy eyes are sucpetable to damage. The one I knew never had any problems but that's what I hear.

Another dog to look at would be a Puggle. Not as smoochy faced but not as prone to some of the same problems that come from "extreme" smoochiness as it were!:)

Dogs 101: Puggle : Video : Animal Planet

Just a thought.

Gretchen 06-08-2014 11:44 AM

No, but I love pugs and French Bulldogs. I've met many. The ones I've met seem to have good, quiet, friendly temperaments, not like other yappy little breeds. You need to be careful of the eyes as they bulge out and can be injured. One owner recommended not having a cat with one as the cat could easily scratch the eye. One of my neighbors used to take his dog regularly on 2 mile walks, he was older but not ready to slow down.

VALIUM 06-08-2014 01:58 PM

Thank you all.!!


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sit,stay 06-08-2014 02:08 PM

I lost my Pug, Riley, to cancer last year. We don't know how old he was. He was an adult dog when we adopted him from a shelter and we owned him for over seven years. The vet thought he was twelve or thirteen when he died.

He was a fun loving dog. He was very energetic. He was kind of stubborn. Would eat anything you put in front of him (and probably a whole lot that wasn't specifically put in front of him to eat). He was great with other dogs, and tormented the cats. He would ignore the cats for months and then one day just decide to chase them. One evening I was in the hallway, checking on my son who was taking a bath, and I saw Riley walk past a bedroom and notice a cat sitting in the open window. A switch was flipped in an instant and he changed course in mid-step and went charging so hard at the cat that when he hit the window both him and the cat knocked the screen out of the window and went tumbling out onto the lawn. Riley bounced once, landed on his feet and spent the next two blocks chasing the cat.

He snored horribly. And had bad gas. His farts were legendary. He loved people. New friends. Old friends. Everybody was greeted happily (although we all agreed that his lavish greetings were probably Riley's way of disguising his body search for food treats the person in question might be hiding).

He was a great companion. He was not the kind of dog that you could easily take places. In the summer he overheated too quickly, and he didn't like the cold of winter. Out of necessity, he was a home body, although he had enough energy to jog twenty miles a day. But boy, he made our home a fun, busy place to be.

Pugs shed heavily, almost as bad as a GSD (just in a different way). They run a very elevated risk of eye injury because of their flat face and protruding eyeballs (Riley popped an eyeball out once and it had to be surgically put back in the socket, with the eyelid sewed shut for almost two weeks). They very often need a surgical fix for the flap of skin inside their nose that causes so much snorting and snoring. You have to be consistently meticulous in cleaning the folds of skin on their faces, because they can get yucky bacterial infections if you don't.

They are something, that is for sure.
Sheilah

Chip18 06-08-2014 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by sit,stay (Post 5617298)
I lost my Pug, Riley, to cancer last year.

Sorry for your loss sonds like a great dog! :(

Chip18 06-08-2014 02:36 PM

Frenchies are cool too! We almost adopted one but he was already spoken for. :)

You have to have a smoochie face to pull this off! Frechies have skills yo! :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zMJ8o6UWD0

VALIUM 06-08-2014 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sit,stay (Post 5617298)
I lost my Pug, Riley, to cancer last year. We don't know how old he was. He was an adult dog when we adopted him from a shelter and we owned him for over seven years. The vet thought he was twelve or thirteen when he died.

He was a fun loving dog. He was very energetic. He was kind of stubborn. Would eat anything you put in front of him (and probably a whole lot that wasn't specifically put in front of him to eat). He was great with other dogs, and tormented the cats. He would ignore the cats for months and then one day just decide to chase them. One evening I was in the hallway, checking on my son who was taking a bath, and I saw Riley walk past a bedroom and notice a cat sitting in the open window. A switch was flipped in an instant and he changed course in mid-step and went charging so hard at the cat that when he hit the window both him and the cat knocked the screen out of the window and went tumbling out onto the lawn. Riley bounced once, landed on his feet and spent the next two blocks chasing the cat.

He snored horribly. And had bad gas. His farts were legendary. He loved people. New friends. Old friends. Everybody was greeted happily (although we all agreed that his lavish greetings were probably Riley's way of disguising his body search for food treats the person in question might be hiding).

He was a great companion. He was not the kind of dog that you could easily take places. In the summer he overheated too quickly, and he didn't like the cold of winter. Out of necessity, he was a home body, although he had enough energy to jog twenty miles a day. But boy, he made our home a fun, busy place to be.

Pugs shed heavily, almost as bad as a GSD (just in a different way). They run a very elevated risk of eye injury because of their flat face and protruding eyeballs (Riley popped an eyeball out once and it had to be surgically put back in the socket, with the eyelid sewed shut for almost two weeks). They very often need a surgical fix for the flap of skin inside their nose that causes so much snorting and snoring. You have to be consistently meticulous in cleaning the folds of skin on their faces, because they can get yucky bacterial infections if you don't.

They are something, that is for sure.
Sheilah


I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks a lot.!!!


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