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Breed: Pug
Country of Origin: Asia
AKC Group: Toy
Function: Companion
Life Span: 12 to 15 years
Appearance: Small
Color: Apricot, fawn, black and silver - all with a short, flat, black muzzle and velvety ears
Coat Type: Short
Grooming: The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush and comb with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. After bathing, dry him quickly and thoroughly to prevent chill. The creases on the face must be cleaned regularly. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.
Height: 10-14 inches
Weight: 13-20 pounds
Activity Level: Medium-high
Watch Dog: Yes
Protection: No
Intelligence: Very high
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Yes
Good With Pets: Yes
Good With Strangers: Yes
Character: Perky
Home Environment: Apartment ok
Best Owner: Loving
Potential Problems:  
Behavior:  
Physical: Pugs catch colds easily and are stressed by hot and cold weather. They are prone to allergies and the short muzzle contributes to chronic breathing problems. (Pugs suffer from poor ventilation.) They are not the easiest whelpers. Expect Cesarean Section if breeding. There is a chance of keratites (inflammation of the cornea) and ulcers on the cornea. The delicate eyes are prone to weeping. This breed tends to wheeze and snore, but on the whole is a very easy-care dog. Do not overfeed a Pug, as they will eat more than is good for them, quickly becoming obese and living much shorter lives.
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