Spotlight On A Breed The Pug
Weight: 14-30 pounds
Height: 9-11 inches at the shoulders
Coat: Short (but they do shed)
Color: Fawn, Black, Silver, Apricot
The Pug's appearance is characterized by their flat, wrinkled faces, compact muscular bodies, and curled tails.
While most Pugs do not bark much, many do, and they are still quite a noisy breed of dog. Many Pugs make a grunting nasal noise, that increases when they get excited, nearly all pugs snort quite often, almost as if they are sneezing, showering anyone who is too close. In addition, many of them have quite a snoring problem.
The Pug is a popular breed as a house pet, as it is easy to groom (though it sheds substantially more than other dogs of similar size). However, pugs like to consider themselves as the boss. Therefore tiny children who do not understand how to correctly treat the pug can cause the pug to be scared, defensive, or shy. Pugs are true "lap dogs", in that they most often want nothing more than to curl up in their owner's lap. Pugs like most breeds also love dog chews like bully sticks to occupy them!
Pugs can scratch their corneas (corneal ulcer) or puncture their eyeballs. Their short noses can also cause them to develop breathing problems. They are also prone to skin infections if the crevices in their faces are not kept clean. Additionally, the breed's characteristic flat face may also contribute to tooth and mouth problem, they may have crowded teeth or a tongue that hangs out. Pugs typically love to eat, and so are prone to obesity; they can quickly reach unhealthy weights.
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