Breed Guide: Pug

Posted on May 26, 2014 under Dog Breeds

A Pug dog looks at the cameraDr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Pug

Height (to base of neck): 10-11″

Weight: 14-18lbs

Color: Fawn, apricot, silver and black. Black or dark ears and muzzle.

Origin: Asia

Coat: Fine short double coat.

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Pug the Right Dog Breed for You?

Pugs have been bred solely for companionship and therefore are good family dogs.  They are lively and playful, and good with children.  They can possess an independent streak and are alarm barkers.  While they can be suited to rural and urban homes, they must be indoor dogs due to their intolerance of heat extremes.  They are moderate shedders, and have low grooming needs, but care needs to be taken to clean skin folds around the face daily.  Light daily exercise is recommended.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Pug

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $264 $8,784
Skin Allergies $789 $10,930
Gum Disease $469 $2,134
Skin Bacterial Infection $160 $807
Corneal Ulcer $341 $2,798

 

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