Kentuckiana Pug Rescue wants you to have the answers to all the questions you may have about Pugs.  We want you to be well informed when you are making the decision of whether or not a Pug is the right dog for you and your family.  Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.  We hope you find this information helpful.  Also, please be sure to check out Caring for a Pug, as it is loaded with lots of great info!


Question: Do Pugs really snore?
Answer: Yes!  Almost every Pug snores.  Some can even be loud enough that they are mistaken for a person snoring. Pugs also will
snort, snuffle, wheeze, and grunt. To some, these sounds are sweet and cute, but to others they may be nerve-wracking. 

Question: Do a Pug's wrinkles require any special care?
Answer: A Pug's face wrinkles should be cleaned and checked regularly.  If not, they can hold moisture and dirt which can cause the area to become raw, sore or even infected.  To clean the wrinkles, most Pugs simply need them wiped with a tissue.  If you notice a foul odor coming from your Pug's face, or he/she seems to be bothered (rubbing their face on things or digging at their face), you will want to have your vet check it out.

Question: Why can't Pugs stay outdoors?
Answer: Pugs cannot tolerate high heat and humidity. Dogs cool off by panting and their long tongues and noses give them more cooling area. Pugs have virtually no cooling area for their bodies, so they can (and will) literally over heat and die in less than 30 minutes outdoors in high heat and/or humidity.

: Does a male or a female Pug make the best pet?
Answer: All Pugs, whether they are male or female, will have different personalities.  Some people will swear that male Pugs are more laid back and loving, while females are more independent and active.  However, you will find just as many people who feel that the opposite is true and will tell you stories about their sweet, cuddly girl Pug and their boisterous boy.  That is why it's important to spend time observing the Pug(s) that you are considering making part of your family and be sure to ask the owner/foster parent/rescue lots of questions.  

Question: Do Pugs get along with other animals?
Answer: Pugs are generally very friendly, and easy going. That is not to say that Pugs will always get along with other animals.  A lot will depend on the personalities of both animals, also their age and size.  It's important to be aware that cats can cause permanent damage to a Pug's eyes with their sharp claws - the same with birds and reptiles.

Question: Do Pugs make good watch or guard dogs?
Answer: Although some Pugs may alert you when someone is at the door or bark when they hear a car pull up, they would not be considered good guard dogs.

Question: How long do Pugs normally live?
Answer: Being a small breed, healthy Pugs normally live from 12 to 14 years. A Pug is a long-term commitment!  

Question: Are Pugs clingy dogs?
Answer: Of course, there will be exceptions, but the answer to this question is almost always Yes.  Pugs, by nature, love people.  They love to be with their people and are therefore usually found at your feet, in your lap or by your side at all times.  If you want an independent dog, a Pug is not for you.



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