The flat face and smiling demeanor of the pug make it one of the most recognizable of all dog breeds, and one of the most enduringly popular. This little lap dog is full of fire and energy, and he makes a great companion for a wide variety of dog owners. While the small size of the pug make it an ideal dog for the apartment dweller, it is important for this high energy dog to be afforded plenty of exercise. Regular walks or romps at the local dog park are essential to both the mental and the physical well being of this breed.
The pug is known for its round and compact body style, with adult males ranging from 12 to 14 inches at the shoulders and weighing between 12 and 20 pounds. The females tend to be a bit smaller, averaging between 10 and 12 inches high and weighing an average of 10 to 15 pounds.
As with many breeds of dogs, the pug is prone to a number of breed specific health concerns, including breathing problems caused by the flatness of the face, skin allergies, heart problems and eye injuries. It is important for pug owners to discuss these breed specific health concerns with their veterinarian.
The pug has a wonderful coat that is smooth, fine and glossy, but regular brushing is still advised. In addition, the facial folds and creases that give the pug its unique appearance will need to be cleaned on a regular basis, along with the ears, eyes and teeth. It is important for pug owners to be on the lookout for any problems during these regular grooming sessions.