Your 30 Minutes Guide to Pug Breathing Problems and Solutions

Your 30 Minutes Guide to Pug Breathing Problems and Solutions (A Must Read for Pug Owners)

A Unique Perspective on Pug Dog Breed

Pugs are one of the loveliest pooches to get in your house. The wonderful part that makes them different from other dog breeds is the fact that they are obedient, pleasing, and affectionate.

These are some of the wonderful characteristics that you will ever find in a dog breed. Pugs really make us believe in the quote “Dogs are man’s best friend”. In fact, it won’t be wrong to say that there is hardly any other dog breed that resonates with this quote more than a pug.

The amazing part?

Pugs are short in stature and resonate compact frame. They have flat muzzles which makes them different from other dog breeds.


You will be pleasantly surprised to know: Pugs are considered to be one of the most popular dog breeds across the globe. They are looked due to their amazing personality and eccentric looks.

Pugs have been around since 400 B.C. which makes them one of the oldest dog breeds.

Did you know?

This dog breed has its root from China. In fact, they were raised on the laps of Chinese emperors. According to Chinese mythology, the wrinkly faces of pugs resonate good luck.

These dogs are known to be short in stature which makes them more prone to obesity. They even qualify to be termed as a “toy breed”. But, if you feel that they will ever miss the dessert then you are absolutely wrong! These dogs are known to have a sweet tooth. This makes it all the more important to feed them with the healthy dog treats.

The most amazing characteristic of pugs is that due to their flat, wrinkly face and tiny scout, they snort, snore, grunt, and yes, wheeze. And they snore quite loudly. So, do you mind sleeping next to this snuggly little furry friend?

Pugs are also quite silly as they are not afraid to behave in a goofy manner. They will make funny faces, perform a singing trick, or dance around to get the attention of their owner. You are lucky to have a pug in your house! They thrive for human companionship and will go to any extent to get your love.

Their personality makes you smile. But, if you ever feel to give a cold shoulder to this furry pal, it will not go well with this dog breed. They are also great with kids. All these qualities make pugs one of the best dog breeds for your house.

But, if you feel everything is hunky dory with this dog breed, this might surprise you. These dogs are known to have breathing problems.

But, don’t worry.

Today is your lucky day…..

Note down this date as we are going to provide an ultimate primer to pug breathing problems and work around solutions which will make your decision to get this pet easier.

In the forthcoming sections of this write-up, we have provided an ultimate guide that will help you get valuable insights pertaining to pug breathing problems and solutions.

We promise after reading this amazing piece of write-up you will get to learn a lot about pug as a dog breed. In case, you are wondering whether to get this furry pal to your household by the end you will have made up your mind….and in a positive way!

So, without much ado let us get started!

Table of Content

Chapter 1

The Inception of Pug Breathing Problems

Chapter 2

Why your Pug Might Face Breathing Problems?

Chapter 3

Cross Breeding Pugs and Breathing Problems

Chapter 4

How to Stop Pug Breathing Problems?

Final

The Long Road Ahead!

Chapter 1 – The Inception of Pug Breathing Problems (The Crux of the Matter)

We have already discussed the amazing personality and shorter stature of pugs. But, these very strong things also sometimes become an area of concern for these furry pals throughout their lifespan. In the end, you are left with different causes and a hope that you will be able to discover its symptom before it gets too late.

Let us look at these different causes.

Undersized Nostrils of Pugs Result in Less Oxygen Drawn by their Body Ultimately Making it Difficult for them to Breathe

This is a common condition which is inherent in all pug dog breeds. It is also known as Stenotic Nares.

In this condition, these cute pals are able to breathe less air which puts additional pressure on their system. This is when you are able to hear them breathing heavily.

A Workaround to this Problem

You can fix this problem with the help of surgery. Recently, there has been a good amount of success achieved which eases the breathing problem in pugs.

An Enlarged Soft Palate in Pugs Disrupts the Breathing in These Furry Pals

This condition is quite similar to undersized nostrils. The problem starts when the soft palate gets enlarged which exerts more pressure on the doggy to breathe. This is where you can hear your furry companion gagging, gurgling, and snoring while they struggle to breathe.

A Workaround to this Problem

Similar to undersized nostrils issue, you can correct this problem with the help of a surgery. But, it is not uncommon to find pugs suffering from both undersized nostrils and enlarged soft palate at the same time. Once the surgery is over, the pug will see a vast improvement in the breathing.

An Accumulation of Bacteria Around the Nose of Pug Resulting in Troubled Breathing and Infections

This situation is similar to a common cold wherein if you do not wash the face of the pug it can result in an infection which can lead to the development of respiratory conditions.

A Workaround to this Problem

Clean the area surrounding your pug. Do not forget to wash their face. In case, it results in a breathing problem take him to the vet and get treatment to make him breathe normally.

As suggested earlier, this problem is similar to picking up flu which can make it difficult for the pug to breathe, due to the smaller and tighter airway.

Allergic Reaction can Make Pugs to Pant

A pug can have an allergic reaction to something just like us, humans. Due to this allergic reaction, it becomes difficult for this dog breed to breathe which makes them pant. This way they try to get as much fresh air as possible.

A Workaround to this Problem

In case, if you find your pug struggling to breathe due to an allergic reaction it is best to give them an antihistamine. This will make them back to breathing normally.

Due to excessive weight pugs find it difficult to breathe

It is normal for a dog breed with a small stature to gain weight. But, when it becomes too bulky it can cause breathing problems since they would require more air.

A Workaround to this Problem

Make your furry friend lose weight which would make them breathe comfortably.

The Problem of Collapsed Trachea in Pugs Due to Wearing of Traditional Collar

Pugs are predisposed to this. This usually happens when the pug leaps forward while wearing a traditional collar.

A Workaround to this Problem

Get multiple harnesses that evenly distribute pressure on the shoulders, chest, and back to prevent this situation.

Now, that you have looked at the different originating problems in pugs that cause difficulty to breathe in the next chapter we will look at the preliminary reasons for your pug to face breathing problems.

Chapter 2 – Preliminary Reasons for your Pug to Face Breathing Problems

It has generally been observed that a doggy’s respiratory system is made up of the nasal cavity, nares, the sinuses, the pharynx, the bronchi, the lungs, and the larynx. If there is any abnormality with any of these components, it results in affecting the breathing ability of the doggy.

Pugs are no different. They are more prone to respiratory-related abnormalities as it is directly connected with their skull shape.

The most common signs that make it difficult for pugs to breathe include:

Labored breathing during exercise

A pug may find it difficult to breathe or develop heavy panting due to long-term physical activity. It can even be due to activity outside in hot and humid temperature or extremely cold conditions.

Noisy breathing

There are times when pugs make lots of noises like snorting, gasping, grunting, or wheezing even while they are resting.

Snoring which includes sleep apnea

This might be a minor or severe cause for concern which might include sleep apnea (a condition where breathing stops for a short while).

Now, that you have understood the preliminary reasons for your pug to face breathing problems, in the next chapter we will try to address the question: do pug mixes have breathing problems?

Chapter 3 – Cross Breeding Pugs: Does it Lead to Breathing Problems?

Pugs are becoming one of the favorite dog breeds for crossbreeding.

The fact that this dog breed is very relaxed and charming makes a valid point to cross it with other breeds.

This way it is possible to create an improvised version of pugs.

Let us now look at some of the most popular pug crosses and try to find out whether they suffer from any breathing problem.

Pug Tzu: A Cross of Pug and a Shih Tzu That Suffer from Breathing Problems

This cross breed of a pug and a Shih Tzu create a unique identity for itself.

The doggy’s coat differs in terms of black, short, or fawn color. It can also have a long and colorful coat of the Shih Tzu and everything in between.

Since both the breeds are happy-going and friendly, Pug Tzu needs to have the same characteristics (this is never guaranteed in a cross breed!)

Since both the parents suffer primarily from breathing problems, there is a high probability of the same in Pug Tzu puppy.

Pugalier: A Cross of Pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel That Tends to Have Fewer Health Complications Than Their Pug Parents

This cross-breed of pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel specifically look like pugs. But, the only difference is they tend to have a longer nose which aids in minimizing the breathing problems. (Again this is not guaranteed in a cross breed!)

Generally pugaliers get fewer health issues compared to their pug parents.

Since both a pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are friendly breeds who love humans, there is not a cross breed which is as affectionate than Pugalier.

The amazing part? This cross breed is very easy to train since they are extremely calm than pugs. They are also small in stature which makes them a great addition to the family having young kids.

Puggle: A Cross of a Pug and a Beagle That Suffer from Health Issues Specific to One Parent Breed

This cross breed of a pug and beagle can suffer from health issues which are common in both the parent breeds. This includes epilepsy, hip dysplasia, and cherry eye.

Their physical characteristics is dependent on which of the two parent breeds is dominant. This way if a specific parent breed suffers from breathing problems (which is the case with pugs) it can be inherited in the puggle puppy.

This said puggles make excellent pets by utilizing the best characteristics of the beagle (skills and intellect) and pug (playfulness and energy).

Bugg: A Cross of a Pug and a Boston Terrier That Inherit the Health Issues of Both Parent Breeds

This cross breed of a pug and a Boston Terrier results in inheritance of health issues of both the parent breeds.

The good thing is both the dog breeds are known for their good nature, gentleness, and friendliness. Buggs are intelligent and consist of lots of energy which makes them a great companion for kids.

Now, that we have addressed the question of whether cross breeding pugs lead to breathing problems, in the next chapter we will try to find out the best ways to help a pug breathe better.

Chapter 4 – How to Stop Pug Breathing Problems?

From the earlier chapters, you might have understood that the breathing problem is a big issue with pugs. But, don’t worry we have a solution to this problem. In this chapter, we will look at the different ways you can help your pug to breathe better.

Let’s get started right away with the pointers.

Set the Indoor Room Temperature Between 68 and 75 Degrees Fahrenheit i.e.; 20 and 24 Degrees Celsius

During the hot summers, it is advised to employ an air conditioner. While in cold and chilly winter ensure that the heater is not set at a much higher temperature.

If you do not have an AC in your house, it is advised to open windows on opposite sides for open ventilation.

You can even place fans in such a way that the air circulates evenly throughout the rooms. It is also advised to keep blinds and curtains closed in order to ensure that there is no direct sunlight in your room.

Ensure that the humidity level of the room is maintained between 35 to 45%

Generally, it has been observed that overly dry air can dry out breathing passages. In addition to this, air with high moisture levels can have an adverse effect on the breathing of the pugs.

These dog breeds are known to perform well when the humidity level is between 35 and 45%. But, it is hardly the case found in houses.

In winters, dry air is heated in the air which results in a relative drop in the humidity levels. For this reason, it is important to get a humidifier that can assist your pug to breathe easily during the cold and chilly wintertime.

While in summers, the air often holds high levels of moisture which makes the case for getting a dehumidifier for your house.

Do not Expose your Pug to Extreme Cold Temperature

Remember, air that is inhaled through the nostrils is warmed before it reaches the lungs. But, the air that is inhaled through the mouth is not which can cause breathing problems.

In case, if your pug is outside in the cold and chilly winter evening breathing heavily through the mouth it can result in heaviness in pant, gasping for breath, and struggle to keep the breath under control.

This is mostly the case when the temperature falls under 10 degrees Fahrenheit or -12 degrees Celsius. If you find your pug facing any problem during winter restrict their outdoor time to bathroom visits and short walks to maintain minimal exercise requirement.

Never Exercise your Pug During Hot and Humid Summer Afternoon

There is always a fine line of demarcation when you want to make sure there is enough physical activity for your pug.

Summers are usually long and hot. Hence, it is normal for your furry pal to remain indoors.

But, ensure that you restrict the exercise regime to early mornings and late evenings. This will ensure that you evade the hottest parts of the day.

Always provide plenty of water to your pet.

In case, you see a heat wave, keep your pug indoors.

It is a Big “No” When It Comes to Placing a Collar on your Furry Friend While It is on Leash

If you have a placed a leash and connected it with the collar of the pug, it can create an undue pressure or tension on the windpipe of the pooch. This can directly have an adverse effect on the breathing ability of the pug.

It can lead to exercise intolerance, panting, wheezing amongst other things that can worsen the situation.

You can resolve this problem by making your pug wear a harness. This evenly distributes the pressure across the chest, back, and shoulders while keeping the neck free.

Ensure that Your Pug Does Not Get Overly Excited

It has been found that when pugs get overly excited they begin to pant excessively. It can even cause an elongated palate, stenotic nares, and other breathing-related problems.

Always make sure to introduce your furry pal to new people or other dogs in a gradual and casual manner.

Try to keep the things as low key as possible. This is especially useful when you are announcing a fun activity or offering new toys.

Your Pug Should Always Be At a Healthy Weight

If your pug is overweight it can cause breathing problems. Please keep an eye over this and maintain a proper exercise regimen for your furry friend.

The Long Road Ahead!

Now that you have finished reading this write-up it is about time to get a pug. For more such blogs, continue reading this section and get relevant information pertaining to different dog breeds.