Pugs are the ideal dogs. They adapt well to their owner’s lifestyle. They can spend a day on your lap and not care a thing about the world. They can also spend time with you outdoors, just make sure you keep an eye on them especially on a hot humid day.
Pugs are unique in both appearance and personality. Their round face with their huge and dark eyes, set on their black mask surrounded by those skin folds are the perfect setup for their comical stunts. They will try hard just to get your attention and they will do their stunts over and over again until they break laughter out of you.
Are you torn about which dog breed you want to bring home? Check out these pug comparisons with the other popular dog breeds out there. You’ll get an idea of how a certain breed ranks against the mighty pug in different areas.
Pug Comparison: The Pug’s Best Characteristics
To compare a pug well with other dog breeds, you need to have a good grasp of the best things about the pug and why they are so popular among dog breeders.
You can’t objectively compare a pug to a husky. They are not exactly alike. Pugs have an average weight of 14-18 pounds and are generally about 10-14 inches tall at the shoulder.
Pugs belong to the smaller-sized category. When comparing breeds to bring to your home, size will definitely be a deciding factor.
Pugs are comical by nature and love to be around people. They crave human attention and will strive hard to get a place on your lap.
If you are looking for a dog who will tirelessly run out in the woods with you, the pug may not be the best fit. While pugs love to play around and are energetic in their own way, they will not thrive on strenuous activities that raise the heart rate.
The overall temperament of any dog is affected by how it was trained and how it socialized in its younger days. Choose a puppy who is not overly dominant or highly timid. Choose one that is both approachable but shows signs of caution.
Another factor you need to consider is the dog breed’s health. Certain breeds are predisposed to some genetic or hereditary health conditions.
For pugs, the challenge is usually in their breathing. Their short face is both a blessing and a curse. The very thing that makes them unique also makes them suffer when not attended well. This is the reason why pugs are not able to participate in highly strenuous activities. It is more difficult for them to cool down because they are already having trouble breathing by nature.
Another health issue with pugs is a skin infection. They have folds around their face that when not cleaned regularly (at least once a week) become the perfect spot for bacteria to live and cause an infection.
Lastly, pugs love eating! If not controlled, they will over-eat. Training can be a challenge since giving them treats had to be portioned and well-monitored. An obese pug will have trouble breathing.
The final point of comparison you should consider is grooming. Choosing between breeds may come down to choosing how easy or challenging it would be to live with them.
Pugs are shedders. They are a double-coated breed with short and smooth hair. They are cute and adorable until you see them scattered all over the house and definitely on your clothes. Be prepared to give them a bath at least once a month (this is the bare minimum) and to brush their coat at least once a week (twice a week is ideal).
You are on the right path if you are researching the dog breeds you are considering adding to your home. It is best to know exactly what you want and what you expect from a breed you would soon call family.
By now, you also have a better idea of what the dog breeds expect from you and this might be the most challenging part. Keep reading and researching until you know deep down in your heart of hearts which dog breed to add to your loving home.