Billy and Rocky3 rescued by the Michigan Pug Rescue

The Pug is a genuine people dog, born and bred.  It lives to be a companion.  Very low maintenance needing little exercise or grooming.  Care must be taken to keep the folds in the muzzle clean and nails clipped.  They are good with children but don’t seem to know that they are a small dog.  Consequently, they may encourage children to play more energetic than the Pug expects.  Good for apartment living.  After warning their family that a stranger is near they will welcome the same stranger as a friend.  Does not do well if left alone and another Pug companion may be helpful.

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Notes for owners
Short.  Heavy shedder. Minimal Good for apartment living.  Minimal exercise.  Good with children.  Need personal attention.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Pug Dog Club of America (also click on Rescue icon)

Pug Canada


Short-snout Breeds:  Flat Faced Breeds  (02-12-18)


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