Pugs: puppy and dog breed highlights

Considering a Pug? While every dog is an individual, it can’t hurt to know a few things about the breed’s reputation before deciding to make one part of your family. For the Pug in a nutshell, check out our list of highlights below. And for an-depth look at the history and personality of this type of dog, take a look at our Pug breed profile.

Pugs… the good stuff

  • These dogs are exceptionally gentle and affectionate. Typically, they want nothing more than to hang out with their human family.
  • Pugs are generally well-suited to apartment living.
  • Pugs are not big shedders and are easy to groom.
  • In general, Pugs like to stick close to home. Chasing after prey or wandering into the neighbor’s yard will probably not be a big issue.
  • Typically very good with kids and friendly toward strangers and other dogs, Pugs are a good choice for first-time dog owners.

Pugs… don’t say we didn’t warn you

  • Like many breeds, Pugs don’t do well with long stretches by themselves. They should not be left alone for hours on end.
  • Pugs are sensitive to extreme temperatures, quick to chill in colder climates or overheat in warm ones.
  • Many purebreds are extra susceptible to serious health issues, and Pugs are no exception.