The ‘Charmer’: Pug Dog Breed Info

meet the charming pug dog breed

New to the wonderful world of pugs? Curious as to whether a pug would make a great family pet? What kind of grooming do pugs require? Do they bark a lot? Are they easy to train? Here is pug dog breed info to answer those questions and more.

Do Pugs Bark a Lot?

Of course, pugs bark, but typically not to the point that they become annoying. With that being said, when a pug does bark, there’s a reason. Pugs are loyal and faithful dogs with a larger than life personality. Because of these characteristics, it’s in a pug’s nature to protect his humans; that may mean barking at strangers, other animals, cars passing by and unusual sounds. It’s his way of letting you know there’s a threat nearby.

While your pug’s bravery is sweet in theory, the reason he reacts this way is lack of early socialization. He wasn’t exposed to the sights and sounds of the environment, thus he pretty much fears it all. Other reasons your pug may bark more than usual include: excitement, boredom, hunger, or pain. If you determine the barking is not necessary, there are a few things you can do to reduce or eliminate your pug’s unwanted barking.

How to stop pugs from barking?

To succeed with training, your pug needs to get physical exercise and mental stimulation every day. This regular routine will reduce your pug’s stress, leaving him less likely to bark during stressful events.

Training any dog to stop barking requires time, patience, and consistent corrections.

First, identify what triggers your pug to bark, then look for ways to eliminate those triggers. If you can’t completely eliminate sights and sounds that make your dog bark, try to distract your pug. For example, if your pug reacts to the mailman, be sure to take your pug for a walk before the mail is delivered. This practice allows your dog to be tired enough not to care about the mailman, but still understand he delivered the mail and the world didn’t end.

Next, use our train, treat, repeat, training techniques laid out in our barking guide. Use a combination of firm voice commands with the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool. This positive reinforcement will benefit your training. And, always be sure to heap plenty of immediate praise and treats. Be careful with giving too many treats to your pug as obesity is common in the breed.

Finally, get everyone in your home on the same page about correcting your pug’s behavior. Otherwise, your dog will learn to not bark around you and that it’s OK to bark when other family members are around.

Facts About Pugs 

Pugs are a charming, loving, and mischievous breed that is ranked 28 on the AKC popularity list. They get along well with humans and canines, making them a good choice for a family pet. Known for their entertaining facial expressions, pugs can bring levity to just about any situation. Not one for high-energy activities, the pug dog breed has a penchant for eating and snuggling on the couch, which can lead to obesity. However, regular moderate exercise is recommended to keep your pug fit.

  • Size: The average height range for a pug is 10-13 inches and weight range is 14-18 pounds.
  • Life expectancy: A healthy pug has an average 13-15 years lifespan.
  • Coat: Pugs have a short, smooth, glossy, double-coat.
  • AKC group: The pug breed belongs to the AKC toy group.

Are Pugs Easy to Train?

Although the pug dog breed isn’t the easiest dogs to train, they’re trainable. Many pug owners don’t bother with training as the breed is well mannered and enjoys nothing more than chilling on the couch with you. If you do choose to train your pug, bring plenty of treats to your sessions because this breed is highly motivated by food rewards. Pugs are people pleasers; however, they can be stubborn. For those that seem adamant about not following commands, positive reinforcement can go a long way with pugs. Like other breeds, pugs can benefit from puppy training at around 8 weeks.

Learn more about BarxBuddy’s tools you can use to train pugs.

Do Pugs Need Grooming?

Although pugs do shed, they require little maintenance. Regular brushing once a week with a high-quality dog brush like the BarxBuddy Self-Cleaning Dog Brush or a rubber grooming mitt will remove loose hair, reducing shedding on your floors and furniture. Unless your pug gets into something or has a doggy odor, no need to bathe him. However, his nails should be trimmed regularly. If you opt to DIY his nail care, select the proper tools such as the BarxBuddy nail clippers. Frequent teeth brushing will help keep your pug happy and healthy as well.

What If My Breed Is a Pug Mix?

This beloved comical, people-oriented breed is a popular choice for breeders to mix. While a pug mix inherits genes from both parents, which traits will prove dominance is anyone’s guess. When looking for a mix be sure to consider which personality and physical features of both breeds you would like your dog to have.

Here are some popular pug breed mixes

  • Box-a-pug — pug + boxer
  • Bugg dog — pug + Boston terrier
  • Bull pug — pug + English bulldog
  • Chug — pug + Chihuahua
  • Corgi pug — pug + Welsh corgi
  • Daug — pug + Dachshund
  • Frenchie pug, or frug — pug + French bulldog
  • Hug — pug + Siberian husky
  • Pugapoo — pug + poodle
  • Puggle — pug + beagle
  • Pug pit — pug + American pit bull terrier
  • Pug-tzu — pug + shih-tzu