The Pug: A Capricious Companion

Pug History

The Pug is here to stay! This dog is one of the oldest known dog breeds, tracing its history back to Chinese civilization before 400 BC. Prized by Chinese emperors, these dogs were first introduced to the West by Dutch traders, where they continued their tradition of royal companionship. Monarchs across Europe treasured their Pugs, giving rise to their popularity in the West.

The Pug was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885, but their popularity lagged, and the breed almost became extinct. Due to the dedicated efforts of breed enthusiasts, the Pug became popular again in the United States and has since enjoyed growing demand.

Merry and Playful

With their squat bodies and mischievous and charming nature, it’s no wonder that the Pug is a member of the Toy Group. These happy dogs love to be with their owners and will adapt to whatever their owners want to do, from lying on the couch to running around. With their flat noses, though, Pugs can become easily overheated and struggle to breathe, so a moderate climate is best.

Pugs can live in an apartment as long as they are exercised regularly. Pugs love to eat and can easily gain weight. A short walk or playtime inside the house will do for exercise, but it is important to monitor the dog’s food intake as well.

Watch Their Weight

While Pugs are generally healthy dogs, there are some health concerns that owners should take into account when bringing home a Pug of their own. Because Pugs have the propensity to gain weight, owners should ensure that nutrition is a key part of their dog’s care plan. Food that will help maintain muscle tone and ideal weight will help keep the dog feeling full. ROYAL CANIN® BREED HEALTH NUTRITION® Pug  comes with a unique kibble shape that makes it easier for your Pug to pick up and chew his food and feel fuller, longer.

Regular visits to your vet will also help keep some of the more rare health conditions at bay and ensure your Pug is on the right path for his health.