Ah, Monday--the hardest day of the week to get through, am I right? How do I make it? Whenever I have some downtime, I love to search for pictures of cute animals to pick me up. Today I chose the glorious Pug. Pugs are so cute (with their tiny, little noses and big, loveable eyes). I thought I'd share some pug pics to help you get through your Monday!
Who wouldn't want to snuggle up next to this squishy face for a couple of hours?
Proving the impossible
Look mom! I can touch my tongue with my nose!
Maybe we should have saved bath time for a Tuesday?
Soakin' up the sun
I'd definitely rather be playing in the sunshine with this fur ball!
This pug looks guilty
But it doesn't matter! Look at that face!
Here come kisses!
Pick me! Pick me!
They said I could be anything--so I became a caterpillar!
He looks comfortable
Everyone loves a good tummy rub!
I wouldn't mind if all bees looked like this!
Monday is almost over!
Go home and play with your fur babies--I'm sure they've missed you!
10 reasons why pugs make great pets
From the minute we brought home our 8 week old pug we were already madly in love with him. My youngest son had wanted a pug for over 5 years and patiently kept asking for one with each passing birthday. I waited until his 14th birthday before buying him a pug.
We did our homework before bringing our pug home. We read up on how to look after pugs. We visited our vet to find out the most common health issues affecting pugs. We spoke to other pug owners. The day we brought Doug home we had a good idea of the pros and cons of owning a pug.
Eight months on and Doug the pug is an important and much loved part of the family. He is the sweetest little dog and we are so blessed to have him in our lives.
Here are 10 reasons why pugs make great pets
- Gentle Temperament – They have the sweetest nature and are generally not aggressive dogs. They love both people and other dogs, although they are not too keen on very big, boisterous dogs.
- Great companions – They love to be with you everywhere you go. They make great companions.
- Small eaters – Pugs don’t eat alot but they will want food all the time. Be careful not to overfeed them as they have a tendency to get fat quickly.
- Easy to walk – Exercise is something pugs don’t seem to want too much. It is important however to walk your pug in the morning and night. Don’t buy a pug if you want a dog who will go jogging or hiking with you.
- Smooth coat – Their coat is short, smooth and silky. Their fur does not need much grooming but they will shed alot.
- Easy to groom – Pugs are easy to groom although you will need to clean the folds on their faces at least once a week.
- Love to play – Pugs love to play with their favorite soft toys. They will chase a ball but not for too long which is good as there is nothing more exhausting than a “ball” dog.
- Love children – Pugs are great to have around children, particularly small children. You can relax when you have a pug around your kids.
- Enjoy car rides – Our pug loves car rides no matter how long or short. Pugs love to look out the window at the passing world.
- Give you lots of Love – Above all pugs will give you lots and lots of love and then some more love. Pugs are the sweetest little dogs with a big dog personality. Their whole world will revolve around you and being near you.
Special care instructions
There are some special care instructions that you do need to keep in mind if you decide on a pug as a pet including
- Their necks are very fragile so take care when handling them around the neck area.
- Pugs get very hot very quickly in the summer weather. You will need to keep them cool during the hot summer months using cold towels and the air conditioner.
- You need to clean the folds on their face at least once a week.
- Don’t overfeed your pug as they can get fat and this will affect their breathing and general well being.
- Don’t leave your pug alone for long periods of time as this will make them very unhappy.
- Toilet training a pug takes a lot longer than with other breeds of dogs.
- Pugs can be stubborn sometimes… so be patient with them.
- Pugs snore when they sleep. We love it when our pug snores. If you want a quiet dog when he sleeps then a pug might not be for you.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Pug
Pugs have won us over with their adorable faces, their loyalty, and their easy-going nature. But where did those qualities come from? And just how loyal is this pint-sized pooch? Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Pugs:
1. Buddhist Monks Kept Them as Pets
The earliest records of the Pug come from China, where Pugs were pets in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. We know that Pugs have existed since at least 400 B.C., making them one of the oldest dog breeds.
2. They Were Bred To Be Lap Dogs
The original purpose of Pugs was to serve as lapdogs for Chinese emperors. This is why Pugs don't need as much exercise as other breeds.
3. Their Face Wrinkles Are a Badge Of Honor
Pugs have wrinkled faces because Chinese breeders purposely bred them that way. They actually aimed to create a pattern of wrinkles on the dogs' foreheads, which resembled the Chinese character for “prince.”
Photo courtesy of Laura Libner, AKC Breeder of Merit
4. Their Name Probably Comes From Their Facial Expression
The most popular theory about the breed's name is that it came from marmoset monkeys, which were also known as Pug monkeys. Marmosets were popular pets in the early 1700s, and their faces look very similar to the faces of Pug dogs.
5. One Pug Saved His Royal Master's Life
The first Prince William of Orange led the Dutch in a successful revolt against the Spaniards in the 1500s. Spanish soldiers attempted to assassinate William in Hermingny in 1572, but William's Pug, Pompey, thwarted the attempt. The assassins attempted to sneak up to Prince William's tent, but Pompey heard them and began barking. Because of Pompey's heroism, the Pug became the official breed of the House of Orange.
6. Napoleon's Wife Had a Feisty Pug
Napoleon's wife, Josephine, had a loyal and protective pet Pug named Fortune. When Josephine was in prison during the Reign of Terror, before she and Napoleon were married, Fortune carried messages from the prison to Josephine's first husband. Fortune is most famous for biting Napoleon on the couple's wedding night, after Josephine refused to exile her beloved dog from the marriage bed.
7. Many Other Famous People Have Owned Pugs
Pugs have been the dogs of choice for royals, historical figures, and modern-day celebrities. Queen Victoria loved Pugs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, had two pugs named Punch and Missy. Heavy metal singer Rob Zombie has a pug named Dracula, and famous Italian designer Valentino had a pug named Oliver, after which he named one of his clothing lines. Other Pug-owning celebrities include Gerard Butler, Jessica Alba, Hugh Laurie, Tori Spelling, and Paris Hilton.
8. Pugs Were a Symbol of the Freemasons
After the Catholic Church forbid Catholics from becoming Freemasons, a group of Catholics decided to form a covert Freemason society called the Order of the Pug in 1740. They chose the Pug as their symbol because Pugs are loyal and trustworthy. To be initiated into the order, you had to wear a dog collar and scratch at the door.
9. They Are Not Related To Bulldogs
Pugs are sometimes called “Dutch Bulldogs,” but this is a bit of a misnomer. DNA testing has proven that Bulldogs and Pugs are not actually related. The Pug does have the same stocky shape, flat face and wrinkles as the Bulldog, but Pugs share their origins with the Pekingese, not the Bulldog.
Photo courtesy of Laura Libner, AKC Breeder of Merit
10. A Group Of Pugs Is Called a “Grumble”
As if Pugs couldn't possibly get more adorable, put them together and they make an adorable grumble.
Pugs are a very rare breed of dogs. They have a short-muzzled, wrinkly face and a very cute curled tail. The fawn or black-colored skin is wrapped around the square muscular body.
The height is usually 10 inches to 1 foot. They weigh around 14 to 18 pounds and have a lifespan of 12 to 15 human years. They have a social and loyal personality, making this squish face most popular among the dog breeds. Pugs are always treated as the most lovable dogs.
It is believed that the Pug’s name is derived from Latin word, which means fist because the face looks like a human fist. They weigh no more than 20 Pounds and they have deep distinctive wrinkles. It is believed that they were highly-prized by the Chinese, on the basis of their wrinkles present on their face. Since that time, they are symbolised as prized possession.
It is not surprising, how often we see pugs roaming around the streets of Hollywood, a celebrity with this cute faced breed in their pictures, an important member of the royal families and more people owning them. It is evident that mostly dignified people look into the ownership of this one of the oldest breed. However, it’s interesting to list down the characteristics of pugs, to know why they are your best companions.
Oldest and the Most-Liked Breed
They are said to be the most ancient breed. Their origin is linked with China, somewhere before 400 BC, where the monks used to keep them as pets in their Tibetan monasteries. In the past, pugs were treated with all the luxuries of royal life, by Empress of China. They were also given their separate Royal palaces and sometimes with their exclusive guards.
Queen Victoria from the U.K. royal family was the top dog admirer and she loved pugs. Her love for this breed led to the ban of the practice that led to the cropping of the dog’s ears. Its owners got to enjoy their dogs’ velvety ears in all their glory.
Pugs are little dogs and prove to be great house pets. You don’t necessarily need a huge yard for them to run around. Your pug will most likely prefer the indoors mostly than the outdoors. To maintain their compact size pugs always like to be trimmed as they feel light and clean, even look cute.
A pug’s compact size can make it extremely easy for you to take him to the park for a stroll or take him anywhere with you if you can’t leave it alone at your home. Bigger dogs come with bigger set of responsibilities as they are really heavy they need to be trained and they can be dangerous. A pug is nothing like that and in fact it is completely the opposite.
Before you plan to own a dog, ask yourself if you are ready to spare a wide space for the big sized? Or the one called a lot of dog, in small package – a Pug.
The head of a pug is short muzzled and round with a deeply wrinkled forehead and face. Pugs are a beautiful breed. They have a unique look and this breed is highly sought out by many people. A pug is a small bulky dog with a face that is so adorable and you can’t help but fall in love with your pug the second you get it.
Though pugs are brachycephalic, which means that their noses are pushed in more compared to other dogs. While being cute the smashed face can lead to some breathing problems, which is why you might hear a snuffling noise while the pug is running around. However, all the pug owners can register in the most interactive community Ask Pauly for tips and solutions and can get information about many pug-related health issues within the community itself.
Pugs as pets are excellent due to their adaptable personality. These dogs are always ready to have fun, whether outdoors or they remain indoors. Their personality is amazingly adaptive. Pugs were bred to be companions their favourite place is right next to your side.
Pugs are known for being very social and yet so gentle. Pugs being called the companion dog reflects much over the innate nature of craving affection from its owner and feel extremely low if their faithfulness is not reciprocated. Pugs love to cuddle. If you are looking for a dog which can bond easily with you, then pug is the best option. Sometimes calm and dignified. They will follow you pretty much everywhere and are always eager to play.
Full of Energy
Although pugs are an indoor pet dog but they are full of energy to enjoy daily outdoor activities and walks for exercise. For good health pugs might take one or two hours walk in order to keep them strong and healthy. Although pugs cannot tolerate harsh weather conditions. When exposed to extreme heat pugs get affected easily by heat stroke. These cute pets need careful watch and care in order to leave them energised at all times.
They are Loyal
Pugs are very loyal. If you become a good owner and earn the trust of the pug, it can be an unbelievably loyal dog. Pugs can go out of their way to protect you and will even go out of their way in stopping any real threat.
They are cleanliness conscious themselves by nature. The only thing that needs to be taken care of are their facial wrinkles. They need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
Easy to Train
Pugs are slightly easy to train, when they are in full energetic and jovial mood. Although their moody nature can also make it difficult to train according to your plan. Affection is the key here.
Funny with good sense
These dogs live for fun which is the secret to their enduring popularity. A pug is a playful, comical dog that enjoys living it up and delights his owner with silly antics. They are sometimes playful and sometimes clownish. Pugs are always sturdy and stable, good humoured and amiable.
Friendly and Not Mischievous
Pugs’ friendly nature makes them excellent door greeters. They will be the happiest. This friendly nature of them is the reason for them to behave nicely with other pet animals too. This tells us that they are not one of the dogs that are involved in a lot of mischief and jealousy. Pugs are usually known as the ideal house dogs as they are always happy and friendly with people around but mostly kids, so it can become your child’s best companion.
A great pet will relieve your stress. Every time you’re with them, you feel at ease and relaxed. With a pug, you get all that and more. You also get yourself good quality entertainment.
No, you don’t have to train your pug complicated tricks. You only need to stare and follow them around and you’ll have the best time.
Pugs seem to love comical expressions. It comes naturally to them.
They are also quirky. They do anything they want and most of the time it’s something that will make you laugh.