The Pug can be excitable and energetic, but for the most part, this breed loves to cuddle up in his owner’s lap on the couch. Fairly low-maintenance and usually inactive while indoors, the Pug is an ideal dog for individual owners, families, and older people. The small size of this breed also works for people living in apartments, condominiums, or homes with small backyards.
A Pug should have some short outside exercise every day or his antics indoors might be more energy-filled than an owner would desire. This breed is highly sensitive to heat and humidity, especially due to its short-nose, so Pugs who live in hot environments should have their outdoor exercise during the early morning or late evening hours when it is cooler.
The Pug was bred to be a companion, and as such, this breed needs to spend time with his owner. Pugs love to cuddle and crave their owner’s attention, but they should also be properly trained and socialised for life outside the home. Socialisation, the earlier the better, will provide exposure to other people, animals, sights, and sounds and result in a well-trained and friendly Pug.
This breed is prone to some quirks. For example, the Pug is liable to overeat and gain weight if given the opportunity. Their food intake must be monitored to avoid the chances of obesity. Also, Pugs have a tendency to snore, wheeze, and snort loudly due to their short muzzles, so owners may want to invest in a pair of ear plugs to block out their dog’s odd noises.