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Don't Get a PugPugs are a wonderful breed of dog, however they’re not for everyone. As Pug advocates it’s our responsibility to provide the negative aspects of Pug ownership. takes this approach because we want Pugs to be in appropriate homes, for their benefit as well as your own.

When selecting a dog, it’s vitally important to match breed with owner, so that the experience for all involved is a positive one. There are many things you should consider before you even begin your search, and what follows is a compilation of the most commonly mentioned downsides to Pugs. This article is designed to focus on the people side of Pug ownership, to help you decide whether your personality and lifestyle fits with the nature and characteristics of the Pug breed. We urge you to consider these downsides carefully and seriously before deciding on buying a Pug:

Health Issues: The bottom line regarding Pugs and health is that Pugs are prone to a myriad of genetic health issues, and require more veterinary care than the average breed of dog. If you get a Pug, be prepared to make a lot of trips to the vet. Not every Pug will require frequent vet visits, but many do, so it’s in your best interest to plan on spending a lot of time, and money at the vets office. If you don’t have the time, money or willingness to commit the next 12 years to a dog that may have frequent and significant health problems, don’t get a Pug.

Shedding: As mentioned in our Pug FAQ’s section, Pugs shed a lot. In fact, they shed more than a lot. They shed tons. If you read or hear anything to the contrary, you’re either getting misinformation, or the input of someone whose Pug is a rare exception to the norm. If you get a Pug, you’ll have fur all over the place. On every piece of furniture, on all your clothes and in your car. You don’t even have to put your Pug in the car, the fur will just be there…and everywhere else. If this is at all a concern to you, don’t get a Pug.

Housetraining: Pugs are not the easiest dogs in the world to housetrain. They’re small, which makes them inherently more difficult to housetrain than large dogs, which have a greater capacity to “hold”. Their size may not be the biggest obstacle to housetraining however, as Pugs tend to have a stubborn streak which makes them less than cooperative students. Skilled and experienced dog owners usually manage to housetrain their Pugs within 3 months of bringing their dog home. The majority of Pug owners however, often find housetraining a task that takes a year or even longer. If the idea of a years worth of poops and pee on the carpet isn’t tolerable to you, don’t get a Pug.

A Pug is Your Shadow: Pugs are clingy dogs, because they’re people dogs which thrive on human companionship. This shouldn’t come as any surprise, because they were bred to be companion dogs. If you get a Pug, expect it to be at your feet and under your feet all the time. Not once in a while, or during meal time…all the time. A Pug will follow you, everywhere. Some people find this endearing, other people find it maddening or at least occasionally annoying. Think long and hard about this one, because you may not realize it bothers you until it happens. If this clingy nature is something that you think might bother you, don’t get a Pug.


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19 thoughts on “Don’t Get a Pug

  1. This does describe my Pug to the T, except for the health issues. I am blessed to not have to deal with the health issues, although he is known at the vet quite well because we have had some minor issues, such as eye and ear infections. You have to stay on top of their cleanliness as well. You have to keep the ears clean and the creases in their face clean as well. And because of the very thick coat of fur they have, the fleas love them. And nothing kept them off, except a new medication that came out recently that he has to take by mouth monthly. Which isn’t easy to get him to do either. But even with all of this, I wouldn’t trade my Pug of anything and I would never buy any other breed.

    1. I had 2 pugs. 1 with some health issues and the other not quite as many. My one pug had stones in there bladder 2 times and had to have surgery. After the first time, she was put on a special science diet food and then 6 months later got them again. This time they changed her stone diet food and was not allowed any kind of treats. We honestly think it was the pig ears that caused them, once we stop giving her them and the food she was perfect. She lived to be 13. My other pug had diabetes, went blind from cataracts(caused by the diabetes), had allergies and eventually ear issues which was later diagnosed as cancer tumors growing. I had his cataracts removed and he was perfect after that. He had diabetes from when he was 7 and lived to be 12 years old this past June. I would of done anything to keep him healthy because I loved them so much. My heart can’t find a space for any other animals as I miss them dearly, but if I can bring myself to get a dog, It would definately we another pug. The most, lovable, loyal, affectionate animal I have ever had.

  2. Not every pug has health issues I’ve had mine about 5 years and have only had to make one vet trip. They are extremely lazy and shead a lot and you can’t take them in the heat, so if your not willing to turn on that AC when its hot or want a active dog pugs may not be best for you:)

  3. i have a pug and she dosent do well in the heat.she is very healthy thank god but she sheds enough to make a coat but a daily brushing takes care of that . she is very sweet and loves to be loved

  4. All the above is true. But her unconditional love is worth all of the downsides. I will definitely get another pug when the time comes.

  5. My pug can walk 5 miles..he’s 7 now and still loves his long walks..just have to carry water…thank god..he’s healthy!! Just had a couple of teeth pulled!! He’s my pride and joy!!

  6. I have had a total of 6 pugs. Not a lot of health problems, mostly ear infections, however I did lose one to cancer at the age of 4 years. Another one (our 1st) we found & no one ever claimed her. Even the vet said the owner didn’t leave a forwarding number so she must have been left behind. She was about 3 when we found her & she was 13 when she died. Next is one that lived to almost 17. She died this past March & would have been 17 this past June. The next one was 16 when he died also this past March. We currently have 2 left. One, my only black pug, will be 15 August 6th. My youngest is 12. They all did pretty good on house training & yes they shed A LOT! I will get another pug, but not for awhile. I also have 2 chihuahuas, so it will probably be another 5 years before I get another pug.

  7. I have had three pugs. I have one now. With the right nutrition and training ALL of these issues can easily be controlled. My current pug, (pug#4) hardly sheds. I only have to vacuum once a week. He knows not to linger around my feet and he has had NO health issues what so ever. I only need to take him in once a year for shots and a well check. My vet says that all the pugs I bring in are super healthy, including their teeth, and asked how I did it. I told him a grain free, sugar free diet and good energy has been key.

  8. My little pug is 13 and is going strong but has always been at the vet. She has gone deaf, has a back problem, has had both of he knees worked on when she was a puppy, is allergic to everything, is on special food now, has anal glands problems….the list goes on. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. The love she give is unconditional and unbelievable. But she is super smart. She learns things either the second time she is shown or shortly there after, but usually the second time. She was house broken at 9 weeks (we became proudful owners at 5 weeks because of her living conditions) so It only took one month. It was super easy.

  9. All the above is true! I had my first pug for 12 years and she was diabetic and required shots twice a day for 4 years. This was my fault. I fed her from the table and shouldn’t have. She was laid back and such a little lady. She is buried in my back yard and I still cry over her after a year. She was my beloved pride, joy, happiness and cozy bed buddy for 12 years. I wouldn’t have missed it!
    I have my second pug now and she is healthy so far and over 1 year old. She is stubborn and yes, she thinks the dining room is for pooping (so what they said above is true). I continue to work with her on that. She is active, hyper and totally crazy sometimes and that just happens to be her personality. I have not been to the bathroom or anywhere else by myself in over 13 years, again, the above article is true. I wouldn’t trade these “shadows” for anything. I have just finished vacuuming (which I do often) because sometimes the hair is not appealing when it reaches a certain level on the carpet. LOL, please think twice before getting a pug and if you decide to get one………..ENJOY!

  10. My Pug is seven, He has no health issues. Toilet training was not hard at all. All the other things describes him to a T. He too does not tolerate the heat very well. I love him and do not regret having him. I love this breed.

  11. I have been blessed to have lived with FOUR Pugs over the last 18 years. I still have the first Pug I was owned by; he is 18 years old!! I do not know how he has lived this long, but I will take every moment I can until it is his time… We had a Mother and son, the Old Man’s wife and offspring, that we were forced to put down the same day… But, I would not trade anything for the love of my Puggies!! I somehow found the worst, most psychotic Pug in the world to fill the void of my loss, and there are days!! I would love to give her away, PAY someone to take her, but no. Love this breed!! They are not for everyone, though; they don’t mind, (much) they own you, they snore, shed, and have weird health problems. Would not trade them for the world…

  12. I love my pug, she is definitely clingy but I think it’s adorable and I love the Pug kisses I get every night before bedtime, which is shared with my loving Pug..

  13. i have had the pleasure of owning 4 pugs i loved each &everyone so much 3 of them has passed now my oldest was 13 when she died she was my first pug &myonly female i loved her so much still miss her terribly she had her own little personality she was alittle looney & i loved that pugs have there own little styles i love that about them my 2 boys died a yr after she did 1yr apart now my little pug club which was 4 members is dwn to i have 1 member hes 10yrs old i want a new pug bad but i will haft to save up for it.i enjoyed everyone of my pugs so when i see a article sayings don’t get a pug i think a pug is the best ever to get its the only kind of dog i would have i would not trade any of my pugs

  14. All of the above is very true. Mine is an all black 5 year old pug. He doesn’t shed at all and has had very little health issues nothing that I’ve had to take him to the vet for. The only thing they did not mention in this article is that pugs are prone to having bad allergies. Mine is allergic to grass pollen mosquito bites or any other bug bit and chicken. They are known for having bad food allergies so if you’re not willing to spend money and time to find the right food then don’t get a pug.I have to give mine benedryl often for his allergies. Mine also is very clingy he always has to be around someone always for me to leave him home he will cry the whole time and sit at the door until we get home. I think it depends on the dog as far as activity. Mine does love to go outside and run he will play fetch with a small stick to buy I do have to watch him in the heat. I have a little baby pool so when he does get hot he goes in puts his feet in and gets a little drink and comes out. You can live in hot weather without ac just make sure you put cool wet towels on their feet or put them in cool water to get their feet cool since that’s how they sweat and cool off with their feet.

  15. So true are all the things everyone who posted comments says about Pugs. However, the unconditional love they give more than makes up for all the problems they could have. We have a male fawn Pug, 2 years old named Bugsy Moran. My husband always wanted one and after 20 years of 2 cats (after they passed) we decided to get a Pug. When we visited the breeder there were 4 pups. Bugsy jumped on my lap, climbed my arm, sat on my shoulder and tugged at my ear. He was ours at that moment! My biggest issue is the hair. Yes, you can get another dog from the hair you get with every brushing and my vacuum does clog. I no longer see dirt, but hair when I empty it. He’s not one to be crated, sleeps with us, doesn’t like car rides, wants to eat at all times, hates the heat & won’t sleep at night in the summer without the air conditioner. But he has been healthy so far and when any of us come home he is there to greet you with a wagging body, not just his tail & that makes all the worries of the day melt away. He is a loyal, loving little clown that craves attention and gives the same in return. Whenever someone is feeling down or sick, he is right there on you lap or laying on your chest to show his support and love. Our neighborhood is small and everyone knows Bugsy. Even people who are not “dog people” stop to say hello. A few friends are deciding to get Pugs from knowing Bugsy. I hope they are as lucky as we have been.

  16. I have had pugs throughout my life and absolutely love them! My Ruby is the runt so she’s only 12 lbs at 8 years old and she wasn’t supposed to make it 6 months. She has liver disease and is on a special diet for life. When I rescued her, she was 9 weeks old and weighed 1 pound with eyes that looked in different directions. I wouldn’t trade one minute of it! She’s smart, ugly as hell to the point of absolute cute, funny and so very loving. They are sooooo worth the long haul!

  17. The pug I own now is my 5th one. True they shed like crazy, but, I wouldn’t take the world for her. Once you own a pug, you can’t get them outta your mind, they have a way of carving themselves on your heart. We had to have laser surgery on Roxanne when we first got her so she could breath better (their nasal passages are usually a mess being so scrunched up) and we have to watch her food intake (they tend to be on the heavy side if your not careful) and if she’s not with me when I sit down or cooking in the kitchen or “going to the bathroom” I worry about where she is…..I’m so used to her being there, I don’t like her “not” being there… I love pugs and their personality and their clinginess and their hair………….pugs for me every time.

  18. I had two wonderful pug rescues. One at 4 years and one at 6 years. Only in the last year of each of their lives did we spend more time at the vets. Earlier years it was just the routine 6 month visits. We loved our pugs unconditionally. As far as shedding – Most All dogs shed, unless you get an allergy free type. If you have a dog that doesn’t give unconditional love and affection, then why get one?! The negative attributes in the above article could be for a lot of dog., So if you are a pet owner, you already know what to expect.
    Our boy was blind in one eye at 7 yrs, then the other eye went at 12 yrs. We carried him up/down stairs by that time and he still loved going outside. His hind legs started to give out, so we just put a diaper on him at night or when we were not home during the day. Really no big deal. He lived until he was 14 1/2 yrs, Our girl was diagnosed with cancer in March. She lived for 3 more months. Its only been 2 weeks since we put her down. She was 13 1/2.
    When its time to get another dog, it will be a pug!

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