Looks are what a Pug is all about. This man-made breed was created just to look exactly like they do. Pugs are not French Bulldogs with fallen ears, and they’re not miniature Mastiffs or Shar-Pei. They’re really not related to the Mastiff or Shar-Pei at all. About the closest thing to a Pug (besides another Pug) is a Pekingese, which is to be expected with their similar histories.
People seem to think that getting dog these days is just a matter of choosing one that looks cute to them. With so many different breeds of dogs being portrayed unrealistically in movies (Milo and Otis© comes to mind, as does Homeward Bound©, Pocahontas©, and of course, Men In Black” © and Frank the Pug), it’s easy for people to think that dog ownership today is simple, a snap, a breeze, and that they’ll have loving intelligent companions for the rest of their lives.
It ain’t so.
Pugs are cute – if you love them, you think they are the cutest breed around. People who consider them ugly just don’t see the beauty in the breed.
Are you looking for a dog that will make you laugh? Then a Pug may be good for you – they are natural clowns and show offs.
Are you looking for a dog that is good with children? Then a Pug may be good for you as they seem to consider children to be “Pug-sized” people.
Are you looking for a dog as a companion to your kids, to run after them on their bikes up the street? You should pass on Pugs – their sensitivity to heat and small size makes that almost a certain death situation.
Do you want a small watch dog for an apartment situation? MAYBE a Pug can work – but it’s not usual. Most Pugs won’t know a stranger in their entire lives, let alone recognize a burglar.
Do you want an easy to train dog? Pugs don’t normally fall into that category in general – because usually they want very much to please you, but sometimes it takes a Pug longer than other breeds to understand what you want (or maybe, longer for you to understand what they’re going to do!).
Do you want a short haired dog because it will shed less? Then run, don’t walk, away from the Pug breed. This breed sheds copious amounts, usually seasonally.
Do you want a dog that’s almost human-like in personality? Then consider a Pug, as Pugs have more personality than they know what to do with!
So a Pug may not be for everyone, but it may be for you!