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Is A Pug Right For Me?

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Good day and welcome everyone!

This is Sharda with another Pugs newsletter.

Let’s get to know them more by asking a question to yourself:  Is a Pug right for me?

Here we go!

There’s no doubt that bringing home a Pug is indeed a big decision.

It is a 24/7 responsibility—one that can turn your whole world upside down for a while.

And to top it all, it’s a commitment of about 12-15 years and will lock up not just your time but your money and freedom too.

Are you ready for this?

Before setting your heart on a Pug, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want a dog that will amuse you? Only then should you choose a Pug dog, as he is a natural clown and show off.
  • Do you need a dog that is good with your kids? A Pug is the best choice as he is a natural with kids but care with toddlers.
  • Do you want someone to guard your kids when they are out cycling or running about in the street- If this is your requirement, pass up the Pug, as he gets very tired in the heat.
  • Are you on the lookout for a small watchdog for your apartment- A Pug may or may not be the best choice as he is not the best watchdog, as he cannot recognize a stranger from a burglar.
  • Is your need for an easy-to-train dog? Your Pug will only want to please you, but that doesn’t mean that he understands your commands straight off. If you’re patient, he can learn though he may take a little longer than many other breeds.
  • Is coat hair one of your concerns? Well, keep miles away from the Pug because he sheds huge amounts every season.
  • If you want someone who has human understanding and compassion, then you could consider a Pug as it has a sensitivity we know nothing of.
  • Why choose a Pug: Pug dogs are affectionate, clean and peaceful, love traveling and are adaptable, good with children, don’t bark too much and get along with other pets. You’ll also find that your Pug is intelligent, loves human company and lots of attention, has a great sense of humour, is stubborn at times and suffers from a range of genetic and other medical problems.

You could choose a Pug for these reasons too:

  • Size: They’re small, but don’t be put off by that. They’re proof of the statement, “Big things come in small packages.”
  • Temperament: Pugs are people-friendly, playful and are natural entertainers—so you will never have a dull moment. They are also good with children and older members of the family. They aren’t aggressive; neither are they intimidated by any other breeds but are loving and loyal to their masters.
  • Exercise: They are both indoor and outdoorsy guys. Pugs love to get out and walk and play, but stay indoors when the heat gets oppressive. The Pug, as you perhaps know, cannot bear too much of the heat and must therefore stay away from the harsh glare of the sun.

Despite knowing these few facts about the Pug, you still need to do some more soul-searching before buying a Pug. Consider the following:

Evaluate your lifestyle: As an idea, buying a Pug sure sounds good. But think a little further: Sure, this is perhaps the right time in your life to go out and bring home a pet.

Perhaps a Pug- It could also be that you’ve always wanted a dog but you’ve been limited by various factors in the past, and perhaps now seems like a good time to bring one home.

Or have you just moved to a big city where your paycheck is large enough to let you take care of a pet with time to spare to be with him. In such a case, should you rush out and bring one home

Yes and no. True, you’ve heard right that a Pug is great company and a good listener when you’ve had a hard time at work. Besides, if you live by yourself, he can be good security when a stranger comes knocking at your door.

But you still have to think of a few more things: if you live alone and go out to work each day, your pet will have to wait for you to return and when you do, he will be bursting with joy and energy.

He may want you to go out and play with him in the yard or to take him out for a walk, though all you may want to do is to flake out on the sofa.

Do you have the time? Since they were bred to be lap dogs that kept people company, they expect to be right next to you, at least for most of the time. So, if you don’t enjoy this, don’t go in for a Pug.

If you work for long hours away from home, you’d be very cruel to leave him all alone at home all day. He may end up having behavioural problems and depression due to the boredom. In your absence, he may also chew your furniture unless trained from day one.

I hope that you learned a lot from today’s Pugs newsletter

All the best and take care

Warmly,
Sharda Baker