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      12.03.2010 12:22
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      Loyal breed with an amazing personality!

      We have had our bitch pug now for three years and there isn't a day that goes by that I am not grateful for having her in our life :) Her name is Boo but she gets called various names by the family Boo Boo, Puglet, Puggers, Boodie they are never ending, she was originally named after the little girl out of Monsters Inc, don't ask why there is no logic behind it I just thought it was a sweet name, the boyfriend doesn't :)

      Description

      The pug is a small breed of dog with a wrinkly, short muzzled face and curled tail. They have a fine glossy coat and you can get them in a variety of colours but the two main colours being fawn and black. Their coats do shed a lot throughout the year which you wouldn't expect with them being so short haired. They have quite a compact well developed muscular body and have a stance quite a lot like that of the bulldog.

      The can snort quite a bit due to their elongated palate but this usually only occurs when they are excited or out of breath.

      Temperament

      They breed is described as "multum in parvo" which stands for "much in little" which describes this breed perfectly. They have remarkable strong willed personalities despite their small size but they do say that the small dogs are always a lot feistier than bigger dogs. The majority of the breed are very playful and make great pets for children as they are very rarely aggressive and love human attention. Some can be quiet and docile but still have that playful streak, they are very intelligent dogs and love teasing their owner when playing etc. They also make great watchdogs due to them always being alert but they aren't annoying yappy dogs which is good.

      Boo also gets on great with other dogs we have got a Labrador and they both play together all the time you would think they were both the same size, she also loves my mum and dads dogs and can't wait to go around and see them.

      Breeding

      Obviously there has been a lot of concern regarding the miss-breeding of pugs over the years and this is totally understandable. When you look back at what the breed looked like in the 16th century they were medium sized long bodied dogs with proper snouts etc and now they are small with their snout squashed in to their face. Due to breeding preferences they were bred to look like what they do now and I don't think it is fair and it is disgusting but it isn't the dogs fault and when I saw Boo all my disgust with how they were bred left me for a minute as I just fell in love with her.

      Health Problems

      Everyone knows that pugs are magnets to health problems but touch wood we have been very lucky with Boo so far. She got some sand in her eye on the beach once and we had to get her some eye drops but that was it our lab has had more problems than her.

      Due to their lack of snouts they can easily acquire eye problems as they haven't got anything protecting them from walking straight in to things and poking their eyes, so they can get scratches etc around the eye area.

      They also have compact breathing passageways, leaving many unable to breathe properly or efficiently or their ability to regulate their temperature through evaporation from the tongue. A pugs normal body temperature is between 101 °F (38 °C) and 102 °F (39 °C). If the temperature rises to 105 °F (41 °C) they are no longer able to cope with cooling themselves and their oxygen demand is greatly increased, and requires cooling down immediately. Should the temperature reach 108 °F (42 °C), the internal organs begin to break down at a cellular level which can lead to severe long term health issues or even death. In the summer you really have to think carefully about when to walk them, in the garden they are fine as they know their surroundings and no where the water is and where to get shade but if you are taking them in the car (for a long distance) or for a walk please take them either early in the morning or later evening. We made the mistake of taking Boo to the beach last summer for a walk on one of the hottest days of the year and she was struggling to catch her breath after about 2 minutes so we gave her a drink and took her back to the car and put the air con on so she cooled down. I was so upset seeing her like that and was nearly in tears as I hate seeing any animal like that and obviously it isnt their fault they are like that.

      This is the only time we have had a problem with her hyperventilating every other time we take her for a walk she is fine and loves going for them so much so just be careful that it isn't too hot!

      If you don't take them for regular walks they can get obese as they can be quite sedentary if not played with regularly. Just give them regular exercise and give them a healthy diet and they will be fine, they are little buggers though for sweet food and will make you feel guilty for not giving them something every time you are eating. Just think how guilty you will feel if they are obese then that does the trick :) Boo gets the odd treat when we have biscuits etc but not every time and she loves grapes which is always a bonus, so we just give her a grape when we have something and she is satisfied.

      They can have something called "reverse sneezing" happen to them because of their elongated palate. This can happen when they are excited and they will start to laboriously gasp and snort but a if you massage its throat and cover its nose so it has to breath through its mouth this will shorten the episode.

      You have to make sure you clean their wrinkles on their face every now and again as they can get dirt in their and they don't like baby wipes very much :)

      Price & Where to Buy

      Pugs aren't cheap and come in between £1000 to £1400 but they are well worth the price tag you won't be disappointed. If someone is selling a pug for much less than this I would do your research to see if they have the proper paper work, breeding history, kennel club records they shouldn't cost less than this.

      I would suggest getting your pug insured as well as they are expensive and to be honest they probably will get some health problems during their life so it is a good idea.

      As above please do your research before buying this breed or any dog for that matter make sure all the paperwork is correct and make sure you can look in to their breeding history etc this will mean your pug will be a lot healthier and shouldn't have half as many issues. If they are incorrectly bred then they are prone to health problems and you will probably find they will have a very short life.

      I would suggest looking in a homing centre as well as there are always dogs needing a good home and you never know they might have a pug if that is the breed you really want!

      My Thoughts

      I really couldn't imagine our life without Boo now she is such a great little character and I wouldn't swap her for all the money in the world.

      They are such people orientated dogs they are in their element when they are cuddled up next to you all they want to do is be close to you and be warm and snugly. They also love snuggling up next to other dogs they just love company, I think you should always bring them in to a home where they get constant attention or they could easily get bored and depressed.

      One night our lab was stopping at the vets overnight as she had to have a stone removed from her bladder and Boo was upset and agitated being left by herself so we let her stop with us for the night. We set her bed up on the floor and when we woke up in the morning in between the little bugger was in-between us under the covers! God knows how she got in to the bed without waking us up especially getting herself under the cover!? She was just looking at us as to say "what you looking at".

      She is a good little jumper and loves running up and down the stairs but be careful with them and make sure they don't jump off any high surfaces as their legs are so short they could cause damage to them or their hips.

      I would suggest buying a little harness for them for when you take them for a walk as this stops them from pulling (they are strong little dogs) and if you clip the lead to their collar this will pull on their throat which will make it even harder for them to breath so a harness is a lot better for them. They are only about £6.00 from Pets at Home.

      People think they are silly little lap dogs but they aren't they are "proper" dogs they are feisty, love digging and getting dirty in the garden and love to play fight and will do this happily all day until everyone is sat down for the night then they go in to unconscious mode as they are exhausted. Don't be put off by the bad past breeding they cannot help what they have been bred like it is the humans fault not theirs and they just want a loving home and will give you so much love back!

      I cannot recommend this breed enough they are a perfect family dog and great with children they have a very high tolerance level and most wouldn't hurt a fly. Boo will play in the garden with our rabbit and wouldn't dream of hurting it, the rabbit hops around the grass and boo will give it a lick then move on to do something more interesting she loves him and she will sit and try and lick the guinea pig for hours but it doesn't like her :)

      I am giving this breed 5 stars as I don't think you can get a dog with a more amusing personality and they are so loyal. They also make good hoovers :D

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        12.02.2010 20:48
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        small dog with lots of personality!

        well what can I say, I love pugs!!

        I have three, one sat at my side, one on my legs and the other leaning over my shoulder from the back of the sofa! They love to be near or on people all the time!

        They make fantastic companions and love to be around people. Ideally these small dogs are best suited to people that dont work all day that can give them lots of love and affection.

        Mine love lying on me and giving me lots of kisses.

        They are very greedy dogs and love their food so do tend to put on weight easily. Limit the treats and lots of walkies and they will be fine.

        Small dogs dont need much exercise, this is a myth in my opinion my pugs love going for long walks and will quiet happily walk for over an hour even up to 2 hours. If they dont get this they are very unsettled and hyper. A good few shorter walks a day would also do. I would reccomend a harness for walkies.

        Pugs shed loads of hair, all year and everywhere they go. Buy a good dyson hoover and a lint roller and you will be fine.

        I have been very lucky with my pugs and have had no health problems.
        I try to keep them at the lower end of there weight range as this helps with breathing and means less pressure on their joints. They should not look like a battery when looked on from above, they should come in at the waist and you should only have a thin layer of fat over their ribs.

        They do need their wrinkles cleaned regularly and a quick check in the ears and of the nails. I only need to cut my pugs dew claw nails, walkies seems to keep there nails short.

        overall a fantastic little dog with loads of personality!

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        23.07.2009 11:40
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        Great puppy.

        We have had our little Pug since the first weekend in January this year. I remember the day well. He was absolutely tiny and slept a lot. In fact, when we first got him, he slept pretty much all the time. He would play for 5 minutes and then sleep for hours. It was so cute.

        Luckily for us, my in laws purchased him as a present to us. He came in at £1200, which is rather expensive for something soface and ears. small. He does have a name, which is Gordon Ramsay or G as he has become known. G has a beautiful coat, with the typical black face and ears. He is now 9 months old and we believe into the naughty years.

        I was going to write a review on how good and obedient he is, but that has now changed to how he really is, following him managing to delete half the review I had just typed!!!

        Pugs have very strong personalities and can be tough to get them to do what you want them to do. Well, at least it is that way with G. He can sit when you ask and will happily use a pad to go to the toilet or outside. So that is all good. That is it though. He will not listen to No. He will start nipping at your ankles as soon as you get in and won't stop.

        When he is sleepy, it is great. He is just like a normal dog. He behaves, lets you stroke him and even let's you play with his belly, which he loves. When he is not sleepy though, he is like a dog possessed. There is no stopping him. He will keep going and going, no matter what. He keeps going that much, we have to physically place him in front of his water bowl for him to actually drink. He seems to forget he needs water to keep going.

        He has already destroyed one cloth style bed through chewing and several toys have gone to toy heaven. It is like having a dog with ADHD.

        He has had a trip to the vets with acne. A spot appeared on one of his creases and just kept getting bigger and bigger. A dose of antibiotics cleared that up pretty quickly. We think he has eaten something he shouldn't, which could be anything, as he is off his food at the moment.

        Yet through all the faults he has, he is still the damn greatest little dog ever. He has a way of using his looks to twist you round his little paw, giving you a sad little puppy face. He does some amusing things, like eating his foot so much it makes him yelp and then continuing until the next yelp.

        For a Pug, he is actually quite big. We met with his mum the other day (who he tried to hump!!) and he is twice the size of her already and still growing. He can go on walks that last for hours and not complain. He absolutely hates the hoover with a vengence, yet loves the washing machine and tumble dryer.

        He is that great, that once he is older and hopefully calmer, we shall get a second Pug for him to play with. Male though, as we have seen what he is liek with the females.

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          31.05.2009 22:24
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          once you go for a Pug you wont look back!

          I've had my bitch pug Coco for just over a year and her boyfriend Doug for a couple of years now. After having wanted a pug all throughout my teenage years, when I was finally earning enough money I was able to buy one (£1000 !!!!!) but he was worth every penny. Doug was an adorable puppy but soon started developing little illnesses, we now think this was due to over-breeding in his mother, he may always have something wrong with him but it doesnt affect his adorable personality, hes loving, calm and would quite happily spend all day sat on your knee having his ears tickled.

          Coco on the other hand is the complete opposite, we originally thought she was so hyper as she was a puppy, a year on and she is still going just as strong. She is a bundle of energy and doesnt seem to sit unless she is waiting for you to throw her toy. She isnt the loving type, if you go to stroke her she sees this as initiation for play fight and starts jumping about.

          Coco is a lot smaller than Doug, but we say shes a big dog trapped in a little dogs body.

          They are amazing dogs with such a gentle, playful and loving nature. They are so ugly they're cute, how can you not fall in love with an animal with bog eyes and no nose.

          Pugs are known for having breathing problems so if anyone is thinking of getting one I would definately suggest pet insurance, this has become a saviour with Doug and all his ailments.

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            25.04.2009 17:49
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            Be prepared!

            Pugs.....

            January 8th 2009 we collected our new baby, a gorgeous fawn male pug affectionately named Gordon Ramsay....

            We met Gordon 6 weeks after he was born, and he sat calmly and sleepily in the palm of my hand (and I'm a petite person!).

            Now my review itself is based solely on my experience to date of owning Gordon, I cant comment on pugs overall, I only have one of them in my life!

            Personality wise, Gordon is best described as a law unto himself. He has moments of being affectionate, playful, lazy, adoring, protective, relaxed, energised and insular. In short he is by far the most "human" pet I have ever had!

            He has struggled with learning some basic commands. "No" has been a particular issue for us, and Gordon picks when he listens or doesn't. There have been times when this has been extremely frustrating,a s it is with mall children and trying to teach them correct acceptable behaviour.....

            This shouldnt detract however from all the things he does right. He's learnt very quickly toilet training, and always has a very healthy appetite. Despite reading in a number of books and websites that pugs as a breed don't require a lot of exercise, Gordon is the exception to the rule, and thoroughly enjoys a good hour long walk morning and evening.

            A few facts about Gordon:

            He eats Bakers Puppy Complete dry food, and has had this completely dry for about 8 weeks now. We buy a large size bag which costs around £6 in Asda, and lasts us for about 8 weeks.
            He has two main meals per day, one at 7:30am and the other at 6:30pm.

            He has perhap one maybe two treats per day but this is always given when we've worked on some training, or if he has responded to a new learnt commandment. We dont give him treats solely through boredom.
            This is mainly because I want to use the treats for training purposes, making them more powerful as a reward during training.

            One thing that we have learnt is not to buy a puppy anything nice! Whilst teething he chewed pretty much most things that were given to him, including his entire bed, which I can only describe as looking like a massacre of a fluffly cloud when I came down in the morning!!!
            To protect Gordon frm himself and other things in our house, we have built him an indoor pen, in which he sleeps or stays in if noone is in the house. Its large enough for him to be able to play around in, and have a doggy litter tray far enough away from his bedding area.

            He has responded really well on a lead and enjoys meeting new people. Actually I can best describe him as a "little charmer". He pulls those sad "love me" eyes and people just melt around him.

            Cost wise, Gordon was actually a present to us by my parents, following a significant loss on our lives (my husband and I), and he has definitely helped in the healing process from that.
            Having a pet teaches you not to be selfish, to think before you act, we have to plan what we're doing, and structure ourselves so much more from having Gordond in our lives, good preparation for kids I guess....

            From my own personal point of view, I wouldnt change it for the world, however you have to be prepared for your life to change, you cant just stay out for drinks after work and not get home till 10pm anymore, because someone else is relying on you.
            I watch him play with his toys, or run around in the garden and I actually find myself quite fascinated by him, as a whole life, it's really strange and quite grounding!

            We've been lucky to have not incurred any vets bills aside from his injections and we are still yet to decide if we will have him "done".... I mean do I really want to stop more Gordon's bringing joy into other people's lives....

            I'll leave it there otherwise I will carry on gushing..... If you want to read about pugs as a breed in general, then there is plenty of information available on the internet and in books, this is just what life is like for me having Gordon Ramsay.....

            P.S He really like watching DIY SOS...... xx

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              07.01.2009 23:31

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              a great companion

              For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to have a pet. not just any pet, it had to be a dog. It could not be any dog, it had to be a pug!

              Many people frown upon pugs saying that they cannot breathe properly and have difficulties with child birth for example. The reality is that pugs actually outlive many other breeds and as long as they are not made to do things that are unreasonable, there is no reason why they cannot live perfectly normal lives if they are properly cared for. Pugs also smell a lot less than other dogs and as they are small I suppose there is less to clean! It must be noted that cleaning inside the wrinkles of the pug's face with cotton buds is also standard practice.

              Pugs also have a tendency to be overweight, although if they can maintain a trimmer figure, it is always possible for pugs to take part in competitions such as crufts, for which they frequently win events. One main feature of the pug is the curly tail, which often plays an important role in deciding just how "perfect" a pug is.

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              04.01.2009 02:49
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              Great dogs

              Pugs are amazing dogs they are classed as the toy breed and can be very expensive to buy due to them being so popular, colours of the pugs are fawn with black masks and one that are all black.
              When you are going to buy a pug make sure the tail is bent over to the side of there back in nice tight curl, there nails are black and they arent struggling to walk from being over weight or there joints seizing.
              A lot of people say pugs have so many breathing problems but they dont i know an extremely good breeder and none of hers have ever ad problems with there breathing, one thing they do do is snore very loudly when sleeping due to their nose being squashed into there face.
              Pugs are extremely affectionate and always up for a cuddle they are lap dogs and easily spoilt if you want a family dog there the ones for you!

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                I would recommend a pug to anyone with children and those who seek a friend on four legs. They are loveable, full of fun. I have two of my own both male one named Buddy and the other named Gadget. They have proved great friends and companions to my two sons who are ages one to three years old. I used to work in kennels and grooming parlours and have seen many dogs and have grown up with other breeds. I have to say that my introduction to the pug, was with uncertainty at first. But have found them to be very much the companion dog they were originally breed for ideal for a small home, though one problem is depending on the Pug they shed hair at unbeliveable rate so regular brushing a must and a good hoover. Grooming not a problem as my two seem to enjoy because it means they are having fun with me. They do like walks. Aslo have to watch their diet otherwise if they get to round,they have problems breathing. Otherwise I have had no problems. Mazoe

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                  I had a pet Pug, who sadly was recently put down. I would however strongly recommend a Pug as a pet. Our dog was called Wicket, named many years ago after the Ewok in Star Wars, whom we thought he looked liked when we were young and first got him. The main problem with Wicket was that we used to take him for walks round the village and he would be recognised by all and sundrie. At least they thought they recognised him, for this was the heyday of Willie in EastEnders (Ethels Pug I believe). Whereever we went shouts of 'oi look its Willy would follow'. My personal opinion is that as dogs go Pugs have much more character than most. Their small squashed faces, their stubborn streak and the ample wrinkles serve to make them a real member of the family, rather than something that fetches sticks or humps trouser legs. Wicket, as was typical of many Pugs, did cost a lot in vets bills. Centuries of in-breeding make breathing hard and leave the dogs with many problems. That said all they really need is a short walk a day and lots of love and attention, which is returned in abundance. If you are looking for a dog with individual charm, a companion for life (unless someone else offers him food) and a non-run of the mill small dog, I would heartily endorse getting a Pug.

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