WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SIZE OF A PUG?
Despite being a mastiff-type dog, the Pug definitely belongs to the category of small breed dogs. Indeed, contrary to what you may think, not all mastiffs are huge, sinister-looking doggies! Find out more about this cute little dog below.
How Big Can a Pug Grow?
There is no significant difference in the size of male and female Pugs. Both measure between 30 and 36cm at the withers. The Pug is a small dog and several advantages come with having a dog this size. First of all, it’s much easier to live in an apartment with a Pug than with a big dog like the Bernese Mountain Dog, for example, because they take up less room! (The Bernese Mountain Dog can quite easily adapt to apartment living, as well, but will need a little more space.) It’s also much easier to travel with a small dog like the Pug, especially by train. However, if you plan to travel by plane, be sure to check with your airline before flying. Some airlines won’t allow brachycephalic-type breeds on board because they are prone to breathing problems that can worsen at high altitudes. Please note: Just because they're small doesn't mean you don’t need to train your Pug properly!
How Much Should a Pug Weigh?
Again, there is no notable difference between males and females. Adult Pugs weigh between 6 and 8kg. Your choice of puppy should therefore be made according to your personal preferences and the personality of the animal. Try to prioritise your Pug’s temperament over their aesthetic appearance; don’t get too hung up on things like coat or eye colour, for example. It’s always better to choose a pup that corresponds well with your way of life and your own temperament, to be sure that everything goes smoothly. Don’t hesitate to ask your breeder for advice; they should know their puppies best. There is also no difference in the character of male and female Pugs.
A Quick Note on the Pug’s Growth
Pugs grow relatively quickly. Small dogs tend to reach adult size much faster than larger dogs. Pugs experience rapid growth until about 7 months old, when the curve slows. They finish growing around the age of twelve months. Growth is a delicate period in all young dogs, no matter the size or breed. It’s important to avoid putting too much stress on your dog’s joints during this time to prevent the onset of bone and joint disorders. Don't let your Pug run up the stairs, for example, and avoid overly intense or boisterous play sessions. The consequences on your Pug’s health could be significant.
The Pug’s short, smooth coat does not require much maintenance. Simply brush your Pug regularly to get rid of dead hair and check that your pooch isn't infested with parasites. The Kennel Club breed standard accepts four colours of coat for the Pug:
These are the only officially recognised colours. Some kennel clubs or canine associations also accept brindle, chocolate, or even merle Pugs, but these coats are not accepted by The Kennel Club UK. If you plan to participate in competitions or dog shows with your pooch, be sure to choose one of the four official Pug colours. Also, it’s important to be aware that merle dogs can develop significant health problems, including deafness. The Pug breed is a “hyper-type”, which means a breed has been selectively bred to exaggerate its physical features, such as the flat face in the Pug. Although cute, the brachycephalic muzzle can cause breathing difficulties for your Pug. Always be sure to research properly and buy from a reputed breeder.
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