The Pug from the Inside (Pug Temperament)
A Pug’s Favorite equation- “Attention=Food”
A pug’s aim is to look extremely cute for their whole lives. This is so that they can get as much food as possible for their entire lives. This small dog breed is not aggressive at all. In fact, they are some of the most people-friendly dogs you will ever meet. A pug craves attention. Your pug will be your shadow. He or she will not leave you alone for a second when they are out of their crate. The pug’s logic behind this is that getting attention equals getting food. They like your attention most of the time and they will do sometimes very strange and funny looking things to get your attention. Some say pugs are little clowns, they show off to make you laugh and love them even more.
Since pugs are very sociable and crave attention, they can become very anxious when left alone for too long. If you are working long hours all the time, a pug might not be the best pet for you. We work about 12 hours every day BUT have a loving dog sitter come in during the day so that our pug has a friend for a bit. I think he has gotten used to it now but really if I had it my way I would not leave him alone for a second because it seems so unfair for him. Pugs will howl when they are lonely. Some ways to solve this problem is by leaving some canine calming music or incents. Vets tell me that pugs should get all that they need from their food and thus do not suggest you give your pug an anxiety pill. We are yet to try something like this. Dog music is worked wonderfully for us but if you would like to try some of the other alternatives, I am sure you can find many in the market.
Pugs snore really loud given their size. This is also perhaps because they have a small nose.
Pugs will also try to lure you with your big eyes. They have this capability to show humans their bulging eyes and make us feel very sorry for them. They will stick out their massive tongues, lick their lips over and over again, point their huge eyes at you and take over heart. This is very good at convincing you that you should be overfeeding them. They are also very good at making you believe that even though they just ate, they are very hungry. Don’t feed them again! Stop those excessive treats! This is why there are so many overweight pugs with tons of health problems. Besides, they already are homebodies so you do not want their weight to further impede their ability to walk and run. Pug puppies however usually love to run and sprint. If you have one of these runner guys, you should jog with them or play fetch with them so that they are in the habit of exercise.
Pugs are hyper. They are VERY hyper. A pug puppy is a “Live Wire”. They need about 2 years to grow up and even then they still need about 3 more years until they become a little sedate. Whether your pug will even calm down or not really depends on the pug in question. I have seen pugs that are 5 years old and still hyper. Most of the time, this has to do their love for humans. Again, pugs are the most people-friendly dogs. They are usually very dog friendly too. The only time they might not like other dogs is when they are jealous that they have to share THEIR human attention with other dogs. Except for that, pugs love humans and dogs alike and thus get very excited when they get attention from either! They will try to wag their curled up knotted tail and open their mouths to let the massive tongue hang loose. They will also make funny panting noises through the mouth. Don’t worry when they do this. Sometimes it is because they are tired (refer to the overheating part mentioned in pug characteristics) and at other times they are just happy.
Pugs are very child friendly as well. This is because they are so small and wrinkly that children love them. They love children because they love any and all kinds of attention. Pugs are great companion dogs, and they want attention from everyone all the time. Pugs crave attention and they like to be around people all the time. They try to do things to please you even though it seems like they are only concerned about food. They love the food givers and poop cleaners just like they like doing those activities.