Pug Training Profile

Weight: 13 to 18 pounds

Height: 10 to 12 inches

Lifespan: 13 to 15 years

Pug Behavior and Temperament

These are adorable little dogs with expressive faces and big personalities. Their small size makes them suitable for all types of residences, including apartment buildings. Unfortunately, their unique physical traits increase the chances they’ll experience health problems at some point in their lives.

Pugs have been around for centuries. They were hailed as being worthy of royal treatment in their country of origin, China. They were originally bred because the emperors liked flat-faced dogs. At times, they were even guarded by soldiers.

This breed found its way to England after the British invaded China, and they became highly sought-after and popular in the Western world. Queen Victoria was especially fond of pugs; she owned several and was a breeder.

In terms of personality, they’re are sweet little dogs who are happy living indoors, but they also need exercise and love to take walks. However, they are sensitive to heat, high humidity and extremely cold temperatures.  

They are curious dogs that can be playful and mischievous. Bred to be companion dogs, Pugs are at their best doing exactly that.

They love people of all ages and they get along great with children. Despite their small size, they are strong and patient, which helps them withstand rough play. With proper socialization, they enjoy having other animal friends as well.

Pug Training Tips

These dogs need their owners to be assertive pack leaders, or they’ll try to assume that role themselves. And while Pugs are not generally thought of as an aggressive breed, it is possible for them to behave aggressively.

If they’re made to believe they’re the pack leader, they may try to assert dominance through barking, nipping and lunging. But they may show similar behaviors if they feel neglected or lonely. If your household is one where people are gone a lot, this may not be the right dog breed for you.

Pugs are very sensitive and need kindness and thoughtfulness. Harsh methods of curbing bad behavior and aggression are never a good idea with these small dogs.

In addition to early socialization, puppy training classes are a good way to help Pugs learn how to properly behave from a young age. They are anxious to please their owners, so when they behave in ways their owners see as positive, they are likely to maintain those behaviors.