Most likely, the rumors come from those who do not know pugs well. But, the facts behind pugs show that they are smart dogs. Even compared to other dogs, pugs have quite high intelligence. The truth is that not all dogs are smart in the same way.
Every dog has different strengths that make them smart. However, these strengths are not always clearly seen from the human eye. But don't let this put you off. What they lack instinct they make up for with adaptability.
Pugs may not have instinctive intelligence, but they possess a high level of adaptive intellect. They may need more time to learn new commands, but they always take into account the interests of their owners. Pugs may have fostered a reputation for nonsense, but this isn't the whole picture. If you're wondering “are Pugs dumb? it's time to think again.
Are boxers dumb? Boxers are pretty stupid. They may have been born with the mental equivalence of a brain cell, but soon it gets bored and drifts away. Boo, for example, enters the doors. He'll shake his head, look at the door, wow, and then leave, like it's the door's fault for being there.
It's no secret that purebred dogs have very different abilities depending on what they were bred to do. For example, herding breeds such as Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and Corgis are universally considered extremely intelligent. Due to the nature of their work, they are excellent both for independent decision-making and for receiving instructions from humans. Because Pugs were bred as companion dogs, they don't possess much in the way of instinctive intelligence.
So, are pugs easy to train? They are effectively distracted, have a terrible and challenging streak, and exhaust themselves effortlessly with tedious tasks. That's why people tend to be surprised when they hear Pug owners say that their pet is super smart. Pugs are adorable dogs, not only because they are loyal companions to their owners, but also because their cute little face makes us all faint. Assuming you need a loving little canine that will bond effectively with you, the pug may be your go-to for breeding.
It turns out that some of the research done to determine the smartest dogs or the dumbest dog breeds may not be entirely accurate. The appearance of a pug also does not win them any favors when it comes to perceptible levels of intelligence. In the event that they have not been around the dog for a long period, they are not a decent authority on how brilliant a pug is. The second runner-up in pug intelligence is that they have a good amount of working intelligence and obedience.
As someone who has owned 3 purebred Beagles now and trained them to hunt, in addition to being family dogs when they are not hunting, I can tell you without a doubt that the Beagles should be on the smartest list and not close to the dumbest. In this sense, someone who has not even invested in training a pug cannot depend on what has said about them. If you are interested in having a pug as a pet for your family, but are concerned about rumors that this breed of dog is less intelligent, then you have come to the right place. Pugs may not learn new commands quickly or have exceptional hands-on skills, but their adaptive intelligence makes them wonderful, loving, and loyal pets.