Unfortunately, breeders deliberately breed these good-natured dogs to be deformed. As such, they suffer more than their fair share of health problems, not only with breathing, but also with eye diseases, joint diseases and a devastating (deadly) neurological disease called pug dog encephalitis. And there you have it, brachycephalic dogs (which include pugs, bulldogs, French bulldogs and shih tzus) are an anatomical disaster. All structures that should form the nose have been crushed.
The only time these dogs do not have any degree of respiratory distress is when they are intubated under anesthesia. Dogs are also susceptible to heat stress, exercise intolerance, eye problems, dental disease, skin infections, and spinal deformities. While pugs are very sweet dogs and can make great pets, they are also a very brachycephalous (flat faced) breed. Pugs belong to a group of breeds classified as “Category Three” by The Kennel Club.
This is the highest category of health problems due to their physical makeup (the way they look). Breeding these types of dogs for many years to look a certain way means that they are very likely to suffer serious health and well-being problems. For pugs, this includes severe breathing difficulties, eye problems, and skin problems. When thinking about buying a Pug, there are additional things you'll want to keep in mind to make sure your dog is as happy and healthy as possible.
Because of their size and sleep habits, they tend to work well with cats; it's not uncommon to see your dog and cat snuggled up together for a nap. Pugs are susceptible to bacterial and viral infections, the same ones that all dogs can get, such as parvo, rabies, and distemper. You need to make sure everyone in the family follows the same training so that your Pug doesn't get confused or adopt behaviors you don't really want. Australian veterinarians and the RSPCA have called for all short-nosed dogs, including pugs, Boston Terriers and bulldogs, to receive corrective surgery because reckless breeding has left them with difficulty breathing.
There are several different types of stones that can form in the kidney or bladder, and pugs are more likely to develop them than other breeds. If your Pug is well socialized, there's no reason they shouldn't get along with other dogs while you're away from home. Many diseases cause dogs to have a characteristic combination of symptoms, which together can be a clear sign that your Pug needs help. You can teach your Pug from an early age to love brushing his teeth and cutting his nails so you can keep those pearly whites and legs in perfect condition.
Pugs tend to sleep more than other dogs (an average of 14 hours a day), and in this way they look a lot like cats. If your pug is a liar like Holly, you'll need help catching them and if they're like Hugo, they may end up needing an operation to repair a broken dew claw. On Saturday morning, dozens of pug owners gathered at Hawthorne Canal Reserve in Sydney's suburb of Leichhardt for the weekly Inner West Pug Grumble. By learning about the specific health issues of Pugs, doctors and staff at Johnson Animal Clinic can adapt a preventive health plan to monitor and hopefully prevent some predictable risks.