Miniature Pug

Miniature Pug

The Miniature Pug is essentially a mix of Chihuahua and Pug, with a canine that looks very much like a Pug except for a slightly longer snout. It is derived from the original Pug breed, which came on the scene back in 400 BC. It was a popular dog in 19th century Victorian times, when they were kept as pets in Tibetan monasteries.

The Miniature Pug weighs only about three pounds when full grown. This breed is short, stocky and thickset, with a large head and square muzzle. Tail is high set, with large dark eyes and small ears with button nose. Characterized by deep wrinkles, Mini Pugs have soft, shiny coats in colors like beige, black and silver.

Personality

Animated and happy, Mini Pugs are a joy to be around and make great companions for life. This loyal, loving and affectionate dog is playful and intelligent. They can be willful, though, so it's important to establish dominance early on with a confident tone of voice and strong sense of discipline. Miniature Pugs are devoted to their owners and as such make very good watchdogs. When not disciplined by their humans or when they feel superior to humans, they can get jealous and become guardians of anything from food to toys to furniture.

Breed Characteristics

Life Span:12 - 15 years
Nicknames:Carlin, Mops, Chinese Pug Dog, Dutch Bulldog, Mini Pug, Dutch Mastiff.

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The Miniature Pug weighs only about three pounds when full grown. This breed is short, stocky and thickset, with a large head and square muzzle. Tail is high set, with large dark eyes and small ears with button nose. Characterized by deep wrinkles, Mini Pugs have soft, shiny coats in colors like beige, black and silver.

Size:Toy

Behaviour and Personality

Animated and happy, Mini Pugs are a joy to be around and make great companions for life. This loyal, loving and affectionate dog is playful and intelligent. They can be willful, though, so it's important to establish dominance early on with a confident tone of voice and strong sense of discipline. Miniature Pugs are devoted to their owners and as such make very good watchdogs. When not disciplined by their humans or when they feel superior to humans, they can get jealous and become guardians of anything from food to toys to furniture.

Activity Level:Not very active
Affection Level:Very affectionate
Kid Friendliness:Very friendly

Appearance

The smooth, short hair of your Pug is easy to maintain. Simply use a firm-bristle brush to groom when necessary, along with a bath every once in a while. It's important to dry your Pug after a bath so he doesn't get too cold. Because Pugs have lots of wrinkles, take care to clean their facial creases regularly. You may need to groom your dog more often when it sheds due to seasonal changes.

Shedding:Moderate
Grooming:Low maintenance

Miniature Pug Common Health Conditions

Pugs are susceptible to colds and allergies. They also suffer from chronic breathing conditions, as evidenced by their wheezing and snoring. They also get skin rashes, mast cell tumors, Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), keratitis (an inflammation of the cornea) and corneal ulcers. They can also get weeping eye very easily. Never overfeed your dog because he will eat what's in front of him, become obese and thus shorten his life expectancy.

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When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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Breed Talents and Facts

Your Mini Pug needs extra TLC, as they require a lot of attention and care on a daily basis. Pugs also do well in apartments, as they are pretty inactive when indoors. They don't require a big back yard but they also can't stand extreme cold or heat, so take them in when the outdoor temps get too cold or too hot. Nicknames include Carlin, Mops, Chinese Pug Dog, Dutch Bulldog, Mini Pug and Dutch Mastiff. Mini Pugs can expect to live between 12 and 15 years.

Training:Moderately easy