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A Piece for the Pug Lover in All of Us: Pugs as Pets



Westlake Animal Hospital is lucky enough to be the veterinary practice of choice for a wonderfully large number of pugs, and we are taking this week to celebrating this wonderful breed! We are spreading the love and sharing why so many of our clients love their pugs as pets.

The Perfect Pug

If you are lucky enough to own or know a pug, you know that they are a lot of personality in a small package. The Chinese-bred breed is part of the American Kennel Club Toy group and were bred to be companions to us. They live up to their job, no doubt!

Pugs have some great personality traits including:

  • A sense of humor
  • An overall friendly disposition
  • A need for attention
  • A very loyal nature

They are easily recognizable with their smushy faces and curly tails. Chinese legend has it that their wrinkles are good luck. Who doesn’t need a little good fortune in their home?

A Few Challenges of Pug Ownership…

While pug ownership is a great privilege, it is not without a few challenges. Before owning a pug, it is important to understand:

Brachycephalic syndrome – Pets with flat faces like the pug are called brachycephalic. Brachycephalic breeds often have small nasal passages, a long soft palate, a large tongue, and a small windpipe. These features often make breathing a chore, resulting in the snorts and snores much adored by pug owners. This trouble breathing also makes pugs inefficient at cooling themselves, though. They are more susceptible to the heat and cold than other breeds. It also means that extra weight is even more of a concern for a pug than other dogs.

Skin care – All those creases and folds are cute, but they can collect bacteria and become infected and smelly. Pug owners must be meticulous about cleaning their pet’s folds, especially around the face and tail.  The pug is also known to be a pretty heavily shedding breed.

Dental care – That smushed face often means that the teeth are all piled in the mouth willy-nilly. This can result in poor bite alignment and premature accumulation of plaque and tartar. Dental care is a must for these wrinkly divas.

Pugs as Pets

Despite the challenges of pugs as pets, they are great family members. In fact, the pug is one of the oldest breeds and has been around since before 400 B.C. They generally are great with kids, other animals, and love to be around people.

Pugs are the 32nd most popular dog breed according to the American Kennel Club and come in two different colorways (fawn and black). They are also extremely photogenic.

If you are looking for a pug to join your family, be sure to check out the Pug Rescue of Austin. Many of our current patients hail from this rescue, and It is a great resource to learn more about pugs as pets.

We are thrilled to see so many pugs patients here at Westlake Animal Hospital. They are truly a wonderful breed and we join much of our clientele in celebrating the power of the almighty pug.


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Westlake Animal Hospital


3930 Bee Cave Rd. Austin, TX 78746

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Mon-Fri: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed