Should You Get a Pug? What To Know Before Owning a Pug

When I was getting a Pug I had many questions. How was I to know if I was suited to owning a Pug?

I wanted to make sure I’d be able to offer my new pet everything they’d need.

And I’m not alone. So many potential pet owners are in need of answers.

That’s why I’ve compiled a comprehensive guide. Here you’ll find everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision.

Is a Pug Right for Me?

The short answer is, it depends. Deciding to get a Pug is a big decision. Before getting a Pug, we suggest researching the breed to see if it matches your current lifestyle.

It’s hard to deny that Pugs are darn cute. But they also have some specific needs, that you’ll need to be able to meet, in order to keep them healthy and happy.

That’s not to say Pugs don’t make great pets. Pugs are affectionate, loving and loyal beyond anything else. No wonder they are favored all over the world as special companions.

Nobody wants more dogs in shelters, so before bringing a Pug home, it’s vital to consider the following:

  • Can I afford it? – factor in upfront costs, food, accessories, pet care, insurance, and vet bills.
  • Do I have time? – Pugs need lots of attention and cannot be left alone for extended periods.
  • Is my home environment appropriate? Do you have any other animals or children at home?
  • Can I care for a Pug fully? Pugs need regular grooming, cleaning, exercise, and a high-quality diet.

Now ask yourself am I willing and able to give a Pug everything they might need? If the answer is yes, you’re ready to go.

If the answer is no, rest assured you’ve made a responsible decision. There may be other breeds that match your lifestyle perfectly.

Everything You Need to Know Before Getting a Pug

Researching for a new pet can be confusing. With so many dog breeds out there you might find yourself asking how do I know which one is right for me?

Pugs may be small but they can be a high-maintenance breed due to their lifestyle needs, health risks, and other factors.

We’re here to help. By consulting this list of Pug-care credentials you’ll be fully in the know before committing to bringing a Pug home.

So what do you need to know about Pugs?

1. Can be difficult to train

Pugs are known for their stubbornness. They can take time to train. But with a schedule in place and a lot of positive reinforcements, Pugs will eventually learn commands.

2. Shed a lot of hair

Pugs shed a lot. Trust me. You’ll be finding hairs here, there, and everywhere. Plus, if your Pug is double-coated they’ll shed even more. Vacuums at the ready!

3. Breathing problems

Pugs are brachycephalic meaning that their face is compressed. They are prone to breathing problems and heavy snoring as a result. Some Pugs will require surgery to the nostrils and soft-palette. It is also important to realize that Pugs are sensitive to extremes of temperature. That means no long walks in the blaring sunshine.

4. Health complications

Pugs are also more likely than other breeds to develop allergies, skin problems, and encephalitis (PDE)- a chronic inflammation of the brain.

5. Eye sensitivity

Pug’s eyes are very delicate and will require some extra TLC. They scratch easily and can develop corneal ulcers or dry-eye. It is even possible for their eyes to pop out if squeezed too hard. This is called proptosis.

6. Gain weight easily

Pugs are known for their voracious appetite. But they gain weight quickly. You’ll have to ignore those pleading eyes and keep your Pug’s diet moderated and healthy.

7. Require facial care

A Pug’s face is full of wrinkles. As cute as they are, they also need regular cleaning to avoid bacterial buildup, infections, and Pug acne as a result.

Check out this useful video and learn how to clean your Pug’s ears properly.

8. Suffer separation anxiety

Pugs are companion animals. They grow extremely attached to their owners and should not be left alone for long periods of time. But if you’re looking for a constant companion, a Pug might be your match made in heaven.

9. Pet Insurance

Due to the Pug’s complex needs, we advise you to take out pet insurance to avoid sky-high veterinary bills. This might seem like an unwanted expense, but it’s important to remember that being a pet owner comes with financial responsibilities.


1. Is getting a pug a good idea?

In short, yes. If you’re confident that you can meet your Pug’s needs these dogs make wonderful, loving pets.

Once you’ve decided to adopt a Pug, take all the necessary precautions to ensure you’re bringing home a healthy dog.

Here are some essential pre-purchase steps for all you prospective owners.

  1. Research breeders for reputability – don’t take low prices at face value. Often cheap pups come from puppy mills where health standards are low and mothers are over-bred.
  2. Ask breeders for health histories – make sure your pup comes from healthy parents and check for any serious illnesses or hereditary predispositions. It’s also wise to ask to see the mother in person.
  3. Check living standards – when visiting breeders make sure that the pups are raised in clean conditions (ideally in the home) where they can be handled and socialized.
  4. Ensure proper veterinary checks – ensure your new pup has received the necessary medical checks before bringing them home.

2. Is it cruel to get a pug?

The Pug is well known for suffering a plethora of health problems from breathing difficulties to eye proptosis.

As a result, some people are starting to question whether breeding Pugs is ethical. Whilst getting a Pug is not itself cruel, it is important to boycott sub-par breeding.

As the Pug breed grew in popularity, puppies have been bred on mass to meet demand. The rise of puppy mills (where pups are bred in poor, cramped conditions) is a serious problem.

If you want to get a Pug but are concerned about their wellbeing, there are still some options available to you.

Choosing to adopt a rescue Pug is a great option as you’ll be rehoming an animal in need. If it’s a puppy you’re after, choose reputable breeders with a commitment to the betterment of the breed.

3. Is owning a pug expensive?

Owning any animal comes with financial responsibility and Pugs are no different. The Pug’s recent surge in popularity is reflected in the upfront cost.

The average price of a Pug puppy is between $600-$1900. But it’s important to remember that costs don’t stop there.

Pugs may be small but they have some complex needs. Investing in pet insurance is a monthly expense worth having in order to avoid unaffordable veterinary bills.

Pugs will also require high-quality food, toys, and products for their health and maintenance. You’ll also want to factor in health checks and occasional pet sitting.

It’s not uncommon for owners to spend upwards of $2000 each year on their Pug so it’s essential to make sure you’re able to take on this financial commitment.

Am I a Pug Person?

After reading this info article you’ll have a better idea of whether a Pug is right for you. It’s time to ask the big question.

Am I a Pug person?

For the right person, a Pug makes for a wonderful, cute, cuddly companion. So what exactly does a so-called “pug person” look like?

1. Loves cuddles

Pugs love attention and grow extremely attached to their owners. Pugs were originally bred as lapdogs for Chinese royalty and elites.

It’s in their nature to follow you wherever you go whether it be the kitchen, the toilet, or curled up next to you on the sofa.

2. Present

Pugs should not be left alone for extended periods of time. They require companionship and can grow depressed without it. That makes Pugs ideal for those who spend most of the day at home.

If that’s not possible for you, try to put in place measures to keep your pooch occupied.

Another pet for companionship, treat-dispensing toys, or occasional doggy-sitting are all great options.

3. Routine oriented

Pugs thrive off routine. They require a regular, but gentle, exercise routine for physical fitness and mental health.

The ideal Pug routine revolves around two short walks a day when the temperature is moderate. Great for those with nine-to-fives.

4. Keeps pets indoors

Unlike larger breeds, Pugs are great for apartment dwellers.

In fact, Pugs should not be kept outside for long periods of time to avoid extremes of temperature. Plus, Pugs are generally quiet animals – so you won’t upset the neighbors!

Ready for a Pug of Your Own?

For the right person owning a Pug can bring endless joy. These loving creatures are constant companions that never stop giving.

If you think you have what it takes to be a responsible owner, getting a Pug is a decision you’ll never regret.