Pug dog breed information

Pugs are known for their small stature, wrinkly face, and loveable nature. Originating from China and moving to Europe in the sixteenth century, they’ve become a popular breed in Western society, notably by the English royal family, thanks to Queen Victoria.

Their distinct features include a short muzzle, a light fawn coat, and a square/ compact body shape. Although they come in a variety of colours, they’re known for their beige appearance. With an average lifespan of 12-15 years, they suit families and singles in a settled location.

Interested in learning about this quirky breed? Read our guide below to learn about the Pug dog.

Pug breed information

If you’d like to get to know the breed a little more closely, here are a few key traits and facts about the Pug:

How long do Pugs live?

Pugs have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

Do Pugs shed?

Pugs have a double coat and shed a moderate to high amount of fur.

How big do Pugs get?

Pugs are a small breed, with slight differences in size across adult males and females.

Healthy Male Pug (adult) 
Healthy Female Pug (adult) 
Weight: 6 – 9 kg
Height: 30 – 36 cm tall
Weight: 6 – 8 kg
Height: 25 – 30 cm tall

  Should I get a Pug?

Let’s face it - Pugs are adorable. From their big eyes to their waddle, they’re a lovable breed that brings happiness to their owners. Despite their cute physical appearance, it’s important to note that they’re often prone to some health problems.

As a result of overbreeding, Pugs can suffer from breathing issues associated with brachycephalic syndrome. This health condition restricts airways and is prominent in breeds with short muzzles and smaller faces. If you choose to buy a Pug, making sure they don’t overexert themselves while doing physical activity can help alleviate symptoms of this condition.

Pug personality

Known for their humorous demeanour, Pugs offer hours of entertainment to their owners. Bred to be lap dogs, they love companionship and any opportunity to spend time with their human(s). Pugs need a loving environment where they can get lots of attention, ideally a family where one person works from home or someone single that’s looking for extra company!

Taking care of Pugs


Pugs are a short-haired breed, so you don’t need to spend copious amounts of time brushing their coats. However, due to the texture of their skin, they’re prone to bacterial or fungal skin fold infections, specifically on their faces. A way that may help prevent your Pug from getting this skin condition is to clean out the folds with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly once a day.


Because of their compact size and relaxed nature, Pugs are susceptible to weight gain. Although they’re suited to apartment-style living situations without a yard, it’s important to take them out for daily walks to ensure they remain active. As we mentioned before, Pugs can overexert themselves if they exercise in hot weather, so opt to take walks earlier in the morning or later in the day.


Portion control is a must when it comes to feeding a Pug. Due to their size, overeating can quickly turn into weight gain. Depending on what your vet advises, it’s usually best to feed Pugs dry kibble as opposed to wet canned food. Kibble can help maintain oral health and is less likely to cause diarrhoea. It’s recommended to create a feeding schedule for your Pug too, which can help you control how much they eat. To tide them over between dinner and breakfast, you can incorporate 3-4 (low calorie) snacks into their diet per day.

Common Pug health conditions

Like most dog breeds, Pugs are susceptible to certain health conditions. Here are some examples:

Brachycephalic airway syndrome

Short-nosed breeds like Pugs, French Bulldogs, and Boxers are all susceptible to Brachycephalic airway syndrome, which restricts breathing in the upper airway. Because dogs only sweat through their nose and footpads, they have to pant through their mouths to cool themselves down. With shortened airways, Pugs can have trouble regulating their temperature, which can lead to overheating.

Eye Problems

As cute and bulgy as they are, Pug's eyes can cause them problems. Because of their positioning on the face, Pugs can suffer from keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye) and proptosis (popped out eyeball). Looking out for red eyes or discharge regularly may help prevent eye problems from developing.

The cost of insuring a Pug

If you’re thinking about getting pet insurance for your Pug, factors like age and location will affect the cost of your premium. Woolworths Pet Insurance offers Basic, Standard, Comprehensive and Comprehensive Plus cover that can help protect you and your furry friend. Check what each insurance cover includes.

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