The Pug is a very kind, charming, and sociable breed that has a strong attachment to its owner and family. It is a real family dog that enjoys the company and attention of its environment immensely. Being of sensitive nature, it notices immediately if the atmosphere is bad or tense in the home. The Pug is playful but not noisy; it is rather waggish and friendly. It is a considerably smart and obedient breed. It usually barks only when it senses something out of the ordinary. Most Pugs snore.
This dog usually gets along well with their other dogs of the same breed and its relationship with other pets is also problem free. It is especially good with children. It welcomes both invited and uninvited guests in a friendly manner, although it leaves no doubt that its family comes first.
It requires very little grooming; dead or loose hair can be easily removed with a brush. Its facial folds have to be treated with the appropriate product, and eye drops may be applied if necessary. Its nails must be kept short.
In the teaching of Pugs, the gentle approach is the most effective one. This breed is very sensitive to the different tones of voice and, because it would always like to please its owner, in the majority of cases it requires no special tools of discipline. Being able to learn different tricks easily, a surprisingly large number of Pugs take part in agility competitions – and they have a fabulous time! If an owner would like his or her Pug to compete in agility contests and takes preparation seriously, he or she will be amazed at the results the dog can achieve.
The Pug requires an average or lower than average amount of exercise, it is therefore perfectly suitable for being kept in urban areas and apartments as well. If the weather is nice, this breed loves playing and romping outdoors, but when it is too hot, it prefers resting in the shade. It has no hunting instinct but it displays territorial behaviour, so it is much less likely to wander off on his own. Pugs are usually calm in the home.