Are you about to become the proud parent of a puppy pug?! First of all, congratulations; you have super exciting times ahead, getting to know your new furry family member. Of course, they are a big responsibility and you’re probably also anxious to make sure you get everything just right. Here we take a look at the origins of the breed, some famous owners and of course look at the breed characteristics to help you decide what you will need to have prepared for the arrival of your new little one.
Pugs are a lovely breed, originally bred as companion pets for the ruling families of China. Through the ages they became popular with the Royal families of Europe and may well have been bred with the old type Kind Charles Spaniel, giving the modern King Charles Spaniel its Pug characteristics. Famous owners of Pugs have included William Hogarth and Queen Victoria of England. The Queen’s involvement with dog’s helped to establish the Kennel Club.
Pugs are a small breed with shorter snouts and prominent brow ridges. They can be susceptible to eye injuries and like other brachycephalic breeds, they can suffer from breathing difficulties. We’d suggest regular Vet checks if you’re unsure of the health of your pug and swapping out a collar and lead for a harness to help relieve any stress on their breathing when out walking.
Pug’s are known for their charming personality, are strong willed but rarely aggressive; and make wonderful family pets. Pugs are playful and love human interaction, making them perfect companion pets.
So “what do I need for my new Pug”you ask? Here we look at a few items to consider…
Puppy Pug Shopping List
We would suggest a 30" metal crate with L&L furnishings. Initially pop a puppy bed in one half and a puppy pad in the other with a water bowl. This is the ideal set-up for crate training and the nighttime routine as your puppy won't be able to hold themselves all the way through the night. As they grow older and become potty trained, you can swap out the puppy bed and pads for a full size crate cushion - your puppy will love their den well into adult!
We particularly like the Front Range harnesses by Ruffwear for the Pug breed. A harness will offer support and comfort when walking your pup and stop any stress around the neck area caused when using a traditional collar and lead. Try the Hi & Light design when they're a tiny puppy and size up to a Front Range harness as they grow into an adult.
Pugs have naturally wrinkly faces and clean sheets from Animology are a practical and easy way to keep them clean. They are vitamin enriched and great for deodorising and degreasing. Totally puppy safe, they are handy to keep with you when travelling too, to keep your pup clean on the move.
Pugs have soft paw pads, but walking on concrete and other rough surfaces can irritate them. The Wildwash Paw Balm is a natural balm that will keep their paws healthy and soft. A must-have for your pug grooming kit.
Being deep chested your pug will eat and drink more comfortably from a slightly raised bowl. The white wooden dining set in the small size is ideal. The metal bowls are removable and washable making it super practical and the white wooden frame will look stylish in any interior.
Pugs are happy to go with the flow and do pretty much what their owner does. This can mean lazing in front of the tv and not being the most active. It’s important to play with your pug and keep them as active as possible. It’s good for their brain stimulation as well as helping keep their weight consistent. The Puppy Teething Stick is a great addition to their toy box. It will keep teething puppies occupied whilst offering fun at the same time.
Puppies love playing ball and offers an interactive game with their human family members. The Kong ball has a hole in which you can stuff treats or peanut butter for tasty playtime fun!
Of course this isn’t the difinitive list of everything you need for your new Pug, but rather a list of things that will suit the Pug breed specifically. Also think about their food; your breeder should let you know what your pup has grown up eating and it’s probably best to stick with that, at least for the first few months. Our Welcome to the World Puppy Packs are also worth a look for some of the other items to think about when adopting a new puppy.