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Pugs are very popular small breed dogs, especially amongst people who live in small apartments. They have short noses and small ears that flop down; this makes them very cute and very popular. Pugs are very loving and loyal companions. Pugs do not bark much but will alert you when something is wrong, making them excellent guard dogs. They like a more sedentary lifestyle but will need to spend some time exercising each day to help keep them fit.
Common Medical Issues seen in Pugs
The genetic issues that Pugs have that you should be aware of are:
- Breathing issues: With their short nose, they are very prone to breathing issues. Brachiocephalic dog breeds since they have short noses. This can cause them to have issues with breathing. Your dog may need surgery to correct some of these defects.
- Eye issues: Since they do not have a long nose to help protect their large eyes, their eyes can easily get scratched. They are also prone to developing Cherry Eyes. Cherry eye is a protrusion of the 3rd eyelid gland. This may require your dog to have surgery to fix these issues. Your vet can easily tack this gland back into place.
Many of these issues will require you to visit your vet to help them quickly recover. Eye issues and breathing issues commonly reoccur and, many need lifelong medication to help manage.