Pugs are a popular breed of toy dog known for their wrinkly faces, curled tails, and playful personalities. They are thought to have originated in China over 2,000 years ago. They were prized by the Chinese emperors and were considered to be symbols of good luck and fortune. Pugs were brought to Europe by Dutch traders in the 16th century, and quickly became popular with royalty and nobility. Their name is thought to come from the Latin word ‘pugnus' which means ‘fist,' as the Pug's wrinkly face resembles a clenched fist.
Pugs are sturdy dogs with a very square build, a short muzzle and big, expressive eyes. Their coat is short and fine and comes in a variety of colours, including fawn, black, silver, and apricot. They are known for being affectionate and playful dogs who love to cuddle and be around their owners. Pugs are also relatively easy to train, but they can be stubborn at times. Due to their relatively low exercise needs, and quiet personalities, they are especially well-suited for the elderly and for people who live in apartments.
However, they do have some health concerns that prospective pug owners need to be aware of. They have a thick double coat and they do shed a lot of hair. They also require regular bathing to prevent their ‘doggy smell’ and keep the folds of their skin free of bacterial infections. They are also prone to obesity and need regular gentle exercise to prevent them from becoming overweight.
Pugs are very prone to overheating, so it is important to avoid exercising them in hot weather. They are also prone to breathing problems, so it is important to be aware of the signs of respiratory distress, such as heavy panting and drooling.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.