Pug Temperament – Understand Your Dog

Pug TemperamentWhat is it that you want in a dog? Do you want a charming and playful dog? I hope you do because that is what the Pug breed is.

The Pug is a breed that has many great qualities for being more than just your pet, but being your friend that can’t stand the thought of not being with you. They are energetic and attention seeking, always running around and being part of the family. As they get older they do calm down and become much calmer dogs, but even then they will always want to be around their favorite person – YOU.

What to Expect From a Puppy

Like any other puppies, Pug puppies have a lot of energy which they will put into running around and seeking the attention of their owner. They can cause all kinds of mayhem if they don’t have any kind of supervision or training.

Having a small attention span they will run around your house finding ways to have fun. One minute they will want to snuggle up next to you and the next they will be running around making trouble just so they can get you to chase them around. You can expect your puppy to be:

  • playful
  • goofy
  • attention seeking
  • curious

The attention seeking and curiosity is often what gets these little guys in trouble. This early in their life, they are learning about their surroundings and how to deal with this. This is the perfect time to start training your Pug puppy. The sooner you start, the quicker he will learn.

The Pug You Always Wanted

pug-uppy-tempermentAs your Pug grows older, his personality and behavior will start taking a more concrete shape. Like within any breed the personality of a dog will vary from one dog to another, but since this breed has been selected and bred to have certain traits you can expect your Pug to have the following traits.

  • Docile – He will become more docile, meaning that he will be more willing to be controlled and will be willing to do what you tell him. This is a wonderful quality as it is easier to train your pug to listen to you and make yourself the household leader in his life.

  • Clever – By being fairly smart dogs, you can expect your pug to be pretty clever.

  • Energetic – Naturally pugs are very energetic and will run around and try to play and seek your attention. Don’t worry though, we came up with a list of 8 ways to keep your Pug busy.

  • Charming -Pugs are naturally beautiful dogs. They are small with an adorable face that will make anyone want to hold and cuddle them. Of course they know this and will use every opportunity they have to charm you.

  • Sociable – You never want your Pug to be in complete isolation. Leaving for work and such is ok, but to leave him unattended for long periods of time will put a lot of stress on him. He is a social creature that will always seek to be with someone.

  • Protective – Pugs are known to be guard dogs on some occasions. In the past they have been used  in the military as tracking dogs and guard dogs. This shows that they can be protective and you can expect your pug to be protective over what he considers his. It is a great quality as long as you know how to make sure he is protecting you and your things and not himself and his things from you.

  • Stubborn – Having a natural stubborn personality, most pugs will do what they want to do and if they do not receive the proper training it can be hard to change their mind.

With all of the traits of this breed, Pugs can be a perfect pet for someone who wants a little adorable dog full of love and excitement. However to truly have an obedient and happy dog you have to know how to properly train them, and the earlier the training starts the better. Remember that you don’t need to spends tons of money for professional dog training courses. A few minutes of training a day should be enough in most cases, of course unless your dog has some real bad behavior problems.

You can learn more about Pug training, care and health by reading this book about Pugs.

5 Responses to “Pug Temperament – Understand Your Dog”

  1. Natalie says:

    Thank you, your website helped me with my pet Pug Sherman, and boy is he very stubborn.

    -Natalie M.

  2. katrina says:

    hi am thinking of getting a pug puppy after Christmas but are they good at learning sign language

  3. Danielle Tynan says:

    My Pug is protective , but he’s loving to me, smart, charming

  4. Michael R. says:

    I am 51 and my pug is 4 1/2 years old, he is my first pet. He is incredible, absolutely the best decision I have every made in my life. He is my wife and I’s child, the greatest little buddy there is. He goes and does everything with me.

    Pugs are the greatest pets there are. They are kind, loving, friendly and very very smart/cleaver; they don’t have a mean bone in their little bodies.

    The best, everyone should own one. Thanks



  5. Lucia says:

    I have 2 Pugs and they are terrific. I would not know how my life would be without them after my ankle surgery. They kept me moving. I truly believe they are greatest pets, snoring and all their issue.

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