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Pugs – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Pug Fun Facts and Crate Size 


Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1885
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Size: Small
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 24" dog crate*

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Pugs are renowned worldwide. It is one of the most recognizable breeds and for good reason. Not all dog lovers realize this amazing breed's rich history.

It started in 700 BC when the Lao-Tse era began, which makes pugs one of the oldest breeds today. Usually, people think this dog is a cross breed of a tiny bulldog or a small representation of a French Mastiff.

In the past, only Tibetan monasteries and the imperial family were allowed to keep Pugs as a pet. In Europe, Napoleon’s wife had a Pug. Its name was ‘Fortune’.


People shouldn’t expect Pugs to either guard or hunt. They are best thought of as companions. Being a good friend of the owner is the best thing about the Pug. They also love an abundance of attention and affection.

As with most pets, they will be unhappy if left untreated and ignored. But just because they like to stick around the owner doesn’t mean they are lazy. On the contrary, they are comical, playful, and curious in nature. Their temperament is primarily affected by many factors.

When it comes to socialization, Pugs need to be introduced to people as soon as possible. Exposure to many types of people is good for them during their earlier years.


Pugs are widely recognized due to their appearance. They have prominent eyes and small teeth. Their muzzle is black and short. The tail is curled and puny. The body of this dog is quite thick and sturdy.

The name derives from a pugilist or boxer. As the Pug matures, the dog will develop a muscular top. Males usually grow up to 14 inches in height. Their weight varies from 14 to 21 pounds. Females are smaller and have a height of around 12 inches with their weight coming in around 14 to 17 pounds. 


Feeding the Pug isn’t complicated as it loves most any type of food. Pugs love to eat and they won’t stop if they have an overabundance of food. This may lead to obesity and health problems if left unmonitored.

In order to keep them healthy, the owner must get a balanced diet. The main challenge is controlling the way and amount that they eat. 30 grams of nutritious food per day will be sufficient.

Some owners aren’t sure how to determine the proportion of proteins, carbs and natural sugars of their Pug’s diet. In this case, they are encouraged to consult the experts or breeders to get further insight. Homemade dog food is also recommended. The combination of vegetables and meat is good.

Still, people should consult the vet before experimenting with it. As each dog's needs are unique,  their diet may need to be monitored by professionals to ensure their body is processing the necessary nutrients.


Even though Pugs don’t like walking on the wet ground, they enjoy a good bathing session. The water should be warm. A sink is also a good choice to bathe Pugs.

During the first time, it will be difficult to introduce the dog to the sink as it needs to develop trust and the owner should take care, in the beginning, to provide comfort to their pet. To clean a Pug's fur, a mild dog shampoo is the best choice.


A traditional method to keep Pugs active is simple dog walking. To keep the Pug in optimal health, walks should occur on a daily basis.

This may also have the added benefit of contributing to the good posture of its body and a strong supporting muscle composition. It also helps counter weight gain attributed to the Pug's tendency to overeat.

Adequate exercise also reduces the risk of heart disease in both the Pug (and it's owner!). 

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends a 24" dog crate* for most adult Pugs.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

 Return to the main Dog Crate Sizes Breed Chart.

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