Because of its character, the pug is a very popular companion dog. In particular, the fact that he usually does not behave aggressively makes him a suitable family dog who gets along well with children. The pug also usually goes well with other pets. Good socialization is a prerequisite in each case.
From the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) the pug is considered as a member of the classification of social and companion dogs as well as small dog-like dogs (Group 9, Section 1.1). Its general appearance is described as distinctly square. The head is relatively large and roundish in relation to the body. Clearly visible wrinkles on the forehead and the characteristic black nasal sponge with relatively large and wide open nostrils are further features.
The pug experienced an upswing after decades of neglected existence. Today keeping a pug is back in style, and these adorable dogs are indeed wonderful companions. In a good mood, friendly and balanced, they like to accompany their owner everywhere.
Pugs are certainly not sports cannons. This is less due to their physique, which is not so unsportsmanlike, but to their shortened catch, which can be associated with various breathing problems. Especially in summer, the pug needs to be protected from excessive heat – especially as a puppy, which can often be quite temperamental. When the temperatures are not too high, the pug is also enthusiastic about longer hikes.
The ringing tail and the beefy body of this dog breed leave a different impression on many people. The animal is particularly suitable for training, both in breed-typical purposes and in dog sports. It is very child-friendly, but the dog’s positive experiences with children are important. The dog can be kept well in urban and rural environments.