|Barked: Tue Jul 17, '12 1:10pm PST |
|Ha, there's nothing like a peck of pugs (a flock of pugs?) to establish new converts to the breed!
In my experience, very little effort is required to produce extraordinarily sweet and easygoing pugs. They're super easy to socialize and train -- especially if edible rewards are involved. Most are very promiscuous with their affections: my family's pug would follow anyone home who petted her. They're a lot sturdier than other toy breeds and much less likely to snap at anyone waving fingers in their faces, which makes them pretty perfect to be around little kids. They're bossy about their mealtimes and will probably always be underfoot in the kitchen (and possibly in the rest of the house as well).
None of our flat-faced dogs have suffered breathing complications but they do need to be watched extra closely in the heat. Weight management is a never-ending battle. My guy, Harvey, LOVES our many walks but spends almost every moment indoors asleep on the couch. They're fairly fabulous little creatures.
I also universally adore Boston Terriers (pugs with higher energy? tiny labrador retrievers?) and English Bulldogs. Smoosh face dogs (and cats) seem to make up for any points lost in the aesthetic and health categories with sheer affability.
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