Pugs are known for their clownish, mischievous nature, making them wonderful companion dogs to both children and adults. Their small size makes them excellent dogs for apartment living. Despite their goofy nature, Pugs were originally bred as companions to Chinese emperors and were made the mascot of Holland’s royal House of Orange after one Pug saved the prince from invading soldiers! These loving dogs adore being in your lap and having their affection returned. 

t’s not uncommon for owners to be concerned and worried that they have a fat and overweight Pug. They remember that rather trim adolescent and the next thing that they know, they look at their older Pug and wonder if they somehow got out of shape.

The Pug has a barrel (or log) shaped body. And because of this, the adult Pug will never have a lean, sleek appearance. Even when the dog has a low percent of body fat and is completely healthy in every way, he or she is going to look like a Pug; And this means that they will be short, thick and stout. This is part of what makes this breed so adorable looking. Some say that the Pug is so ugly that it is cute. We disagree! We, and many owners all around the world, appreciate this breed for what it is and can appreciate the beauty in that wrinkled up face, round body, short legs and curled up tail.

At What Age Is A Pug Fully Grown?

Like many small dog breeds, Pugs reach their full size faster than medium to large-sized dogs. Pugs reach their adult size around nine months of age but may continue to put on a small amount of muscle until they are a year old.

When Do Pugs Stop Growing?

A common question asked by pug owners is when will the puppy stop growing? Since pugs are a small breed of dog, their transformation from puppy to adult might not be as dramatic as a large breed dog, but they still do grow.

Normally, pug puppies should be at their adult size by the time they are 9 months old. Some puppies may continue to put on weight up to 12 months, so by a year, the vast majority of pugs will be at their adult size and weight, though it is still possible for your pug to gain a little more weight beyond the 12-month mark.

How Big Should A 6-Month-Old Pug Be?

A six-month-old Pug will weigh between 7 and 12 pounds on average and will be close to their full adult height, which is typically around 10 to 13 inches tall. When measuring your Pug’s height, you should measure from their footpad to the top of their shoulders while they are standing.

Pugs are highly prone to putting on excess weight and their food intake needs to be monitored closely. The American Kennel Club has even labeled Pugs as one of the top “chowhound” dog breeds, which means that pet parents need to pay special attention to their pup’s diet due to the Pug’s tendency to overeat and beg for table scraps. If your Pug puppy is ahead of these estimates, it’s best to check in with your veterinarian to make sure that they are not gaining excessive weight which can be harmful to their joints and internal organs.

Are Fat Pugs Unhealthy?

A fat Pug is not a healthy Pug. Sadly, the breed is very prone to health problems anyway. It’s important therefore to keep him as slim as possible. Unfortunately, having a few extra pounds will only make their problems worse. As you might guess, a fat Pug will get hotter even faster.

And, combined with a Pug’s inability to cool herself properly, this can result in overheating very quickly. The extra weight will also put more strain on their back. This strain can worsen any existing spinal problems and cause arthritis. When you add in extra fat, a Pug’s skinfolds often become larger and more pronounced.

How Long Are Pugs Pregnant? 

In general, a pug pregnancy should last between 60 and 65 days in total. The pregnancy should not go beyond 65 days as that becomes dangerous for both the mom and the puppies. During pregnancy, you should take her into the vet for visits, make sure she is eating a balanced and healthy diet to keep both herself and the puppies as healthy as possible.

A pregnant pug’s appetite will come and go throughout those 9 weeks, so do not be surprised if your pug wants to eat one minute and not eat the next. She must not be alone at all during that 9th week.

How Many Puppies Do Pugs Have? 

The amount of puppies that are in a litter will vary from dog to dog and pregnancy to pregnancy. For example, a dog might only have one puppy with one pregnancy, and have many with her next. Pugs, in general, have between 4 and 6 puppies, but there are cases of pugs having up to 9, so it is unpredictable.

How Do I Make Sure My Pug Is Healthy?

Pugs are loving, adorable dogs who are prone to many genetic health problems like cancer, kneecap dislocation, and skin irritation due to their skin’s folds. One of their most significant health problems is brachycephalic syndrome, which is commonly known as the cause of their “flat nose.” Brachycephalic syndrome obstructs a Pug’s airway making it harder for them to breath through their nose and results in higher rates of respiratory distress. Pugs are especially prone to heatstroke due to their compromised breathing. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to lessening the side effects of brachycephalic syndrome. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct narrow nostrils or elongated soft palettes.

How Much Should A Pug Weigh?

Both adult male and female Pugs typically average around 14 to 18 pounds. However, if your Pug weighs a little bit more, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are overweight.

Average Male Pug Weight

Don’t be surprised if your male Pug weighs more than your female Pug. This is typically normal as male Pugs are slightly taller and broader than females. Some male Pugs have been known to reach 20-22 pounds, which may still be considered a healthy weight.

Pug Female Weight

Females are slightly smaller in stature than male Pugs, on average a female will weigh slightly less than a male Pug.

Are Male Pugs Aggressive?

Though Pugs can be very friendly and loving, they can become aggressive when not properly socialized. Aggression in Pugs is often manifested in barking, lunging, nipping, or growling. Pugs may also demonstrate aggressive behavior in response to being left alone in an attempt to make their unhappiness known.

How Many Times Can You Breed Pugs?

How many times can you breed a Pug? Responsible Pug breeders won’t breed their Pug more than 3 (possibly 4) times in a dog’s lifetime. The Pug mother should only be having litters every couple of years, with 18 months at least between puppies. More than that can lead to physical and mental health problems for her.

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