The Puginese, originating in China, is a famous cross between the Pug and the Pekingese. Known for their amusing looks, they are characterized by a squashed face, large and round eyes, flat, hanging ears, dark mask and a short, muscled body, along with a curly tail. They also have small feet along with short to long body hair. With their small size and ready-to-please disposition, they are suitable for apartment living.
The Puginese is a friendly-natured dog that is loyal to its family members. These friendly animals are always willing to please their masters and love spending long hours with them.
At some point, the Puginese might display obstinacy and willfulness, though they are mostly playful as well as well-behaved with kids.Some of them seem to snore when sleeping; a trait inherited from their Pekingese parent. Their barking tendency on seeing strangers or other animals make them good watchdogs.
Puginese dog does not need robust activities since it is already playful by itself. Only a moderate amount of jogging or daily walks, especially to some dog park, is sufficient. Brush their body hair around twice a week, or even thrice in case your Puginese has long hair. Bathe them only when you feel the need. Like most mutts, the Puginese are healthy and do not suffer from any breed-specific issues.
To help them avoid snoring, train them to curl up and sleep on their stomachs rather than on their backs. Sleeping positions can be a big reason to trigger snoring habits.
Expose them more and more to other animals and pet from childhood. When they are still puppies, open their leashes inside an enclosed yard and let them play with your kittens or your neighbor’s pups or rabbits, but certainly under supervision. This practice would surely grow an instinct in them to tolerate other animals.
Obedience training is necessary to control stubborn behavior, in particular for issues like incessant barking. To begin with, let your dog bark a couple of times, while you pray it for raising the ‘alarm’ for you. Then give the command “Stop yelling,” while holding out a treat close to its nose. This action should immediately stop your dog from barking, even if it is for the fact that it can’t bark and sniff at the same time. Hold on for a few seconds before giving away the reward. Repeat teaching this process from time to time, while increasing the frequency between your dog’s stopping to bark and yours giving off the obedience treat.
As with most dogs of their size, ½ to 1 cup of high-quality dry dog food is sufficient for them.