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How Big Do Pugs Get?

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Looking for a small dog? If so, pugs are probably on your radar. After all, there are so many adorable images and videos of this breed online. So if you have a small space or just don’t want a big dog, you probably wonder, How big do pugs get? Let’s find out here. 


Pugs are Small Dogs


Even when mature, pugs will only grow to a small size. When it comes to height, you can expect your pug to reach between 10 and 12 inches tall. Some males may reach 14 inches. Female pugs range between 10 and 12 inches in height. 

A diminutive weight accompanies this. Most adult male pugs only reach between 14 and 20 pounds. The average weight for female pugs ranges from 13 to 18 pounds

Although pugs are indisputably small, they are relatively strong. Take a look at any pug and you will notice its muscular build. 


Are Pugs Apartment-Friendly? 


Without a doubt, pugs are among the best dogs for apartment living. This is because of their size as well as temperament. Pugs aren’t dogs that will constantly bother you for walks. They do need a few short walks every day, but that is generally all. 

Pugs are docile and love to sleep. If you want a lap dog, the pug is ideal. Despite their general propensity for laziness, pugs are quite playful. They are inquisitive and goofy, and they’re always a lot of fun. 

Clearly, pugs are excellent indoor dogs. Yes, they need their short walks each day, but other than that, be ready for a couch potato. 


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How Hyper Are They?

Since pugs are one of the smaller breeds of dogs, you may also wonder how active they are. Pugs are extremely heat-sensitive. They may end up ill if they get overheated, so keep a careful eye on your pug as they exercise. You never want them to get overheated, as this can lead to serious medical issues

Avoid bringing your pug outdoors for exercise when it’s hot outside or in the middle of the day, especially during the summer. The combination of hot weather and exercise is potentially treacherous for pugs. 

Dogs are highly intelligent, and pugs are no exception. Spend time every day ensuring your pug gets enough attention and play. These dogs require things to be curious about and investigate. 

Even though pugs are unable to withstand the kind of exercise other dogs can, they still need to move their bodies. For one thing, exercise is necessary to keep up an animals’ muscle tone. Also, even pugs have energy they need to burn off. Exercise gives them the chance to do this. 


Are Pugs Good with Kids? 


Yes, pugs are one of the best breeds if you have kids in the house. Because of their small size, they are less likely to injure small children or other pets or cause major damage to your home. These dogs have an outstanding temperament for children, as they’re loyal and calm. They’re also highly friendly, and they don’t have any tendency towards nervousness. 



You should stay away from nervous dogs if you have kids. After all, kids tend to be unpredictable. If a canine has a nervous disposition, they may snap at a kid that alarms them. You’ll never have this problem with a pug. This breed is incredibly adaptable and trusting, and it won’t get worried or agitated about your lively children. 


Pugs Get Along with Other Pets 


Generally speaking, a pug should get along well with any other pets you have at home. It will do fine with other dogs, as long as those dogs aren’t aggressive towards them. Be careful if you have any large dogs that you think may show aggression to a pug. 


how big do pugs get


Don’t worry if you have a cat. Pugs generally live well with felines, too. The fact that pugs get along well with other animals is because of their easy-going temperament and the fact that their size is not intimidating. Pugs also aren’t territorial or nervous. 


Pugs are Easy to Care For 


The most challenging part of caring for pugs is dealing with their frequent health problems. There is a strong chance of significant vet bills, so keep this in mind when deciding whether to adopt one of these dogs. Pugs also shed a lot and need attentive grooming. 

Another challenge of pug ownership is how tricky housetraining can be. These dogs can be stubborn. As long as you stay patient and use positive reinforcement, though, you should eventually have success. 

Pugs need lots of attention, so this isn’t a pet you can leave alone for hours on end. Don’t assume because pugs are small they will be independent like a cat. They won’t. A pug’s personality is diametrically different from most cats in how much social time they need. 


Pug Grooming Needs

As mentioned earlier, pugs shed a lot of hair, despite their relatively small size. Unless you’re fastidious with grooming, you will end up with plenty of pug hair all over the house. If you’re determined to have a pug but want a little less shedding, look for a black pug. Black pugs generally have just one coat, while fawn pugs usually feature two coats (an under coat and outer coat). 

Whatever kind of pug you get, always brush them on a regular basis. You should do a thorough brushing session a minimum of twice weekly. Give your pug a bath once a month. This will keep his coat and skin nice and clean. 

You won’t have to blowdry your dog after baths. Unlike more high-maintenance breeds, pugs have short coats that should completely dry naturally without any help. Just give them a thorough rub with a towel to get rid of as much of the moisture as you can. 

You must also clean the areas around and under the folds on your pug’s face. Do this weekly to prevent any problems, such as irritation and infection, developing. Take this opportunity to examine the area. If you see any signs of problems, bring your dog to the vet for an exam. 


In Summary – How Big Do Pugs Get?


If you’re looking for a small dog that does well with limited space, a pug might be the perfect choice. With adult weights of between just 13 and 20 pounds, a pug may be the new family member you’ve been seeking. 


rachael barkzine

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Rachael is the co-founder and editor at Pug Facts. Owner of one elderly Pug, she’s dedicated to helping other Pug owners create healthy, happy, lives with their furry best friends.

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