Post # 31
My sister adopted a 9-year-old pug from the SPCA, and he was the sweetest thing. He lived until he was 14, and the only big health issue that popped up before then was over $1000 of dental work, probably because his previous owned never did anything for his teeth. He was playful but mostly mellow, and the noises he made when scratched behind the ears were so cute.
Post # 32
I have a pug and he is the best dog ever…we will probably always have a pug because he makes me laugh every single day. He is my sidekick and pretty active for a bracycephalic. Keeping them fit is actually really important (take it easy on the treats!). I am also a veterinary student so I was well aware of the potential health problems…I ended up taking out pet health insurance on him just in case and to give me a little peace of mind. Not sure I will every have to use it, but it makes me feel better. He does shed a lot (we bought furniture to match him, haha) and he snores at night, but all those things are worth it because he is a great little dog. Pugs are great for apartments, although he definitely thinks hes a watch dog sometimes. Hes also much smarter than most people give pugs credit for…the trick is that they can be pretty stubborn! He is probably on par with our golden retriever…he just chooses not to listen all the time. 🙂
I agree with what most people have said here – investigate your local shelters for any dogs that may fit well in your lifestyle or investigate good quality breeders for any breeds you may be interested in! Good luck!