What’s not to like about small dogs? They’re adorable and perfect to snuggle with, and a Pug is definitely no exception.
This friendly and sweet dog breed is known for its round scrunchy face and little square body. Making it impossible not to immediately fall in love with.
Even though they make wonderful pets and bring many people immense happiness, it’s easy for owners to get worried about their Pug’s health.
One key component to a Pug’s health that is especially important to monitor is their weight.
How much should a Pug weigh?
The ideal weight of a pug is 14 to 18 pounds, and no more than 20 pounds.
It is common for pugs to weigh over 20 pounds because they love food! This can become a problem and a concern for their owners. Unfortunately, this breed is prone to health issues such as canine hip dysplasia, Pug Dog Encephalitis, Legg-Perthes disease, stenotic nares, skin infections, seizures, and obesity.
Since pugs are prone to many health issues it’s important to be alert and educated on signs of what to look out for so that your adorable family member can live a long and happy life. Pugs bring so much joy and love to their family in their 12-15 year lifespan, so they are worth the extra care.
Caring for your Pug’s weight
Yes, you should keep your Pug at a healthy weight, but they require minimal exercise. A daily walk or dedicated session of playing is enough for your Pug to stay fit and healthy. As long as you control their eating!
Pugs are extremely energetic which helps them to stay fit, but they also love to eat which can become a problem. Having a healthy diet for your pug is one of the most crucial ways of preventing obesity and other health issues. When choosing which food to feed any breed of dog it’s highly recommended to go with a food that is made from natural ingredients. Ingredients to look for that your dog will truly benefit from include muscle meat from animals and fish, brown rice, and sweet potatoes. Make sure your pup’s diet is high in protein, packed with nutrients and aim to feed them 1/2 a cup of food twice a day
Concerned about your Pug’s weight? Consult your local veterinarian about a diet and exercise plan as soon as possible.