pugs are apparently known for their poor health/breathing problems and whatnot but obviously i can only go on what i've known with my dog. louie is two now, and (apart from being a bit chubby) he's perfectly healthy. in the past two years he's suffered from an eye ulcer which was pretty costly but he recovered well. because his eyes are so huge it's super important to make sure they're clean. i find louie's eyes water a lot in the sun so i'm constantly making sure he's not in any discomfort! i also have to clean his face wrinkles/nose daily, because his face is flat and he likes to sniff everything.. it gets dirty pretty quickly.
it's true pugs get depressed if they don't have enough human contact. louie constantly under my feet and like victoria says in this post you just get used to a pug shadow following you around and watching you shower. i find that louie just isn't bothered which human he's sat on just as long as he's sat on SOMEONE. i wouldn't say pugs are loyal at all, they just genuinely love people.. anyone who will show them affection. they're pretty fickle like that. it's obviously important you have the time to look after any animal, but looking after a pug is pretty time consuming since they want ALL of it!
granted i don't know a great deal about breeding as i mention in this post but louie still has all his own bits and i'm really unsure what i'll do about that. he's happy enough as he is for now but i don't know if he'll ever be a pug dad. louies (pug) dad lives opposite me and that's how i ended up buying him. pugs ARE expensive, and i think if you've found one 'cheap' then you can safely assume it's a cross breed or riddled with health problems. even though i came across lou because of a friend, i still paid close to £1000 for him.. and that was before i'd bought him food, toys, insurance or had for his shots done.
pugs are lap dogs, plain and simple. i read a horrible article lately about how they use pugs as 'bait dogs' in america to train other dogs to fight because pugs do NOT fight back. there's absolutely no way (and i know everyone will say this about their own dog) that louie would ever bite anyone. even when he plays and pretends he's 'aggressive', if you put your hand anywhere near his mouth he'll stop and lick (kiss) it. he's so affectionate and loving he's forever kissing anyone/thing he see's. sometimes it's a bit weird when he walk pasts you and licks your foot but it's charming really.
puggy vs puggy
pugs love other pugs. lou is part of a little snorters group which is basically a group for mental (little breed) dog owners like me to meet up and for the pups to socialise. it's actually incredible being in a room full of hundreds of pugs and not hearing a single bark. no fights, no aggression just a lot of sniffing, playing and the occasional hump. that doesn't mean that pugs don't bark.. louie is constantly shouting at the tv when he see's horses, cows or those meerkats. he's a massive softy when other dogs bark at him though, instead of retaliating like a normal dog he just sits down and cries. pugs are the wimpy kids at school. like i said earlier, they'll also NEVER fight back. an alsatian recently tried to attack louie and instead of growling back or whatnot louie cowered and lay down. luckily louie was fine (apart from an alsation imprinted paw mark on his little head) but i'd never let him off his lead for this reason (and because he's naughty and won't come back!).
this was a little long and not like what i'd normally post but i hope it's been somewhat useful if you're thinking of buying a puggy. they're amazing dogs and i'd never discourage anyone from getting one! if anyone has specifically they want to know feel free to leave a comment/tweet/email me and i'll try my best to help!