Let’s start off with this comical image. Pugs are so desirable now, they are being overbred on a destructive scale. They suffer enormously as a result of human ideals of ‘cute’. So, before you upvote another pug picture, please read this…
This is the Pug’s skull. Pretty horrible, right? I mean, just look at the jaws. Pugs even have their own disease, PDE (Pug Dog encephalitis). The skull is so small the brain does not fit inside, causing the dog fits, dementia, constant migraine, blindness and involuntary physical movements (like running in circles).
This is the average Pug jaw on the inside. Pugs need a lot of tooth extractions because their mouths are so mangled.
The Pug’s main health issue is with breathing. The Pug’s signature look is the flat face, which means the dog’s airways are squashed in the skull. It also means they cannot lose heat effectively (we all know dogs cool through panting, imagine having no snout to pant through?)
Here is a healthy Labrador, just to compare the nasal cavities. Pugs often need surgery just to breathe properly. Bone and other flesh is cut from the skull to open up the airways. There are also many clips of ‘cute’ dogs falling asleep upright on youtube. This is because if they dropped their head, their airways collapse and they would suffocate.
Eye prolapse is also shockingly common. Pugs usually cannot be controlled via regular collars, the pressure of pulling on the lead would lead either to collapse of the oesophagus or the eyes to pop out. This is why you usually see Pugs in harnesses.
Here are healthier long nosed Pugs. These do not suffer so greatly due to human induced selective breeding. So PLEASE, do not advocate the suffering of these poor innocent animals by making them so popular. If you choose to buy a dog of any pedigree (check your local shelter first!) make sure you do thorough research, check the pup’s papers. Good breeders will scan their pups for genetic disorders. Dogs are for life, not just for looks!
This is actually really horrible and this is the reason pugs make me so uncomfortable, even as a dog lover—it’s not cause of how they look but imagining what people did to them over the years to make them look this way. And imagining us enjoying it. I mean I always knew it was unnatural, but…after this post I SERIOUSLY feel bad for pugs, and more creeped out by humans than anything else.