The Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dog in the world, originating in China about 400 B.C. Their primary purpose then was companionship, and they were known to be the pets of Buddhist monasteries in Tibet.
Little has changed in the life of a pug, as they still make excellent companions. They are small, sturdy, playful and full of energy, making them ideal for families with children. They are highly adaptable dogs, thriving in both the city and the country. Pugs are prone to obesity, so some daily exercise is best to keep them physically fit.
While Pugs are highly adaptable and thrive in almost any setting, they are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions which can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Pugs are prone to include eye problems such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye), Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome, entropion and cataracts; as well as skin conditions such as atopy and demodicosis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Pug has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s eye problems or his mother’s skin issues, you’re covered.