Camelot Pugs
 
Juergen "Jay" Ernst
659 Penn High Park Road
Jeannette, PA 15644
 
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724 309 4317
Home of top quality, family raised AKC champion line and champion sired Pug and Havanese puppies
The Truth about Pugs
Facts you need to know

SIZE: The breed standard for pugs which still is between 14lbs and 18lbs (dog or bitch) was last revised in 1991 and was at the time subject to a controversial discussion. After a century of striving for small pugs, bigger pugs have again become the norm in recent decades and many show dogs in the ring are 18-20lbs and above. This may partially be due to better nutrition. While a 24-25lbs pug may be a little big for a lab dog, a large boned male may carry that weight very well and not appear overweight by any means. If your pug is close to 30lbs (and I have seen 30lbs and even 34lbs dogs), it may be advisable to switch your food and/or provide more exercise for your dog.

SHEDDING: Yes, Pugs do shed. Being a short haired breed, shedding is barely noticable, provided your dog is healthy and does not have an underlying medical condition. Although the Pug is not really double coated as falsely advertised by some breeders, there are two different coat types and the denser coats do shed more.

MANGE: is caused by two different types of mites that occur in most dogs and cause a problem only in conjunction with a weak immune system, causes localized or even generalized hair loss that should imediately be treated by a vet and goes far beyond normal shedding. Being a hereditary condition, risks can be drastically reduced through responsible breeding and careful line selection.

SNORRING: Pugs do have a tendency to snore. Ours do - occasionally. Snorring increases with age and weight. Overbred Pugs with very short faces also tend to have breathing problems and excessive snorring in those dogs may also indicate a more severe problem that may need surgical attention. Such surgery, of course, does not come cheap. Again, line selection is the key to avoid this hereditary problem.

BRINDLE PUGS: Officially there is no such thing as a brindle pug. While the color may occur throughout the coat or partially in smaller or larger spots in black dogs, I have seen a brindle color myself only in bitches after pregnancy suggesting a temporary lack in the bitch's diet. The breed standard is very clear on color: The Pug is either fawn or black. All other colors are undesirable and cause for disqualification.

Puppies at a very young age also often appear to be of a darker fawn or brindle color. As they mature, they loose most of the dark hair and turn into a true fawn pug between the age of 4 to 12 weeks.

I have seen pictures of brindle pugs but I do not know if the brindle color does occur as a genetical accident in healthy dogs, or, if the brindle color occurs as a result of cross breeding somewhere down the line with other breeds, and while such a dog may be rare and desirable to some individuals, it is certainly undesirable according to breed standards.
 
Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE): Not exclusive to the Pug, this horrible and always fatal disease is still spreading despite a recently developped genetic test which unfortunately is not conclusive and even worse, does not prevent some breeders who do test use dogs with a positive and a negative gene, thus spreading the potential for more PDE. While those breeders seem to understand that they have to prevent the disease in their puppies (by avoiding two positive genes for the disease in their offspring), evidentally they do not care what happens further down the line and are only worried about their imediate customers.