Here at Akuna we know that Pug’s are the clowns of the Dog world! Besides their quirky and hilarious personality they are constantly try to bend the rules and will go to great lengths to get their own (naughty!) way. Being a fun and energetic dog, they love a cuddle but are always up for a game of tug as well. One gaze into their gorgeous big eyes and you will be hooked on this breed for ever. At Akuna we love all our Pug guests because they are just so much fun.

Read on to see how Akuna Pet Resort takes care of holidaying Pug guests, including their special “breed needs”.



  • Nicknames Chinese Pug, Mini Mastiff, Dutch Bulldog
  • Lifespan 12 to 15 years
  • Country of Origin China
  • Weight Male 6 to 9kg (13 to 20lb)
  • Weight Female 6 to 8kg (13 to 18lb)
  • Height Male 30 to 36cm (12 to 14in)
  • Height Female 25 to 30cm (10 to 12in)
  • Coat Smooth, short, dense & soft
  • Litter Size 3
  • Colour Fawn, Apricot Fawn, Silver Fawn & Black

Famous people who own Pugs past & present 

Queen Victoria – Bully, Olga, Pedro, Minka, Fatima, Venus and more!

Gerard Butler – Lolita

Tori Spelling – Mimi LaRue

Jessica Alba – Sid

Valentino Garavani – Oliver

Dennis Quaid – Pudgy

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Pugs

http://www.i-love-pugs.com

http://www.pugrescue.com.au

Fun Facts & Various Bits and Pieces

A group of Pugs is called a Grumble!

Pugs have starred in Hollywood films “The Adventures of Milo & Otis”, “Men in Black” and “Pocahontas”

Marie Antoinette owned a pug named “Mops”, which is the German word for Pug. Essentially she had a Pug named Pug!

A Pug sleeps an average of 14 hours per day (They need their beauty sleep LOL)

The Pug’s solid body shape and breathing problems make them terrible swimmers

The Latin saying “multum in parvo” is often used to describe pugs, as it means “much in little” because Pugs have a lot of personality in one little Dog!

People who own a Peugeot car often refer to them as a “Pug”

They are often called “shadows” because they follow their owners around and like to stay close to the action.

We certainly agree that Pug’s have a lot of personality, but that’s what makes them so unique! At Akuna we love how enthusiastic our Pug guests are about life, but most of all, we love the hugs that we get during our fun playtime sessions!

Not much is known about the early history of the Pug however it is thought that they have been around since about 700 – 400BC. Originating in China these little guys were called Lo-sze and were bred specifically for Emperors and other high officials. The Pug began coming to Europe with traders around the 15th Century. They quickly became favourites to the Royals and even became part of their history when a Pug named Pompey saved the life of Prince William of Orange in 1572 when he alerted him to the assassins that were approaching the camp.

As the breed gained popularity throughout Europe they were known by many different names. The French called them Carlin, the Spanish called them Dogullo, the Germans called them Mops and the Italians called them Caganlino.

In 1861 Pugs were first shown and from there the first studbook began 10 years later with already 66 Pug’s listed in the first edition.

During the Victorian era Pugs became particularly popular and were featured in many paintings, figurines and postcards. Most of which were wearing decorative collars or large bows!

After the Civil War Pugs were starting to be seen in America and the AKC officially recognised the breed in 1885 however the first Pug Club was not recognised until 1931.

As you can see, Pugs have always been a popular family dog and even now they rank 33rd in popularity out of 177 dogs!

Lo-sze, Carlin, Dogullo, Mops and Caganlino, no matter what the name or where they’re from, we love all our Pug’s guests!

Nature

The Pug is a gentle, playful and loving breed who is great with people of all ages, especially children as they are sturdy enough to enjoy rumbling around with them! They also enjoy the company of other pets so it’s often advised to get two Pugs! Pugs can also be sedentary too and are more than happy to curl up on your lap or bedside you and have a snooze while you watch a movie or read a book.

Pugs can have a cheeky and stubborn side to them as well which can be both amusing & frustrating. The Latin saying “multum in parvo” meaning “much in little” is often used when talking about Pugs as they have so much personality and character in such a small package!

At Akuna Pets we have designed our pet accommodation so that each guest has its own big comfortable indoor room. An attached large grass garden yard section allows social guests to go outside anytime they like during the day to say hello to their dog neighbours, which is great for Pugs as they love to suss out who their neighbours are!

We also pop in and out of our furry guests hotel room a number of times throughout the day to check that they are happy and well & to give a cuddle or two.

As for fun – well Akuna is definitely the right place for your pug with big play yards, heaps of toys, bushwalks and tons of cuddles. In other words – Pug Heaven!

Training

I heard someone say once “Training my Pug is like getting my 14yr old son to clean up his room!”

Pugs are notorious for being stubborn and independent, which sometimes makes training quite the challenge. However, on the up side, Pugs LOVE food! Positive reinforcement training is the most effective way to train your Pug, all you will need is a bag of treats hidden in your pocket and some happy and positive encouragement.

Start with Puppy Pre School and then move on up to obedience and agility classes. It’s a great way to socialise your Pug and have some fun at the same time. If you make training a part of your Pugs overall fitness plan you won’t have to worry about them getting porky around the middle as they get older!

Pug1 Pug2

At Akuna Pets we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first.

Behavioural issues 

Pugs are bred to be around people and most of their behavioural issues stem from being left alone too much. Some off the behavioural issues that can occur from boredom and lack of stimulation are barking, digging and chewing. Other behavioural issues like persistent begging for food is just in-built because Pugs LOVE food!

So as long as your Pug has training from a young age and gets a sufficient amount of your loving attention, most of their behavioural problems can be overcome. But you will need to be strong willed when it comes to food because they will look at you with those adorable eyes asking for “just a little bit more”.

Behavioural issues due to boredom and lack of stimulation are not something we see much of here at Akuna, mainly due to the fact that there is always something interesting to do! From having a chat with your next-door neighbours, to activities like bush walks, playtimes and fun in our water splash park, there’s never a dull moment here at Akuna.

Energy Level

Pugs are generally a low energy dog but they do have their moments of full on excitement. While playful and outgoing Pugs don’t really need a lot of exercise and quite frankly they can’t handle it as their short noses cause them to become easily overheated and out of breath.

So a daily walk or semi robust playtime is all that’s recommended for Pugs to keep them from becoming overweight and also just to get them off the couch and out into the fresh air and sunshine!

We agree that Pugs are not really high energy dogs but they do love a game and still need lots of one to one cuddling! At Akuna, giving love and fun is what we do best so we’ve got this covered. Our choice of care packages means you can choose exactly the amount of attention and activities you think your Pug will need, followed by a restful down time in their own comfortable well insulated hotel room.

Check out our furry guests having tonnes of fun on our Instagram page.

Health issues

Unfortunately over the decades Pugs have developed a fair few health issues that potential Pug owners need to be aware of.

Being a brachycephalic dog (short squished in shout) means heat sensitivity is one of the thing you need to be most aware of as heat exhaustion can easily take a dog’s life. So make sure your Pug always has access to shade and water on a hot day or even better is kept indoors with the air conditioning on.

Buying from a reputable breeder is a must with Pugs, as they will be health checked and screened for some of the common conditions associated with the breed, as will their parents. Eye conditions and Hip Dysplasia are the most common conditions that are tested for.

Because of the large prominent eyes of the Pug they can be prone to many eye problems such as Corneal Ulcers, Proptosis (Dislodged Eyeball), Distichiasis (Abnormal growth of eyelashes), Entropion (Inward rolling eyelids) and Dry Eye. All of these conditions will need to be treated by a Vet as soon as any problems arise as they can lead to blindness and infection in serious cases.

Hip Dysplasia is actually quite common in Pugs despite their small size. However, the good news is that they are less likely than a larger breed to need hip replacement surgery and usually can lead normal lives with some Veterinary treatment along the way. Patella Luxation, which is dislocation of the kneecap, is also common amongst Pugs but as mentioned before, because of their small size they can often live normal lives without any surgical intervention!

PDE (Pug Dog Encephalitis) is a fatal inflammatory disease that affects Pugs. It usually affects Pugs between 2 and 3 years old however it can affect them as young as 6 months. The main symptoms are seizures, depression, confusion and co-ordination problems. Luckily this condition is quite rare but if you suspect anything it is advised to seek Veterinary advice immediately.

Nerve Degeneration, misplaced Vertebrae’s (also referred to as Hemi-vertebrae) and Legg-Perthes Disease are all common in Pugs and require Veterinary treatment and possibly corrective surgery to lead a normal life.

While Pugs do have a few health concerns to be aware of, they are generally hardly little creatures! As long as you take good care of your furry-one and seek Veterinary treatment when necessary he/she should live a long and happy life.

At Akuna Pets we do daily health checks to quickly pick up on any issues that might arise, such as skin rashes, ear infections because we believe “That the sooner you catch a health problem the faster it can be treated and resolved”.

We also make sure your Pugs face creases are clean and dry by using soft baby wet wipes.

Overheating will not be a problem for your Pug when holidaying at Akuna as all of our hotel rooms are well insulated but if you want to be extra sure of your Pugs comfort, particularly in summer you can organise for an air conditioned room that can be set at whatever temperature you Pug prefers.

Our hip & elbow dysplasia guest’s benefit greatly from the design of our Pet Resort facility as it has been built to have NO STEPS. We intentionally designed our complex this way so that pet guests with mobility problems would be able to easily move around without putting stress on their hips, back and legs.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” www.cessnockvet.com.au and they specialise in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your Pug whilst he/she is holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available.

Weight Issues

Pugs LOVE food and are well-known for being greedy! They require a strong willed owner who can resist those cute begging eyes that stare at every bite of food you eat. Feeding a right sized meal, restricting treats and getting regular exercise are key to maintaining your Pug’s weight. Remember that keeping your Pug fur baby from developing obesity means a longer, healthy and happier life.

At Akuna Pets we are aware of the Pugs fondness for food and their inclination to easily put on weight so we pay close attention to this. Firstly we feed a premium graded vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” (which our guests love!). Then we match the amount we feed to your pet’s age, breed & weight.

We weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then weigh weekly throughout their holiday stay to make sure a healthy weight is maintained. In addition we keep records on how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left on a daily basis. (Note – leftovers are not likely with a Pug!) So if your pet is gaining or losing weight we know whether to increase or decrease their portion of food.

If you would prefer your Pug to lose a little bit of weight we can even help with that too, so just let us know when you book your Pug’s next holiday stay!

We also make sure that all of our guests get a good amount of daily exercise because this is just so important to health and happiness.

Grooming

From their shedding coat to their face wrinkles, Pug’s need a bit of attention when it comes to grooming. Regular brushing and bathing will help keep your Pug’s shedding coat under control but it is good idea to also match your wardrobe to you Pug’s coat colour as having his or her fur on you will be a constant accessory.

The Pug’s wrinkles will need to be cleaned regularly and dried thoroughly as they are a breeding ground for bacteria and infection if allowed to stay damp. Nails need to be trimmed regularly as well as Pug’s won’t wear down their nails exercising like other breeds.

The Pug’s short coat doesn’t require much brushing however if you would like to keep your Pug in their routine of getting groomed or even just give them a little extra attention during their holiday at Akuna you can request as many dog brushings as you like!

As noted in the Health Issues section – you’re Pugs creases will be cleaned daily to keep them dry and bacteria free.

Depending on the length of holiday stay you may also wish to organise a few extra warm hydro baths & blow dries. Ahhhhh what a lovely day spa thing to do! Note – A complimentary bath is given at home time