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Spotlight On A Breed The Pug

Pug

Weight: 14-30 pounds

Height: 9-11 inches at the shoulders

Coat: Short (but they do shed)

Color: Fawn, Black, Silver, Apricot

Appearance
The Pug’s appearance is characterized by their flat, wrinkled faces, compact muscular bodies, and curled tails.

Noise

While most Pugs do not bark much, many do, and they are still quite a noisy breed of dog. Many Pugs make a grunting nasal noise, that increases when they get excited, nearly all pugs snort quite often, almost as if they are sneezing, showering anyone who is too close.  In addition, many of them have quite a snoring problem.

Temperament

The Pug is a popular breed as a house pet, as it is easy to groom (though it sheds substantially more than other dogs of similar size). However, pugs like to consider themselves as the boss. Therefore tiny children who do not understand how to correctly treat the pug can cause the pug to be scared, defensive, or shy. Pugs are true “lap dogs”, in that they most often want nothing more than to curl up in their owner’s lap.  Pugs like most breeds also love dog chews like bully sticks to occupy them!

Health

Pugs can scratch their corneas (corneal ulcer) or puncture their eyeballs. Their short noses can also cause them to develop breathing problems. They are also prone to skin infections if the crevices in their faces are not kept clean. Additionally, the breed’s characteristic flat face may also contribute to tooth and mouth problem, they may have crowded teeth or a tongue that hangs out. Pugs typically love to eat, and so are prone to obesity; they can quickly reach unhealthy weights.

Famous Pug Owners

George Clooney
Jessica Alba
Paula Abdul
Woody Harrelson
Andy Worhol

Spotlight on a Breed Scottish Terrier

A Black Scottish Terrier

A Black Scottish Terrier

Weight: 17-22 lbs

Height: 10 inches

Length: 11 inches

Coat: Short and Wiry on top; soft undercoat

Color: Black, Brindle, Weaten

Appearance

Scottish Terriers are a short, stocky breed, with a muscular body and an often appear barrel chested. They have large paws adapted for digging, erect ears and an erect tail.

Temperament

Scottish Terriers are great family dogs that are known for being alert, quick, feisty, independent, self-assured, playful, intelligent, and determined. Their stubborn nature can make them tricky to train, but so long as they are given a gentle hand when young, they are very trainable and make great house dogs. Originally bred to hunt and fight badgers, they have a strong prey drive towards small vermin (squirrels, rats, mice, etc.) and will need to be kept on a leash when walked. Their determination is seen in everything from digging to working over a bully stick.

Health

Scottie’s don’t have any congenital health problems like some breeds, though they have shown a predisposition towards some types of cancers. With few if any physical issues, they often live to be upwards of 15 years old.

Famous Scottie’s and Scottie Owners

Franklin D. Roosevelt – Fala, Duffy, Mr. Duffy

Humphrey Bogart

Shirley Temple

Bette Davis

George W. Bush – Barney, Miss Beazley

Ronald Reagan

Jock – Lady and the Tramp

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