Pug Dog Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of a Pug dog does vary. Pugs do tend to life long lives and are prone to very few diseases. Much of the longevity of your Pug will depend on breeding, diet, exercise and care your dog receives over the years.

When choosing a Pug, pay close attention to the breeder's practices. Ask to view health certificates on both the mother and father Pug dog. A reputable breeder will avoid using any breeding stock that has shown signs of tested positive for certain conditions.

Average Life Span of a Pug Dog

The average life span of a Pug is around 14 years. There are people who have had their Pug for 19 to 20 years. If you decide a Pug is right for your family, make sure you are prepared to have the Pug in your family for upwards of two decades. Many Pugs end up in shelters or rescues because their owners weren't prepared to be caring for their pet 20 years down the road.

Keeping Your Pug Healthy

One of the biggest concerns with a Pug is obesity. Pugs love to eat. They frequently act hungry even if they've had plenty of food. Many people allow their Pug to overeat and the extra weight does place a strain on the Pug's joints and heart.

When feeding your Pug, avoid foods that have glutens, by-products and white or brewer's rice. Brewer's rice and white rice offer little fiber and packs on carbs. Instead, look for foods with a quality meat source such as lamb, beef or de-boned poultry. Foods using sweet potatoes instead of rice are great choices for a healthy Pug.

Don't adhere to the serving guidelines on the bag. Start off using those suggested guidelines, but if you notice your pet is getting pudgy, cut back on the portion. You want to feel the dog's ribs without visibly seeing too much bone. The Pug dog's waistline should be apparent.

Pugs usually do better if you feed them three times per day. This ensures their blood sugar levels remain level throughout the day helping to reduce a Pug's urge to beg for more food.

Pug's require daily exercise. They should have a walk around your block daily. Because the breed is sensitive to cold and extreme heat, you may need to limit time spent outdoors in the heat of summer or on bitter cold winter days. If your Pug needs to be indoors because of the temperature, tossing a toy down a hallway will suffice.

Diseases and Conditions that may Shorten a Pug Dog's Life

Because of their small pelvis, female Pugs rarely give birth to pups without needing a c-section during delivery. Have your female spayed to prevent unexpected pregnancy or to risk her life with a complicated delivery. Spaying and neutering also reduces the risks of certain cancers.

Pugs have pushed-in faces, particularly around the nose. Have your vet check the size of the nostrils to ensure the dog is able to get enough air, especially during exercise. A soft palate is another concern that can impede breathing. If either problem is diagnosed, surgical correction will prevent any complications.