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Best Dog Food For Pugs

Best Dog Food For Pugs Healthy Pugs should be able to eat any balanced dog food with good quality ingredients. As with any dog, some individual dogs may do better on some foods than others. If your dog has health problems or if he suffers from allergies or food intolerances, then you will need to work with your veterinarian to identify the foods that are causing your dog problems so you can find a food that works for your dog.

Identifying the Best Food for Your Pug

As long as your Pug is healthy, he should be able to eat foods that most people identify as good dog foods. Hallmarks of good dog foods include:

Meat protein: Good dog foods should have a couple of named sources of meat protein in the first several ingredients. Named sources of meat protein would include things like “chicken meal” or “lamb meal.”

Named Sources of Fat: Fat is good for your dog. Some vitamins are “fat-soluble” and your dog’s body can only access them if they are present in fat. Fat has benefits for your dog. But, it needs to be a named source such as chicken fat. Avoid generic sources of fat such as “poultry fat.”

Avoid Digest and By-Products. These are parts of animals that you probably don’t want your dog to eat. And they contain lower quality protein that is not as good for your dog.

Corn. Corn is a controversial subject for many dog owners. Lots of good dog foods use corn as a carbohydrate and protein. Corn itself is not a “bad” ingredient, as long as your dog is not allergic to it, and as long as it’s not being used as a substitute for meat protein. Corn offers a high degree of bio-availability (89 percent) if it is high quality corn that is cooked and processed well. So, don’t shun a good dog food just because it contains corn.

Grains. Some people prefer to feed their dogs a grain-free food. That’s fine, but it is not necessary. They think that it is more biologically appropriate to feed their dogs what wolves would have eaten, and say that wolves don’t eat grain. Well, dogs have been domesticated for 15,000 years and in that time they have adapted to eat a lot of grain and processed food while living with humans. It’s really not necessary to avoid feeding your dog food that contains rice or other grains, but you can if you prefer. From a scientific standpoint, there are no studies that show that dog food with grains are bad for your dog or that dogs fed a grain-free diet are any healthier.

Many people believe that grains cause allergies but dogs are more likely to be allergic to beef, dairy, chicken, lamb, fish, and chicken eggs before they are allergic to any grains.

Avoid Artificial Preservatives. These include ethoxyquin, BHA, and BHT. You should also avoid artificial sweeteners and colorings, as well as sugar in your dog’s food.

Taurine. It’s usually best to look for a food that adds taurine to the food, for your dog’s heart health. Not all foods add taurine. If your food doesn’t, you can add fish oil to the food to supply taurine.

If you follow these suggestions you should be able to choose a good food for your Pug.

Best Dog Food For Pugs
Best Dog Food For Pugs

Recommended Foods for Your Pug

Some of the best dog foods for Pugs include:

• Artemis Dog Food
• Dick Van Patten Natural Balance Dog Food
• Eagle Pack Dog Food
• Solid Gold Dog Food
• Wellness Dog Food
• Taste of the Wild Dog Food
• Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul

You can feed your Pug either dry kibble or canned food, or feed kibble and add a little canned food as a topping.

No matter what you choose to feed your dog, the most important consideration is how your Pug does on the food. Observe his appearance. Does he gain weight or lose weight? How does his coat look? Are his eyes bright and shiny? Does he have good energy? What does his poop look like? It should be firm and there should only be a small amount of it. He should not have diarrhea; nor should he have hard little balls that are hard for him to pass. All of these things are indications of how your dog is digesting and using the nutrients in the food.

Conclusion

A healthy Pug should be able to eat a good quality food just like other dogs. Choose a good food based on the ingredients. Ignore gimmicks. Make any changes to your dog’s diet slowly. Once you have changed foods, watch your dog carefully to see how he does on the new food.

Puggle Information

A Puggle Information is a cross between a Pug and a Beagle. This is usually an intentional breeding and it is considered to be a hybrid dog or a designer dog.

Mixed Breeds, Hybrid Dogs, Designer Dogs

Many people use the terms “mixed breed,” “hybrid dog,” and ‘designer dog” interchangeably but they are not exactly the same thing. In general, a mixed breed dog, or mutt, is any dog that is not a purebred. Usually the parents are unknown and the breeding was accidental. A designer dog or hybrid dog usually refers to an intentional breeding between two purebred dogs of different breeds. The goal is usually to breed something cute and novel or to make money. As with anything else, there are all kinds of designer dog breeders. Some breeders are better than others. Some provide excellent care and homes for their dogs. Some don’t. You should always make inquiries before you buy any dog or puppy to make sure you are getting a healthy puppy from a good source.

Health

Many designer dog breeders and mixed breed advocates will tell you that mixed breeds and designer dogs are healthier than purebred dogs. This is not true. The truth is that no one really bothers to keep records about the health of mixed breeds and most designer dog breeders do not health test their breeding stock. There is, by contrast, a great deal of health testing done for purebred dogs which makes all of their health issues well-known to the public. This doesn’t mean that purebred dogs are unhealthy. It means that breeders do everything possible to test their dogs, spend money on tests and research, and try to breed healthier dogs with each generation. The American Kennel Club has contributed more than $25 million to the Canine Health Foundation since 1995 for research into canine health issues. This research has benefited all dogs, both purebred and mixed breed.

The Puggle Appearance

The Puggle is described as energetic. They are said to have a thick-set body with short hair and a smooth coat that is fawn, tan, or black. Their head has deep wrinkles. They have short legs, a curled tail, and drooping ears.

Puggles weigh between 15 and 30 pounds and stand 10 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder. They are considered to be lap dogs. There is a great variety in the size and shape of the dogs, especially their heads. Males are usually larger and more muscular than the females.

The coat of the dogs is short, straight, and smooth and they come in a variety of colors. Some of them have a black mask on the face.

History

According to Puggle breeders, these dogs date back to the 1980s when the breeders began to experiment to create a new dog. In 2005 the dogs became very popular due to their personality and looks. The dogs were featured in news stories and magazine articles at this time. They are a popular crossbreed.

Temperament

Puggles are said to be sweet-tempered and playful, like their purebred parents. They have a lot of energy. They are also intelligent and affectionate. They are said to bond with people quickly. They like to be around people. They tend to have a lot of curiosity. They also have a good nose like a Beagle. They are friendly with other dogs and people and they like children and the elderly.

Care

Puggles require minimal grooming. They need to be brushed weekly and bathed about once a month. You should brush their teeth regularly. They need regular daily exercise such as a moderately long walk. They enjoy a fenced yard. Without enough exercise they can develop destructive behaviors.

Puggles are said to be fairly easy to train and are food-motivated. They can be hard to house-train. Puggles can be prone to barking and howling. Puggles also shed. Some shed a lot.

Conclusion

If you are interested in a cross between a Pug and a Beagle, then a Puggle Information may be just the right dog for you. They are sweet dogs and many people seem to like them.

Puggle Information

Puggle Information

Smallest Dog in the World

The smallest breed of dog in the world is usually considered to be the Chihuahua. However, individual dogs of other breeds may sometimes be the smallest dog in the world. At times Yorkshire Terriers have been listed as the smallest dog in the world. The current smallest dog in the world is a Pug who is believed to have a form of dwarfism.

What Is the Smallest Dog in the World?

The smallest dog ever recorded was a Yorkshire Terrier named Sylvia. She was owned by Arthur Marples from Blackburn, England. Sylvia was 2.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches long from her nose to the tip of her tail, and weighed just 4 ounces. She died when she was just two years old in 1945.

From 1995 through 2002 the Guinness World Records had Big Boss, a Yorkshire Terrier, listed as the smallest dog in the world. Big Boss was 4.7 inches tall, He was owned by Dr. Chai Khanchanakom of Thailand.

Before 1995 the smallest dog alive was listed as a Yorkshire Terrier named Thumbelina who stood 5.5 inches tall and who was 8 inches long.

Another contender for smallest dog in the world is Elwood, the Jack Russell Terrier. Jack Russells are usually a larger breed but tiny Elwood is only 3.5 inches tall, 6 inches long, and weighs 15 ounces. Elwood was over a year old when these measurements were taken so he was no longer a puppy.

A Chihuahua named Brandy is the current Guinness World Record holder as the world’s smallest dog but her claim to the title has been called into question with the story of Grace, the Pug. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3862597/Is-pooch-worlds-smallest-dog.html

Grace, the Pug, is less than 6 inches tall and only 6 inches long. She weighs one pound and six ounces, which is four ounces less than Brandy the Chihuahua. However, Grace is only five months old, so she may still be growing. Vets believe that Grace may suffer from a form of dwarfism so she will never be full-size. A Pug normally weighs up to 18 pounds. Grace and her owner, Sandra Devall, live in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.

Concerns

Dogs that are exceptionally small often have additional health problems and they may have a shortened lifespan. Some breeders may try to breed Toy dogs to make them smaller but there are risks to the puppies. It is also not easy for smaller Toy breed mothers to breed naturally or to produce puppies. Breeders usually charge much more for these very small puppies. Some of these very tiny dogs may be substandard and they may not meet the breed club’s standard of what a good dog should be like.

If you are looking for an exceptionally small puppy, do be aware that your dog may have more health problems throughout its life.

Conclusion

The smallest dog in the world is often either a Chihuahua or a Yorkshire Terrier. There are usually additional health problems for dogs that are exceptionally small.

Smallest Dog

There are several breeds which could claim to be the smallest dog breed.  Among the contenders are the Chihuahua, the Yorkshire Terrier, and the Pomeranian.  All of these breeds typically weigh under 10 pounds.  Here’s a look at some of the smallest dogs.

What Is the Smallest Dog in the World?

Chihuahua

Most people would probably agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world.  They can weigh up to 6 pounds but if they get much bigger than that then they are overweight.  Some people breed and sell Chihuahuas that are as small as possible but there are health risks involved in breeding these dogs too small.  Chihuahuas can be either long-coated or smooth-coated.

Yorkshire Terrier

Another breed which would be considered one of the smallest breeds in the world is the Yorkshire Terrier.  These beautiful little dogs have a long, flowing coat in tan and blue.  They weigh between 4 and 7 pounds.

Pomeranian

The beautiful Pomeranian is a tiny dog that weighs between 3 and 7 pounds.  At one time they were much larger, weighing up to 30 pounds, and were used to pull sleds, but now they are purely companion dogs. They have a thick, dense coat that requires a great deal of grooming.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is another very small dog that only stands up to about 11 inches tall. They have always been a companion dog.

Papillon

The dainty Papillon (the name means “butterfly” because of the butterfly-like ears) has always been a companion dog.  These little dogs are happy and love to play.  They stand up to 11 inches tall at the shoulder.

Maltese

The lovely Maltese is one of the smallest breeds of dogs in the world.  They weigh less than 7 pounds.  This breed has been known for more than 2000 years and they come from the island of Malta in the Mediterranean.  As far as we know, this breed has always been a companion dog.

The Official Title “World’s Smallest Dog”

All of the breeds discussed above have been bred to be their current size.  However, the title of “World’s Smallest Dog” currently belongs to a dog named Gracie who is a Pug.  She weighs one pound, six ounces.  She is less than six inches tall.  It is believed that she suffers from a form of dwarfism.  Pugs generally weigh around 18 pounds and stand up to 10 inches tall.

Where Can I Find Pictures of the World’s Smallest Dog?

You can find a picture of Gracie, the World’s Smallest Dog on this site:  http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3862597/Is-pooch-worlds-smallest-dog.html

You can find photos of most of the breeds of the smallest dogs on this web site:  http://www.dogbreed4u.com/article/world-top-10-smallest-dog-breeds ; or by visiting the AKC web site and looking at the Toy group:  http://www.akc.org/breeds/toy_group.cfm

Smallest Dog

Conclusion

There are quite a few breeds that weigh less than 10 pounds if you are looking for a very small dog.  However, do be careful if you are buying a very small dog.  Dogs that are bred to be extremely small for their particular breed can suffer from additional health problems related to their size.

Small Family Dogs

Whether you live in a house or an apartment, small dogs can make excellent family dogs. There are many small dogs that get alone well with children and who love to be involved in family life. Here is a look at some things to consider when you are choosing a small dog for your family, as well as some breeds that may suit you.

What To Look For In A Small Family Dog

There are two essential qualifications for a small family dogs: the dog needs to have a good temperament so it will get alone well with children; and the dog needs to be large and sturdy enough so it won’t be injured in playing with children.

There are a number of small breeds which have good temperaments where children are concerned. There are always exceptions, however, so it’s best to talk to the breeder and find out if the puppy’s parents liked children. If you are getting an adult dog, find out if the dog likes children. You want to get a puppy who will grow up liking children or an adult dog who already has a history of being good with children.

As far as the dog’s size and sturdiness, you may have to forego some of the smallest of the Toy breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier and the Chihuahua which can easily be injured playing with children. If you love breeds that are very small, wait until your children are older when they are less likely to injure a dog accidentally.

Be sure to teach your children how to behave around dogs. Teach them not to tease a dog. Any dog can bite, even small ones. Do not leave small children alone with dogs. Accidents can happen even with the gentlest dogs.

Choosing A Small Dog for Your Family

The following breeds often make good family dogs:

Pug

The Pug is a natural clown and they love children. They are sweet, gentle dogs who are devoted to their families. The Pug is also quite sturdy, weighing up to 18 pounds. These dogs don’t need a lot of exercise and they are happy in an apartment or a house. They make wonderful family dogs.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a cheerful, friendly dog and they like children. They are gentle and playful dogs and very intelligent. They are usually sturdy enough for children to play with them and they are quite active. They need regular exercise. They make very good family dogs.

Havanese

The Havanese gets along great with children and, in the past, they have been kept to watch over children. They are friendly, intelligent dogs and they need regular exercise. They are very affectionate. This is a sturdy breed that is good with kids. They make an excellent family dog.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves children and they are large and sturdy enough to play with them. They weigh up to about 18 pounds. They are sweet, gentle dogs who do need some regular exercise. They are great with kids and they make a wonderful family dog.

Bulldog

The Bulldog is one of the sweetest of all breeds. They don’t have a great need for exercise but they do love children. They make wonderful family pets. They tend to be protective and gentle with their family. They can weigh up to 50 pounds so they are larger than the Toy breeds, but they are sturdy enough to play with children.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is known as an affectionate clown. They are active little dogs and quite alert. They get along very well with children. They love to be a lap dog. They do not need much exercise. They can weigh up to 28 pounds. They make very good family dogs.

Conclusion

When choosing a small dog for your family you should consider the dog’s temperament and size. Choose a dog that likes children and that will be sturdy enough to play with your kids without getting hurt. Remember to teach your kids how to treat dogs properly and do not leave small children alone with dogs. The breeds discussed here all make good family dogs.

Small House Dogs

If you are thinking of getting a small house dog, there are many from which to choose.  Your choice may depend on your own personality and what you are looking for in a dog.  Do you want a dog with long hair?  Short hair?  A dog that can go for walks with you?  Or a dog that doesn’t need much exercise?  Do you like a quiet dog or one that is more lively?  You should ask yourself questions like these so you can decide which small dog is right for you.

Here are some small house dogs for you to consider, along with some of their traits.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier was originally bred to hunt rats and vermin in the textile mills of northern England but he was too beautiful to remain in this job.  He quickly became popular as a pet.  The Yorkie is small but he still has a terrier temperament.  These little dogs are brave and bold and they don’t back down from anyone. They are also quite devoted to their owners.  Be advised, however, that the Yorkie will take over your house and think he’s boss if you don’t keep reminding him that you are in charge.  The Yorkshire Terrier only weighs 4 to 7 pounds.

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a Mexican breed and comes from the state of Chihuahua.  Similar dogs may have been used in native religious ceremonies centuries ago.  The Chihuahua is smart and alert.  They are feisty, bold dogs. They are not always good with children, though they should be all right with older kids.  Chihuahuas come in both long-coated and smooth-coated varieties.  They weigh no more than 6 pounds.

Pug

The Pug is a clownish, friendly, outgoing little dog.  They are considered one of the oldest dog breeds, dating back to about 400 BC. They are an Asian breed and probably originated in China.  They have some similarities to the Pekingese, another old breed.  The Pug was often kept in Buddhist monasteries in those days.  They were taken to the West in the 16th century and became very popular in the Netherlands and other countries.  Pugs adore their owners and will do anything to please them.  They love children and make excellent family dogs.  Pugs can weigh up to 18 pounds.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier originated in the United States, in Boston, as its name suggests.  These dogs were bred down in size from English Bulldogs and the English Terrier.  The Boston Terrier is quiet, tidy, and very gentle.  They only need a modest amount of exercise and very little grooming.  They are easy to keep and they prefer to always be next to their owner. Boston Terriers come in three different sizes:  less than 15 pounds;  15 to 20 pounds; and 20 to 25 pounds.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is quite popular all around the world.  These dogs are not really spaniels.  Instead, they are considered a Toy breed, though some dogs may point at a butterfly sometimes.  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel resembles the dogs that are seen in British paintings in earlier centuries but this breed was recreated in the 20th century.  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a friendly dog and considered easy to train.  They are good with children and make a good family dog.  Their long coat does need regular grooming. They enjoy long walks.  This is a sweet and gentle dog. These dogs typically stand 12 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 18 pounds.

Lhasa Apso

These happy, mischievous dogs date back centuries and originally functioned as household guardians for Tibetan nobles and Buddhist monks, especially in Lhasa.  They were finally brought to the U.S. in the 1930s as a gift from the 13th Dalai Lhama. As a small watchdog the Lhasa may be suspicious of strangers so they do need to be well-socialized. The Lhasa makes a very good family dog, especially if you have older children. They like to take long walks with you. The breed has a long, flowing coat but many owners like to keep their dog in a shorter cut. The Lhasa stands about 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs up to 18 pounds.