The Complete Guide to Pug Temperament and Personality

We love pugs – it’s pretty obvious seeing we are a website dedicated to pugs! Do you know the first question people always ask when we are out and about walking our pugs? “Aw they are so cute, but what are they like?”

In this article, we will explore the temperament and personality of pugs in detail, covering topics such as adaptability, sociability, playfulness and energy level, training and obedience, and potential challenges.


Pugs can live in pretty much every living environment including apartments and small homes. They do not require a lot of space to be happy and can do well in both urban and suburban settings. Pugs are also adaptable to different weather conditions, but do not tolerate heat well due to their short muzzle and heavy coat. This makes It so important to provide pugs with a cool and well-ventilated environment, especially during hot weather.


Pugs are sociable animals and very much enjoy being around people. One thing we can say for sure is that this is 100% true – our pugs love not just us but everyone who gives them a fuss. They just love meeting new people and make new friends.

Pugs get along well with children as well as with other pets (not too sure about cats though!). They are not aggressive or territorial, and are generally peaceful and easygoing. Pugs are also good at adapting to new situations and environments, and are not easily stressed or anxious.

Pugs are affectionate and crave their owners’ attention. They are well-known for their “velcro” behaviour and enjoy following their owners around. Pugs do not tolerate long periods of isolation well and may become anxious or destructive. It is critical to provide plenty of socialisation and interaction for pugs in order to prevent separation anxiety and other behavioural issues.

Playfulness and Energy Level

Pugs are playful and energetic dogs who enjoy playing and having fun. They are well-known for their comical and playful antics – Pugs are known as class clowns of the canine world! As mentioned earlier, pugs don’t need much exercise and can be content with a daily walk or indoor playtime. Pugs are intelligent and enjoy learning new tricks and participating in interactive games. They are also aware of their owner’s mood and will frequently try to cheer them up with playful behaviour. 

Pugs do not require much exercise because they are not a high-energy breed. A daily walk or indoor playtime is usually sufficient to keep pugs happy and healthy. However, it is critical to provide pugs with adequate mental and physical stimulation to keep them from becoming bored and destructive.

Training and Obedience

Pugs are intelligent and easy to train, but they can be stubborn at times. Pugs respond well to treats and praise, so positive reinforcement training techniques work best with them. Pugs might benefit from obedience training to learn basic commands and manners. Pug training should begin at a young age to establish good habits and prevent bad behaviours. Pugs are also sensitive to their owners’ tone and can become anxious or stressed if harsh training methods are used on them.

Potential Challenges

While pugs are generally a loving and loyal companion, you may come across some difficulties. One common issue is barking. This can be really frustrating if, for example, you are trying to get your baby to have a nap – we can definitely speak from our own experience! 
You may want to address this behavior early on by taking up some training.

Obesity is another potential problem. Pugs are prone to obesity due to their love of food and lack of exercise. To prevent obesity and related health problems, it is critical to monitor their food intake and provide them with appropriate exercise. Overweight pugs may be at higher health risk for i.e. diabetes and joint problems.

Every pug owner will know (sadly) they are also be prone to respiratory issues due to their short muzzle and facial structure. It is important to monitor their breathing and provide them with a cool and well-ventilated environment.


We might be biased but pugs are simply the best breed (in our opinion!) They are a unique and lovable breed with a distinct personality and temperament. They are adaptable, sociable, playful, funny and affectionate, and make a great companion for families with children and other pets. If you have a pug, I’m sure you’ll agree with everything we’ve said in this article! If you are looking to get a pug, what we can say is you’ll be making a good choice!


Do pugs shed a lot?

Pugs have a double coat with a soft, fine inner layer and a coarse, glossy outer layer.

Pugs shed! Maybe more than some people think. Although this can vary, most pugs we know shed. Our pugs shed a lot for sure. Regular grooming can help to control shedding and keep the coat healthy. We use this Furminator, and so should you if you don’t already!

Can pugs be trained to use a litter box?

Like cats, pugs can be taught to use a litter box.

Do our pugs use a litter box? Nope.

Is this common? Probably not. 

This will be a practical choice for owners who live in high-rise apartments or are unable to routinely allow their pugs outside, for example. If this is the choice you are making, he/she should be  trained to use the litter box from a young age, and training should be consistent.

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