kimkim: How much exercise can a pug handle?
I want to get a pug and I live in Houston. It gets hot and humid in the summer. I just wanted to know how much walking can they do. The walks would usually be in the evening when it cools down. Can they handle a mile walk?
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Answer by greg 57
Pugs are very hardy little dogs and as long as they are eating a proper diet and not overweight they can walk farther than a mile no problem. Remember this is a dog not a human and even little dogs are very hardy. If it is hot just remember to bring some water and make sure that he has had a good drink before you go out.
I personally love Pugs and grew up with a friend with two pugs named Spunky and Brutus and they were an absolute riot !!!!
Answer by Nicole K
My Pug LOVES and I mean LOVES to walk.
A lot depends on their weight. An obese or overweight Pug won't be able to handle the mile walk like a normal weight Pug would.
I have tried taking my Pug on a 2 mile walk around one of our local parks, and about halfway through he tires out to the point where he needs to be carried part of the way. Pretty much we walk about 1/4 to 1/2 mile daily, and by the end he is panting and slowing down.
Here is my best advice. Talk to your vet (especially if your Pug is overweight or obese), and go from there. Doing the walks during the cool of the evening is much better than in the heat of the day. Pugs are susceptible of heat stroke and other odd respiratory things because they have the short pallets.
Please carry water with you so they can get a drink part of the way through. There are cute little doggie water bottles for the pup on the go.
Good Luck, Keep Us Posted, and LOVE YOUR PUG!!!!!!
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Answer by spicycatII
PUGS ARE NOT COUCH POTATOES!!!! They are extremely energetic. Pugs have a lot of breathing problems, and they do not do well in the heat. My pug is almost 2 years old, when the weather is nice (not too warm) he will run like a maniac for hours. I take him hiking with me…. well I hike he runs… for every mile I walk he probably runs 3. When we took him hiking last summer, he wanted to run but the heat was too much for him, and he got quite thirsty. it was around 75-80 degrees, and we are in Arizona in the mountains, so it is dry. If it is nice and cool, and you have water for him to drink, it should be ok, pugs are very energetic.
You guys should see my dog run!!! That boy can move…. and I mean fast. He will run for hours if you let him. When I take him for a walk, and there is an open field…. he will fly around like a maniac. I am serious, I take him hiking with me, I walked a four mile hike, he runs back and forth to check on me… it's gotta add up to at least 8 miles his way.
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