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How Long Do Pugs Live

Pugs are an ancient dog breed that dates back to around 400 BC. These dogs originated in Asia but were bred for Chinese mobility. Most smaller dog breeds enjoy longer life spans than larger breeds. A healthy level of good care, exercise, and nutrition can improve the possibilities for a long, happy life. A Snookie pug passed away in South Africa in October 2018 and was 27 years old. The pug was the oldest recorded of his breed to have ever lived. 

What Is the Pug’s Life Expectancy?

Pugs live an average of 10 to 15 years. But due to specific health concerns such as respiratory issues or other, they don’t live longer than 15 years. Mostly female pugs live longer than male pugs. The pugs prefer to live in climates that are not too hot, causing breathing difficulties. They also experience issues with their eyes. Since they have bulging eyes, the pugs face glaucoma and other sight issues.

A recent study has found that you can calculate how old your dog will get in human years by multiplying the natural logarithm or the actual number of the dog’s age by 16. And then add it to 31. This is based on a universal formula to get to know the average age of pugs. The pug will be considered an adult by 1-2 years old. Most adult pugs reach their senior life by seven or eight years.

Pugs Live for a Shorter Time Due to the Following Reasons:

Let’s look into the top 5 causes of death for adult Pugs!

  • Neurological disorders:

This disorder affects their nervous system. It is the most common disorder that causes brain inflammation, which in turn causes seizures, lethargy, and loss of muscle control.  

  • Cancer:

The forms of cancer that pugs get into are skin tumors, mammary tumors, testicular tumors, mouth cancer, and lymphoma. 

  • Areas on their entire  body to find tumors are the main body (45%)
  • Hind legs (40%)
  • Head or neck (10%)
  • Infection:

It includes a range of diseases, such as viral disease, bacterial infection, fungal infections, and protozoal disease. It does not include common skin infections.

  • Legg-Perthes disease:

It affects the smaller breeds causing a constant limp which is painful. If you start ignoring them and do not treat them, it can lead to loss of cartilage, arthritis issues, loss of muscle mass, and others. 

  • Congenital disease:

It consists of any disease or illness present at birth, including a heart defect, septal defect, and stenosis in the body. 

How to Increase the Average Age of Pugs?

A good diet by choosing high-quality food or preferring home-cooked food can reduce health issues. Pugs can eat anytime, so they are prone to obesity which can lead to heart problems and affect their hips and joints. Try to maintain a healthy weight by replacing fatty and unhealthy snacks with wholesome foods. Try to have scheduled meals for your Pug dog, and give them vitamin and mineral supplements according to their age. We will also suggest you keep their skin healthy.

 They have a lot of wrinkles and folds, leading to itchy skin and other health issues. By taking care of their skin, your pug will develop happily and healthily. The pugs’ life span can also improve if it gets monitored consistently by professionals. To improve their lives, one of the practical things you can do for your pug’s health is to visit a vet you can trust regularly. They have better insights into the pug and treat them well.

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