When getting a new Pug you are faced with several questions, such as the colour, age, and also if you should get a male or female Pug.
Although some people think there isn’t much difference between male and female Pug personalities (although we list below the major differences most people notice), one thing that can’t be dismissed is their different health issues.
Temperament and Personality
Every dog, just like every human, has their own personality. It is impossible to accurately predict what a dog’s personality will be like. But once Pugs reach an adult age (from 3/4 years) both genders will be laid back, but most agree that males are often more relaxed than females. This can make training females slightly harder (but nothing major).
Both genders love to spend time with their human owner, and bond very well with humans.
Size & Weight of Male / Female Pugs
- Males are 12-14 inches (30.5-35.5cm) in height.
- Females are 10-12 inches (25.5-20.5cm) in height.
- Males weigh 13-20 pounds (6-9kg)
- Females weigh 13-18 pounds (6-8kg)
Pugs are well known for having many health problems, but there are some things you can avoid by getting them spayed or neutered.
Life span of Male vs Female Pugs
Male Pugs live slightly shorter lifespans than female Pugs (but on average only a few months shorter). They live for 12 to 15 years.
Female Pugs – Getting Them Spayed
Female Pugs that haven’t been spayed will enter heat. It is much easier and better for you and your Pug if you get a female Pug spayed.
If you don’t get a female Pug spayed, she will go into heat twice a year. Going into heat lasts about 3 days, This means she will attract a lot of attention from male dogs (they will turn up on your door step, and pee near your house), and will bleed a bit around the house. After the heat cycle is complete, female Pugs will shed lots of hair (much more than usual).
Without being spayed, a female Pug has a chance of developing ovarian cancer. It also massively reduces the chance of the dog getting breast cancer.
Because of all these reasons (and of course the risk of them getting pregnant), it makes sense to get a female Pug spayed.
Female dogs should get spayed at about 6 months old.
Male Pugs – Getting them neutered
Of course, having a male dog means you can get them neutered. Getting him neutered will stop him from humping things, marking his territory (that includes your house!) with urine, and from impregnating a female dog! Getting a male dog neutered is cheaper than getting a female dog spayed.
Getting a male Pug neutered avoids the chance of them getting testicular cancer or prostate cancer. Male dogs should get neutered at about 7 months old.