Should I Get Two Pugs ?

Many pug owners are heartbroken at the thought of their pug being lonely every time they leave the house, myself included. There comes a time in every pug owner’s life where a second pug is seriously considered as a companion for their first.

Should you get a second pug? Yes. Two is better than one. Pugs are companion dogs, and adding a second pug to the family will significantly reduce your pug’s loneliness, stress levels and consequently improve overall well being.

Obviously there is no right or wrong answer to this question as it will depend on your individual circumstances. However I will break down some important factors that you will have to consider before expanding your family. If you’re considering a second pug, read this article to help you determine whether or not the good outweigh the bad.

Why You Should Get Two Pugs.

Why would you get a second pug? Most pug owners who introduce their pug to a buddy do so because by doing so, their pug will not as lonely when you leave home. Pugs were bred for companionship, and therefore have a tendency to have high separation anxiety. For many pug owners, this alone is a strong enough reason to turn to a second pug to fill in the gap.

A well trained first dog will set an example for others to follow. If your first pug is well trained, social and friendly, this will set the tone of the household and what is acceptable behavior when your second pug joins the family.

Having a second pug means double the snuggles. After all, how could you not love your be prepared to give up both your lap and your face during nap time. You probably will need a bigger bed. One pug is more than capable of taking up half your bed, be prepared to give up the other half as well.

Doggy day care is simply not an option for most people, just due to the cost alone. Having a companion may save you some money in this regard over the long term.

By having a playmate around them all the time, your pugs will inevitably run around and play more so than they would do alone. This will help you get in the extra exercise for your pugs for that weight management without you even getting involved. Every little bit counts.

Why You Shouldn’t Get Two Pugs ?

Unfortunately it’s not all fun and games. Bringing home two pugs may mean double the love and snuggles, but it can also mean double the problems. Here’s some things you will need to consider before jumping into the decision.

The biggest of which, may be the financial cost, especially when it comes to the vet bills, these can add up quickly, so keep this in mind. By now, you will be well familiar with the fact that pugs are notorious for their proneness to health issues. Add on top of that, you’re going to have to double the regular ongoing cost of preventative treatment for fleas, ticks, worms, as well as food, treats, and so on.. you get the point.

If you haven’t already, you should definitely consider taking out pet insurance for your loved ones. For a manageable, regular premium, you can take out the stress of having to come up with large sums of cash in short time in the event that something unexpected comes up.

This is especially true if both pugs are brought on as puppies. Each pug will need individual training, house training, crate training and son on. If you’re having trouble keeping up with the training requirements of your pug, you may want to wait on your second pug until you have your first one under control and then reconsider the option then.

It’s more work for you. Apart from the training, other aspects of everyday life will become more work. Things that were previously simple, such as going on a walk, or taking your pug with you to your favorite cafe, will require more of your attention than

Twice the pug also means twice as much shedding. You’re going to need a very good vacuum cleaner to clean up all that pug fur around your home.

As loyal as pugs are, they are also stubborn and they can also get quite jealous. By bringing in a companion, they will inevitably have to share your limited attention and only get half, if not less of the one on one time. This leads to the next point:

There is some risk in that there is no guarantee they will get along. Every pug has its own personality and the results may differ drastically, even among the pug breed. Just because your friend has had perfect success in pairing up their first pug with a companion, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the just based on the breed alone.

Consider your backup plan if they don’t get along as well as you have planned for. Especially for when you’re not home and able to supervise them. Will they need to be crated, and separated from each other?

Finding the Perfect Second Pug

When it comes to finding the perfect match for your pug, it is up to you as the owner to do your due diligence to ensure that both pugs will get along.

Should you adopt a rescue pug or buy a puppy?

Adopting a rescue pug in itself is a very rewarding experience. Rescue pugs will most likely be trained, plus by not purchasing from a pet store, you potentially avoid supporting puppy farms with unethical practices. This is not to say that all pet stores are supplied by puppy farms and bad breeders, but it does happen on occasion, and something you should be aware of.

If you let the rescue know that you’re specifically looking for a second pug to add to your first, they should be able to help with selecting one with the personality traits that you desire. Make a few visits, and bring your pug along to each one. With some patience, let them socialist and you will be able to observe which ones get along the best.

How does personality affect the match?

By watching the interactions of your pug with other dogs, such as at the dog park or at pug meets, you can determine if your pug have a dominant alpha personality or a more submissive beta personality. If your pug is dominant, look for a submissive second pug, and vice versa. Two submissive pugs personalities may get along fine, but two dominants can be a recipe for disaster.

How does age affect the match?

It is generally recommended to match the age of your second pug in the vicinity of your first. The reason for this is that pugs tend to vary in energy level according to their age. Adult pugs tend to have a more chilled temperament, while the younger pups will tend to be a bit hyperactive

How socialized is your pug currently?

Does your pug currently get along with other dogs, including pugs? The next time you’re at the dog park, or even better at a pug meet, make some observations. Take a note of how your pug behaves around other pugs, and whether or not it has a dominant personality.

If not, consider hiring a professional trainer or sending them to puppy school. This is especially important if you’re planning to bring on a puppy, as although pugs are not known to be an aggressive breed, they are still capable of doing some serious damage.

Does gender matter?

There is no black and white answer to this question, however upon doing some research I found that there seems to be a general consensus amongst pug owners that that a second pug of the opposite sex is recommended, as there can be aggression between same sex pugs. It seems that male-female and male-male pairs tend to get along with each other the best, whereas female-female pairs most likely will get into frequent arguments. Generally, neutered pugs will get along with each other better than non-neutured pugs.

Breeding a companion

DIY breeding for a companion pug can be an expensive, risky and stressful process for both yourself and your pug, and hard to get right, and thus not recommended.

10 Tips To Successfully Introduce Your Second Pug

  • When is the right time?Patience is key. The best thing to do when introducing your second pug to your first, is to not rush into it. Ideally, they can meet on multiple occasions, even before bringing them both home.
  • Desensitize. Desensitize your pug from the new pug’s scent by bringing home items such as clothing you have worn while visiting, towels, etc that bear the other’s scent. If you are planning on a rescue pug, let them know your intentions they should be able to help with providing items for this.
  • Take them to an area that is neutral to both dogs, such as a public park.
  • By having the two meeting a neutral area, away from marked territory such as your backyard, it sets the tone in a level playing field, which will help in avoiding dominance of one of the other.
  • Let them off leash Once they have checked each other out and, are calm. Let them off their leash so that you can observe their behavior and interactions from a distance. Make sure to supervise at all times.
  • Repeat the above. It may take a few of these bonding sessions before they are comfortable with each other – then you know your second pug is ready to come home.
  • Don’t forget to show them some one-on-one love.Especially with your first pug, as jealousy can kick in if you don’t show them enough affection after being the only pug in the household for quite some time.
  • Separate food bowls, separate play toys.In order to avoid potentially aggressive disputes around what belongs to who, it is recommended to keep the food bowls, play toys, beds, crates etc. all separate.
  • Use a crate to separate where necessary. Don’t be afraid to crate your pugs separately to give them some quiet down time. In preparation, crate training your pug in advance will be key to get them comfortable in their crates.
  • Don’t leave them together unattended. At least, not until you are fully comfortable with them being okay with each other and not going to cause any trouble while they’re not under your supervision. Until then, utilize crates, or other barriers to separate them when you’re not home.
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