17 January 2018 - Updated 27 March 2019

The Diet of a Pug 

Written by Amelie Krause, Tierärztin
Pug Diet - Pug Food

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“A life without Pugs is possible, but pointless.” This saying comes from Loriot, one of the most famous Pug devotees. Loriot wasn't the only fan of this breed though; stars like Jessica Alba or Mesut Özil are also Pug lovers. Pugs can become famous themselves too, such as in the case of Sir Henry, the Pug belonging to society lady Uschi Ackerman with its own Facebook page and Pug collection. Uschi Ackermann's maxim is: “You don't own a Pug, you fall for it.”

You can easily understand this statement if you know what Pugs are like. These charming dogs with an often surly or melancholic facial expression win hearts in a flash with their cheerful, humorous and lively manner. They are neither aggressive nor combative with counterparts or other pets, but instead are sociable and get on well with everyone. Nevertheless, consistent training is required, since Pugs are very intelligent and have a sense for their owner's severity. They are adaptable and easy-going, hence make ideal companion or family dogs.

The history of the Pug breed has not been clarified exactly, but presumably originates from East Asia, most probably from China. It was tradition there to breed small dogs that have short, wide and flat heads as a common feature. The first European country the Pug made it to was probably the Netherlands by sea around 1600. In 1688, Wilhelm III of Orange took a large number of Pugs with him when he ascended to the throne in Britain.

The House of Orange had a special relationship with this breed after a Pug called Pompey warned its owner, Wilhelm the Silent, of an assassin by barking loudly and saving his life. In the 18th century, the Pug experienced a boom, which was reflected in paintings, chinaware, songs and stories. It was mentioned in the works of Wilhelm Busch, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and of course Loriot too. The Pug is very much a fashion breed, with the trend of breeding a “retro Pug” with altered characteristics such as a longer nose and throat being an important step in the right direction.

The cornerstone of a healthy life – the right diet from the very beginning

The Pug is a small dog breed and reaches a height of around 26 to 34cm and an ideal weight of approx. 6.3 to 8.1 kg. Since the Pug is a so-called “brachycephalic” breed and struggles with respiratory problems due to its round-shaped head and short nose, excess weight should be avoided. You should make sure its food has an adapted amount of calories, since if not, the Pug can reach a higher weight than foreseen and develop an unstable bone structure.

By nature, the Pug has a compact physique with good, strong muscles. Hence, it needs sufficient exercise and a balanced needs-based diet. If the diet isn't right at the puppy phase, this compactness can easily turn into obesity. In addition, you should keep an eye on the quantity of food, since a Pug won't stop eating of its own accord if there is still food in its bowl.

In order for the little Pug to make a healthy start to its life, you should take care to ensure its puppy food contains a balanced and appropriate proportion of calories, minerals, trace elements and vitamins.

Feeding recommendations for puppy food are based on the current weight of the puppy and the predicted weight of the dog as an adult. The weight of the parent animal of the same sex acts as a guideline for this. The quantity of food also varies depending on the puppy's activity level.

Animonda vom Feinsten Junior with poultry and turkey hearts

Puppy Pug food: suitable food for little Pugs

The puppy food Animonda vom Feinsten Junior is recommended for Pug puppies.

Properties of Animonda vom Feinsten Junior:

  • Balanced energy provision with all required nutrients.
  • Easily digestible due to lack of grains and soy.
  • Contains high-quality animal protein.

No chemical flavourings, colourings or preservatives.

Feeding recommendations for a Pug puppy with a normal activity level

Current Weight
Final Weight as Adult Dog Food Approx. Quantity of Food in g/Day
3kg 7kg Animonda vom Feinsten Junior 380g
5kg 7kg Animonda vom Feinsten Junior 410g

The quantity of food for puppies should always be divided into several portions per day. Also, the dog should always be offered with fresh water.

(We also offer Royal Canin Pug Junior, a complete dry food formulated for pug puppies up to 10 months old.)

Happy as a Pug in muck – feeding an adult Pug

Adult Pugs should be given a food for small adult dogs. Pugs are very attentive and sensitive towards their humans, adapting well to living situations and habits. Perhaps this characteristic leads to the prejudice that Pugs are lazy and therefore fat. Previous breeding selection that made Pugs like to eat is still evident to this day. Thus, you as a Pug owner should accommodate the nature of these temperamental, energetic dogs and not try to put a stop to this.

In this way, it is easier to avoid the danger of obesity. However, in hot temperatures you should keep an eye on potentially reduced exercise and instead take advantage of the early mornings and late evenings for dog walks. The Pug is more sensitive to high temperatures due to its anatomy consisting of a short snout and consequently more rudimentary nose muscles.

You can use healthy snacks or biscuits from dry food as treats for Pugs. The quantity of treats should always be deducted from the daily calorie allowance. Both wet and dry food are suitable for Pugs. You can base your choice on your dog's preference or even give it both. Wet food contains less calories than dry food, which can be a particular advantage for dogs that tend to be overweight.

Recommended wet food for Pugs

Hill´s Canine Ideal Balance Adult

  • Available in two different varieties.
  • Specially developed for small- and medium-breed dogs.
  • Ideally balanced nutrients.
  • Lean, easily digestible protein with chicken and lamb.
  • Natural fibre from brown rice.
  • Contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from linseed.
Hill's Ideal Balance Canine Adult Dog Wet Food

Dry food offers some advantages for active dogs. Thanks to its higher energy content than wet food, dry food is a good form of nutrition for active dogs. It is mainly cheaper than wet food too. Dry food is practical for when you're on the move or to use as treats or in training too. It's easier to store and generates less packaging waste than wet food.

Adult Pug dry food

Royal Canin Pug Adult is a suitable dry food for adult Pugs.

  • Adapted to the needs of Pugs.
  • Special biscuit for Pugs.
  • Easily digestible, also suitable for sensitive dogs.
  • Contains antioxidants that can protect cells against free radicals.

Contains valuable fish oils with omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.

Feeding recommendations for an adult Pug with a normal activity level

Variety of food Approx. feeding recommendation in g/day for a weight of 10kg
Hill's Canine Ideal Balance Adult approx. 415g
Royal Canin Pug Adult approx. 105g

Please always provide the dog with fresh water.

Royal Canin Adult Pug Dry Dog Food

The Pug in its prime

Due to the physical changes caused by the onset of age, requirements in terms of nutrition and dog food vary. Their energy requirements decrease due to them doing less exercise and activity. To prevent your oldie from putting on weight, you should reduce the calorie content of the food. Nevertheless, nutrient requirements should still be met. Equally, the food should offer high-quality proteins. Since the sense of smell and taste decrease with older dogs, a particularly tasty food proves advantageous.

Recommended wet food for senior Pugs

Naturediet Senior/Lite

  • High proportion of vegetables and fibre content ensures reduced calories.
  • Incredibly tasty.
  • Suitable for dogs that tend to become overweight.
  • Easily digestible recipe with rice as source of carbohydrates.

Specially adapted to the needs of older dogs.

Naturediet Senior Lite Wet Dog Food
Bozita Naturals Dry Dog Food for Senior Dogs

Recommended dry food for senior Pugs

Bozita Naturals Senior

  • Ingredients from sustainable Swedish agriculture.
  • Recipe adapted to the nutritional requirements of older dogs.
  • Contains natural digestion regulators like linseed and chicory inulin.
  • High acceptance and intense taste thanks to natural ingredients.

Feeding recommendations for a senior Pug

Variety of Food Feeding recommendation in g for a weight of 7kg
Naturediet Senior/Lite (wet food) approx. 390g
Bozita Naturals Senior (dry food) approx. 115g

Pug snacks

As occasional treats, zoolove soft snacks Lamb or Chicken are suitable for Pugs of all ages. The amount of snacks should always be deducted from the daily calorie allowance.

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