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Funny this just caught my eye even though it goes back to 2007. I have had several pugs, and they have all felt different as far as hair texture is concerned. Right now I have a black pug who has very fine soft hair, and her hair shines in the sunlight. My boy is fawn, and his hair is soft, but nothing like Lizzy's. When I get him shaved, which I do about twice a year, he is then real soft until his hair grows back in. I think you will find your pug is a double coat, and that is why his hair is bot as soft as you would like. The hair on their head is not like the hair on their body since the hair on the head is real fine. As for the smell, well just think they do not have hair under their arms, and their skin could sweat under there.
I have just replied to this when I noticed how long ago this was posted, do not think it will matter, I think I probably di not have the problem with Hektor when it went up he had only arrived.
Sounds like she has a yeast problem Madeline. Get her off Dry food, mine is on cooked chicken and either brocolli or cauliflower. No amount of washing will cure that.If you check Yeast in Dogs on the internet you will find advice. It took me years and a long struggle to get Hektor anywhere near right, I had him on a raw diet with additions but last year I took him off everything and put him on the cooked chicken, smell has almost gone he no longer itches half as badly. It took two years for this problem to manifest itself, I cannot remember how old Booger is? If it is yeast and smelling like Bread or a cookie is a good indicator then the only thing is to change the diet.
As for the coat, they all differ, my three previous Pugs, one a family member, half brother to my two and belonged to my Mother in Law, well I could tell them all apart in the dark but the feel of their coats. Henry my eldest had the thick rougher coat to Angus my young one whose coat was like silk. Hektor has a thick coat somewhere in the middle of the other two and Freddy my Mother in Laws was somewhere to the right of Angus, just not as silky.
I still wash Hektor on a regular basis, I use something called Dermaease which my supplier has on eBay, from Shampooch Shop. Hope that helps.