I took Jack to the vet for a nail trim and an ear cleaning. I envy those of you who are able to trim your pug's nails. Jack likes to squirm whenever you are doing any grooming with him and given how sensitive the nails are I would rather leave that to a professional. I feel pretty good about doing the ear cleaning and do that in between vet visits but my vet does a nice job getting all that gross gunk out of there that I don't mind having him do that when we go for the manicure/pedicure.

Unfortunately this past Saturday the vet's office was a zoo. Every parking spot was full and the waiting room was jam packed. I decided just to buy some heartworm meds and put off the nails until another day. On our way out of the office I saw a couple I met before when Jack was just a puppy. They told me they were the proud owners of three pugs (none were with them that day) and during our conversation I found out that a friend of theirs had almost purchased Jack before I was able to (I put the deposit down a couple hours before they could...lucky me!). This time they had their pugs with them (and another dog which looked like a husky).

They couldn't get over how big Jack has become. They had a 10 year old male and a 3 year old female with them. The 10 year old just sat by their big dog and didn't want anything to do with me, my daughter or Jack. Jack approached their 3 year old but she wanted no part of his social call and very loudly told him to back away. My wimpy dog cowered behind my legs.

I don't encounter many other pugs where I live and this was only the second time in the year and a half I've had Jack that we saw another pug at the vet's office. What was amazing to me and this couple was how much bigger Jack was than their pugs. I admit Jack is a bit chunky (he loves his treats) but not obese or even fat. He's very solid and muscular. So not only did Jack have more girth than these other pugs he was nearly twice as tall. This is what shocked me the most. He looked like a pro basketball player next to an average sized human. I wish I had taken a picture but alas my cellphone died (after we took Jack home it was off the wireless store to buy a new one).

I have never been one to obsess about breed standards but I do admit to worrying that Jack was heavier than the standard weight. After visiting with this family and their two little pugs it reminded me that you cannot measure anything by standards because pugs, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Let us instead judge them by their character just like we would a person. If it's one thing that's true of all pugs, it's character! They have it in abundance. 

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Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on November 17, 2011 at 3:06pm

Ah, nothing better than a pug sighting!  :0)  Shades of MLK in your last paragraph and I agree, judge by character and not waist size!  :0)

Comment by Pug Chick on November 17, 2011 at 10:43am

So understand where your coming from.  I have a friend that always commented on how "fat" Puga was.  I kept trying to explain that pugs are suppose to be chunky like a bulldog.  She never got it until the other week she occompanied me to Pugfest here in Atlanta.  She soon discovered that Puga was actually on the medium size for a pug. She is in the neighborhood of 21 lbs. and 16" long from neck to tip of tail.  Her neck is 18" and her chest is 23".  I know all this only because I had to measure her for a fitting for a custome made dress recently...LOL  I know I know don't say anything...lol   Until people are exposed to lots of different pugs they have no idea of the range of sizes and shapes they come in.  Puga ia short and stout.  Pixie is long, tall and used to be lanky but has put on a good bit of weight in the last year.  Louie is a larger version of Puga but taller and longer.  Each one have distinctly different personalities.  Puga is a sweetie pie that has never met a stranger and loves everything and everyone.  Pixie is a hyper girl and very vocal but still extremely friendly and loving.  Louie is very layed back unless in the presense of an unwanted male dog then he is VERY dominant and bossy.  He makes human friends easily but is not so keen on making dog friends.  Clipping any of their nail is a NOT gonna happen so we leave that to the professionals...lol

Comment by Helena Brown on November 17, 2011 at 8:43am

Hi, regarding Jack, Now you know that my Hektor is a big lad, and I have always worried that he was too big, too long, too chunky. So it has been nice to meet people in the Show World who have said what a great Pug he is, that he is the right size for a male Pug, not  too big, and certainly not too long. My Husband was waiting for me out side the Post office last weekend when he was approached by a Lady who asked if we showed, he said that we did not, that Hektor was a pet. She said he was one of the finest examples of his breed she had seen in a long time. Mark you what she would say about his behavior is another thing, she did not see him having a go at another Labrador or chasing people, or barking at people he doesn't like.

I rather think that Jack is the proper size for a male pug, most round my way are smaller except for Marley the black Pug who is the same size as Hektor and the same girth, and has a great temperament. Jack  is obviously a well bred dog.

Comment by Di's spoiled kids on November 15, 2011 at 3:47pm

This is so ture, I do not think any two are the same, shape, size, or character.  I have now had four pugs, two of which were siblings, and those two girls were northing alike at all.  Lulu was shorter and heavier then Lily.  Lily when young had long legs and was very trim.  Lulu was a couch potato, while Lily was very hyper.  Lulu was almost a silver fawn in color while Lily was Apricot.  Then you have Linus, who for a while there I wondered if he was a full pug.  He is very tall, very trim, and his face is not really pushed as much as Lulu and Lily were.  And finally Lizzy who is really kind a petite, and fillling out like a cute little pug should be.  And as far as Character goes Lily was my friendly one, Lulu only like adults, Linus is not sure of people, and Lizzy is scared to death of a most of them.  So yes know two pugs are the same. 

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