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What is the Average Lifespan of a Pug?

As pug owners, you love your pugs very dearly. Everybody wants to know about the life span of their pug. You might be a bit disappointed in knowing that pugs do not live that long. At least they do not live for an extended period compared to other big dog breeds. Pugs are brachycephalic dogs. Pugs have screw tails and flattened faces. Pugs have cute and wrinkly skin. The cute features on a pug do not compensate for all the health issues that they might face. Let’s look more into your pug’s life-span.

How Long Do Pugs Live?

Some studies point towards a pug being able to live 12-15 years. A female has a better life expectancy of 13.2 years compared to a male of 12.8 years. With good living standards, you can expect your pug to live for 15 years. The oldest living pug is from America. His name is King Tug the pug, who is 18 years old. 

It’s not the case for every pug to live that long. In research in the Uk, it has been found out that the median age for a pug is 11 years. Pugs lie in the lower or lower-middle rung when compared to other dogs in life expectancy. Many people might be shocked since pugs are short dogs. But, their average life span is shorter. Pugs suffer from a host of health problems

Let’s look at all the health problems that influence a pug’s lifespan:

Obese pug cannot live till 15 years

You have to watch your pug’s overeating. Your pug can get extra weight easily. Pugs love to eat. There is no doubt about that. They eat, sleep and do not remain active compared to a lot of dogs. They might have a lot of cardiac problems, breathing issues because of the lack of physical activity. Because of all these problems, there is no guarantee that your pug can live for 15 years.

How long will a pug with Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) live?

If your pug has pug dog encephalitis by any chance. It might be a big problem. The health problem is severe. There is no treatment available to treat it yet. So, you should be with your pug through every thick and thin. Make sure your pooch has been getting all the proper care from you. Your pug will hardly live for 10 fears if they suffer from a critical disease like encephalitis.

The life expectancy of a diabetic pug

Another major health problem that a pug can face is diabetes. But the silver lining here is, a diabetic pug can live the same life span as a healthy pug. You have to look after your pug’s diet. Do not feed him artificial foods. 

Make sure your pug does not have sugar, sweetener, and processed carbs. You need your pooch to have a controlled insulin level. They can have a lot of health problems if you do not check their diet. Their life expectancy can also get affected because of it. 

Pug’s Life Span in Terms of Human Age

This is a very interesting thing. Can you imagine how old your pug would be if we compared him with a human? The stages of being a baby, junior and senior are the same for all dogs. It might look a bit interesting when we superimpose a pug’s age to a human. The conception of this process is not new. The American Veterinary Medical Association has said that a one year pug is of similar age to a 15-year-old human. Let us know about this more-

Here’s a comparison of both human and pug’s ages

Pug’s age Human’s age
1 year old 15 years old
2 years old 24 years old
3 years old 28 years old
4 years old 32 years old
5 years old 36 years old
6 years old 40 years old
7 years old 44 years old
8 years old 48 years old
9 years old 52 years old
10 years old 56 years old
11 years old 60 years old
12 years old 64 years old
13 years old 68 years old
14 years old 72 years old
15 years old 76 years old
16 years old 80 years old
17 years old 84 years old
18 years old 88 years old
19 years old 92 years old
20 years old 96 years old

Causes of Death of Pugs

Many people might be a little shocked. A noob researcher on pug’s health problems might believe that pugs can die because they are brachycephalic. But this is not true at all. The leading cause of death is encychephelaitis. There is no cure to this problem. In this health problem, slowly your pooch’s brain gets eaten away. 

Here are the several life-threatening health problems that your pug can face-

Congenital Disease

A pug can be born with several health problems. These health issues come to your pug right after birth. These health problems include stenosis (abnormal narrowing of spaces within the spine), heart defect, or septal defect (improper blood flow)


Cancer can be a health crisis for your pug. Some common cancers that your pug has to deal with include mammary tumours, skin tumours, mouth cancers, testicular tumours, and lymphoma.

Do not worry. Cancer is treatable. It only becomes a problem when cancer has spread far too deep in your pug’s muscular tissues. Make sure to take your pug to the vet asap.

Brain problems

Neurological or brain problems can be severe for your pug. Brain health problems are pretty fatal to a point that they can harm your pug’s life. Here your pug’s spinal cord, nerves and brain get severely affected. The most problematic issue however that your pug faces are encephalitis. It can cause problems like brain inflammation, lethargy, loss of muscle control and even twitching.


Infections can be a problem for your pooch. It’s not a health issue to a life-threatening degree. However, if your pug has infections including bacterial infection, viral disease, protozoal disease, and fungal infections it can be a problem. 


Make sure your pug is having a healthy diet. If your pug is having food that is heavy on sugar, fat and empty calories, they can be overweight. If your pug is overweight, it can have health problems. 

Signs of Old Age in Pugs

The vet will be the suitable person to categorise whether your pooch is old or not. However, a pug that is 7-9 years old can be called old. It is common for pug owners to miss all the signs of transition. So, they start pretty late in trying to make adulthood better for the pugs. Here are some signs to catch on when pug starts being old.

Hearing Loss

Your pug can have some problems with hearing when they get old. You will start to get that problem as well. You can prepare to tackle the problem. Try to indulge your pug into hand signals. When they start understanding the meaning behind the hand signs you won’t have a problem with the pooch’s hearing.

Muscle loss

Just like humans, pugs tend to pack on more fat than muscle when they grow up. Try to feed them more protein for their muscular health. 

Physically slow

Your pooch will be slow when they grow old. Pugs tend to have a short body. It tends to put a lot of strain on their legs. Your pug can also suffer from arthritis due to the problem. They will be slower than in their younger days. 

How to Increase Your Pug’s Life Span?

Someday eventually a time will come when you have to bid your pug goodbye. But it does not have to be so soon. You take your time with your pooch. Pugs are so cute and a good companion. You never feel like getting away. Let’s discuss some of the ways to increase our pug’s lifespan-

Pug’s weight

I cannot stress this enough for a pug owner to care about their pug’s weight. A pug gaining weight can bring many health issues for a pug. Make sure you are not feeding your pug food which has a lot of additives and preservatives. Try to feed your pooch food that is natural and nutritious. Your pugs have sad eyes. It will be very hard for you to teach them tough love. But, you have to be tough for your pug’s sake.

Pug’s body type

A pug’s body structure (stout, heavy body, and short muzzle) makes swimming very difficult for them. It is advised for you to use a life jacket for your pooch when going swimming. It is important for you to not get them overexcited. If for any reason, your pugs get over-excited they will be breathless. Keep the exercise easy for them.

Dental care

Make sure your pooch has clean teeth. Your pug requires regular teeth cleaning sessions. Take care of your pug’s teeth by brushing them regularly. You don’t have to visit the dentist that often. In case, at their young age, you missed the caring time of your pug. You have to make it up at a young age. You might have to give your pug softer food. Pugs cannot eat dry food when their teeth are not present. 


You have to take care of your pug’s joints. Like humans, pugs can suffer from arthritis. Their legs are fairly weak. There is a lot of weight that falls on your pug’s legs. They can break if your pooch has excess weight on the upper body. 

Senior food

When your pug becomes old, you have to switch to senior food. Food for senior pugs is different. They are packed with all nutrients. You have to restrict weight gain in your pug through proper meal planning. You can ask your vet however for supplements, it shall not become a problem. 

You can ask your vet for a supplement recommendation as well. Some tips for good quality food in a senior pug.

  • You can opt for home-cooked food. 
  • Feed your pug with healthy vegetables and organic meat. Stop feeding your pooch dry foods and preservatives.
  • Schedule your pug’s meal appropriately. They can tempt you to feed them junk foods.
  • Along with a healthy diet. I would advise you to give your pug some healthy supplements.

Who is the Oldest Living Pug?

The oldest pug to have ever lived is Snookie who comes from South Africa. There are some issues however underlying in the story. It’s not proven yet. It is said that Snookie was alive for 27 years. However, as far as official records are concerned, ‘King Tug the Pug’ shall be the oldest living pug on the planet. He is 18 years old.

Many people are fascinated to see how dog age equates to the age of a human being. A study has found a way to do that. To know about the natural logarithm age of your dog, just make sure you multiply it by 16. Try adding 31 after that.

It’s more of a universal formula and does not take into account all the physiological differences. 

How to Take Care of an Ageing Pug?

It is important to know that your pug will age someday. You have to watch out for the signs when it happens. Make sure you are prepared for all eventualities. There are some changes you have to do to make your pooch feel comfortable. Some tips on taking care of an ageing pug.

Get an orthopaedic bed

Make sure your pug sleeps in an orthopaedic bed. When your pooch gets old they require some assistance. The orthopaedic bed takes care of your pug’s fragile joints. It energizes them in a way. It helps in the facilitation of mobility afterwards.

Take care of your pug’s weak sight

Your pug can have weaker eyesight. Make sure the space your pooch walks in should not have a lot of furniture. There is a strong chance of your pooch hitting something. That way you help your pugs in a way.

Indulge in pug’s bladder control much often

When your pug grows in age, it will go out more to clear its bladder. It is also because your pug’s bladder muscles weaken as they age. You would find your pugs having weak bladder muscles.

Making Your Last Moments Memorable with your Pug

I can only imagine how to hurt you must be to see your pooch leaving you. But there are a few things you can do to make all the moments with your pooch memorable. 

Put your pug to sleep if he suffers

Make sure your pug is in good health. If for any reason your pooch is in ill health, it will be better to put your pug to sleep.

Spend the last moments together

If by any chance you decide to go with the process, spend the last few times with your pug. Show your pug that you cared for them. Let your pug know that you love him unconditionally.

Plan a ceremony

You can also do a ceremony with your pooch. You can place your pug’s body in a garbage bag. That’s a very good way to prevent the body from getting decomposed.

Moan and cry with all your heart

Please do not stop the flow of emotions at this crucial moment. Moan with all your heart and soul. No one will judge you. Take all the time in the world to mourn till your heart’s content.

Relate to people with similar experiences

This may sound silly, but find people who have had similar experiences. Their ideas of how to cope with loss might help you a lot. Stay strong and try to imagine that your pug might be in a better place. 

Make a donation

The best way to go about honouring your pug is by donating in its name. You would be shocked at how much love your pug will feel for you. Donate to some dog rescue centres or animal charity groups that are fighting for animal rights.

FAQs on Pug’s Life Expectancy

What is the average life expectancy of a pug mix?

It is very hard to pinpoint a number. Pugs mixes have a variety on their own as a breed. The opposite breed with whom they mate very much determines the life span. In general pugs have an average life span of 12-15 years.

What is the average life expectancy of a pugalier?

A pugalier is a parent breed of pugs. A pugalier lives anywhere between 10-15 years. The difference between a pugalier and a pug is pretty apparent as a pugalier has a longer nose compared to a pug. They have fewer breathing problems. 

What is the lifespan of a black pug?

A black pug is also similar to a fawn pug. With proper health care and nutrition, they can clock to the average life span number which is 10-15 years.

Are boy pugs or girl pugs better?

The truth is both boy and girl pugs have their personalities. Boy pugs are more fun, carefree and easy. Girl pugs can be aloof and distant, they take time to come near you. But once their inhibitions fade, you won’t have any problem.   

Final Words

Pugs growing old is a natural cycle. It’s not something you can control. You can help in the transition of your pooch getting old. You can make the process easier for your pug. Try to understand them when they grow old. Try to give them more time and affection. Once they understand what you are trying to convey, it might add some extra years to their life from all that happiness. Make sure to keep track of your pooch’s health. Take them for a vet checkup frequently.