We all love our pugs to death. They are endearing, cute, and playful little dogs that are loved by everyone in our families. While we all love the fact that our pugs look cute and tiny. It’s also important to understand that with all that cuteness comes a lot of health baggage. Our pugs can have extreme health consequences due to their biological features like short snouts and flat noses. Pugs are often bred under extreme conditions to produce certain features within their race. The endearing nature of our pugs’ snouts is so high in demand that dog owners try to exploit them by mating pugs with smaller snouts. Let’s discuss more on this topic:
- 1 Why Are Pugs Bred With Shorter Snouts?
- 2 Health Problems Faced by Pugs Due to Selective Breeding
- 3 Helping Your Pug to Breathe Better
- 4 Should I Get a Short-snouted pug?
- 5 Why Do People Love Squashed Face Dogs?
- 6 Final Words
- 7 FAQs on Why Do Pugs have Short Noses?
Why Are Pugs Bred With Shorter Snouts?
The reason why pugs have shorter snouts is that breeders breed them like that. It is also to fulfill the market demand. Pugs are much higher in market value when their snouts are short. That way their aesthetic value doubles and hence their price too. Pugs are also ideal for our high-paced lives. We are becoming more emotionally vulnerable with time and a good happy look at our dog’s face lights up our mood. The real reason however is the use of artificial selection in mating dogs. And the way the market demand is centered, so it is not only the breeders but us who need to be blamed as well. To ascertain this theory, one can check how other dogs with short-snouted dogs like Shih Tzu have seen high demand in their sales. The real reason however regarding shorter snouts lay in the following topics:
Selective breeding is generally a process of human manipulation into the life of a pug. It is done to get rid of all the negative attributes and keep features as per their liking. The problem though occurs when inbreeding which is often done to enhance a certain breed among dogs can have severe implications. These implications can be catastrophic as shorter snouts that we find cute among our pugs is fundamentally a medical issue for them. The ‘whiff’ and ‘puff’ that we find cute of a pug is a signal that they have breathing obstruction.
There will always be an attempt by the dog sellers to also try to control temperament-related problems. In this fast-paced life, there are more attempts at creating pugs that provide ease to human life. They try to eliminate undesirable characteristics through inbreeding.
The hardcore scientific aspect to modifying characteristics and features of pugs come from the change in their genetic being. Scientists at the Hospital for small animals in Edinburgh examined 374 canines of mixed breeds and pedigrees. They found out that a certain mutation named SMCO2 disrupts the enhancement of facial length. They compared the pug’s skulls with many other dog skulls. They came to know in that comparison that a pug’s skull is much flatter than a mixed breed dog skull.
Health Problems Faced by Pugs Due to Selective Breeding
Pugs can face many problems due to their selective breeding process. Though it’s not true that all pugs will have some health problems. But as pet owners, we need to be aware of any possibility of a health issue that can torment our little friends.
As far as the veterinary medical community is concerned, pugs can suffer from a host of health issues and let us discuss them:
Helping Your Pug to Breathe Better
Your pug will face some sort of genetic defect in breathing. They can have any of the following problems like the elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, brachycephalic airway syndrome, tracheal abnormalities. You have to be prepared that there is a chance for your pug to have a breathing attack.
You might even have to take them to your vet so that they can breathe easily. Some tips to follow while helping your pug to breathe better:
Why Do People Love Squashed Face Dogs?
People are loving the companion breed of dogs as opposed to active dogs. They are loving these new breeds of city dogs that are providing them good moral and emotional support. In countries like the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K. there is a widespread surge in love for pugs. Many people are opting for these flat-faced dogs as pets.
Pugs with shorter snouts can have a lot of health issues. We have to be wary about it, Pugs have cute faces but there is a dark truth seeped in that wiggly skin.
FAQs on Why Do Pugs have Short Noses?
Are pugs genetically modified?
Ans: Pugs are genetically modified through inbreeding. As opposed to the natural selection of passing on a tougher breed, pugs on the other hand are bred with selective and artificial selection. This kind of breeding is done to enhance the marketability to sell a bug by enhancing its appeal. But it comes with many physical problems.
Were pugs bred to take down lions?
Ans: This fact has no basis in reality. There is one Chinese legend that talked about it, but it is mostly an untrue occurrence that is being propagated to keep the market value of pugs high. Pugs are neither aggressive dogs nor have they taken down any lion.