Both Pugs and Pomeranians fall into the toy dog group.
While Pomeranians can be yappy, Pugs are known to be really nice.
So, what happens when you bring a Pug and a Pomeranian together?
Continue reading to discover:
- What the qualities that both breeds have in common are.
- Whether their differences make it possible for both breeds to get along.
- Simple tips to introduce a Pomeranian to a Pug (and vice versa).
- And more…
Table of contents
- Do Pomeranians and Pugs get along?
- Pom breed characteristics
- Pug breed characteristics
- Things Poms and Pugs have in common
- Differences between Poms and Pugs
- How to introduce a Pomeranian to a Pug (and vice versa)
Do Pomeranians and Pugs get along?
Pugs and Pomeranians can get along very well due to their similar size and the fact that they’re both lap dogs. Luckily, they don’t have a big difference in energy levels which eases their interactions.
To ensure that your Pomeranian and Pug start off on the right foot, you must use the right introducing techniques.
Pugs are one of the most easy-going breeds out there. Pomeranians on the other hand could be a bit more difficult due to their temperament.
How well both of these breeds manage to get along depends on factors such as at what age they were introduced to each other, what’s their age difference and how well-socialized both of them were when they were little.
Pom breed characteristics
Pomeranians are among the most popular lap dogs to have. They walk graciously and are cute to look at. Despite their small size they have a loud bark.
They’re very affectionate towards their family but can be yappy to strangers. This occurs mostly when the Pom hasn’t been socialized much as a puppy.
Poms are not suitable for households with kids as they get easily stressed out by rapid movements and loud screams.
Reading tip: For more information on Pomeranians and kids, check out this article.
Pomeranians do a full shed two times per year. Their fur consists of an inner and an outer coat. The inner coat sheds throughout the whole year but with regular daily grooming that’s easily maintained.
Poms don’t drool and enjoy being pampered. If you get your Pom used to being groomed, he’ll be calm and collected when it’s time for that. He could even ask for it.
Pomeranians require a medium amount of exercise. Taking them on 30 to 40 minutes walk 2 or 3 times a day would be beneficial for their behavior at home.
Giving them high quality food will help maintain the fur strong.
Pug breed characteristics
Pugs make wonderful lap dogs. They tend to be stubborn and difficult to housebreak sometimes though. Pugs don’t bark that much as other toy breeds. They’re calm.
They’re very friendly and are suitable for living in apartments. They adapt well. They don’t have excessive energy so they fit well with people who have a semi-active lifestyle.
Pugs are very affectionate towards their owners and make great family pets too. If you have kids, this is a right choice.
Some pooches melt when they see people but act quite aggressive when exposed to other dogs. Pugs aren’t like that. If you want another dog, you won’t have to worry, as Pugs are dog-friendly.
What you should be very prepared for when taking a Pug is that they shed a lot
If you like wearing black clothes you might wanna reconsider. Their hairs stick to the clothing and make it evident to everyone that you have a furry friend at home.
That could be a con for some people but there should be balance, so here’s a pro – Pugs don’t drool. Did this fact outweigh the previous one for you?
Besides that, Pugs are easy to groom. You’ll have to do the work but at least it’ll be a piece of cake.
Pugs will enjoy learning tricks. If the basic ones like ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘lie down’ and ‘roll over’ don’t seem like enough for you, you can enroll the Pug in an agility or an obedience training.
All in all, it’s fairly easy to take care of a Pug. What you can expect health-wise are breathing difficulties due to the flat face. But if you go regularly to your vet for check-ups, everything should be fine.
If you secure a healthy diet for your Pug you can prevent issues such as obesity. Good quality dog food in the appropriate amounts combined with enough exercise per day will keep your Pug in top condition.
Things Poms and Pugs have in common
They’re almost the same size which makes taking care of both of them easier.
They don’t require a tremendous amount of exercise, so they pass well with each other.
That’s also one of the biggest reasons they make such great apartment pets. Plus, they have the ability to adapt easily to lifestyle changes and living environments.
Since these breeds were created to be companion dogs that is one of the things they do best. They will follow you and remain by your side.
They both shed so you better get equipped with the right brushes for short and long fur. Your Pug will need moderate grooming. The Pom on the other hand, a bit more.
Both breeds are intelligent and affectionate. They’re also loyal, cheerful and playful
The Pug and the Pom need lots of social interaction. That’s why they’d make a perfect match when they get introduced to each other from an early age. They’ll keep each other company while you’re not around.
By now you should know that neither of them likes being left alone. Your Pom and Pug will form a strong bond with you and separation from you could leave to anxiety.
Aside from their soft side, you should know that these little dogs are highly territorial.
You don’t have to worry about them biting anyone. The chances are significantly low.
But the possibility of alerting you when they spot something suspicious is high. Although that’s not their main purpose, they do make good watchdogs.
Differences between Poms and Pugs
Some people are looking for certain characteristics when they take a breed home.
If you’re one of them and are searching for two breeds with similar qualities, you should familiarize yourself with what Poms and Pugs have in common. And vice versa.
The most obvious visual difference between Pomeranians and Pugs is their colour. Pugs come in only one colour – fawn black.
Pomeranians can be seen in brown, orange, white, black, tan, red, gray or blue.
Although the size of both breeds is similar, Pugs are a bit taller.
Pomeranians are easier to train than Pugs.
As to the prey drive, Pugs have an average amount of it. This doesn’t make them prone to chasing other animals for most of the time but it can happen.
Pugs are kid-friendly and therefore more suitable for families with younger children. Pomeranians, on the contrary, can be very snappy when exposed to small children. You can take a Pom once the children are older.
While Pugs are dog-friendly, Pomeranians are more selective
Pugs are also friendly to strangers. Pomeranians perceive strangers suspiciously and can be aggressive if they feel they need to protect their owner.
If you consider getting both a Pug and a Pomeranian, it’s very important in what kind of a family you introduce the two dogs. Bear in mind that Pugs make good pets for elderly people. Pomeranians, not so much.
Also, if you’re looking for service dogs, a Pomeranian is right for you but a Pug just won’t do.
As to health, Pugs have a strong tendency to gain weight. With Pomeranians the risk ranges from average to high.
Have you noticed dogs have a specific scent?
If you own a Pug, you will most probably smell it because Pugs can get stinky. Pomeranians have some chances of smelling bad but they’re lower than the Pugs’.
How to introduce a Pomeranian to a Pug (and vice versa)
Even though your current pet is very friendly and has never exhibited signs of bad behavior, you shouldn’t automatically assume that once you put the new furry member in the house, the two dogs will get along perfectly.
It’s up to you to prepare the grounds for the Pug and the Pom’s first interaction.
Tip: To check how your current dog will react to another one, you can ask a friend, a coworker or a neighbor who has a dog for help.
They can bring their own dog to meet your current pet on neutral grounds.
It would be best if the person has the same breed of dog you want to introduce to your pooch.
Be careful with this as the two dogs might indulge in a fight.
You can recognize if this is about to happen by paying close attention to the dogs’ body postures. If both dogs start staring at each other in a frozen posture, the next thing that could happen is for one dog to attack the other.
A sign that the animals accept each other is when they ignore each other.
That’s how they show they don’t perceive each other as a thread. After some time, they can even become friends.