A pug is a small, lovable, compassionate dog with a squashy comical look. They are fun having around and will easily fit into your family. However, before introducing a pug to your home it’s important to learn all the nuts and bolts about them. One crucial trait to learn is when do pugs stop growing.
A quick answer is, Pugs will stop growing both in weight and height when they are around 9 months old. They normally clock adulthood after just they are a year old. However, Pug’s sexual maturity will kick in between months 6 and 9, even before they fully mature.
That being said, let’s talk about pug’s growth stages from birth till they fully grow.
When do pugs stop growing?
It’s said a dog will age 7 years for every single human year. But this is quite different with small pooch breeds like pugs as they age faster compared to the larger dogs.
It’s important to understand the exact age of your little furry friend in human years so that you can adjust some basic things like feeding and exercising your dog.
Essentially, expect your pug to stop growing after he/she is around 9 months old. The growth ceases both in weight and height. Your little furry friend is considered an adult by the time he/she is a year old.
Another interesting thing about Pugs is their sexual maturity normally kicks in before physical maturity. At around 6 to 9 months, female pugs will experience their first heat cycle also referred to as estrous.
The male on the other hand will become fully reproductive when they are about 6 months to 1 year old. Between age 1.5 and 7 years, a pug will be at his/her pick in life and after that, they’ll start to crawl into their senior age.
The average pug’s life expectancy is around 13 to 15 years but sometimes few will go overboard up to 20+ years.
A fully grown male or female pug will measure about 10 to 13 inches in height. The American Kennel Club recognizes both pug genders should weigh between 14 to 18 pounds. Any weight outside this bracket is considered under-weight or over-weight.
However, I did my due diligence and found out that some athletic pooch will have bigger muscles hence weigh more. Also, your little furry friend’s body size will depend on if he/she is a half-bred or cross-breed. Basically, both parent’s features will play a key role in your dog’s size.
So, talk to your vet to get a detailed report on your pug’s weight.
Here is an article I did on pug life expectancy.
Pug Growth Stages from Birth to Senior Stage
There are 5 pug puppy growth levels before they get to adulthood. Below are the stages:
- Birth to 2 Weeks (Neonatal Stage)
The fact that pugs are small, newborn puppies are super lightweight. But expect their weight to double within the first week at a 5% rate on a daily basis. They are also blind, deaf, and toothless but the sense of touch and taste are present at birth.
Interestingly, pups tend to sleep up to 22 hours a day at this stage. They will sorely depend on their mother for nursing and warmth as they rapidly grow.
- Week 2 to 3 (Transitional Stage)
At this stage, the newborns will develop a sense of smell and hearing. Their eyes will open up and start to stand and make the first steps while wiggling their tail and sometimes bark. It’s at this stage pup’s teeth will start to appear as well.
- Week 3 to 12 (Socialization Stage)
At this stage, the puppies will become fully aware of their surroundings and socialization is important here. Between weeks 3 and 5, the puppies start to explore around.
By week 3 to 4, the pups will learn to take control of their bladder. So, when it’s time to pee or poop, the pups will get out of their bed.
Between week 4 and 6, the puppies commence to develop their social skills like playing, interact more, execute first bites, and so on. They will learn how to connect with other dogs efficiently and thrive to get better at physical coordination.
This duration is very crucial because it’s at this point the pup’s emotional attachment will start to develop. Basically, they will start to bond with people so it’s a good time to interact with your future dogs.
The puppy’s curiosity instinct will develop and they’ll want to explore more by week 7. So, pug puppies owner will need to interact with them. You should start your puppies vaccination by week 6 to 8.
Also, it’s at this stage where the pups will learn to take control of their bladder. So, when it’s time to pee or poop, the pups will get out of their bed.
The puppy’s curiosity instinct will develop and they’ll want to explore more by week 7. So, pug puppies owner will need to interact with them. According to the American Kennel Club, you should start your puppy’s vaccination between weeks 6 and 8.
The puppies will totally deter from their mother’s milk and start to feed on solid meals by week 8. At this level, a pup can be separated from the mother and he/she can comfortably move to a new home.
You can begin your house training when the puppy is around week 7 to 9. The puppies will start to learn basic commands by week 9 to 12 and get acquainted with their new parents.
- 3 to 6 months
By the 3rd month, pugs would have started teething so expect your little furry friend to chew on anything that gets into his/her mouth. I got Buddha a KONG puppy Toy and I kid you not it came in handy in distracting her.
By month 4, pug pipes will weigh around 5 to 8 pounds.
I always recommend continuing training your pug puppy from month 4 to 6 for all basic commands. I mean your furry buddy should know to come when called, stop when prompted, and other important commands. You’ll play a key role in your pug’s behavior at this level.
By month 6, expect your little furry friend to weigh around 7 and 12 pounds. Some pugs will weigh above that so it’s no biggie.
- 6 to 18 months (Adolescence stage)
Also referred to as the adolescence stage, by now your pug will be crawling to the adult level. It’s between months 6 and 9 when sexual maturity in puppies happens. Your puppy may gain some weight to above or below 19 pounds depending on his/her size.
At this stage he/she would have finished teething and after the 9-month growth will slack. You need to exercise your pug to keep him/her fit and healthy when he gets to this level.
At 1-year old, your pug is considered an adult despite the fact you may spot some puppy traits. By now, pugs would have grown up to 90% in height and 80% weight. Their weight will depend on the pug’s gender, type of food they eat, and amount of exercise.
Most adult pug will weigh anywhere between 13 to 20 pounds. Anything above 22 pounds should be a concern and you need to talk to a veterinary since any extra pound matters in small pooch breeds.
By 1.5 to 7 years, a pug is deemed fully grown. However, there is no specific age that marks the start of pug to senior age apart from the vet declaration since they will have the dog health records.
What Affects Pug Puppy Growth
Nutrition will affect your pug’s weight since dog meals are very different. Some meals contain additives that are not healthy for your pug consumption. Feed your furry buddy quality dog food at least more than once a day. Ingredients like meat are essential in their food and will play a key role in their general growth and health.
Exercise and Health
Physical activities such as exercise and walks will help keep the pug fit and shun obesity. Pugs are not energetic and some will just cuddle next to you or lay down on cooches or beds in most parts of the day.
Therefore, the more they move, the less chance of becoming overweight.
Moreover, you need to take your pug for vaccination to improve his/her overall health.
Your pug’s genes will affect how tall, short, or heavy the dog will be. It’s important to note some health condition will affect the pug growth. Such health problems include:
- Pug Encephalitis– It’s a terminal brain ailment that’s prone to only pugs. Its symptoms are circling, seizures, and sometimes blindness.
- Eye problem- You may notice the pug’s eyeball protrudes outwards far from the sockets. This may be a sign of cornea ulcers, dry eye, or proptosis. Your vet will prescribe some medicine to treat ulcers and dry eyes.
- Leg-Perthes Infection- This disease occurs when the femur lessens and the femur blood supply starts to fall apart. Your vet may opt for surgery for treatment.
A Pug is a loyal and bouncy little breed that is fun hanging around with. They differ from other dogs starting from their small size, jumpy trait, and growth rate.
You need to know what food to feed the puppies when to start exercising them among other important things for a healthy and happy raising.
This article has broken down all the nitty-gritty things to help you successfully bring up your puppy pug and what to expect at each stage.