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Two pugs or not two pugs


I have often heard that pugs are better in pairs. They can keep each other company, and it's not twice the work. We were awfully tempted to get Shelby's half-sister because of this.

Shelby's little puppy friend came over to play yesterday for about 5 hours. What ensued was the equivelent of a pug tornado throughout the house. (See photo album for proof.) I think the biggest issue with raising two pugs is that when I find a puddle of pee, I don't know who to scold. Last time her friend visited, Shelby was too excited and forgot she was house trained. I was not amused because she decided to forget, all over my bed. This time was much better, but I don't see how two pugs is not twice the work.

April 9, 2004 | Permalink


Have you ever thought of maybe waiting until Shelby gets a little older, and getting a pug once Shelby is completely potty trained, and maybe a couple months older? I find that if you can wait it out, you can usually find a good one through the paper, friends, etc. I have two pugs and it really is not 2xs the work, really! But, I didn't get my poochies as puppies. Buster was 6 when he came into my home (which is why he acts like a grouchy old man) and Ally was 2 when she came into my home. (her job is to keep Buster young) Once you have 2, you'll wonder how you ever lived with only 1. :-)

Posted by: htc | Apr 12, 2004 9:25:24 AM

Yes, the two puppy thing is a bit much, but if they were older I think it would be great. More cleaning, but less emotional neediness from either pug.

I think there's a temptation to get 2 litter mates, especially if they are the last 2 puppies available. They are terribly cute together, but I'm sure that's a lot of work.

Posted by: Winnie Wong | Apr 13, 2004 9:47:48 AM

I agree that it would be hard to have two puppies. I have two pugs, and I waited until the first was 1 1/2 before getting the second one. They are great together. I don't think it's more work, but it is definitely more expensive! It's worth it though to have two little pug faces follow me wherever I go! One thing to think about - puppies tend to follow the example of those around them, so if you bring a new puppy into the house with a trained dog it's often not so difficult to train the puppy.

We also have issues with the pugs "doing their business" in the house every once in a while (especially when it's raining, or we're too busy to remember to let them out). It's usually pretty easy to figure out who made the mess, but unless we see it happening, no one gets yelled at. If you find the mess later and then yell at them about it they have no idea what they did wrong!

Posted by: Pixel | Apr 15, 2004 10:24:57 AM

I know a breeder and he told me that he doesn't recommend keeping litter mates together. Rationale being that they will always be closer to the litter mate than you. Not sure if this applies to the pups if you keep them for pets. (His dogs were show dogs)

Posted by: htc | Apr 15, 2004 11:09:57 AM

I have 2 pugs. I love them and would do it all over again. We got the second pug when the first was about 3 years old. At this stage they are no trouble at all. My first pug I taught to ring a bird bell that I hung on the door knob when he needed to go outside and it is so cute. The female just looks at you when she has to go out. They are both very sensitive to being yelled at so they never get in trouble for doing their buisness in the house unless they are caught in the act. The male sometimes marks his territory inside, but he is going to be fixed soon and that is supposed to curb this behavior. Right now my female had a litter of pups and we are going to keep one! So we will have 3 pugs!!! I had to do CPR on the pup we are keeping and he survived so I felt like he was special and we had to keep him. We found homes for 4 out of six puppies so far. The one left is one of the best ones. We named him Columbus because he was the explorer of the group! He did everything first, walking, barking, ect....I was so surprised no one picked him first. But my hub said I kept down playing him to potential new homes! hahaha thats cause I love him so much.

Posted by: Jnelson | Apr 17, 2006 4:53:20 PM

I currently have a 5 year old male pug. We have decided to get another puppy and I'm not sure if it matters if we get a female or a male? Do you think 1 male and 1 female get along better than 2 males?

Posted by: deborah | Jul 9, 2006 3:42:22 PM

hmm u kno wut i think deborah i think 1 female and 1 male is the best because your male is the dominant one and if you bring in another male then your older pug may think that this new male puppy is trying to take his spot as king he just may not like the younger male i kno this because i had a rottwieler and he was like 4 wen we brought in another male rottweiler it took them almost 5 year to get along and its sad that wen they finally got along my older male rottie past away so be careful on witch you chose i have a female pug that is turning 2 and i have decided to take in a young male black pug so for all hope deborah try the female!!!!!!! much love for your pug!!!!!

Posted by: karelle | Jul 10, 2006 3:49:12 AM

HELP ME PLEASE! Ok, so we have only had Seymour for about 6 months. He is almost 8 months old. A lady at work is giving away a 3 month old pug, also a male. She gave it away to someone else about a week ago, and turns out they have been abusing it, so I cannot let that happen, so I am taking him, I bring him home tonight. I am so worried that Seymour will not like him and think that we are abandoning him for bringing home the puppy. I feel bad cuz I dont want to hurt Seymour's feelings, but won't or shouldn't he be happy, cuz he'll have a playmate? I don't know what to do now!?


Posted by: noelle | Mar 22, 2007 10:41:52 AM

Well, I have a pug male that is 3 1/2 yr old and I just adopted from a rescue a 1 1/2 yr old male. One black and now one fawn (not that color matters).
My 3 yr old is not as aggressive as the 1 yr old and wasn't sure how to take it at first. The next day or two he went into a depression. He allowed the new one to push him around. He tried once to be the agressor when playing, but that was the only time I saw him do that. Other then that, he moves and goes elsewhere and turns his back on everyone if the new one takes over. He's getting better. My neices Yorkie was barking at them trying to intimidate them (she usually intimidated the 3 yr old) and the 1 yr old gave it back to her and shut her up. I think that's when my 3 yr old decided this new pug wasn't sooo bad!
They still have their struggles of power, but they're much better and I haven't even had both for a week together. I've been searching for tips on adopting a second pug or raising two males and I see a variety of answers.
I think it's all individual and depends on personalities. If the 3 yr old was ever an aggressive dog, I'd have 2 pugs fighting and people would say because they're males. To a degree, yes. But, it's more because of two aggressive dogs. Right now, they don't fight, and I think because one is more easy going and one just does what he wants and no one will stop him (unless I do!). They're just trying to figure each other out!
I hope yours is doing well together, and if not, give it patience and step in when you have to and let the other know what not to do if it's an issue. You need to be the buffer for good and for bad.
They'll figure it out (hopefully)!
Good luck!

Posted by: Kutrn | Mar 28, 2007 10:45:32 AM

My new issue is, my adopted 1 1/2 yr male pug gets a little aggressive with my 3 1/2 yr old male pug. He nips and attacks alot. The younger adopted one just got neutered 2 weeks ago. How long does it take til the hormones even out and he looses some of that aggression? Or do I just have wishful thinking? Other then that, they get along pretty good!

Posted by: Kutrn | Apr 1, 2007 6:04:58 PM

We have a 2 1/2 year old female pug and just got a 10 week old female pug. The older one was so excited when we first brought her home and was running and playing with the puppy but after a few days we have noticed that the older one tries to avoid being in the same room with the puppy. The puppy just wants to play so much and I think that the older one feels overwhelmed. Can anyone relate to this and does this get any better.

Posted by: Diana | May 15, 2007 5:39:35 AM

I currently have 2 boys; one black and one fawn and I got my second pug when my first pug was about 4 years. He was never very dominant and it only took him a week or so to get accustomed to his "brother". They get along quite well; with the occasional minor fight!! But most of the time, you can find them taking a nap together lying side by side or using each other as a pillow!!!
I think 2 are definitely better than one and we feel a lot less guilty!!! We found that everybody has benefitted!!

Posted by: mh275 | May 16, 2007 1:53:18 PM

i have two pugs. one is a year and a half and the other is 5 months. They are both females. Ive only had them for a few days and they keep fighting and its breaking my heart. I got the 2nd one because my older one seemed lonely. Everytime i would leave she'd cry. Did i make a bad choice?

Posted by: 2 pugs.. | May 29, 2007 7:52:14 AM

I am keeping my daughter's pug; he is a brindle coat. I didn't think I would like this breed, but I am besotted by him!! She is moving to California, and I am hoping I have him forever. He is too sweet to give up. She will live in an apartment, and he won't get to roam with me. We live on a farm, and he and I go for walks every afternoon. Sometimes, when it is too hot, Ernie and I take a ride on the golf cart. They are the best dogs ever.

Posted by: Billie | Sep 4, 2007 12:57:13 PM

I have a two year old male puggle and cant decide on whether to get a male or female pug puppy as a companion which do you think is the better choice. L.M.

Posted by: larry | Oct 26, 2007 8:40:29 AM

I have a 3 year old female who is the bell of the ball and knows it, We would love to get another pug but are unsure of what sex to get? Can anyone really help in our choice,we hear so many mixed thouhgts. Can anyone really help??? We really would like another female. Thanks to all!!

Posted by: sandy | Jan 26, 2008 7:23:21 PM

We have a 11 month old spayed female pug named Pinky. She is such a joy and wonderful companion that we decided to bring her home a playmate. I contacted the breeder and she had another female (her half sister) that was 11 weeks old available. Of course it was love at first site. We brought Miss Mary Jane (MJ) home a few months ago and what a great decision it was! The two girls got on just great. I LOVE the fact that Pinky no longer seems lonely when I come home from the grocery store. We take them almost everywhere we go and they always are the hit of street or wherever we may venture. Each pug has a special bond with us humans, yet they also have each other for company. There is no downside to this arrangement. Yes, there are double baths, double vet visits and bills, double expenses, BUT TRIPLE the laughs and joy they bring. Every morning a "pug tornado" rips through the house and it always is fun to watch and sometimes participate. I do recommend that you wait a few months before introducing the new playmate. Hope this helps!

Posted by: Laura Libby | Sep 4, 2008 11:40:37 AM

My daughter purchased a male fawn pug on July 3, and while at the breeders was told that they had another litter due that same month that would be from the same sire as her fawn. She wanted to get her pug a playmate and let them grow up together as a bonded pair...well, we got the little female last week and the older fawn now seems too rough and rowdy for the little baby...I am keeping the 10 week old at my house and big brother (4 1/2 months) has returned to college....How is the best way to acclimate these two puppies to each other? also, she is black and I was told to add fish oil to her food...anyone know how much or how often??? thanks....

Posted by: Janice Swafford | Sep 27, 2008 7:52:56 PM

Hi Janice,

Young puppies have a lot of energy, and they aren't so good at controlling it. Sometimes when Shelby is with a puppy that is too rambunctious, I let them play until Shelby is tired of it, and then I give her a break by separating the two with a dog gate or give them crating time.

As for oil, I've never heard that it's required, but we did give Shelby oil for a while. I think it was about a tsp with each meal, but I'm not sure if that's what's recommended or not. If you buy it from the pet store, it might stay on the bottle how much to give your dog.

Posted by: Winnie | Sep 27, 2008 9:34:25 PM

i have a question.. we have a male puggle(4 months) and we want another male, is it a good idea to get another male? that is what we want to do..BUT i heard 2 males are too dominate together!! can any one PLZ help ASAP

Posted by: TOM | Oct 16, 2008 3:52:01 PM

I had a very hyper, very naughty, and energetic male pug that is year and a half old. His name is Diesel. I work in retail and my hours are so hectic and I felt bad leaving him as much as I did. I did crate train him until he was house broken. Once he knew to go outside the only time he was crated was overnight. I toyed with the idea about getting him a little sister or brother and I knew eventually I would go through with it. I got Daisy about a year after I got Diesel. She was 3 months old. It was probably one of the best things I had ever done. Diesel calmed right down and is no longer as destructive or as hyper as he once was. Daisy on the other hand is a typical puppy. She is very mischievous and sneaky. She is still crated through out the day because she is not fully house broken yet. Also, they do play rough at times and I wouldn't want any issues to arise when they weren't properly supervised. I think because she is separated while I'm at work she has a lot of bottled up energy. It's definitely not twice the work or anything like that! The only issue I have is trying to walk them both at the same time. Diesel is a lot bigger and stronger and I tried to get the coupler leash that walks 2 dogs at once but, if Daisy stops to smell something or go to the bathroom Diesel just drags her along for the ride. So they have to be leashed separately. But that's the only problem I have experiences raising my 2 babies.

Posted by: Derek | Dec 2, 2008 9:36:17 AM

Well....I have 4 pugs. Three are from rescue, the other I "rescued" from a pet shop. I would have more if my husband would let me. I can't imagine life without a gang of pugs. My first rescue, and first pug, Ozzy, passed away last fall and the other 3 were as upset as I was. So, I called the rescue and within a couple of weeks we had a new little girl. I must say, rescue pugs are the best. The youngest I've gotten has been roughly 18-24 months...and out of the puppy stage. :o) Pugs are so social that I highly recommend having more than one. I've found that "sets of 2" work nicely...I crate them in pairs so they don't get lonely. Check with your local pug rescue and I know they can find a wonderful friend for Shelby!

Posted by: Michelle | May 7, 2009 10:13:36 AM

my female pug mate with another pug on the 12th of Aug. 2009 if she is pregnant how many months does it take to have pugs?

Posted by: garcia 32 | Oct 26, 2009 10:15:53 AM

Garcia, a dog gestation period is 9 weeks (63 days) so your pug would probably have had puppies already, or at least would look very pregnant right now. My guess is she is not pregnant. However, I would suggest that until you do more research about dog breeding and pregnancy that you should not be breeding your dog at all. In fact, I personally believe that you should just spay your dog and never breed her, but that's not my decision. There are plenty of pugs out there already in rescues and we don't need anymore. If you were a seasoned breeder I'd think differently, but I think you need more study before that could happen.

Posted by: Jen | Nov 6, 2009 4:07:38 AM

We are a family in crisis. We got Olive when she was a puppy 8 years ago. We have since adopted another female Pug, Edith, who is nearing 12 years old. As Edith gets older and more arthritic, she and Olive have been aggressively fighting. This aggression has increased since we had a human baby 1 yr ago.

Olive initiates the attacks on Edith more frequently, but Edith has also been the initiator. We feel like they are fighting over top dog, but they have been in our household together for 5 years, shouldn't they have worked it out by now? I know the new baby is playing a role in the dog pack hierarchy, and I will not tolerate this increased level of aggression for much longer. The aggression has never been toward us humans, but I'm afraid my child will accidentally get caught in the middle. Any thoughts? Please advise.

Posted by: Worried Pug Momma | Dec 30, 2009 9:45:43 AM

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