Top 5 Pug Pet Peeves

It is so easy to love a pug. But the truth of the matter is that there are downsides to owning a pug too. Today I am going to cover my pug pet peeves (and yes, that was pun intended).


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1. Pug hair – The first thing I hate about owning a pug is the pug hair. It gets everywhere. As I like to say, Ref hair is a condiment in our house. My clothes always have pug hair on them, even if they just came out of the washing machine. It gets on clean dishes in cupboards even if it is buried deep in the cupboard where no pug would fit. It’s always on the floor and the lounge so I definitely suggest a good pet vacuum. I pull something out of a brand new box for the first time and well what do you know, pug hair seeks it out immediately. Did I mention that it gets in places you just think it wouldn’t be possible? You know, like the bath tub that doesn’t get used, in the top of your built in wardrobe and my favourite is definitely the toilet seat. Any visitor in our house would think Ref uses the toilet. So when I say everywhere, boy do I mean everywhere!

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2. Licking – I don’t mind pug kisses one bit. I even frequently ask Ref for kisses. But kisses are one thing and excessive licking is another. I don’t know if all pugs do this but Ref has this habit every night after eating dinner where he sits with either my mum or myself and licks. Licks your hands, your arms and the lounge or armchair. And when it comes to the armchair or lounge, he makes wet patches so you can’t sit there or put your arms there. And not just in one spot but in multiple spots so you can’t escape it. Like I said, kisses are one thing…

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3. Bed-hogging – I know it sounds trivial but this is no laughing matter. How does a 10kg, 50cm long dog take up so much room in a double bed? The amount of times I’ve woken up during the night because I can’t move is crazy. One night it may be that if I move one way, I will roll out of bed and if I move the other way, I will squash a pug. The next night it may be that I no longer have the use of my pillow. I now even have a pillow for me and one for Ref to use. But I think the biggest one I hate is when I roll over and behold, I kick the wall. Sharing a bed with a pug is like sharing a bed with 3 people. I can’t imagine what it is like to share a bed with more than one pug.

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4. Begging – Now this is not something that happens every single time someone has food in our house but Ref does know how to beg for food. And the reason I hate the begging is that it is so so hard to say no to the most adorable face looking at me. Or that super cute, high pitched bark that says “Feed me. I’m starving. I haven’t eaten since 2 minutes ago.” Ref has this thing where he thinks if he moves a little bit and sits again that it will increase his chances of getting food, you know because good sitting boys get treats. But I do have to say, I think the part that I hate more than the begging side is the side of Ref that thinks as soon as you have finished eating, the plate is fair game. He cannot help himself. If we are eating at the kitchen table, as soon as everyone has eaten, he is on the table looking for scraps. If we are eating on the lounge, he is all up in your face whilst you eat and then going straight for the plate the second the last piece of food leaves it. And it really doesn’t matter how much you try to change the behaviour, it just doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to food. There are two words to describe Ref when it comes to food and that is food whore.

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5. Nail clipping – I’m leaving this one ’til last cause I think this is probably hands down the worst thing with Ref. I mean, people talk about how painful it can be to take their pets to the vet and it sounds horrible, not that I can relate. Ref loves going to the vet. But nail clipping… oh my. That is a task and a half. It has always taken two people to clip his nails. I would hold him whilst mum would do the clipping. And even then it would take 10 minutes and I would end up covered in scratches. We tried the whole treat thing whilst it happened and it didn’t make a difference. In the end, I much rather spend the $10-$15 to take him to my local dog groomer to have them clipped regularly. And the best part, they get it done in just a few minutes.

So that’s my top 5 pug pet peeves. Does your pug do any or all of these? Or is there something you hate much more than what I listed? Let me know in the comments what your pug pet peeves are. I’d love to hear what other pugs are like.

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Dana on February 13, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I put a bed on my bed for Bruce and he sticks to sleeping in that. The pug hair has no solution. 🙂

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Dana. That’s a great idea putting a bed on your bed. Ref is the snuggling type so he loves snuggling into my chest and sleeping under the blanket in the cooler months. Definitely no solution to the pug hair though there are definitely ways to reduce it.

  2. Avatar Larissa on February 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Yes!! The dog hair. I don’t own a pug but I own a pomeranian and her white hair gets everyone! We say the same thing – dog hair is a condiment in our house! And the begging. You can have a meal in peace because you have to share everything with them. Luckily they have such sweet faces and personalities to compensate!

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 17, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      We have dinner in peace cause Ref gets his dinner at the same time and since he has his meal followed by a carrot and a dental chew, we are pretty much right to eat in peace. Dogs are such beautiful creatures that make life so much better. We are lucky to have them.

      • Avatar Larissa on February 17, 2015 at 4:59 pm

        What dental chew do you give your pug? We try to brush our dogs teeth but they hate it and its not very successful!

        • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm

          For the past 4 years I have been giving Ref Dentastix but his last vet visit showed that he has some plaque build up so they just aren’t that effective. I have just switched him over to Kangaroo tendons as it takes him longer to chew it and will be a bit better and healthier than the Dentastix. But we are starting the cleaning of the teeth with some dental wipes as they were cheaper to try than the toothbrush and toothpaste option. Once he is used to the wipes, which surprisingly he is, we will be swapping to the toothbrush option. You can also pick up in PetBarn some spray to clean their teeth but for a more natural option, you can get herbs to mix into their food that cleans their teeth. I’ve seen this on

  3. Avatar Tania @My Kitchen Stories on February 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Aww I still love them,

  4. Avatar Natalia on February 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Oh the licking! I have Frenchies and the constant licking. I will sit to watch tv and she will sit there and lick every cm of my arm, and leg… just the one.. and then lick the lounge clean.

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Guess it’s not just a pug thing then. Ref is like that more with my mum than me. I guess it is just another one of those things you put up with cause there are a million more things you love about them. Thanks for stopping by Natalia.

  5. Avatar Christine on March 24, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    After 2 years we occasionally get the odd poop on the floor. No remorse at all. If I miss the signal to go out by a minute it will be too late. …But the adorable face makes it all better.

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on March 24, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Ah yes! The house training is one of the hardest things. Ref still poops inside but when it is wet outside. And yes of course the adorable face of any pug being naughty makes up for it. Thanks for topping by Christine.

  6. Avatar Cristina on June 29, 2019 at 11:28 am

    The Bed Hogging OMG!!!!! I cracked up reading this article, my pug Eugenio does them all. I do quite like being woken up by pug kisses, I think its sweet so 🙂

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on July 7, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      I wrote this when I had one pug. I now have two and the bed hogging is even worse.

  7. Avatar gary on January 16, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Licking, yes me sometimes but always doing his paws !! Is this allergies or what ? He is a senior pug 10+ years but even the Vet didn’t have an answer ??

  8. Avatar Mitch Moore on January 24, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    I have a Chug named Wendy, a chihuahua pug more to the pug. She looks like a Pug only cuter. She is a doll. This article was so relatable. Wendy is beside me every step I take from the moment I get home she never leaves my side. She is a little bed hog, the hair does shed, she will potty inside if its wet outside, she cant wait to lick my toes every night, loves to go to the store and meet and show off for people, especially Lowes, and Academy Sports doggy isle. The McDonald’s drive thru is another where she likes to be the center of attention standing up waving with both arms at the restaurant workers. She is highly intelligent with a large vocabulary. If I sneeze it’s her immediate duty to come up to my face and check on me and give me a long meaningful hug. I’ve never felt so loved and cared for in my life. (Btw I’m married with 3 children) She doesn’t care about school, work, cell phones, tv, etc. I’m her whole life it seems. When I leave for work, my wife says she will go find a tshirt or something I last wore and get it and lay around on it all day till I get home. She is always at the door standing on 2 legs when I arrive home so excited to see me. I am so thankful she came into my life.

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