I've never considered a pug a "gay dog" I have 2 pugs - one is 12 years old, and one is 4 months old. I'm a lesbian.
That being said I do know several gay males with pugs. I also know several gay males with cats, and other dog breeds as well.
And OP - they are NOT ugly dogs at all - I think they are the cutest.
Exhibit A: My 4 month old pug Teddy's pic below. Ugly? NO.
Adorable? I think so :)
You're the poster from the other thread, aren't you, r2?
How's your senior guy doing on his meds?
That age span is hard--issues on both sides.
I'm not a push-faced breed fan, but pugs are a cuter example.
I am, R3 thanks for remembering!
My older pug is now out of the hospital (I had them release him because I am right in the middle of Sandys path in the philly burbs and had to evacuate my place due to the storm). I didn't want him stranded there if there were problems (I kept thinking of the animals left behind during Katrina). He's with me now, on a lot of prednizone.
I don't know how things will turn out - he's still constantly having breathing difficulties, but the prednizone has helped some. He is better than he was last week - but not much better. I will give it a couple weeks, but if he worsens I will have to put him down.
I'm just happy he's with me now during the storm and no longer in the hospital during this mess.
He's a real cutie r2
Lately I see pugs everywhere, owned by straight and gay people.
I agree - it's not just a gay man who owns a pug. I know a lot of straight pug owners too.
Another lesbo pug owner too. One two year old female. But there are several pugs in my building and they are mostly owned by gay men. Bostons are more a straight person's smushfaced dog. Love them too.
R2 your puppy is adorable.
That dog is too cute R2! Good luck with your older pooch. It's good he is with you and not in the hospital for the storm.
I have a straight female friend and her pug not only has an underbite but her tongue also sticks out a bit. She is goofy looking but such a sweet and loving dog.
I dated a guy with a pug that wasn't so cute. His pug was grumpy, snored louder than any human I've ever heard and farted constantly.
OMG, R2, Teddy is beyond adorable.
I feel for you regarding your older dog's illness. I'm so sorry.
OP, most gay men live in the city, and the pug is a good dog for apartments.
Pugs are cute but I always feel bad for them because they sound like they have so much trouble breathing.Are there any small breeds that don't have those issues?
R2, my pug's name is Teddy too. I think they are the cutest breed out there. That picture is adorable!
Love all the pug mom's (and dad's) here!
Teddy is a real sweet dog, I just love him. Thanks for the well wished for my older pug, Spence.
R10 is right - I got my first pug while living in NYC, it's a great apartment dog. Also, pugs are more like children (they are a companion breed) so maybe because many gays and lesbians don't have kids - a pug is the closest thing? Just a guess here. But they are nothing like other breeds I had growing up as a kid.
Shih Tzu is the Gay dog of today.
Poole is the gay dog of yesteryear.
Pug is a fat persons dog. So maybe fat Gay people buy pugs.
WTF, I NEVER see gay guys with pugs. It's always Boston Terriers, Frenchies or some stereotypical yellow lab.
Traditional lesbian accessory in NYC
More baseless stereotyping.
Pug - sturdy small dog that won't snap in half if you happen to sit on them, unlike an Italian Greyhound or mini pincher.
I have one, and most people in our Pug MeetUp are families with kids.
Sweetest temperament ever. My vet friend says of the thousands of dogs he's treated, pug is the only breed with no bad stories. Always ready to give a kiss and a cuddle even when getting a shot or their blood drawn.
I've never undersood the notion that pugs are ugly. Those little faces are so expressive. I had a pug who lived to be almost seventeen, and nine years later I still miss him. I've had two dogs since, and I totally worship all my dogs, but there really is nothing like a pug. Crazy as hell, gentle, sweet, cranky, quirky, utterly devoted... Pugs are beautiful, inside and out. If they're the gay dog, it's just another point in our favor.
My sister (straight) has a Pug and I think he's the greatest dog EVER! It's unfortunate the breed has so many inherant issues. Allergies, skin problems, breathing problems....all that said, if I ever got a dog it would be a Pug.
(I fit the OP's stereotype....I'm a Bear!)
He is SO cute R19. I love his harness :)
Lesbians tend to like real, full size dogs, not prissy purse dogs. That is more a gay male thing.
Hot masculine dudes get large stud dogs, such as labs, German Shepherds, and Rots.
23 is right, alas.
I've always preferred big, dignified, majestic dogs over the adorable ones I see peeking out of the purses of blonde bimbos at my Nordstroms.
My current dog is a terrier--but one day, I shall own a Rhodesian Ridgeback!
I looked at the pug Wiki page, which says they've been called "multum in parvo"-much in little!
I have a little dog, but not a pug. I do know a lot of straight women who have pugs, though. I'm sorry, but I think they're fug.
I had a pug, fantastic dogs. They shade like crazy, so I'm not sure that's something "the gays" look for in particular, but they are great dogs.
Pugs are adorable. High maintenance health-wise, but great personalities. R20 summed it up best. My ex-bf has a pug and one of the reasons we are still good friends is that fact that he loves that I dote on his pug Maddy.
I have two pugs and it's true they are the sweetest dogs. It's also true that they have health issues as a result of their pushed in faces--breathing, eye trouble, etc. They do snore, but I find it adorable and soothing. Pugs tend to get fat easily. You have to keep them on a strict diet when they get older.
R2, your 'baby' is so cute I want to dognap him. LOL.
Don't buy a pug. You're supporting harmful inbreeding if you do.
>They shade like crazy, so I'm not sure that's something "the gays" look for in particular
Then, actually, I think you've pegged the exact reason.
My aunt bought a 2-year old pug this summer, and I'll admit I was a little apprehensive because I'd always pictured them as " shake-and-piss" dogs ( I'm looking squarely at you, chihuahuas).
Totally wrong. She has loads of personality
, and loves everyone.
She does have skin problems and the vet told my aunt after spaying they really pack on the pounds. He said, "No one does this, but they really should only get 2tablespoons of food a day."
My pug is active so she hasn't packed on pounds. But she loves to exercise. The breathing issues can be addressed to some degree very simply by doing a little nostril revision when the puppy is under anesthesia for neutering.
That's what my vet did and my dog breathes fine.
She also eats a grain free diet and that helps with preventing weight gain. It does not help with flatulence though.
I've always seen lesbians with pugs and bull-dogs. I had a pomeranian. So did two of my exes. Pugs and bulldogs either belong to thirty-ish lesbians or straight up bull dykes, in lo general
R36, I am going to look into a nostril revision on my young pup. He is due to be neutered in a few weeks. Unfortunately, a nostril revision wasn't going to help my older pug. He had a collapsed trachea, that had nothing to do with his nostrils. He got sick quite suddenly, and went downhill fast. 4 weeks ago he was playing in the park with his little brother Teddy. He had such joy in his personality. He was like no other pet I've had in the past. He was exceptional, loving, loyal. He was my heart.
Thank you all for the well wishes of my gorgeous, sweetest boy. He passed away on Wednesday. I had been trying everything to prevent this. He had seen numerous doctors and a few specialists over the past few weeks. I would have done whatever it took to make him better. But the fact of the matter is, what he had couldn't be cured, and it only progressed rapidly.
On Tuesday, out of the blue, he began having seizures. This apparently had nothing to do with his illness or the medications he was on (according to his doctors). I had the vet put him to sleep on Wednesday. I held him in my arms and he went in peace. I couldn't see him suffer or to be in pain any longer.
I don't think there will ever go a day where I won't think of him. R20, I can understand how you still miss your pug all these years later.
He was my best friend.
Rest in peace, Spencer.
Pure bread dogs have health issues. Get a mutt from the pound please. When you get a dog you can save a dog that faces execution. It is EXECUTION and they know what is going to happen to them. You can help shut down the puppy mills that are so cruel. Rescue for the love of dogs and to stop the puppy mills
I am so sorry for your loss, R39. Thank you for sharing that tribute.
I have a pug mix. He's a rescue dog and very lovable. I will say that he is male and I call him my gay dog.
I ascribe to the theory that people resemble their dogs. You can see if pretty often in any park. So i hope it's not true pugs are the gay dog, but it would certainly explain a lot.
[quote]Pure bread dogs have health issues.
All those carbs, no doubt.