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Kara R.

02/01/2022

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Overall the experience was good. Our puppy is fantastic and in excellent heath and temperament. We had a medical situation with the first puppy we wanted to bring home that we became aware of when the pre-travel vet check picked up on it. PuppySpot understood our concerns and we ended up finding and getting a different puppy from PuppySpot. One thing I did observe is that there was very little communication from PuppySpot during the process of finding another puppy after the first puppy situa...

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Pug Characteristics

Pugs are actively bred as lap dogs and crave human companionship. They’re very sensitive, and though they're ideal for apartment living because of their size and personality, they will not appreciate being left home alone for long periods of time. These dogs can be a bit stubborn when they're being house trained, but overall, they're very affectionate and are perfect candidates for beginner pet parents.

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Determined

Folklore states that the Pug's name comes from the Latin word for "fist" because his face resembles a human fist. The pug's face will bring smiles to nearly anyone who sees it, and its lovable personality will charm the rest. Their heads are large and round, as are their eyes. They have deep and distinct wrinkles on their faces. Legend has it that the Chinese, who are masters of breeding Pugs, prized these wrinkles because they resembled good luck symbols in their language.

 

Full-grown pugs typically weigh in between 14-18 pounds and stand around 10-14 inches tall at the shoulder. Often found with fawn, black, or white coats, their small and stout stature makes them perfect apartment companions and are best kept indoors. Pugs, like Bulldogs, don't do well in extreme climates because the shape of their nose makes it difficult for them to regulate their temperatures. 

 

Pugs are also known to enjoy eating just a little too much. It is important to monitor their diet and provide them with ample exercise, or else they are prone to excess weight gain. Pugs have a short, double coat and are known for extreme shedding. Regular brushing and grooming will be necessary in order to keep your pug clean and happy.

How dog-friendly is District of Columbia?

Washington, D.C. is a great place for pets, and dogs in particular! The district has plenty of dog parks and pet services, and a lot of D.C. residents own dogs. Here’s how the district stacks up in a couple of studies. 


Public review site Safewise ranks D.C. quite well as the 15th most pet-friendly region in the country. The study ranks all 50 states plus D.C. according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, dog parks and hiking trails, and more. 


Wallethub, another reputable review site for pet information, reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Washington, D.C. ranked toward the middle at 61st on the list. D.C. is a bit pricier for pets than other cities, ranking 91st in pet budget. They do a little better in other categories, ranking 41st in pet health and wellness, and 9th in outdoor pet-friendliness.

Dog parks and pet-friendly activities in Washington, D.C.

A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Washington, D.C. ranked 22nd at 1.9 parks per 100,000 people.


BringFido lists Washington, D.C. as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 200 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists the National Mall and the U.S. National Arboretum as popular dog-friendly attractions.

Dog ownership in Washington, D.C.

D.C. loves dogs! Forty-four percent of Washington, D.C. residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do D.C. residents love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Washington, D.C. are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Beagles. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. saved 4,185 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 553 animals were killed over this same period. 

There is one animal shelter within Washington, D.C., and it is not considered a no-kill shelter. The area has a below-average save rate of 78%. Unfortunately, this is far short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

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