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Old 12-30-2008   #1
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Pugs and Rafting

Anybody have any experience with the suitability of Pugs (dog breed) with their affinity for water? Specifically, has anybody ever seen one on a raft?

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Old 12-30-2008   #2
 
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If God meant Pugs to raft, would He have given them those faces?

Not sure it relates in any meaningful way, but just asking...
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Hey, if you're in the Chicago area, you can always visit my friend Ben's Pug Parties. Supposed to be really fun... in a smashed-in-face kinda way.

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Steve, I appreciate your reply, but is The Eddy all that you do? All day and night, every day, with a smart-ass reactionary opinion on everything under the Sun and Moon?
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No experience with Pugs, but given the characteristics of the breed, I don't think many people consider them water dogs. Had a friend with Corgi's that could not swim alone (they actually sank in deep water), but with a doggy PFD they were able to swim heads above water and make do in the water. They have shorter legs and a smaller build like a pug.

The only problem with a Pug that I immediately think of is the the smashed face like a boxer. It can cause problems breathing out of the nose, which is what most water dogs use when swimming.....

I would definitely get a flotation aid and see how they handle the flat water but bet with training and good sense they could float along on some rivers.
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Not exclusively, but certainly frequently.

Pugs strike me as pretty marginal water dogs, though I confess to having absolutely no experience with them on the water. Seems to me that big water would be pretty daunting to such a small dog with such short legs.
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You could find out. a) Take 1 pug. b) Find some warm water (swimming pool, jacuzzi, bathtub. c) Place a in b.

If the doggo really hates water, or sinks head-down, then you've got empirical evidence. But it'd be kinder to the dog to avoid hairball runs, get it a good PFD and keep it in the boat.

Lots of dogs like riding in boats, while few enjoy swimming Class IV and V drops.
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Does he like to bath. my dog loves the snow hates the water. i know a pug in town that love swimming but need a pdf and i know a pug who doesn't like the water. its up to your dog. i think as long as it can sit and chill out and likes water you would be alright.
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You might look for a pug forum, on yahoo or some pug club thing. See what people say about them swimming. I expect it will not be that good, or you can just take them on mellow rivers where you can reasonable expect them to never have to swim. Some dogs that hate to swim like to ride in boats, and virtually all dogs like to "go with". Few dogs like to get splashed, ever notice how dogs in the front of the boat often cringe away from the waves that come over and onto them? Heck, our goldens don't like that at all, and they LOVE to swim and LOVE to ride in the boat
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