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Old 06-23-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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What is it that makes pugs sensitive to heat?

i have a family that wants to adopt a pug mix I'm fostering, but their dogs are outside when the family is not home. They are willing to install a doggie door, but what can I tell them about heat sensitivity for this breed? they're a wonderful family, except for the issue about being outside for 8 hours a day. This dog is sensitive to heat, so I'll most likely say no to the adoption, but I need to be armed with information before I call them tonight to discuss the adoption.

thanks.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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Any dogs with shortened muzzles like bulldogs, pugs, or boxers are more susceptible to respiratory problems from heat, smoke, etc. They're called brachycephalic (sp?) breeds. The only problem I see with a doggie door to be able to get into a cool house, is that dogs don't always use good sense about heat. Many times I've had to make my dogs come in against their will when they were obviously starting to get overheated.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:06 AM
 
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Any dogs with shortened muzzles like bulldogs, pugs, or boxers are more susceptible to respiratory problems from heat, smoke, etc. They're called brachycephalic (sp?) breeds. The only problem I see with a doggie door to be able to get into a cool house, is that dogs don't always use good sense about heat. Many times I've had to make my dogs come in against their will when they were obviously starting to get overheated.
Oh, I see. This dog doesn't have the short pug muzzle, so i can't use that. He's got the chi face, but the pug body. I just suspect he's not a fan of the heat, so he just comes inside on his own.

I'll have to ask them to install the dog door and do a home inspection, I guess. Ugh... very nice family, and it'll be difficult to say no.
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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Tell the people to stay outside for the same period of time and see how they feel.
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:19 AM
 
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Just say no. "This dog needs to be inside during the day, so you are not an appropriate family" . end of.
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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Have to agree w/ the others. What if the dog (or any dog) is outside sleeping on a hot day, gets disoriented and can't find its way back into the house - ? It's a real problem and happened to someone I know, luckily the owner came home in time to realize what happened and the pug survived. Personally, as convenient as doggie doors can be, I wouldn't chance it. Another thing, if they have access to outside, anyone can come in the yard and dognap one of the dogs, I know it's farfetched but it has happened, they can also get teased by neighborhood kids etc, just too chancy leaving them home alone unattended outside, mine are in and out a lot - prob. more than necessary - while it can be a pain, they are safe (unless someone comes in and dognaps them which I have heard of happening, in one case someone removed the door and stole other items and in another case, someone went thru a back window simply to get the dog (turned out to be a neighborhood kid who had been a former friend of the family)).
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:25 PM
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Nice family or not, Pugs are heat sensitive and are not outside dogs. Frankly, I pretty much believe that about all dogs but that's another thread.

I personally own and foster Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs. Under no circumstances will I approve a potential adoptive home that wants to make them yard dogs...no way, no how, doggy door or not.
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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With a dog door, he wouldn't be a yard dog. He has that now.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:22 AM
 
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With a dog door, he wouldn't be a yard dog. He has that now.
But you already said you don't want them to adopt him. It's your choice to say no, right? Go with your gut on this, and animals welfare and happiness is at stake.
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