The Pug is an ancient breed of dog originating in China. They gained popularity in the UK under the reign of Queen Victoria as pugs were often considered a symbol of royalty. These small but sturdy canines are loyal, peaceful, playful and lovable, though they are known to be stubborn, too!
Thinking of getting a Pug?
Learn more about one of the world’s oldest breeds with our breed guide.
Breed Health Conditions
Due to a Pug’s prominent eyes, they’re prone to eye injuries and infections and are also known to suffer from skin problems and conditions affecting their joints. Not all Pugs will suffer from the same conditions but some of these will need treatment for life and frequent visits to the vet.
Want to know what to expect with a Pug?
Learn more about the breed’s most common health conditions.
Did you know?
Your Animal Friends policy helps animal charities like Rushton Dog Rescue who find forever homes for Pugs just like yours.
Insurance for Pugs made simple
Our step-by-step online quote process can help you determine the level of cover you need for your four-legged best friend. With just some quick information about yourself and some details about your dog, we'll give you quotes that suit you, your dog and your budget.
Want to know a bit more about what policy cover or type is right for you and your dog first? Find out how our award-winning policies work below;
We have 5 types of pet insurance policies, including two options for Lifetime, each with different levels of cover for the cost of vet fees.
This aims to protect your dog if they have an accident. It doesn’t cover you for any illnesses or diseases they might have. If your dog has an accident, the policy offers £2,500 per year towards the cost of treating their injuries. The £2,500 limit applies to each accident your dog might have, and there’s no limit to the number of accidents you can claim for.
Each accident also has a lifetime limit of £15,000 – as long as you renew your policy. So, you can make claims over multiple years if your dog needs long-term treatment for their injuries – up to the £2,500 annual limit.
Time Limited products aim to protect your dog if they become ill or are injured in an accident. You can claim up to a set amount for vet fees for each condition your dog might have.
Each new condition is covered for 12 months – as long as you renew your policy. The 12 months starts from the date your dog first showed signs or symptoms of the condition. Once you reach your vet fee limit – or after 12 months, whichever comes first – we won’t cover that condition anymore, even after you renew.
The annual limit in your schedule is the most we’ll pay in total each year for all conditions.
Maximum Benefit policies aim to protect your dog if they become ill or are injured in an accident. You can claim up to a set amount for vet fees for each condition your dog might have. You can claim for as many conditions as you need to, as long as you stay within the vet fee limit for each condition. Once you reach the limit for a condition, you won't be able to make a claim for it again, even after you renew.
Lifetime Annual Limit
Lifetime Annual Limit policies aim to protect your dog if they become ill or are injured in an accident. This policy allows you to claim up to a set amount for vet fees each policy year. You can claim for as many conditions as you need to each policy year, as long as you stay within your vet fee limit. The limit resets when you renew, and we’ll cover your dog’s conditions for as long as you have a policy with us.
Lifetime Condition Limit
Lifetime Condition Limit policies aim to protect your dog if they become ill or are injured in an accident. This policy allows you to claim up to a set amount for vet fees per policy year for each condition your dog might have. You can claim for as many conditions as you need to each policy year. This limit resets when you renew, and we’ll cover your dog’s conditions for as long as you have a policy with us.
Pet insurance premiums increase as your pet gets older, as the chance of your pet becoming ill increases. Excesses apply to all our policies and a co-payment is currently payable on claims if you renew your policy after your dog turns 8 years old.
Speak to a vet, any time, for free
You can speak to the veterinary experts at Joii Pet Care from the comfort of your own home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Puppy insurance with PupStart
Our policies cover puppies from 4 weeks old, if your dog is under one year old you will also get additional exclusive benefits with PupStart, our uniquely tailored puppy programme.
You'll have access to:
- Puppy clinics and training with our vet experts at Joii Pet Care
- One month free flea and tick treatment
- Online introductory puppy first aid training
- The chance to win a puppy prize bundle worth £200*
Puppies are covered under our dog insurance policies. *Giveaway terms and conditions apply.
Why choose Animal Friends?
With over 25 years' experience, more than £7.8 million donated to support animal welfare, and over one million pets covered, customers choose Animal Friends for:
- Affordable, award-winning cover to suit you and your pet
- Free vet video calls 24/7/365 through the Joii app for dog and cat customers
- Every policy bought helps support animal charities and conservancies around the world
- Fuss-free claiming. Vets can claim on your behalf
- Expert advice and guides for you and your pet.
Originating from China, the small, sweet and sociable Pug is the dream pet for many dog lovers! From family homes to single-person households, they’re easily adaptable to different environments - as long as they’re guaranteed companionship.
Though this can be irresistibly cute, it’s important to register that Pugs are prone to developing separation anxiety, so be prepared for a lot of petting.
But really, if you’re a Pug fan, spending time with them only means you get to enjoy their gorgeous large eyes, their appreciation for attention and their love of food - and who could say no to that?
This lovable breed makes a great addition to any household - however, it’s worth considering that there are a number of health problems that Pugs are prone to.
To help protect your Pug from unexpected vet costs, you can insure your Pug through one of our dog policies. Insuring your Pug from an early age can help protect you against vets fees for conditions that may appear when they are young.
That way, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve put precautions in place for your Pug. If this isn’t possible, that’s fine - you can still insure them when they’re older.
It’s difficult to say just how much it will cost to insure your Pug, as the final quote will depend on a number of factors.
There are different levels of cover to choose from, which plays a big part in the price you will have to pay. Here are some of the things you should take into consideration before getting a pet insurance quote for your Pug:
- Their age - As dogs get older, they are more likely to suffer from health issues and injuries. This means that insurance will be pricier for older dogs.
- Their location - Pet insurance prices are generally determined by region in the UK. Areas with lower veterinary costs typically come with cheaper insurance prices than that of areas with higher average costs.
Get a quote to insure your Pug with one of our dog insurance policies.
Pugs are usually known to live between 12 and 15 years. As with most other dog breeds, female Pugs have a slightly higher life expectancy than male Pugs.
However, by choosing a reputable breeder, providing your dog with the best possible care and taking them to regular health checks, you can maximise the possibility of a prolonged lifespan.
Although Pugs are adorable, they are a flat-faced (brachycephalic) breed which can lead to a number of health problems. These issues typically tend to relate to their breathing, skin, eyes and joints - though, this is a little less likely if you choose a Pug with a longer nose and fewer skin folds on the face.
We recommend buying from a trustworthy breeder who has done relevant health checks on the parents of the dog or puppy. That way, you’ll be aware of all future health possibilities when opting for pet insurance for your Pug.
Pugs need 40 minutes to an hour of exercise each day, preferably in bursts of short walks and playtime.
They are quite energetic, but it’s crucial to ensure that they don’t stretch themselves too far and use this energy to run up and down the stairs or jump around on the furniture, as too much exercise and exertion can lead to joint problems for your Pug.
As they are also flat-faced, it’s difficult for them to take in enough air to cool themselves down by panting. So, it’s very important to refrain from taking them outside when temperatures are high - if they are affected by the heat, it can be incredibly dangerous for them.
Unfortunately, Pugs are not hypoallergenic. They shed a lot, especially those with double coats who shed even more. With this in mind, they aren’t the best breed option for allergy sufferers.
If you’re unsure whether you have a pet allergy, please take an allergy test so you can determine your options when purchasing a dog.