Grooming Advice for The Pug - Plush Puppy UK
Grooming Advice - The Ever Popular Pug
This delightful little breed has been around since Cocky was an egg and has a
marvellous history of being loved and owned through the centuries by many noted
people from Empresses to Kings.
His motto of "Multum in Parvo" a lot of dog in a small space is so
very indicative of this breed if you have ever shared time or home with one
them. A compact, square breed he exhibits all the power and fire of a dynamic
My life has been constantly bombarded with this dog through my sisterís
ownership of many of them over the years and is the reason I started showing in
the first place. What ever did they get me into?
Being a short coated little fellow he is often presented as a no nonsense dog
and thus not needing special attention to grooming. One should never discount a
dogís need for special grooming just because he is not a traditional "hairdo"
breed. You may not be able to snip this little guy into shape but you sure can
do a whole bunch with the descriptions as outlined in your standard.
The coat is described as "fine, smooth, soft, short and glossy, neither
hard nor woolly." Well, thatís pretty easy and very direct. No
misinterpretations can be made of that. Thus the quest is to keep the coat as
true to this as possible and maintain the condition, feel and shine.
The Pug has a tendency to feel the heat and most are prone to wallowing in
water and ending up quite smelly little critters. They snuffle, snort and
generally make themselves a bit pongey. Plush Puppy Odour Muncher
is a must for the warm months of the year. It will help get rid of the odour and
leave a nice light fragrance.
Remember to appeal to as many of a judges senses as possible. The feel of the
coat, the look of the coat and the smell of the coat are all important even if
some are subliminal.
The Pugís grooming regime ought to consist of a shampoo that will leave the
coat in itís correct state with lots of shine and the Plush Puppy All
Purpose Shampoo with Henna is a wonderful naturally sourced shampoo that
doesnít alter texture and leaves a fabulous shine. It contains a very good
extract of Henna that does not build up on the coat and wonít make the coat
brittle after prolonged use. Use at the rate of 5:1 i.e. 5 parts water to one
If your coat is a little on the harsh side due to the elements then use the
Plush Puppy Silk Protein Conditioner at a ratio of 5:1 as this will help
soften the texture. If the coat is just right then skip the conditioner. In both
cases you then use as a final rinse Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil
rate of 1 dspn to 1 gallon/4 litres warm water. Either hydrobath through the
coat or sponge through the coat or dunk the dog in the mix. Whatever technique
suits you and leave in the coat - do not rinse again.
The Seabreeze Oil is just the most magical product. It contains
Evening Primrose Oil, Calendula Oil and lots of calming and healing type goodies
that help to repair, sooth and generally give a good pickup to a dull or tired
coat. Long term it will give an overall good health and vitality to the coat.
You can use this in between shows or when preparing for a show. It is not
greasy, sticky nor will it build up on the coat. It is water soluble and helps
to repel dirt.
Now I am an advocate of blow drying just about everything as it helps rid the
coat of dead and loose hairs and keeps the coat "rolling" all the time without
the holes and gaps one gets with regular shedding. It also saves on wrists and
arms that over the years end up with RSI and arthritis from all the grooming
that dog exhibitors seem to have. Who needs to stand there brushing and using
mitts and stuff when a good blow with a cool dryer does a great deal of the work
for you? Just watch your Pugís eyes when flinging the dryer around. You donít
need ulcers in these guyís eyes.
For the Puglets that have itchy skin, then use the Plush Puppy Itchy
Skin Shampoo at a ratio of 3:1 till it starts to clear and then dilute
as much as up to 10:1 for further use.
Itchy scratching with Pugs is more prevalent in those kept indoors where they
tend to overheat. Heating and air-conditioning can all play havoc except in
extreme conditions when it is necessary. This dog is very much better suited to
Now show day you can give a light go over with the mitt and then an oval
cushion brush that has a fair amount of bristle to plastic - I prefer 2/3
bristle to 1/3 plastic. Some Pugs have some longer tufts of hair around the rear
end and these can be shortened and neatened with a pair of thinning shears.
Donít go gung ho with a regular pair of shears unless you are Vidal Sassoon.
Whiskers are optional but I tend to like the character they give to the face.
For final shine - the black points such as face and ears can have a light
application of Vaseline and donít forget to keep the wrinkles clean. A light "go
over" with a face washer morning and night keeps these trouble free. Now for the
final glam. Sprinkle a tiny amount of Plush Puppy Pixie Dust onto the oval
cushion brush and brush against the coat growth to settle the powder down lower
and leave the shimmer on top. Discretion is the key word when using this. It is
a fabulous effect and applied judiciously, gives pin pricks of light to the
coat. Finish with a light spray of Plush Puppy Shine & Comb just prior to
going in the ring. The old girls of years gone by would use a piece of silk
rubbed backwards and forwards over the coat for shine. Thatís not really good
for those arthritic wrists either!
So, now you have a star. Your cheeky little Pug will still have the power
pack look all barely contained within his little square body but will be
bursting with sheer "joi de vivre" and exuding glamour. He is hard to go past
with his playful little nature and with all the grooming presentation to enhance
his standard requirements he will be a hard contender to beat.
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