Hair: Brugs are not too high maintenance breeds, but they still require brushing and cleaning once or twice a week. Bathe them infrequently to prevent dry skin. Rub the Brug with a damp cloth instead to clean any debris or dirt.
Ears: Also, clean their ears to remove any wax or build-up. To maintain good health and prevent infections, it is essential to perform ear-check regularly.
Teeth: Use good dog toothpaste to clean their teeth. Check for build-up plaque and infections. Also, observe the nails of your dog and clip them when required.
Nails: Trimming nails once on two to three months is generally recommended.
Eyes: Clean their eyes with a damp cloth daily.
Recommended daily amount: As Brugs are small dogs, you'll have to feed them with 2-3 meals every day. 1-1.5 cups of dry dog food are adequate for Brugs. Feed them in small portions to maintain their energy levels and to prevent obesity or other health issues. Also, Brugs are not overly active, and thus, his ideal weight should be maintained. Prevent overeating, divide the meal into 2-3 portions, keep an eye on its weight and it'll be enough.
What food to choose: Always look for nutrient-rich food that meets his requirements according to his age, activity level, and size. Pick protein-rich and healthy treats to prevent obesity.
How to keep good shape: Prevent binge eating and maintain a feeding schedule to prevent weight gain. To keep them in good shape, take them for a 30-60 minute walk and engage the pup in play activities.
How many times to feed your dog: It is recommended to feed them twice a day.
The dietary needs of a Brug may change with time, so consult your vet and follow their instructions.
Being a designer dog, a Brug is quite healthy. However, it is crucial to conduct a research to know if the dog has inherited any issues. Here are some of the most common health issues Brug suffer from:
The Brugs have tiny and small legs and, thus, are prone to Patellar Luxation, a common orthopedic disease. In this disease, one or both kneecaps of the dog become dislocated. This is also a genetic condition, and its signs are pain, limping, and abnormal gait.
Massaging the kneecap into place, braces or surgery are the treatment options.
Hip Dysplasia is a condition in dogs that leads to abnormal formation of the hip socket. When in its more severe form, it can lead to arthritis of joints and can cause lameness. This is also a genetic condition. Its symptoms include decreased activity, narrow stance, pain, stiffness, etc.
An exercise routine, medication, and surgery are the possible treatment options for this condition.
Due to the genetic face structure of a Brug, it may derive the heavy facial folds from the Pug. These folds are prone to smelly yeast infections if not cleaned regularly. A Brug is also prone to issues like dry eye, respiratory issues, and cataracts.
Clean the facial folds of the Brug regularly. Also, clean the ears and folds to prevent debris and bacteria build-up. Check for inflammation, itching, or redness in eyes and consult the vet if you find anything suspicious.
Brugs are generally easy to train, and they smartly pick up to the instructions. However, due to their stubborn streak, it may seem a little overwhelming to train them. You'll require patience and consistency to train these notorious little creatures. However, if you are unable to train them well, look for a professional trainer as early training is extremely important to build their personality.
Their possessiveness and aggressiveness can also lead to awkward social experiences. Teach obedience and use positive approaches to train the Brug.
Brugs are energetic and mischievous. They find some activities to keep themselves busy throughout the day. However, overexertion or exercise may cause strain in their small legs and joints. Brugs are also prone to joint issues and, thus, always monitor them and start early training.
You can also play indoor games to keep them happy. Apart from physical activities, maintain a care routine, and visit the vet for regular checkups to keep your tiny pooch healthy and happy.