In every day life? Certainly. Grooming? No. I have NEVER met a pug who was good for nail trims. Even in the salon we had a running joke that they are the worst breed ever for it. Luckily, I can't stay mad at those little smushy faces.
I love pugs!......I have not found a better breed for kids (in general)...they are small enough to not over power a child but big enough not to be smooched by the child...my pug is great with my daughter...she will tolerate lots of touching, petting, hugging etc
I got Billy a month ago and he is 3 months now...such a little doll. I always used to think they were kind of 'stiff' and didn't like to be cuddled until my sister got Eddie--he was the most cuddly dog ever! Billy loves being on my lap and around me. There is something really sweet about him seeking out my lap to have a nap...melts my heart.
Sadly Eddie was attacked and killed by coyotes and she then got Tommy who is also very loving and cuddly. When it came time for me to get a puppy, the decision on breed was an easy one.
I love my little Billabonga so much already and we are just getting started in our lives together!
Re: snorting-Billy doesn't snort at all...he does snore at night, but nothing alarming.
re: clipping his nails, Billy is not bad at all with it. I am always playing with his feet, touching his face/ears and snout etc in order to get him used to such actions so that he isn't a big pain. My sisters dogs really used to squeal like little pigs the first time or two she tried, but she made them stay and now they just wait for her to finish. It is all about your ability to endure the heavy whining and squirming and forcing them into that calm-submissive state.
What dog likes getting handled that way the first time or two?
The only thing I don't like about pugs is how fragile their eyes are. My brother has pug puppy named Frank whose eye was popped out by a single bite from my sister's dog (a german wirehaired pointer). It was awful.
Pugs are by far the most "human" of any dog I've ever seen. They're unbelievably expressive and sensitive. It seems like they can get easily depressed if not enough attention is paid to them. My brother got Frank when he was just entering high school. Unfortunately for the pug, my brother got different priorities while in high school, and Frankie is at the very bottom of the list. Before I moved away, I paid as much attention to Frank as I could - taking him for walks, petting him, playing with him - and my brother would occasionally pitch in, too. When I moved away to Florida, Frankie was a happy, healthy, playful pug.
Half a year later, I moved back home, and Frankie was like a different dog. Overweight, unwilling to play anything. I quickly discovered that my brother - who Frankie is still, for some reason, unceasingly devoted to - is out with friends almost every single night. And when he IS home, he's in his room playing that horrible computer game, World of Warcraft. And there's Frankie, laying on my brother's bed, his one eye watching my brother, and he looks so sad. And when pugs are sad...you can really tell. Like I said, I've never seen a more expressive dog.
So, that's my pug story. I'm not sure if I would ever get a pug of my own because they don't seem to be very healthy dogs (their eyes, their breathing). But they have incredible character and are extremely likeable.