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We pretty much decided on a pug for many reasons. But then I saw several pages that say their eyes can pop out. This obviously sounds terrifying and is putting me off. Is there any truth to or is it one of this theoretically possible but doesn't actually happen things?
 

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Yep, absolutely a thing. Those extreme brachycephalic (squished) faces and large, round eyes mean they have pretty shallow eye sockets compared to many other breeds, so they're prone to eye trauma, including proptosis (the technical veterinary/medical term for an eye bulging/popping out of the socket).

Pugs aren't my thing, personally, but if I were looking for one, I'd try to find a breeder with very moderate looking adults, with smaller, more oval eyes that don't have that buggy or bulging look to them. And preferably have a bit more nose and wider nostrils than your average pug. It's also one of the reasons pugs should be walked on harnesses only; collars have been scientifically proven to increase eyeball pressure. They also have smaller than average airways, so keeping pressure off the neck is a must. And keeping them at a healthy weight, which will help many of the problems they're prone to due to their physiology.

I'd also prioritize early handling and cooperative care for things like vet visits and nail trims, which reduces the chance of eye trauma due to the dog having to be physically restrained for these procedures, since again, something like scruffing can increase the risk of proptosis.

It's not something that's going to happen to every dog, but it's definitely a real thing and a concern with the breed.
 

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Keep in mind that brachycephalic breeds are more susceptible to breathing problems and can be sensitive to heat.
 

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Yes, as mentioned, it's entirely possible. Also, since their eyes are so prominent,they can also be easily scratched and injured.
 

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I like Pugs as dogs quite a lot (seems odd considering the things I do with my dogs). the trick is to get a well bred one and from a reputable breeder. The price goes up as a result of that search.

Yes, they are prone to issues such as breathing issues, cherry eye, and yes, an eye can pop out. That said, if you go to a reputable breeder those issues are reduced and a good breeder will work with you to be sure you get a good, healthy pet puppy.

Pugs are super dogs.
 

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We pretty much decided on a pug for many reasons. But then I saw several pages that say their eyes can pop out. This obviously sounds terrifying and is putting me off. Is there any truth to or is it one of this theoretically possible but doesn't actually happen things?
I have had two Pugs, and never had a problem with their eyes. I know it can happen and I have known other pug owners. Personality with my exposure to them I would still get my pug. Their eyes do protrude like a few other breeds I have known so their eyes are at more risk to injury. If you have kids their great with them because their a tuff little breed. They have great personalities, and like little clowns. Every breed you read about has its own risks medically.
 
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