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How Often Should You Bathe Your Pug? Care and Grooming Advice


If you have a Pug for a pet, you know that baths are a huge part of keeping your Pug clean, healthy, and happy. Giving your Pug a bath is the time to remove any loose fur, debris, and dirt from your dog’s body and the wrinkles where all the stuff seems to collect. It’s best to bathe your Pug every 3 weeks. Use safe products that promote healthy skin and fur since chemical and fragrance-heavy shampoos can dry out your dog’s skin and cause health issues.

We’ll discuss why you should bathe your Pug more often than other breeds and the supplies you need to keep it healthy and clean.


How Often Do Pugs Need a Bath?

It’s recommended that you give your little Pug a bath every 3 weeks. The Pug’s body constantly produces oil that helps keep the dog’s skin moisturized and protects against the elements. The only bad thing about these protective oils is that when they are on your dog’s skin, they don’t evaporate. Instead, they accumulate and build up on your Pug’s skin.

After around 3 weeks, that oil starts to block your Pug’s pores, and your Pug starts to smell bad. If you bathe your Pug, it will be fresh, clean, and happy for another 3 weeks when you have to do it all over again. Like Bulldogs, Shar Peis, and Bloodhounds, Pugs have wrinkly faces that need to be frequently cleaned, even before bathing them. Vet-approved doggy wipes are excellent products for wiping your Pug’s wrinkles.

Pug Bath
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Supplies Needed for Bathing Your Pug

You’ll want to gather a few supplies ahead of time when you’re going to bathe your Pug. The last thing you want is to have your Pug settled and ready, then realize you forgot something and have to start all over again. You can find the supplies you need to gather below:

  • A brush or mitt for pre-bath grooming
  • Shampoo
  • Wash-out conditioner
  • Scrub brush
  • Cotton balls
  • Two thin washcloths
  • Fluffy towel
  • Non-slip mat

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’re ready to tackle bathing your Pug, but where?

Where’s the Best Place to Bathe a Pug?

If you have a Pug puppy, the best place to bathe them might be in the sink. The sink is a good option because, at that young age, many puppies are afraid of the water. Make sure you clean the sink of food or any soap that may have collected there before you put your puppy in to give it a bath.

If you have an adult Pug, they can also be bathed in the kitchen sink if the sink is big enough for them to fit comfortably. You can also give them a bath in the bathtub. If it’s warm enough outside, you can give the Pug a bath in a tub outside or in a big container.

Bathing your Pug every three weeks shouldn’t be hard to do if you start bathing the Pug when it’s a puppy. You want to get the Pug used to being given a bath so that it’s a routine with the dog, just as it is with you.

wiping pug with towel after shower
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Bathing Tips

Whether you bathe your Pug inside or out, ensure the water is only lukewarm since dogs’ body temperatures run higher than ours. The ideal bath temperature is around 100° F. After lathering your Pug with shampoo, rinse thoroughly and avoid getting suds in their eyes. Pugs are sensitive to low temperatures also and may catch a chill if they’re not dried thoroughly. It’s best to towel-dry your pup, but if you use a blow dryer, ensure it’s on the lowest heat setting.


Final Thoughts

Pugs are adorable dogs that can become too fragrant if they aren’t bathed regularly. On top of that, a Pug that isn’t bathed enough can develop skin problems due to the accumulation of oil clogging the pores in its wrinkles. If you feel you can’t handle grooming your Pug or bathing it every 3 weeks, professional groomers will do the job for you. Although grooming costs can add up, the expense is worth it to keep your Pug healthy.

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