Do Pugs Need Another Dog Companion And The Best Ones To Get

If you have a Pug, there’s a chance you’ve wondered “do Pugs need another dog companion?” Especially, if you leave your Pug at home alone during the day. Mindy my black Pug had a dog companion and I wanted to share what I learned about finding the best buddy for your best friend.

Do Pugs Need Another Dog Companion?

The answer is it depends, all dogs are different and all dogs have different dispositions and social preferences. Pugs need their people, but after living with a Pug for 16 years, I don’t believe that all dogs require the companionship of other dogs.

Mindy lived with a Yellow Lab for about 10 years of her life. When our Yellow Lab Charlotte passed, we decided not to get a second dog. We had no clue how Mindy would react after losing her playmate.

do Pugs need another dog companion

It took a while for her to get over the loss, but eventually, she was fine. It as if she was the only dog we ever had. The downside is that she seemed a little needier sometimes. If you have a dog already and are considering getting a Pug, they shouldn’t have a problem playing together and getting along.

If you’re considering getting a second dog for your Pug, let’s take a look at which types work the best.

Do Dogs Get Lonely Being The Only Dog

lonely Pug
Pugs can get lonely if they are left alone for long periods of time

Yes, Pugs can get lonely they are social animals that crave attention from their humans. It’s no different than humans, we crave social interactions with other people.

According to Petfinder dogs share a common bond and provide companionship that humans just cannot provide. It’s no different than women confiding in other women because sometimes men just can’t understand women issues.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for Pugs to suffer from separation anxiety. If you do leave your Pug alone during the day, make sure that you’re giving them access to their favorite toys and a quality dog bed they can lay on while you’re away.

Here’s a list of some of Mindy’s favorite toys for a Pug that kept her busy while we were away at work.

Best Companion for A Pug But Not Good With Kids

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Make sure your second dog gets along good with your Pug and kids

While most Pugs are laid back and can get along with other dogs, cats, and kids. We’ll take a look at some of the best dogs dog breeds that get along with each other.

According to the AKC American Dog Kennel, and my personal experience, Pugs are low-tempered and are generally easy to get along with. As long as you’ve taken the time to socialize and train your pup.

However, there are some breeds that are more suitable for this breed than others. Avoid pairing your Pug with a high-energy dog or one that is prone to be aggressive.

While these dog breeds may get along with your Pug, they are the worst breeds for families with kids.

  • Dalmatians
  • Chihuahua
  • Pitbull
  • Rottweiler
  • Chow Chow

While these breeds may make great pets, but according to PetHelpful, most of these dogs are mean due to poor treatment and bad breeding.

Of course, you can consider getting a second Pug. I’ll share some tips on how to introduce them properly below. 

What Dogs Are Good With Pugs?

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Pugs will get along great with a Labrador because of their gentle demeanor

The best characteristics to look for when pairing your Pug with another dog is to look for a happy-go-lucky breed and has a low-stamina like a Pug.

You may also want to consider a small dog so your Pug won’t get hurt when they are playing. Although, Mindy lived with a Yellow Labrador and never got hurt when they played.

It’s important to remember that your Pug is susceptible to genetic problems such as luxating patellas, protruding eyeballs, and breathing problems. A larger dog that weighs 20 – 30 pounds more can inflict injuries when rough playing.

Dog Breeds Compatible With Pugs

These dogs will make great playmates and companion dogs for Fido.

These are outgoing dogs with a happy-go-lucky nature. They tend to have the same type of personality as a Pug and should get along great with each other.

Studies have shown that dogs with the same personality stand a better chance to get along with each other.

Your Pug’s trusting nature may not do well with a Chihuahua that is known to have a protective nature.

Does Dog Breed Matter?

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Pugs are very docile dogs that will usually get along with other dogs

Pugs are very docile dogs that tend to get along with other animals and the breed won’t make a big difference to your pooch. Some owners make the mistake of not putting enough thought into the second dog they get for their small Pug.

Before bringing home a companion dog for your Pug, you will want to consider the following things.

Energy Level

While Pug puppies tend to be hyper, once they mature, they become very laid back and don’t require a ton of exercise. Getting a dog with too much energy can make it a nightmare for your Pug.

A Pug will do better with a second dog that matches their energy level. This is the reason most people tend to get another Pug as a companion for their first Pug.

Play Style

Some dogs tend to play rougher than your Pug is used to. While others love playing chase, which can become a nuisance if your pup is trying to lay on the couch beside you.

Then you have those dogs that love to steal other dog’s toys and become aggressive when they are taken away.

When considering another dog for your Pug, make sure their playing style is similar to your dogs. Avoid getting a dog that will be too much for your furry friend.

Age of Both Dogs

It’s normal to want to give an older dog a companion dog, especially, if you leave them home alone while at work. However, most older dogs don’t enjoy puppies. Others may enjoy playing “mother hen” to a young pup.

Make sure the age of your new dog will fit into your Pug’s lifestyle and routine. It may be best to get a dog that is around the same age as your pooch.

Most people want to introduce a new puppy because their first dog is getting older. You may want to consider fostering one for a while to see how your Pug reacts to the puppy.

This will help you determine whether your Pug will be happy with the age of the pet you want to get or not.

Size of Dog

A Pug is a small breed dog and you may not want to bring home a giant dog that can hurt them.

While many large dogs tend to do well with smaller pets, especially, if they have a gentle giant demeanor. But a large dog puts your Pug at risk of being sat on, stepped on, knocked over, other accidental and unintentional accidents.

Your Pug may also be scared of the big dog, especially, if they’ve never been socialized properly. Having a bigger dog will require you to socialize both dogs to see if they get along with each other, especially, if you’re not getting them as puppies.


While gender shouldn’t matter too much if you get a dog with the same demeanor as your Pug. However, every dog’s personality is different and some Pugs will get along better with another dog of the opposite sex.

Are You Ready For Two Dogs?

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Take your time when looking for a companion for your Pug

Adding another dog means more resources, time, and effort. You’ll be required to buy more supplies like dog bowls, leashes, harnesses, pet insurance, food, treats, and veterinary care.

You’ll also have to spend more time training and socializing both dogs. You’re probably thinking, well training my Pug wasn’t hard, but it doesn’t mean that the second dog will be easier.

Two dogs also means double trouble like accidents, barking, jumping on people, biting, chewing on things, potty accidents and etc.

So while having a companion dog may be good for your Pug. It can be a nightmare for you if your household isn’t ready to take on the responsibilities of another dog.

Bottom Line

Most Pugs will be fine as long as you give them the attention and affection they require. If you do get them a companion, make sure you choose one that will get along with your current dog.

You may want to consider fostering a dog for a while to see if your Pug is even interested in getting another dog. If they are, then consider getting another Pug for your first one, after all, you’re already used to this breed.

References and Further Reading

Petfinder – Dogs Who Are Home All Day

Black Pug Site