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What's with all of the sounds pugs make?

Pugs have a reputation for being a quiet breed — it’s part of what makes them an ideal pet, especially for apartments. But, like most things pugs do, they put their own spin on the sounds that they do make.

Because of their short muzzles, pugs are capable of a range of sounds that’s unparalleled by other breeds. From snorting to snoring to shrieking, pugs have it covered!


When pugs scream, it’s essentially a prolonged, high pitched shriek. As an owner, your reaction to this might range anywhere from finding it funny to finding it mildly embarrassing. But, one thing’s not up for debate: pugs’ facial expressions while they scream are unparalleled.


While pugs don’t bark often, they still can. There are three main scenarios when pugs bark: 1. when they’re happy or excited, 2. when they’re seeking attention, or 3. when they’re feeling territorial. Though pugs aren’t aggressive, they will bark when someone approaches a new home. Don’t worry, though — a visitor won’t mistake them for a German Shepherd! Listen to this for an example of a pug bark.


If pugs have a signature sound, it’s their snorting. Because of the shape of their muzzles and their short noses, pugs make snorting sounds when they’re relaxed (or even sleeping), when they’re excited, or anywhere in between.

Similar to their wrinkles, the range of sounds a pugs make is unique to them: some pugs shriek when they’re happy, and some pugs never do. It’s important to pay attention to what’s normal for your pug, and pay close attention if you see any deviations from their typical behavior.