Originally, people thought that the black color on black pugs was a birth defect, and therefore, it was assumed that black pugs have more health problems than fawn pugs. However, it was later discovered that the only difference between black pugs and fawn pugs is their color.
That said, black pugs experience the same health problems that affect other pugs. These include:
While the flat, wrinkled and mushy face of the black pug makes them adorable, it sometimes causes obstructions in their airways, making it difficult for them to breath. This condition is known as Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome.
The large, bulging eyes of the black pug are caused by shallow eye sockets due to the pug’s small skull. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to various eye problems, such as corneal ulcers.
Pugs are prone to a condition known as luxating patella, which is characterized by a dislocated kneecap. This condition causes lots of pain and leads to walking difficulties.
Pugs have a distinct, curvy tail referred to as a screw tail. While the tail looks cute, it is actually caused by a gene defect that causes the vertebrae in the tail to twist. Ordinarily, this is not a problem. Sometimes, however, the twisting of the vertebrae can start further up the spine, leading to a condition known as Hemivertebrae.
Before getting a black pug, most people want to know how long black pugs live. Despite the health problems covered above, the lifespan of a black pug is about 12 – 15 years.