As a professional pet sitter and animal rescue advocate here in Lawrenceville, GA, I know I shouldn’t pick favorites. I should always say, “my favorite breed is rescued;” that’s the truth, for sure! If you want a specific breed, chances are you can find one to adopt through a rescue or your local shelter, instead of buying one.

Try as I might, though, I can’t help but have favorites sometimes. I also can’t help that those favorites quite frequently happen to be Golden Retrievers and Chinese Pugs. It’s not a coincidence that these are two breeds who are usually happy-go-lucky, goofy and a little clumsy, as I have the same traits.

Here are a few facts about both of the above mentioned breeds:

Golden Retrievers

  • Goldens were first bred into existence in the Scotland Highlands in the late 1800’s
  • Highly sensitive and usually make great family dogs
  • They need 40-60 minutes of exercise per day to be satisfied and thrive on praise for obedience training, agility and other mental and physical exercise.
  • They love, love, LOVE food and can be quite “mouthy.” Goldens must be watched closely on walks, to make sure they aren’t eating the chewing gum that some kid spit out!
  • Golden Retrievers are prone to bloat, cancer and skin problems
  • They shed a LOT!
  • They need to be part of the family and inside with the “pack”
  • Are the epitome of unconditional love!


  • A lot of dog in a little space!! Sturdy, compact and jolly! Big love bugs.
  • It is believed that “pug” is latin for “fist” because it was said that the pug’s face resembles a human fist
  • Great sense of humor, a show off and the clowns of all dog breeds
  • Not big barkers (and their barks are more like snorts, hahaha), so good for apartment living
  • They do not do well in extreme weather. Their short noses make heat especially dangerous. To be kept indoors with their pack!
  • If you think Goldens shed a lot, you ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve pet a puggy
  • Originated in China, B.C. 206 to A.D. 200
  • Marie Antoinette had a Pug named Mops

There are PLENTY of rescues out there with these and other breeds. Believe it or not, 25% of the dogs at most cities’ animal shelters are full breed dogs! My two dogs (a shih tzu and a Cairn terrier) were both wandering strays that I found and nursed back to health and decided to keep (after checking for chips and going through the appropriate and legal steps to ensure they were not someone’s dogs, of course).

PLEASE DO NOT go to pet stores. If you don’t know how to find a responsible breeder, that’s easy! Just do your research in what to look for in a responsible breeder. There are many red flags that are easy to spot if you know what to look for.

As a side note, I want to make sure to say I LOVE mixed breed dogs, too! My cairn is actually cairn and other stuff, but who knows. I love ALL dogs!

silly golden retrievers, dog walker, pet sitter, lawrenceville

Wembley balancing a ball and chewing on another

pugs and boston terrier, pet sitter and dog walker in lawrenceville, ga

The 3 amigos, Monte (a Boston Terrier, another of my favorite breeds), Sophie and Maxx

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Zeus is my spirit animal.

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Maxx being goofy in my lap!


Valerie Hahn

Valerie Hahn

Professional pet sitter and animal lover in Lawrenceville, GA. I live with my dog, Gizmo and my cat, Buffy. I love and respect all animals.
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