What Does It Mean When Your Pug’s Tail Is Down?

Have you ever noticed that your pug’s tail is down?

Maybe he’s sitting in the corner of the room, looking sad. Or maybe he’s curled up on your lap and whimpering. Or maybe he’s just lying there, not moving at all.

If so, then you’ve probably wondered what it means when a pug has his tail down. After all, it’s hard to know whether it’s a sign that something is wrong or if he’s just feeling really good!

Luckily for us all, there are some pretty clear-cut signs that can help us figure out what our pugs are trying to tell us. So, let’s take a look at those now!

Why Is Your Pug’s Tail Down?

To understand how your pug is feeling, it’s important to pay attention to the tail. It can often be a sign of what’s right and what’s wrong with your beloved pet. You should examine it as closely as possible to better see how your pug’s overall health is doing.

Below is a breakdown of some of the details related to a pug’s tail.

1) Age

It starts with the age of the pug.

There are certain breeds of pugs that develop health problems as they age. This affects a variety of things in a dog’s life, and that includes his tail. Generally, a pug’s tail will remain curled, but this is not always the case when it begins to age.

Aging causes the pug to develop other problems, including not being able to keep the tail in its original shape.

You will notice that the Pug’s tail will begin to droop and not look the same as it once did. In some dogs, this can also be a sign of arthritis.

2) Mood

If you’ve ever seen a picture of a pug with its tail between its legs, you know it’s not a happy sight. But what does it actually mean?

When your pug’s tail is down, it can mean a few different things. The most obvious one is that your dog is feeling sad or frightened. If you’ve just gotten in an argument with your pug and he’s hiding from you under the bed—or if he’s napping on his back in the middle of the day—you can be pretty sure that he’s feeling down.

But there are other reasons why your pug might be keeping his tail lower than usual:

  • He might be scared of something specific (like another dog or a loud noise) and trying to protect himself from it by keeping his tail low
  • His tail could be hurt, which would make it hard for him to keep it up
  • He might not want to bother anyone right now and wants some alone time.

3) Fear

Pugs are known as a breed that is friendly and outgoing. However, they can also be quite timid and shy. If your pug’s tail is down, it may be an indication that they are feeling fearful of something.

If you notice your pug’s tail is down and its ears are back, this is your clue that something has them scared.

You may also see your pug’s eyes moving back and forth quickly or even hear them growling at something or someone.

If you see these signs, try to get your pug out of the situation immediately. You can help them by being calm yourself and talking softly in a soothing tone of voice.

4) Illness

A pug’s tail may be down because he or she is not feeling well. The way a dog holds their tail can indicate how they’re feeling, so if your pug’s tail has been hanging down for a few days, it could be a sign that he or she isn’t feeling well. You should take your pug to the vet if you notice any other signs of illness in addition to the lowered tail: if your pug is lethargic or not eating as much as usual, or if he or she seems to be breathing heavily.

If your pug has been holding his or her tail down for an extended period of time and you’ve already taken him or her to the vet, then it might just be that something is bothering them that they can’t get over—like maybe they don’t like the way those new collars look on them! Give your pup some time and space; you may have to wait until they feel better before seeing their tails go back up again.

5) Injury

Pugs are a small breed of dog, which means they can easily get injured. If you notice your pug’s tail is down and he seems to be in pain or discomfort, it could be that he has an injury. This is especially likely if you see him favoring one side of his body over the other.

If you suspect your pug has an injury, take him to the vet right away. They will be able to help you figure out what’s going on and get your little guy feeling better!

pugs tails

Why Do Pugs Have a Curly Tail?

Pugs are known for their little curly tails. It’s a natural trait that has been passed down through generations of pugs, and it can tell you a lot about your dog’s health.

It’s also because of how the spine is seated in the body that pugs have such a unique tail. The spine is curved inwards, which causes the tail to bend outwards. 

The curve of your pug’s tail can tell you if he is comfortable and healthy or not feeling well. If his tail is down and falling over on its side, it could mean that he’s had an injury or illness recently.

Do All Pugs Have Curly Tails?

In general, yes, all pugs have curly tails. However, the actual curl of the tail can vary from dog to dog. Some pugs will have tightly curled tails that are almost like a corkscrew, while others will have looser curls and appear more like an S-shape.


In general, Pugs have a very unique and beautiful tail that makes them stand out from other dogs. Their curly tails are a symbol of their charm and personality, but if you notice that your Pug’s tail is not looking right, you should take him to the vet as soon as possible. The most common issues that can affect a pug’s tail are injuries and infections, so it’s important to watch them closely and make sure they’re healthy.