I am a Sheltie Fan, through and through. You need lots of energy for them though.
We have four pugs(Molly, Timmy, Lily, Blinky). They are really, surprisingly athletic. They are not fragile and require exercise to keep from being overweight.
They have great temperaments and just love being
They do shed a lot. If you have light furnature, do not get a black pug.
Bulldogs were bred to be strong willed and to be a more dominant type dog. I've never had one, but I've heard some bad things about them. Out of all the pugs we have owned, none have been aggressive, none have been "stupid"(Timmy is a little stiff and stubborn).
They are just great little dogs and the only ones that I would buy as a puppy.
The only reason they have respitory issues is because of their short noses. When selecting, if you want to have something to run with you on the farm, pick one with a slightly longer nose. It doesn't even have to be much, and they aren't going to lose the "pug look".
Because of the noses, you will have to put up with lots of snorts, hacks, and snoring.
Yes they are prone to eye issues. If one of your labradors bites your pug(even in play. Pugs are rough and tumble) and hits the eye, act very quickly and get him to the vet. Two of our pugs(Timmy and Lily) got bit by other long nosed dogs, and are blind in one eye. Blinky was born mostly blind.
Pugs have the cutest little run when they get excited. They will tuck their tails and scoot ninety miles an our.
Our pugs are farm pugs. They run in the fields after the tractor, they follow us everywhere. They are very active little dogs, and love enteraction and activity. They are not fragile, but you have to keep an eye on them in extreme heat.
I love pugs.