- The Pug is recognized by the American Kennel Club as a member of the Toy group.
- The word Pug is a European slang word for “dear one”.
- Pugs were specifically bred to be companion dogs. They are known to be special dogs, and will gladly share the company of any family member or friend.
- Pugs have a short square muzzle, large prominent eyes, a massive round head, thin small ears, a black mask, and a tail, which curls over the hip.
- Pugs combine a cocky confidence with a friendly, sensitive nature and a unique personality. The Pug is known to be stubborn. The Pug is a big dog in a small package. Pugs typically weigh between 14 and 20 pounds.
- The coat is soft and can be silver, apricot, fawn or black. Pugs are short coated and require little grooming.
- Pugs are social animals and love to be petted, groomed and played with.
- A Pug, even abused and older ones, generally adapt to change readily. This of course, makes the task of relocating the Pug to a new home much easier.
The American Kennel Club describes a Pug as follows:
The Pug is well described by the phrase "multum in parvo" which means "a lot of dog in a small space." They are recognized for their even-tempers, playful personalities, and their outgoing, loving dispositions. This square and cobby breed comes in fawn, silver fawn, apricot fawn or black, with a well-defined "mask" on his muzzle. A popular companion dog, the pug also excels in the show ring.
A Look Back
The Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dogs and has flourished since before 400 BC. Most researchers agree that the breed comes from Asia, due to its similarities to the Pekingese. China is the earliest known source for Pugs, where they were pets of the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. The breed next appeared in Japan and Europe, becoming popular when Prince William II became the King of England. He owned Pugs and they became the fashionable breed for generations.
Is a Pug the right breed for You?
The Pug’s reason for living is to be near their people and to please them, and their sturdiness makes them a family favorite. They are comfortable in small apartments because they need minimal exercise, but the breed can adapt easily to all situations. The Pug sheds, but its short coat requires little grooming.