Pugs were originally kept as pets by the Buddhist monks in Tibet. Their popularity increased when they became favored by many Royal courts including the House of Orange in Holland and Josephine Bonaparte.
This lively, sturdy toy breed is indeed pugnacious and a lot of dog in a small space. Pugs are easily adaptable to any situation and truly enjoy being with their people.
Pugs are very happy, loving dogs and can become very attached and clingy to their humans. They demand a lot of attention and can get nervous if they don't get it! Pugs have been known to be quite stubborn dogs, and although they are highly intelligent they bore easily. They're very sensitive to the tone of your voice, so usually it's not hard to set them right if they get into mischief!
They have a charming personality and are wonderful with children, loving to play and romp about the yard. They don't bark a lot and get along well with other pets.
Because of their short muzzle they are very sensitive to temperature extremes. They must be watched closely in hot weather so they don't overheat. They don't need a lot of exercise at all, and play very well indoors. Be warned that this breed snores. A lot.
Although their coat is very short and easy to care for they are a very heavy shedder when the seasons change.
The Pug was first registered with the AKC in 1885. For more information on this fascinating little breed visit the Pug Dog Club of America
website or the American Kennel Club
. If you would like to adopt a Pug, you can visit www.pugrescue.com
, or PetFinder.com
||10 to 11 inches tall
||14 to 18 pounds
||Silver, apricot-fawn or black
||Short, smooth and glossy
||No special grooming. The coat is not cut.
||Orient - China is the earliest known source
||FCI, AKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, UKC
||One of the soundest and most solid of the Toy breeds.