Pug

Pug At a Glance

Country of Origin:

China

Breed Group:

AKC (Toy); ANKC (Toys); CKC (Toys); FCI (Companion and Toy); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)

Size:

Small. Weight: 14–18 lbs Height: 10–14 inches

Coat:

Smooth and short.

Color:

Fawn, Black with mask, Silver, Apricot

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Intelligence
Kid Friendly
Playfulness
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Marie Antoinette had a Pug named Mops.

Pug Overview

This dog breed is another ancient breed from China, a region that loves flat-faced dogs. The pug shares bloodlines with other flat-faced breeds such as the Shih Tzu and Pekingese and was another breed of dog only allowed to be owned by royalty. The dogs were brought back with the Dutch East India Company to Europe, where they became extremely popular among royalty there.

 

Pug Characteristics

This dog breed is one of the most recognized and popular breeds across the world. Their flat face combined with triangular ears and curled tail gives them a friendly and comical appearance. They are also adored for their many “noises” including the snuffles and snores they can make when happy. They are a great all-around companion in both hardiness and friendliness.

 

Pug Temperament

He is known as “a lot in a small package”, which is part of what makes him so popular. They are friendly, even-tempered and happy to be anywhere their family is. Their cute looks and ability to get along well with people, children and animals make them a wonderful family pet. He is happy as long as he is part of the attention.

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Pug Care

This dog breed’s lifespan ranges from 12 to15 years, typical for small breed dogs. His unique body shape does lead to a few health concerns including elongated soft pallet, luxating patellas, progressive retinal atrophy, stenotic (narrowed) nares and Pug Dog Encephalitis, a swelling of the brain.

 

Pug Coat

Their coat is easy to maintain and requires only minimal brushing to remove dead and loose hairs. However, his folds and wrinkles around the face require more care and need to be kept clean and dry to prevent skin infections of the folds and around the eyes.

 

Pug Training

He is a smart breed and will happily pick up basic obedience. He does well with direction in his training and positive reinforcement will make him eager to learn and perform tasks asked of him. Short sessions are best to keep his attention.

 

Pug Activity

They can be prone to obesity, so daily walks are needed to keep him in shape. This dog breed is a curious fellow and walks help satisfy him physically and mentally, allowing him to explore while he exercises. They are also happy joining in with the daily activities of their family.

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