The pug is a small dog with a lot of substance. They are sturdy, square, muscular dogs with short fur, a curly tail, and a short snout. The face is deeply wrinkled with large, expressive eyes. Coat colors include black, fawn, apricot fawn, and silver fawn. A black mask is present on the fawn varieties.
History of the Breed:
The pug is one of the oldest breeds, estimated at around 400 BC, originating most likely in China, where they were kept by monks in monasteries. They were imported to Japan, Holland, and eventually to European countries where they became favored among royalty.
Pugs are lively, easy-going, and intelligent. They are not yappy, but can become willful and bored without a variety of training and play items.
Care and Health:
Because of the short muzzle, the bulging eyes, wrinkly folds, and breathing issues, care must be taken to clean the folds regularly to ensure they don't get skin infections. Harnesses are preferred for these dogs over collars to prevent choking and the eyes from popping out. Yes, that is gross, but we want to make you aware that this is a true problem to be careful of with this breed.
Breed Club Links: Pug Dog Club of America
Featured pug photo by Sam Lavy.
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