The Pug is a cheerful dog with a wrinkly head, a small snout, a robust and robust tiny body, and a curly tail. This cute little puppy is charming, good-natured, lively, and playful. The breed is a small dog with a huge personality, making it ideal for individuals looking for a small yet lively companion dog. This breed’s even-tempered nature makes it an excellent choice for households with children.
The Pug is one of the world’s oldest dog breeds, dating back to at least 400 B.C. The real origins of the breed are unknown, however it is widely assumed that the breed originated in China. Although some say it is connected to the Pekingese, others claim the breed is sprung from the bulldog or mastiff.
They were originally companions to Buddhist monks in Tibet, which may explain why they are such affectionate and cheerful animals. The breed became popular among European royalty in the 16th and 17th centuries. When King William II and Queen Mary II succeeded to the English throne, they brought them from the Netherlands. They figure in Goya’s paintings of Spanish nobles. Napoleon’s wife, Josephine, had a pug that sent secret messages to Napoleon when he was imprisoned.
They were owned by Queen Victoria and her descendants, King George V and King Edward VIII. After the British overran the Chinese Imperial Palace in 1860, a new wave of pugs and Pekingese were transported back to England. They gave the breed shorter legs and the modern form of pug nose. The breed was first registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885 and has continued to gain popularity.
The Pug’s short coat makes it easy to maintain and, as a result, requires little upkeep. This breed can range in color from light beige to black. Pugs can be heavy for their small physique because they carry a lot of weight in their midsection and have a disproportionately big head. Generally, a weight of roughly 18 pounds is ideal for your dog – but simply try to keep your Pug looking healthy.
- Weight: 7 to 9 kg
- Coat length: Short, double coat
- Amount of shedding: High
- Color: Fawn and black
Pugs, as previously said, are not the “pack” dogs that others may be, and as such, they can be rather stubborn rather than simply obeying orders. They enjoy resting and are generally quiet when compared to many other breeds of similar size. If you have kids, you’ll notice that Pugs and kids get along great.
Because Pugs do not get very large, the breed appears to be in a constant stage of “puppiness”, which is appealing to children of all ages. They are good security dogs since they can create a lot of noise and occasionally bark at guests. However, they will not provide enough security outside of specific parks, so bear this in mind before installing them as a permanent security feature in your home.
- Lifespan: 13 to 15 years
- Active: Medium
- Intelligence: Low
- Vocalize: Low
Responsible breeders have strived to maintain the highest quality breed standards as set by kennel clubs such as AKC. Dogs bred according to these standards tend to inherit genetic diseases. Among the diseases that need to be considered include:
- Brachycephalic syndrome: A combination of upper airway disorders that cause a dog’s breathing to become partially obstructed
- Allergies and other skin issues: These symptoms are often caused by parasites, infections, or allergies that have the potential to make your dog miserable
- Corneal ulcers:
- Granulomatous meningoencephalitis (GME), also known as pug dog encephalitis (PDE)
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