One of the most recognizable breeds, the Pug has a distinctive look with a scrunched up face, defined coloring on his muzzle and tiny body with a curled tail. Its short coat is fawn or black. While its exact origins are unknown, the Pug bears similarities to the Pekingese, leading experts to speculate that he hails from China or Japan.
Accompanying his cute exterior is a wonderful personality. The Pug is calm, loving and charming, with a dose of mischief. He makes an excellent member of any family.
The Pug breed can be traced back to ancient China where emperors preferred flat-faced toy dogs like the Pekingese, Shih Tzu and Pug.
These breeds were later brought to Europe where they were a favorite amongst many court elites. They became the official dog of Holland’s House of Orange after a Pug named Pompey saved the prince’s life by alerting him to approaching assassins.
Pug Training & Temperament
Pugs are very friendly and lovable. They want to please their owners and are good with children. They prefer companionship and don’t do well being left alone for long periods. They are generally happy to obey which helps with training when given positive reenforcement instead of scolding.
Pugs are a relaxed breed that doesn’t need much exercise. They enjoy some short walks or playing inside or outdoors (if it’s not too hot). Since they are more relaxed you’ll need to be sure they don’t gain too much weight by maintaining some form of exercise.
Pugs have a short coat that doesn’t need much grooming. They do shed and can be brushed to lessen the amount of loose hair. They can be bathed occasionally when they get dirty or smelly, and need their nails trimmed.
Pugs common health issues are a result of their compressed face & snout. This makes them more susceptible to eye injuries. It also means they have a harder time breathing, especially in sunny, hot or humid weather.
When pugs are excited they may have a hard time breathing and begin sneezing, but this isn’t usually harmful. Pugs also tend to have wrinkles in their faces that may need to be cleaned by their owners.