The Pug



Dating back to 400 BC the Pug is considered one of the oldest breeds of dogs. There is considerable debate as to the origins of this lovable breed. Most breeders believe it originated in Asia descending from a Pekingese lineage. Others suggest Pugs have their origins in either a Bulldog, or a small Mastiff, that were later miniaturized by the emperors of the Shang dynasty.

?The Pug is social, with a happy-go-lucky attitude. Animated and spirited, it is loyal, loving and affectionate with its family. Playful, lively, and at times a rascal, it will keep you thoroughly entertained. The Pug socializes well with other dogs and pets, and is generally well behaved in the company of both children and visitors. It makes a good watchdog and is generally not a yapper.

The Pug is a small, stocky, square, thickset dog. It has a large round head with a short, blunt, square-shaped muzzle. Endearing characteristics include the slight undershot bite and the big prominent dark eyes set in a large face that has deep wrinkles. The ears are small, thin and are either rose or button shaped. The high-set tail curls over the back. Dewclaws are normally removed.

Height. Males 12 - 14 inches (30 - 36 cm) Females 10 - 12 inches (25 - 30 cm)

Weight. Males 13 - 20 pounds (6 - 9 kg) Females 13 - 18 pounds (6 - 8 kg)

The short coat is soft, fine, smooth and easy to groom. Coat colors come in apricot, fawn, black and silver.

Strongly willed, calm and highly intelligent, it may test owners and handlers alike who do not provide adequate leadership, physical, mental and emotional exercise. The Pug gets bored easily without variety in its training. As such, dog training through a professional dog trainer is recommended early on.

Pugs enjoy energetic games and although they make great lap dogs, sometimes sleeping up to 14 hours at time, they will keep in better health if given regular steady exercise. But be careful not to overdo it, especially if you see them start to wheeze. The breed has inherent breathing problems and has the potential to overheat easily. Therefore, running with a Pug is not recommended. Pugs are also sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, and should not be left out in either for very long. Life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.