It's hard to misstake a pug for anything else than a pug; with its wrinkled face and characteristic round eyes these pooches are famous all around the world. They are goofy small beings with big personalities, always able to bring smiles and laughter to the people around them.
Average lifespann: 12-15 years
Height: 25-36cm or 9.8-14.2 inches
Weight: 6.5-8kg or 14.3-17.6 lbs
Looks and characteristics:
Pug has small compact bodies, often refered to as "multum in parvo" - meaning "a lot in a litte." Their characteristic and famous wrinkled forehead together with their short and blunt muzzle is hard to miss and makes pugs one of the most recognisable breeds out there. They can have two types of ears; the button ears (ears pointing forward folded) or rose ear (ears folded over and back). Their tails should be tightly curled on their backs and their fur short and glossy.
Black, fawn with a black mask, apricot with black mask or silver with black mask
History and origins:
The pug is an ancient breed tracing back to ancient dynasties of China, around 2000 years ago. The emperors and royalty had a preference in flat-faced small companion dogs. The pugs were considered high value dogs since only royalty kept them and the only way for someone else to aquire one was if they were gifted one.
Around 1500 pugs started appear in other parts of the world when Dutch traders brought them to Europe. The breed was also favoured by the house of Orange in Holland, according to sayings one pug saved Prince William by barking and warning him of approaching Spanish soldiers.
Pugs also became a famous pet for western royalty to possess and they can be found in many old paintings.
Fairly laid-back and yet goofy they've charmed their way world wide. They are pretty tolerant and adjustable, being able to live with other pets, dogs and small children. Pugs aren't very demanding dogs as moderate exercise is prefered so living with senior citizens isn't a problem. Pugs loves to be loved and want nothing more than attention and companionship in their family.
Unfortunally the pug isn't a very healthy breed.