One of the key ways we can keep millions of dogs out of shelters is to encourage people to do their research before getting a dog. It is so important to choose the right breed for your lifestyle, budget, personality, family and home. As part of our Rescue Dogs Rock campaign, we have been working on a breed library that includes tips or quotes from members of our community. We hope to publish the library next week along with the launch of the Rescues Rock and Puppies episodes of the TV series in Canada.
As I am now fostering Kilo the pug, I thought I would share 5 Things About Pugs first.
1) The Pug is believed to have originated in China, and then to have been imported to Europe around 400 years ago. The pug reportedly became the official dog of the House of Orange in 1572 after a Pug saved the life of the Prince of Orange by alerting him to the approach of assassins. The breed was popular with royalty, particularly during the reign of Queen Victoria in the UK, and frequently pampered like royalty. They were apparently one of the most searched breeds on the internet last year according to Google.
2) The Pug is a squarely built, deep chested, compact breed with short legs, a tightly curled tail and an unmistakable flat, wrinkled face with large round, dark protruding eyes. They are known as a brachycephalic breed like Bulldogs, and require face cleaning in their wrinkles. They frequently have an underbite. They may be prone to breathing issues and may suffer in extreme temperatures.
3) Their smooth short coats can be fawn, apricot fawn, silver fawn, or black. Pugs require minimal grooming, but they do shed a lot (more than I expected, even with regular brushing).
4) Pugs are true companion dogs. Although pint-sized, Pugs come packed with a lot of cheeky charm and love company. The cute, sturdy little dogs usually like children and if properly socialized and trained, can make great family pets. They may have bursts of energy and be quite nimble, but do not generally have a lot of stamina and will snooze on the couch a lot, too. Pugs can make great apartment dwelling dogs, though they do require lots of love and attention and are known for shadowing their pet parents.
5) Pugs are usually smart and eager to please, but can be a little stubborn to train. They love to play and take walks.They are often very food motivated and seem to respond best to positive reinforcement and patience. If they do not get enough exercise and an appropriate diet, they can be prone to obesity.
If you have any insights or fun facts or stories about Pugs, please add them in the comments. Happy Wordless Wednesday.
I just found this fabulous article by Blanche at Pug-A-Lug Pug Rescue – so insightful and so many things I have found true with rescue rascal Kilo http://www.pugalug.com/what_the_books_didnt_tell_you.html