Pug Dog Breed

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.

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.

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).

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 happily snooze on the couch a lot (snoring in my pug’s case). Pugs can make great apartment dwelling dogs. They do require lots of love and attention and are known for shadowing their pet parents.

Pugs are usually smart and eager to please, but can be a little stubborn to train. They love to play and take walks (but usually not long hikes and they are not great in extreme heat or cold). 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.


Sizes: small
Personality: Sociable, attentive, charming, clever, docile, playful, stubborn
Kid Friendly (1-5): 4
Activity Level (1-5): 3
Trainability (1-5): 3

Hair lengths: short
Shedding (1-5): 4
Jobs: city living, family pet

More about Pug Dog Breed:

Fabulous article by Blanche at Pug-A-Lug Pug Rescue- so many truths highly recommend https://www.pugalug.com/what_the_books_didnt_tell_you.html

“A loveable little breed that quite often has problems with breathing because of their small cranio sacral cavity.”- Victoria

“I’ve always wanted one of these cute balls of joy.  They are my definition of cute, and like all small dogs, they don’t let their size hold them back.  I have yet to get my own, but as soon as I can, I’ll have my own to cuddle and play with.”- Kendra

“Short haired, small, muscular dog that is cute!”- Mark

“Loving, very much a clown – loves to make me laugh. My pug is Rosie, a rescue. Hates to be alone, snores loud but I miss her if I am away. Loves her walks. She is my fourth pug and the breed is precious.” – Lorraine

“Humorous, loving, playful” JoAnn

“Some pugs can bark A LOT so this is something to think about. You need to train them to be quiet. Also, due to the flat face, they snort when excited. You will be washing your eyeglasses often when they snort up close. LOL! Very cute and fun little dogs overall. I’ve even seen a few doing agility. Since agility runs tend to be short sprints, the lack of endurance doesn’t factor in here.”

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