The Pug is a dog breed characterized by a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and with a curled tail. The pug also has a fine, glossy coat. They were brought from China to Europe in the 16th century and became very popular in Wester Europe. In fact, Queen Victoria of England was enamoured with pugs and had many as pets.
Pugs are about the most unique looking breed of dogs you will see. It’s pretty hard to mistake a purebred pug or even a pug blend for anything else. Pugs are basically miniature faces. They average about 17 pounds and are put together like fuzzy bricks, with legs and extremely wavy tails. They average about ten or eleven inches in height at the highest point of their shoulders (called the withers).
Pugs come in a few colors, yet two are the most recognized. One is solid black, and the other is fawn with an all-black face. The rarest acceptable shading is called silver, which is a light gray body and a black mask. The pug officially just comes in three colors, yet pet pugs often have smudged or indistinct colors and sometimes small patches of white. Show pugs have very distinct colors that don’t obscure into each other. The three official colors are all black, fawn with a black facemask and silver. The latter is very rare, which is a kind of light gray with a black facemask. Pet pugs often have dewclaws, while show pugs do not.
The adorable pug pushed-in face is the subject of much controversy among dog lovers. It is argued that the current construction of the nose and mouth makes for a very unhealthy dog with a ton of breathing problems. Pet pugs sometimes have longer noses than the breed standard calls for. However, until the breed standard is changed, all pugs with nearly flat faces are considered the ideal pug head. However, the face of a pug is essential to the breed and can just be best seen directly. Your shelter dog won’t match the pug breed standard exactly. The breed standard is an ideal portrait of a pug, not based on an actual pug.
The pug’s body should be sturdy, cobby and a bit on the round side. It should be proportional to the head. The legs look just a little too small for the body, yet not short like a Dachshund’s. Many pet pugs will have longer legs than the breed standard allows. They should stand about ten or eleven inches high at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from fourteen to seventeen pounds. Their life span is long, 12-15 years.
Most pugs have temperaments as distinctive as their appearance. They do their utmost to get along with everyone. This great temperament is also part of their breed standard. They seem to thrive on being stared at and adored. Pugs will often seem to smile when they are pleased with how they have blessed the world with their presence. They are proud dogs, but funny, and playful. They love games and enjoy being close to humans. They thrive on being the center of attention and do not like to be ignored.
Pugs have a great personality. They are happy, affectionate, and also playful, mischievous and loyal. They are also quite intelligent, and sometimes are strong-willed, which can make training them challenging.
Pugs typically get along well with other dogs and children. They do not tend to be loud, so they are good companions for those who live in mult-unit dwellings like apartments.