There is general agreement that the Pug is one of the world’s oldest breeds, although no one can determine exactly how long this breed has been in existence. Most agree that the Pug originated in Asia before 400 B.C. and is descended from a shorthaired Pekingese. The breed became popular during Victorian times in the 19th century. Pugs made their way to Japan and Europe, where they became the dog of royalty. The American Kennel Club recognized this breed in 1885. Modern famous Pugs include Mimi LaRue owned by Tori Spelling and Sid and Nancy owed by Jessica Alba. All of these dogs have been on the cover of various dog magazines.
The Pug is a small, square and stocky dog. The eyes are large, prominent and dark in color. Ears are small and thin and are either rose or button shaped; they have a velvety feel. The face has large, deep wrinkles. The tail is high-set and curled over the back. A Pug’s coat is short, soft, and smooth. Coats are colored apricot, fawn, black or silver. The wrinkled brows can give a Pug a concerned expression. Pugs weight between 13 to 20 pounds. They are 10 to 14 inches tall. Life expectancy for a Pug is about 12 to 15 years.
Pugs have a happy-go-lucky attitude. They are playful, lively and rambunctious. Pugs are sure to keep their human companions laughing with their antics. They are highly intelligent and can become bored easily without variety in their training. They can become a bit willful if their human companion does not maintain training and provide activities for the dog. Pugs get along well with dogs and other pets. They are also well-behaved with both children and visitors. Pugs adjust well to apartment life and are relatively inactive indoors. They can do well without a yard. They often do not do well in extreme hot or cold weather and should be kept indoors at a comfortable temperature. Pugs can catch cold easily and become stressed by hot and cold weather. Pugs also tend to snort and snore as fluid gets caught under their palate. These situations usually rectify themselves. The wrinkles need to be cleaned regularly, since they can gather debris. If living in an apartment, food should be rationed and they should be exercised regularly to prevent obesity.
Pugs love to be around people – especially ones that give them plenty of attention. They are particularly wonderful around children, as they are patient and always ready to play.
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