Pug Dog Breed
A Guide To The Popular Toy Pugs
When it comes to the origins of the Pug dog breed, most of the available information is mainly based on
That being said, most historians will agree that toy Pugs are a very old breed, generally believed to have originated in
the Orient sometime prior to 400 BC.
During this period the Pugs are said to have enjoyed a high status as companion pets in
the palaces of Emperors. There seems to also be a consensus among experts that they were revered pets in the Tibetan monasteries.
Later history reveals that the Pug gained much popularity in Europe where this small dog breed was often to be found in royal
households - although it was also treasured by people from all walks of life. They were especially favored by the Dutch
who, it is said, trusted them to watch over their children.
One Pug is credited with saving the life
of Prince William of Orange by alerting him to the advancing Spaniards in 1572 at Hermingny. Much later, when William III became
king of England, the favored Pugs crossed the channel with them, beginning their popularity in Great Britain.
During the 19th century, the British brought several more of these dogs back to England after they
had successfully taken over the Chinese Imperial Palace. Subsequently, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
became very fond of the breed and owned twelve of them during the course of their lifetime.
This toy dog breed is a small version of the mastiff, which makes him look quite robust for his small size. His
overall appearance is that of a charming, chubby, and squarely built dog.
Among the popular small dog breeds, the Pug dog breed has been described by owners as charming, yet strong-willed.
Their charm has led them to become somewhat famous in the movie industry.
Appearance and Grooming of the Pug Dog Breed
: 10-11 inches
: 14-18 pounds
: include apricot,
black and silver fawn.
The coat is smooth and soft, but
one surprising feature of the Pug that you should really take to heart, is that they are known to be notorious shedders.
Owners need to brush them quite a bit - daily even, and vacuum up the fur balls
often. One grooming tool that is a life-saver and that pet owners swear by is the
It handles shedding like no other
tool and keeps the Pug's coat under control for a longer period of time.
Other important grooming areas are the facial folds - dare we say wrinkles - and the ears. With such a short face
doing all the sniffing around that dog's do, a lot of undesirable
junk and slobber gets into those folds around the muzzle and above the eyes. But if you keep a supply of
Earthbath Natural Grooming Wipes
at hand, it's easy to clean the facial area quickly and avoid bacterial issues.
Pugs are prone to ear problems such as infections and mite invasions. As such, regular cleaning with an ear wash
Many dogs are not
very cooperative when it comes to nail clipping - Pugs are even more so, plus their nails grow quickly. Rising to this challenge, some owners have found it very helpful to use an Elizabethan collar
for the job because it makes
the dog much calmer.
Another less traumatic approach for the dog, and you, is
a dremel nail filer
especially for dogs with black nails that make
it harder to see the quick.
Characteristics And Traits
The Pug's character is best described as playful, charming, clownish and somewhat "naughty". They are quite intelligent, love to be around people and are very affectionate.
They do seem to enjoy the attention of being dressed up
and in general their owners seem to like decking them out in fancy coats and sweaters.
While the Pug temperament is often described as stubborn, they are
never aggressive or pugnacious! However, the stubborn streak can make potty training your dog harder.
Among the small breeds, the Pug dog breed is one of the most popular companion dogs and considered to be easy to obedience train once you take the lead. Another useful trait around the household, is their reputation for being a fairly good watchdog. To clarify "fairly good", they will bark to alert you of a possible intruder, while at the same time not being nuisance
However, under normal
conditions, they are pretty tough and short walks will be enjoyed.