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Why We Love Pug Breeds

Updated on September 27, 2012
Black pug named Ozzy.  My boy!
Black pug named Ozzy. My boy!

The Pug Breed

Haven't you ever seen those squishy-faced breeds and go, "Oh my gosh, they're too freaking cute!" If you've ever owned one, you know what I'm talking about.  Pugs, anywhere they go, have given the impression that they want you to pet them NOW.  And you can't resist it!  There is that magical quality, I am telling you.  They have this sort of spell shrouding them that says, "I have a squishy nose, I snort, I'm cute, therefore you MUST cuddle me".

Oh, they come in so many sizes and colors.  The main thing is that they are rather broad-shouldered, walk funny, have curly tail, and they wiggle constantly.  Sometimes, they either look constantly sad, confused, or surprised.  Personally, I love various breeds like boston terrier, bull dogs, and chow chows that all relatively have shorter and wrinkly muzzles.  I digress, this is about the Pug Breed.

Here's the lowdown, folks.  There are fawn, black, white, silver, blue, brindle, and albino pugs.  The most popular and well-known are the black and fawn pugs.  They come in at least two most well-known sizes: Medium and miniature.  Black pugs have a tendency to be smaller than their fawn counterparts.  The fawns have a tendency to be stockier and a bit larger than most of the other colored pugs.  It may just be how they are bred.

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Black Pug
Black Pug
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Fawn Pug
White Pug
White Pug
Silver Pug
Silver Pug

Some Interesting Facts From Anywhere on the Web

From Wikipedia:

- Pug puppies are often called puglets.

- They have been described as multum in parvo ("much in little"), referring to the pug's personality and small size. Known in ancient China as lo-sze, they may have been responsible for both the modern Pekinese and King Charles spaniel.


- Josephine Bonaparte owned a pug who went into battle with her husband, Napoleon. Some people believe that it was Napoleon's dog, while other can't believe that because of how he despised dogs. This pug is famous for carrying secret messages to Josephine from her husband.

- Pugs usually live for about 13 years. In dog years, that's 91! (13 X 7 = 91)

- Pugs are known as Carlin in France. They have been called this in France since the early 1800s. Carlin was the name of a man who played a role in a play as a man with a black mask.

Why Do We Love Them?

If you honestly don't know, take a look at why they are so well-loved.

  • Their antics are video-worthy. They dash from place to place, they sit and stare at you dolefully, they tilt their heads in every angle possible when you talk to them, their wrinkles will flop over their eyes as they glare at you, they wiggle at the possibility of being petted, then they go into over-spaz mode when they are being petted, and they are forever a puppy at heart.  This behavior generally lasts for 5 years or so.
  • They're loyal to a fault. While they love everyone, they tend to stick very close to one or two alpha leaders. This makes them easy to train.
  • They have A LOT of personality. They don't hide it from an early age. It's obvious from the very beginning what kind of personality they have. Most often, they are incredibly inquisitive and can be quite mischievous. They tend to be quite picky, like wet ground when they have to potty and can occasionally be prissy.
  • They somehow make you love them despite their occasional evil ways. For example, you cannot resist a begging Pug. You just cannot! Their eyes are absolutely huge and some can look so damn sad. Their face is perfect for expressions like, "I SWEAR I didn't do it" while making their faces even more wrinklier. Darn it!
  • They have breathing problems. So, when their mouth are hanging open with a tongue flopping to the side and they're breathing hard from running so fast around the house (Pugtona!), you just want to give them a big hug!
  • The noises they make. They give a long drawn-out snort when annoyed or startled. They give short little snuffles when happy. They can't even bark properly, even when they are agitated.
  • Wrinkles aren't just on their faces. Just saying! They have them near where the tail meets their back. There are also quite a few that have them all over their body, somewhat similar to Shar-peis. Which, by the way, is another breed I absolutely adore.
  • They are lap dogs.  They love to be loved on and will love you right back in the form of wet, sloppy kisses.  They also show their love through sneezing on you and trying to lick your ear.

Those are just off the top of my head.  This is why pugs are so lovable.

People Love Pugs So Much We Write About Them!

That's right, people.

Taking a Pug to the Vet : I recently took my pug baby to the vet and had to get him neutered. He's 3 years old. Check out how it all worked. This info may help you make an informed decision.

Pug Care : Another writer took great care to share these tips on taking care of your Pug. Well worth the read!

Pug Gifts : Yes! There is a whole crap load of Pug stuff out there! Gifts for pugs and gifts for pug owners alike. It's like heaven for us. Written by frogdropping.

Also, they make for cute products.

2012 Pug Shots Wall Calendar
2012 Pug Shots Wall Calendar

Look at cute pugs every day and remember what day it is at the same time! Sounds like a winner.

Pug Mugs: Good Pugs Gone Bad
Pug Mugs: Good Pugs Gone Bad

Hidden behind huge and innocent eyes lurks an adorable criminal in the making.

Pug (Brown/tan color) Wood Welcome Door Sign 5''x10''
Pug (Brown/tan color) Wood Welcome Door Sign 5''x10''

Invite your visitors in with this adorable "welcome"! It's also nice to have a little warning for those Pug attacks.

Tea Cup Pugs Magnetic Ceremic Salt and Pepper Shakers
Tea Cup Pugs Magnetic Ceremic Salt and Pepper Shakers

Salt and pepper shakers. Let those cute ceramic pugs liven up your kitchen.


Another Random Fact from Wikipedia

[From Pug Wiki]

Celebrity pug owners include financial talk show host and best selling author Dave Ramsey, comedienne Maria Bamford, broadcaster Jonathan Ross, actress Jessica Alba, actor Hugh Laurie, fashion designer Valentino Garavani, footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, actor Gerard Butler, actress Jenna Elfman and musician Rob Zombie.

Aww, even George Clooney loves him some Pugface!
Aww, even George Clooney loves him some Pugface!


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      Jack 5 years ago

      We have two black pug puppies and they are adorable. This description is great

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      hi 5 years ago


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      Contemporary Htls 6 years ago

      I have a black pug, he is my 7th dog i have ever owned and is by far my favourite. He isn't much of a fan of the Aussie summer but we go to the beach instead, loves a good swim. It is winter now and he can keep up with our cattle dog/kelpie cross. One fit pug!

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      Sunny Robinson 6 years ago from Tennessee

      They're really more medium-sized than toy breeds. But yeah, I agree, I believe pugs are the most adorable flat-faced puppies out there.

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      mikesssb 6 years ago

      I've never owned one but have always thought pugs to be the cutest of the toy breeds!

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      Blue Laser Pointers 6 years ago

      very like

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      Sunny Robinson 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Lorlie, I made myself want a fawn badly in writing this. I remember reading about the white pugs, along with the black and fawn when researching pugs (back before I got my Ozzfest). However, brindles and the others, I didn't know until now.

      dallas, indeed! Pugnacious, indeed. Thank you for commenting.

      Summer Wolf, I am so itching to buy me that kissing Pugs salt and shaker thing. I also love everything Pug! Lol, I don't know about the flock of chins and pugs, though. That's a lot of work, but possibly well worth it.

      Pug owners do seem to be much more mindful of how to take care of their puggies. I wonder if the happy nature of pugs attract the happy people?

      dnewman, I'm with ya there! My Ozzfest kills me with his face. So sweet.

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      dnewman 6 years ago

      Fiesty and sweet all at the same time...and those eyes! They just have to look at me and I melt!

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      Summer Wolf 6 years ago from Cashmere, Washington

      Another point I'd like to make. I used to go to Pug Thursdays at the park. It's really amazing how Pug owners are the friendliest people. I've approached Pug people with and without my Pug. Yes, they are friendly when you don't have your Pug, but when you do, it's like you are a long lost friend with the laughs and the giggles and the trust and friendship. Pug owners are the best!

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      Summer Wolf 6 years ago from Cashmere, Washington

      I absolutely love Pugs! I'm nuts about Pugs. When I had my little girl I collected everything pug. I don't have a Pug right now. When my girl died I wasn't ready to get another Pug yet. Now I have three dogs and none are Pugs, but will have another when I can. Another snub nose, cute and heck breed is a Japanese Chin. I have one of those. Would love a flock of pugs and chins. That would be fun.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Absolutely pugnacious... Seriously, I enjoy most dog breeds...

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      My very first word was the name of our pug, Johnny. I screwed it up to such a degree that it was quite cute. I so want a pug now that I'm an old lady.

      I had no idea there were white and brindles.

      I think I'm partial to fawn, though.

      Awesome hub, Sunny!

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      Sunny Robinson 6 years ago from Tennessee

      sid, I agree. I would love to have another. Or maybe a bull dog.

      Michael, three! That must make for tons of fun. We have 7 dogs and 1 cat. Two australian shepherds, one shih tzu, one pug-tzu puppy, one pug, one schnauzer, and one poodle. The cat is an orange tom. We also have another pug-tzu puppy in the care of my friend who is living with me.

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      Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      We have three Pugs love em a lot

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      sid_candid 6 years ago

      Pug is certainly one of the most adorable dog breed.