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Pug Dog Breed Facts and Pug Information

Updated on May 9, 2011

Pugs are a toy dog breed that originated from China and were a popular pet of choice with the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries for a number of years. Pugs where often depicted in Chinese carvings and other forms of documentation, which showed just how much this breed evolved over the millenniums.

Since some Mastiffs came from Tibet, many people believe that the pug is a relative to the mastiff; pugs resemble mastiffs so much that they are sometimes referred to as the "mini mastiff."

It wasn't surprisingly until the 1500's that the pug was introduced to the western world in Holland. Later in the 1600's, this mini mastiff breed first made its way to Great Britain. Over the years the pug had risen and fallen in popularity throughout countries in Europe, and today, Pugs are one of the best known breeds throughout United States and the rest of the world.

 

Temperament

Believe it or not Pugs make excellent watchdogs. Along with their watchdog abilities, this flat faced toy breed also manages to be very affectionate, loving, and playful towards their owners and families. Thanks to the fact that pugs are usually not an aggressive breed, they often times make a good companion for smaller children.

Another major quality to the pug’s temperament is that they are actually highly intelligent dogs. Despite this dog breed's smarts, they can be somewhat of a challenge to train at times because they tend to have stubborn personalities. Now with enough love, care, and patience though, pretty much anyone can train their pug to be a well behaved and obedient pooch. Just remember to use positive training tactics so that your pug will learn fast and won't lose any trust in you, since harsh training techniques tend to prolong a dog’s progression with learning.

Appearance

Pugs have a signature fawn coat that distinctly wears a black mask and tan body, but they may also come in other color variations like black, apricot, and silver too. Pug's coats are short, smooth, and sleek making them require minimal grooming in comparison to medium and long haired dogs. If you don't want this dog breed to shed too much during the hotter months, you should probably give them a quick brush up every week or so.

Because pugs have such short coats, it's advised that you keep them indoors as much as possible in areas where temperatures get considerably cold during the winters. Pugs are prone to breathing problems as well, so they don't tolerate hot weather very well. Also, due to their incredibly short noses, pugs can have a difficult time breathing every now and then.

Pugs have cute small sturdy bodies which are thick and short. Although pugs may be small in size, do keep in mind they have "very big" personalities, and in their minds they might as well be a huge mighty mastiff. Just like their mastiff relatives, pugs too have very short flat faces, but to a more extreme extent that is. Pug’s foreheads are also relatively wrinkly with triangular button ears to the sides of their heads. Pugs have high set curly Q tails similar that are like what certain variations of pigs have.

"Why Everyone Loves the Pug," or at least they should!

Okay, so maybe the title of this blog isn't "completely" true. I mean of course not everyone out there loves pugs, but I do find myself having a considerably difficult time understanding how anyone could dislike such a "so ugly it's cute" sort of face! Even with the haters out there, pugs have managed to make their way into the hearts of their owners for thousands of years, and Pugs still make great companions for many across the world today. Pugs are smart, loyal, and loving pooches. I mean, what else can you ask from a dog? To me it's the friendship between a pet and his or her owner that "truly" matters and makes the whole experience worthwhile, which is why Pugs are by far outstanding pets.

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      Jara Cane Lamigo 

      3 years ago from CEBU, PHILIPPINES

      I got one...and she is so adorable. ..:)

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      manisha saxena 

      4 years ago

      Pugs are very lovely

      I love pugs

      They are very nughty

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      Kassandraayt 

      5 years ago

      I have a little puppie pug is very smarts dog I love her a Lott she's just so adorable

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      lacey 

      6 years ago

      i love a pug but my dad don't like dogs

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      et 

      6 years ago

      pugs rock they are so cute but my mum wont let me get one

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      Diana L Pierce 

      7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      My son and his wife has a pug named Rocky. He's 3 years old and spoiled like a grandchild. We just love him.

    • Miss Lil' Atlanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Miss Lil' Atlanta 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Ohh Thanks twilanelson for the comment!

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      Twila Nelson 

      7 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Outstanding description of a "so ugly he's cute" breed of dog. I am with you on so many of the points you have made, that I cannot comment on all of them. Pugs absolutely have great personality, are alert and are beautiful sturdy dogs. I do love them.

      By the way, the picture with the turtle is remarkable.

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