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The Pug

The Pug, with its distinctive, adorable face and compact, muscular body, stands as a symbol of unparalleled affection and companionship. Dating back to 400 BC, this ancient breed originated in China, where they were esteemed by emperors and later charmed their way into the Dutch royal court, even becoming the official dog of the House of Orange. This breed’s history is dotted with luxury and heroism, including a pivotal moment when a Pug alerted the Prince of Orange to an impending attack, saving his life. Known for their adaptable and good-natured personality, Pugs have found their way into the hearts of many, including Queen Victoria and numerous other celebrities over the ages. Their presence in art, film, and media further cements the Pug’s status not just as a pet but as a cultural icon of loyalty and affection.

The Pug’s popularity continues to this day, with this breed consistently ranking in the top 20 of the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular dog breeds. This is not surprising, as Pugs are known for being great family dogs, with their playful and social personalities making them perfect companions for children. They also get along well with other pets and are often referred to as the “clowns of the dog world” due to their goofy and humorous nature.

Aside from being a beloved family pet, Pugs also have a long history of serving as therapy dogs. Due to their affectionate nature, they excel at providing comfort and emotional support to those in need. Their small size makes them ideal for visiting hospitals and nursing homes, where they can bring joy and companionship to patients.

The Pug, often called the Pug Dog, is an ancient breed that can be traced back some 2,000 years. The emperors of ancient China had a preference for flat-faced toy dogs’ the Pekingese, Shih Tzu, and Pug were all developed as refined pets of the emperor, his family, and members of the imperial court. Like many breeds favored by Far Eastern potentates of the ancient world, Pugs were a closely held treasure that outsiders could acquire only as a gift.

The Pug’s career as citizen of the world began sometime in the 1500s, when Dutch traders returned to Europe with specimens of the breed. Legend holds that the Pug became the mascot of Holland’s royal House of Orange when a Pug save the life of the Prince of Orange by barking to warn the prince of an attack on his camp by Spanish troops. When William and Mary of Orange arrived in England to assume the monarchy, their Pugs accompanied them and began a craze for the breed among the British.

The worldwide fascination with Pugs can be gauged by how many names the breed has had in various eras and places: Lo-sze (China), Mopsi (Finland), Doguillo (Spain) are just a few. Among the Dutch, still closely associated with Pugs, they are known as Mophonds.

Theories abound as to the origin of the name Pug. One suggests that Pug is based on the Latin word ‘pugnus,’ meaning ‘fist’ the idea being that the dog’s face resembles a clenched fist.

The pug would do anything to please its owners this is what makes them suitable to keep in many homes. Their loyalty is unwavering, they do well with children their calmness and sturdy physique allows them to tolerate children easily. Their Alertness makes them good security dogs but they are not predominantly used for security purposes. Pugs are stubborn, but this does not transform into aggressive manners.

The pug thrives indoors. It is usually kept close to families that own it. It is classified by most Kennel Clubs as a toy dog. Pugs should not be kept outside nor allowed to spend extended periods outdoors in warm weather.  This is a breed that will do well in both an apartment or a single family home.

Given the opportunity, a Pug will happily spend much of the day snuggling on the sofa’which, combined with the breed’s fondness for eating, makes obesity a real possibility. But the Pug is playful, sturdy, and lively, too, and owners can keep the breed fit with daily opportunities for moderate exercise, such as walks or play sessions in the yard. It’s vital to remember that as a short-faced breed Pugs aren’t tolerant of hot weather, and they shouldn’t do strenuous exercise when it’s warm or humid out’better to be in air-conditioning. Some canine sports in which Pugs participate and excel include agility, obedience, and rally.


The Pug’s short, smooth, glossy coat needs minimal maintenance, but it does shed. Weekly brushing with a medium-bristle brush, a rubber grooming mitt, or a hound glove will help to remove the loose hair and help keep him looking his best. Pugs don’t need to be bathed unless they happen to get into something particularly messy or start to get a doggy odor. The Pug’s nails should be trimmed regularly, as overly long nails can cause him discomfort.


Frequently Asked Questions

While not common, it is possible!  Pugs have a shallow eye socket. Therefore, excess force around the eyes can lead to the eyes falling out. This condition is called ocular proptosis. It is also common to other dogs that have shallow eyes sockets and big bulging eyes; Bulldogs, Pekingese and Chihuahuas.

The pug is a brachycephalic dog breed; having a short muzzle and a flat face. This makes breathing difficult and leads to the pug snoring.

Avoid mushrooms, onions, garlic, and avocados. Green tomatoes and Raw potatoes are also harmful. Do not give any chocolate, alcohol, or caffeine-containing food.

Yes, the pug is very friendly and playful. Its history of intimacy with humans makes it suitable for the family.

Dogs generally shouldn’t be ignored. However, it is okay to leave your dog alone for about 8 hours. Note that pugs are companion dogs and want to be with their owners all the time.

Pugs have been bred for a very long time as companion dogs. They naturally get excited about seeing their owners and this leads to a series of hyperactive displays.

All dogs drool to a certain extent. However, your pug might drool more given the architecture of its mouth. Its loose and large lips contribute to some drooling, especially when engaged in any physical activity.

The pug Is a very playful dog, alert and even-tempered dog. Good with family and children especially. Clingy and popular dubbed as a shadow, this loving dog will follow you everywhere you go.

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