8 kg (approx)
12-15 years (approx)
The Pug is a small, stocky, square, thickset dog. The round head is massive with a short, blunt, square-shaped muzzle. Moles on the cheeks are considered beauty spots. The teeth meet in a slight undershot bite. The very large, prominent eyes are dark. The small, thin ears are either rose or button-shaped. The face has large, deep wrinkles. The high set tail is curled over the back and a double curl is preferred in the show ring. Dewclaws are usually removed. The short coat is soft, fine, and smooth. Coat colours come in apricot, fawn, black, and silver.
The Pug is one of the oldest breeds known today, believed to have originated before 400 BC. There is somewhat of a debate over the origin of the Pug. Most researchers agree that the Pug originated from Asia descended from a shorthaired Pekingese. The breed became popular during Victorian times in the 19th century. Tibetan monasteries kept Pugs as pets. The breed made its way to Japan and Europe where it not only became a pet of royalty but the official dog of the House of Orange in Holland.
The Pug is keen, with a happy-go-lucky attitude. Animated, peppy and spirited, they are loyal, loving, and affectionate with their families. Playful, lively, and rambunctious, they are sure to keep you laughing. Highly intelligent, it bores easily without variety in their training. The dog is neither excitable nor dull. They are good watchdogs, very devoted, and are not yappers. Pugs get along well with other dogs and pets, and they behave impeccably with both children and visitors.
Pugs are strong dogs with short straight legs. They need to be taken on daily walks. They enjoy energetic games and will keep in better health if given regular exercise. But be careful not to over do it, especially if you see them start to wheeze. The smooth, shorthaired coat is easy to groom. Brush and comb with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. Dry thoroughly after a bath so the dog does not get chilled. The creases on the face must be cleaned regularly. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.