Pug

Also known as a “huge dog in a small body”, a Pug is an adorable small sized dog with a soft expressive and wrinkled face, barrel chest and short legs. Apart from being the only breed with a distinctive physical appearance, the Pug is also popular for its simple personality and magnetic charm. This dog has a happy-go-lucky attitude and humorous behaviour that makes him a hit among the kids in his family.


Pug Breed Information


History
The Pug is one among the oldest dog breeds as it has flourished since as far as before 400 BC. Authorities state that this breed is of Oriental connection in terms of its origin and has a few characteristics similar to the Pekingese. China is an ancient source of the Pug, and the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet had these dogs as their pets. Later the Pug was found in regions like Europe and Japan and remained the pet of the royal courts. It then became the official dog at the House of Orange when the Pug of William I, the Prince of Orange and saved his life by alerting him about an attack by Spaniards in 1572.
Personality
The Pug’s personality is a perfect combination of friendliness, confidence and playfulness that enables it to carry on even playful activities with dignity. This dog is very eager to please its owner and has a pleasant attitude. However it can also be stubborn and demanding sometimes. Overall, this breed is known for its comical and fun nature.
  • Activity level: 4/5 (very playful and mischievous)
  • Intelligence level: 3/5 (intelligent but wilful)
  • Curiosity: 2/5 (dignified)
  • Friendliness: 4/5 (very friendly with kids and other pets)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (bark while playing and to sound an alert)
Appearance
The pug appears to be very attentive and in spite of having wrinkles on its face, the face wears a soft expression. Being a squarely proportioned and compact sized dog, it moves with a strong and jaunty gait. It also has well defined black markings on its wrinkled forehead, cheeks, muzzles and ears.
  • Fur: It has a fine coat with short and soft hair which is glossy. The fur is not woolly, off standing or hard to touch.
  • Eyes: The non protruding eyes of Pugs are round, large and of a dark shade, giving its face an excited look.
  • Body structure: It has a symmetrical and square-looking body. When compared to other short variant dogs, the pug has a long body with short and sturdy legs complimented by a tail with double curl.
  • Facial features: The face of the Pug always has a solicitous and soft expression owing to its deep wrinkles on the forehead and button like eyes.
  • Weight: An adult male pug weighs anywhere between 6 and 9 kgs and a female pug between 6kg to 8 kg.
Health and Care
In spite of being a healthy breed, the Pug is susceptible to some serious medical conditions. PDE, an inflammatory brain condition is a fatal one which has no test or treatment. This condition affects young pugs and causes seizures, blindness, coma and finally death. The diagnosis of this deadly condition is only possible by testing the brain tissue of the pug after it has died. Other medical conditions include epilepsy, nerve degeneration, corneal ulcer and dry eye. Some dogs are also prone to hip dysplasia, Legg Perthes disease and hemi vertebrae. Pug is a low maintenance breed and you have to make sure that he gets his regular exercise everyday with controlled feeding twice a day. He also needs regular brushing and a bath once in a month.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at help@pickapaw.com