History of the Pug Breed
The Pug breed originated in China around 700 BC, and were raised, not as guardians, but as companions. They were the pampered and spoiled favourites of the Emperor and his court. Although members of the Toy breed, Pugs are the only ones thought to have had mastiff ancestors. Thanks to expanding trade routes, Pugs were soon evident in Europe. One popular, historical anecdote concerns Napoleon and Josephine. When she brought her cherished Pug to the marriage bed, the dog refused to share a pillow with Napoleon and bit him. Supposedly, Josephine warned her husband that if she was forced to choose between them, she’d choose her Pug. Such are the undisputed charms of this lovable, clownish and people-pleasing breed.
Physical Description of the Pug Breed
In todays world, the Pug breed standard defines the dog as small, square and compact with well-defined muscles, large heads and flat, “squished” faces. They weigh between 14 and 18 pounds, have either velvety “rose” or “button” ears, and top front teeth nearly hidden by their bottom ones. Their huge dark eyes are the windows to their souls: when they’re happy, their eyes sparkle; when they’re sad, their eyes go flat. The Pugs’ famous tails are set high and curl tightly above their hips. Their coats come in black, fawn and rarely, silver. Despite having short hair, Pugs are heavy shedders. They must have their facial wrinkles and ears cleaned regularly. Because of their stubby noses, Pugs can suffer from Brachycephalic Syndrome. The lifespan of a Pug is from 12 to 15 years.
Is the Pug Breed Right for You?
Pugs were born to love and BE loved. Families eager for a good-natured companion who shadows their every move to the accompaniment of assorted sniffs, snorts and sneezes need look no further. Because they’re so attached to their “people,” Pugs should never be left alone for long periods of time. Although they can be stubborn, they’re also eager to please. Training them is fairly easy provided it’s done with calmness, patience and positive reinforcement — called treats. And this can be a problem, because Pugs do love their food. Pugs are low-activity dogs — they can sleep up to fourteen hours a day — and require a minimum amount of exercise, mainly brief walks. On hot days, however, they must remain indoors to keep from overheating. What Pug lovers find most endearing about these snuggly bundles of love (though not to everyone’s taste) are the grunting sounds they make when they’re excited and their wood-sawing snores when they’re asleep.
Furever Rescue Members that have Pugs available for adoption!
Pugalug Pug Rescue – Featured Rescue of the Week
A Dog’s Dream – Star is a Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie/Pug breed mix
Homeward Bound – specializes in “flat faced” dogs – check out Milo, Yoda and Winston
LOYAL Rescue - all breed for pug breed too
Speaking of Dogs - all breed for pug breed too.