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Pug

Pug

The Pug originates from...

Much debate surrounds the ancestry and origin of the Pug, with some attributing its early development to the Shang Dynasty of China around 400 BCE, and others suggesting a much later evolution, believing that Portugese traders brought the Pug to Holland during the 16th century. Paintings from the early 18th century depict these dogs alongside the wealthy and elite, with William Hogarth, a famous English painter, featuring his Pug 'Trump' in many of his portraits. Made popular during the Victorian period, the Pug was commonly observed atop private carriages, sat alongside the coachman. As a breed it boasted many notable admirers including Napoleon's wife, Josephine, Queen Victoria, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Officially registered by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

The Pug is characterised by...

A compact dog of reduced proportions, the breed boasts several distinctive features, including a broad, flat and pronounced muzzle, prominent eyes, low-set, triangular ears and a short tail, arching over the back. Further characteristic to the breed is its deep facial wrinkles, which require careful attention. The coat is typically short and loose-fitting, common in colour variations of cream, apricot, fawn, silver and black, usually with piebald or spotted markings. Thought to be a descendent of the short-haired Pekingese, the breed falls within the Kennel Club's 'toy' branch of canines. A favoured breed choice of the rich and famous, being highly valued as a low maintenance, companionable lap dog.

The average Pug...

Possessing a gentle and amiable temperament, never displaying signs of being unduly nervous or aggressive, the Pug is a suitable and delightful breed choice for families or a dedicated sole owner. Contrary to popular belief, the Pug is not impossible to house train, but simply benefits from consistent training, early socialisation, and firm but fair leadership in order to achieve its pleasing potential. Animated and spirited, a Pug is guaranteed to liven up any home setting. The average weight of a healthy Pug is between 6-9 kg, with a life expectancy of 12-15 years. It is not uncommon for a Pug to outlive this expectancy.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Various health conditions have been identified in the breed, which are important to bear in mind. These range from mild allergies and easy weight gain, to more serious cases of breathing difficulty, optical disorders, and spinal defects. Other afflictions commonly observed in the Pug include mast-cell tumours, liver defects and orthopedic problems affecting the legs and hips. A condition known as PDA, or Pug Dog Encephalitis, is prevalent in the breed and causes potentially fatal inflammation of the brain.
 

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Our Pug owners' thoughts

21/11/2015
20150922 06:26 pm
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

well although hes still very young hes got a very funny clever personately,he dosen t miss a trick,very sharp.although hector isn t a full breed pug,hes whats known as a bugg,he has quarter boston in him,which are very similar in characteristics I think they actually compliment eachother.although mischivious he loves to be sat on you or next to you,and so adorable you can t help but fall in love x

23/03/2016
20140906 10:23 am
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Bailey is so friendly and loving to anyone. I think she thinks she is human too, loves to join in whatever you are doing she is so nosey haha . She alwasys makes us smile and cheers you up after a stressful day. She loves a bath and has her own paddling pool in the summer to keep her cool xx

19/05/2017
20160606 01:39 pm
United Kingdom

Bertie is so loving and adorable so many people say Pugs are lazy but not Bertie he loves his walks and playing with his friends but doesn't like anyone else near is girlfriend Lucy who is a Beagle. He is so funny and loves everyone who comes to the door and loves children. The only downside of owning a pug is they shed like mad but there loving ways makes you forget that after all what's a bit of hoovering when they give you so much love.

16/10/2017
20171016 10:18 am
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

Hugo is our first pug and I now love them. He is funny, he loves to steal socks but only if you then chase him. Very much a lap dog. Very good on walks. And yes a lot of dog hair for a small dog

12/04/2018
20170409 11:34 am
Lincolnshire , United Kingdom

We have got 3 generations of pugs: the oldest being 10.5 years of age, 2 brothers - 9 years old, and the youngest - 2.5 years old. They are very much people's dogs: they love company, love following you around, love participating in everything. So it is better if there are at least 2 of them to keep company to each other while their human Mum and Dad are away (preferably not for too long). Their big beautiful eyes require special care: I had to get rid of all plants with thorns in the garden, but we have been to the vet on quite a few occasions over the years. The key thing is to seek professional help immediately, then even a bad scratch will not lead to an eye loss. At the age of 9 the older pug developed a curved spine that affects his back legs, however hydrotheraphy has proven to be quite helpful to keep his muscles in a relatively good shape. Pugs do not require long walks, but short (20 minutes or so) regular walks will be very beneficial, we take them 4 times a day. When the weather is cool , they are very happy to go for a longer walk (about an hour or so, just walking with lots of stopping and sniffing), but in summer or on very warm days we only take them for a walk early in the morning and in the evening, and during the day they just go to the garden. They are champions when it comes to sleeping, they won't fetch things and they are not for joggers. For us, they are the best.

02/05/2018
20140920 02:20 pm
West Midlands, United Kingdom

I own Lola & Biggie Boo - chalk & cheese. Lola was a real fruit & Nut before I found Biggie Boo. They are inseparable and Biggie Boo has really given Lola confidence. As predicted by moir, at the age of six
Lola is just about calm enough to learn obedience and tricks. Lola would be horrendous for an elderly person. Biggie Boo would be wonderful. People describe Lola as a fire cracker and sadly, Biggie Boo as the lights on but no one is in. Both are extremely loving and have been amazing with our new kitten who has attached herself firmly to LollyPop and enjoys a ride on her back every morning. I would advise get a Pug only if you’re prepared to have a quite naughty and mischievous dog!! Lola used to bite my bum when she got excited - a definite no no for the some. You also need a lot of patience