Pug Dog Breed
- General Appearance:
- Pugs are toy breeds that feature a square and compact body and wrinkled face. In fact, the name derives from the latin Pugnus which translates to fist...this makes reference to the Pug's face looking like a clenched fist. Pugs also sport very fine, short glossy coats that shed all year round with a high set tail that curls over the back. Pugs have a distinct black and soft muzzle. The hair is slightly broken along the curly tail. The Pug is stubby and muscular with a wide chest, straight, very strong front legs and well-muscled hind legs. They have that "smashed in" face that many of the Asian breeds posses, and a tail that curls over the back.
- Other Names:Mops (Germany), Carlin (France),
- Country Of Origin:China
- Dog Group Kennel Club:Toy
- Four colours: fawn, black, apricot and silver.
- Pugs are sociable, lively and happy but also clever and sensitive. They enjoy the company of people and like lots of attention. The Pug is a happy and cheerful little fellow that gets along with just about anyone. This breed can become very jealous at times, but does exceptionally well around strangers. A Pug will do extremely well around children, even children that are prone to pestering a dog, as this is a very sturdy and hardy breed. He can do very well around other dogs, but should be socialized at an early age like other breeds.
- Slightly rolling.
- Care and training:
- Grooming wise, the Pug does not require much maintenance. The muzzle area should be cleaned as this breed has the tendency to drool. Under the folds of skin should also be cleaned to avoid any dry or itchy skin. Bathing should only be performed when necessary, as it will remove the natural oils from the skin and coat.Pugs needs special care during hot, humid weather because of their short nose. Do not leave Pugs out in the hot sun, as they can easily overheat. Nails and teeth need weekly attention.
The Pug can be willful at times but is eager to please. Making training fun will be sure to catch this dogs attention and keep it. A variety of training methods work best with the Pug, as they bore quickly. Making training fun will be sure to keep this dogs attention. This is one of the harder breeds to train, so consistency is a must. Obedience training at an early age is recommended to make training more efficient and easier at a later stage in life.They will be sensitive to your tone of voice, so harsh punishment is unnecessary.
- Overall Exercise:
- 40-60 Minutes.Pugs are lively little dogs, however they are relatively active indoors and do well without a yard. This breed does love long walks, but proper water should always be provided as this breed is prone to breathing problems and tires quickly.
- Feeding Requirements:
- Many Pugs have skin problems and may need to be on special diets or take supplements. Be carefull not to over feed this breed feeding costs can be around £4-£5 a week
- Personal Protection:Low
- Suitability As Guard Dog:Low
- Level of Aggression:Low
- Compatibility With Other Animals:High
- Suitability for Children:High
- Often Docked?No
- Average Litter Size:2-5
- Life Expectancy (yrs):12-14
- Health issues:
- Pugs can suffer from luxating patellas, skin problems, deformities of the mouth and nose, eye and eyelid problems, heatstroke, hip dysplasia, Legg-Perthes disease, epilepsy, and Pug Dog Encephalitis.
- The Pug is said to have originated in China around 400 B.C. From China they managed to make their way to Tibet and Japan, probably as gifts from royalty. It is possible they may be a scaled down relative of the Tibetan Mastiff, as they were once the pet of Tibetan Monks. They were then taken to Holland, probably en route of the Dutch East India Trading Company, during the 1500s. Because Prince William of Orange, who became William III of Britain, owned these funny little dogs, the breed became highly popular in the 16th century. The dog eventually became a symbol of those who supported the royal family. Other royalty indulged in the breed, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The breed was standardized in 1883 and the British Pug Dog Club was formed. Only until 1887 were there two different colors of Pugs: the all black Pug and the tan Pug with black facial markings.