Dog Profiles - Description of Pug


Description: The Pug is stubby and muscular with a wide chest, straight, very strong front legs and well-muscled hind legs. He received his name Pug from the Latin word that means "clenched fist". To communicate with humans he makes a grunting nasal noise, somewhat like a pig. Snuggled down at your feet snoring or being close to you, but unobtrusive, are some of his favorite activities.

Height: 10-11 inches

Weight: 13-18 lbs.

Colors: Silver, apricot, fawn or black, black mask and ears and black trace along back

Coat: Fine, smooth, short and glossy.

Temperament: Loyal, affectionate, quite and docile, vivacious and teasing. Playful and loving with children. Will get along well with other family pets and dogs.

Care and Exercise: He needs special care during hot humid weather because of the short nose. Do not leave out in the hot sun. Nails and teeth need weekly attention. Sheds a lot and needs brushing at least twice a week. Bath as necessary. Wash the eyes two to three times a week. Needs more than normal exercise for Toy dogs. Enjoys a romp outdoors, or a walk around the block.

Training: Responds well to basic training but needs a gentle hand. He will be sensitive to your tone of voice so harsh punishment is unnecessary. Learning Rate: High, Obedience: Medium, Problem Solving: Low.

Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - Low

Living Environment: Suited to live in an apartment. An owner of a Pug should be a patient leader who desires a small, loving dog as a companion.

Health Issues: Overall healthy. Luxating Patellas, skin problem and epilepsy.

Life Span: 12-14 Years

Litter Size: 2-5

Country of Origin: China

History: The breed is said to have originated in China around 400 B.C. and it is possible he may be a scaled down relative of the Tibetan Mastiff as he was once the the pet of Tibetan Monks. He was then taken to Holland during the 1500's by Prince William of Orange who became William III of Britain. The breed was standardized in 1883 and the British Pug Dog Club was formed. American fanciers obtain most of their stock from England and he was accepted in 1885.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB), UKC