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Description: The Pug is a celebrity dog, often appearing in movies and television as a comical character. 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. They often have a black mask and tan fur, and they also come in black, apricot, silver, and fawn. They receive their name "Pug" from the Latin word that means "clenched fist". To communicate with humans Pugs make a grunting nasal noise, somewhat like a pig. They often snort and sneeze. Being snuggled down at your feet snoring or being close to you, without being obtrusive, are some of Pugs' favorite activities. Pugs are dogs who tends to make people smile because they are convinced of their own importance. They can be determined in their attitude and will not stop until they get what they want. They are affectionate, alert, and patient dogs. Pugs are adaptable, sociable and good-natured. They have a strong personality meant for a family seeking an amusing and unique companion. Pugs have been called “an acquired habit”.
Other Names: Mops (Germany), Carlin (France), Lo-Sze (China), Mopshond (Holland)Type: Companion Dog
Height: 10 - 11
Colors: Silver, apricot,
fawn or black. The fawn colored Pugs often have a black mask and ears and black
trace along the back.
Temperament: Pugs are
loyal, affectionate, quiet and docile. They are often vivacious and teasing.
They like to do whatever it takes to get what they want, often using playful
or clever tactics. They are vibrant, very lively and love to play. They are
rather independent, strong willed and even forceful for such a little dog. Pugs
are amusing, witty and rarely show any aggression. They get along well with
children and other animals, often becoming curious of odd or different beings.
Watch-dog: Medium. They are alert,
but can be quite quiet in the home.
Care and Exercise: 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. Pugs shed a lot and need brushing at least twice a week.
Bathe them as necessary. Wash the eyes two to three times a week, as their large
eyes can get infection or damage easily. They also need regular cleaning of
their wrinkles. The Pug needs more than the required exercise for Toy dogs.
Owners warn that this breed easily becomes obese, which can be a serious health
problem, especially with such a short snout. The Pug will enjoy a romp outdoors,
or a walk around the block. Be aware, however, that this breed is also sensitive
to strenuous exercise, and should not be over-exercised, as it is difficult
for them to breathe. Daily, consistent, and non-strenuous exercise is the key.
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.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin: China
First Registered by the AKC:
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