The Pug is of the AKC Toy Group and is a playful and loving small dog with a picture of strength and hard muscles. Their distinctive features are the wrinkles on their forehead above their big round eyes giving them an expression of great wisdom or great sorrow. Pugs require more exercise than other toy breeds. Clowns at heart, Pugs are a teasing and fun-loving dog that are anxious to please. Well-suited to live in apartments or condos, they make wonderful and loyal companions. They make great pets for the elderly as well as families with children.
Grooming: The shedding, short coat of Pug needs weekly brushings to curb shedding.
Social Skills: This little dog lives in harmony with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Very devoted, playful, and affectionate. Gentle mannered and easy to please. Loves attention.
Children: Very good with all children.
Housing: Very adaptable, ideal for apartment and condo living. Excellent dogs for the elderly.
Exercise: Moderate. Loves to romp and go for neighborhood walks.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily. Begin early training.
Health: Skin disorders, patella luxation, eye problems. More information on Pug inherited health disorders.
History: The Pug is thought have originated in China around 400 BC and was bred as a companion dog for China's emperors and share the same Chinese origins as the Pekingese. Records show there were three types of short-nosed dogs bred by the Chinese. They were the Lion dog, the Pekingese and the Los-sze. The Lo-sze or "Foo Dog" was the ancient Pug. Dutch traders brought the Pug to Holland and England. The Pug, as we know it today, has been credited to the English.