The Pug Dog Breed
Breed Characteristics, History, Health
Did you know that a group of Pugs is called a ‘Grumble’? how cute is that?
Here we take a look at the Pug dog breed and point out some interesting facts which may be helpful to anyone thinking of owning one.
In the last three years the Pug dog breed has been gaining in popularity and according to the Kennel Club of UK. it has consistently been in the top ten most registered breeds.
For me personally, I love dogs that make me laugh and this breed is sure to do that. Even without their mischievous antics that face is bound to bring on a smile! Good breeding cannot be stressed enough and also, a good vacuum cleaner and a pair of earplugs are highly advised.
First, let’s look at all the Pug breed characteristics
Pugs have a great sense of humour. They are known as the clowns of the canine world and love to show off.
They thrive on human companionship.
Pugs are intelligent dogs.
They are loyal and charming pets.
Pugs get on well with children and other animals.
They are not ‘yappy’ dogs.
Pugs are mischievous.
They are a good choice for people who live in flats or apartments.
A good choice for elderly people because they are low maintenance.
Disadvantages Of Owning A Pug
Pugs can be stubborn making training difficult.
They are companion dogs and demand attention.
Pugs snore, snort, and wheeze.
They shed profusely.
Pugs love to eat and can gain weight easily.
They have a tendency to overheat.
They may refuse to go out to the toilet if the weather is cold or wet.
Pugs can have specific health problems.
A pug should weigh between 14 – 18 pounds.
They are between 10-14 inches tall.
Pugs originated from China
It is believed that the Pug’s name comes from the Latin for ‘fist’ because his face resembles a human fist.
Emperors of China kept Pugs as lapdogs. They were given their own palaces and guards.
The Chinese believed that the wrinkles around the face resembled symbols of good luck.
Marie Antoinette had a pug called ‘Mops’.
Josephine Bonaparte had a pug called ‘Fortune’.
In England, Pugs were very popular in the Victorian era.
Queen Victoria bred Pugs, she preferred the apricot/ fawn coats.
Pugs can suffer from eye and skin complaints, epilepsy, nerve damage, allergies, encephalitis, and joint and muscular problems so it is paramount that a good, reputable breeder is found and you can see necessary health clearances from both parents.
Lifespan is 12 -15 years.
If you are thinking of breeding Pugs you must first research and take advice from reputable breeders. As mentioned previously Pugs carry many genetic diseases so great care must be given before choosing a match for your dog.
Pugs are renowned for having difficult births due to the large head and small body. A vet must be on standby at the time of the birth in case a cesarean section is needed.
Pugs are pregnant for approximately 63 days and the average litter size is 4-6 puppies.
An ultrasound scan needs to be performed after 6 weeks to calculate how many puppies will be born.
There are always Pugs needing homes so consider rescuing a dog instead of purchasing one.
These websites give all the information you need about Pug welfare, fostering, adoption and rehoming.
Black Pugs are more energetic, with more attitude.
Males are more laid back than females.
They are reverse sneezers.
They can have a single or double curled tail.
But of course, there are always exceptions!
A mixed breed of Pug and Beagle is gaining popularity, it is called a Puggle.