Breed Group: Toy
Weight: 14-18 lbs
Height: 10-11 inches
Color(s): silver, apricot-fawn, or black, with black muzzle or mask, ears, cheek moles, and trace down back
The Pug has unknown origins which have triggered debate among Pug lovers. It is believed that this dog originated before 400 BC in Asia, however one cannot be certain. Some believe that Dutch traders brought this breed back from the East. It is said that this breed descended from a shorthaired Pekingese while others believe that it was the result of crossing a small Bulldog.
The Pug can be somewhat sensitive to the tone of someone's voice, however recovers fairly quickly. Don't underestimate the size of this dog, he is very devoted and makes a good watchdog. This is a big dog in a small dogs body, making him very sturdy and very devoted. The Pug should never be timid, and should never show signs of aggression. He should always be friendly and playful.
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. The Pug does 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.
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.
The Pug has a very fine, short, and soft coat. The coat should be smooth and glossy and neither hard nor wooly. The Pug sports a distinct black and soft muzzle. The hair is slightly broken along the curly tail.
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.
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. This breed is excellent for an apartment environment. The Pug adapts well to many different environments, and will take as much exercise as provided. However, he has the tendency to overeat and become lazy, so exercise must be provided on a regular basis.
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