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Pug Information, A Guide to these Comedian Dogs

Why This Breed Will Win Your Heart

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Is the Pug Right For You?

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    Pug dogs are ultimate people dogs, comfortable among crowds.

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    Pugs are sturdy, small dogs that can do well in a variety of habitats but don't need excessive exercise.

HISTORY

Sometimes referred to as a Dutch Mastiff, the Pug is thought to be one of the oldest breeds still around, dating back as far as 400 BC. While their place of origin is still a topic of some debate, the general consensus is that they hail from somewhere in Asia. They gained popularity in the 19th century, being owned by many historical figures, such as Josephine Bonaparte, Prince William II, and famed artist Hogarth. The Pug was recognized by the AKC in 1885.

quick facts

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    Size

    Toy/Small

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    Lifespan

    12 to 14 years

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    Hair Length

    Short

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    Male Height

    12 - 14 inches

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    Male Weight

    14 to 18 lbs

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    Female Height

    10 - 12 inches

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    Female Weight

    14 to 18 lbs

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    Litter Size

    4 to 8; 5 is average

APPEARANCE

Pugs are a tiny, stocky, rotund dog. They have a short muzzle that is heavily wrinkled and little drooping ears. Their eyes are big and round, looking like they might pop out of their head at any moment. Their curly little tail sits atop their back. Their coat is short and fairly low maintenance.

PERSONALITY

Pugs are smart, funny, loyal, and affectionate. They are great with kids and are always ready to play. Since they are so smart, they may get bored with repetition in their training. They are also very tone sensitive, so harsh punishments can be overkill. Pugs play well with other pets, and are generally good with new faces as well. All in all, the Pug is one of the most easy going dogs around.

color

Pugs can be found with a silver, apricot-fawn, or black coat. Regardless of their coat color, a show dog's face should always be black. There are rumblings about allowing Pugs with brindle fur to be entered into shows, but this is still a touchy subject in the Pug community.

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health concerns

Pugs have a normal life span of 15 years. Health ailments affecting this breed are:

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