Also known by the name Dutch mastiffs in England, the Pug is believed to have originated way back in 400bc. They are considered the descendants of the shorthaired Pekingese. Recognized by the AKC in 1885 and given the name of ‘multum in parvo’, which means much in a small package, the pug breed of dogs truly has a heart winning personality. This sociable stubby dog has had many famed owners.
It has a short durable coat and a glossy under coat that comes in hues of fawn, black, apricot and silver. They have prominent dark and lustrous eyes and a short and flat muzzle. The best feature of this variety is the rose shaped velvety ears. The tail lies curled on the back. The lovely moles on their cheeks are considered beauty spots.
The acceptable colors are silver, apricot-fawn, or black. The trace and the mask should be a drastic black contrast from the silver and apricot-fawn colors. Currently, the breed club is considering the placement of brindle amongst the color standard; however, it has not been approved.
The dog has an immense sense of humor and a highly playful nature that makes them the best companion for kids. Pugs are highly energetic and strong willed and tend to get bored easily if the training practices are repeated. They are also affectionate to the point of jealousy.
Pugs have a normal life span of 15 years. Chronic breathing problems are commonly seen in this breed. Tooth and gum problems are also often observed in this breed. Due to their delicate and feeble eyes, they are easily prone to keratites and ulcers on the cornea. Slipped stifles, hip dysplasia and encephalitis are the other health ailments affecting this breed.
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