AKC Meet the Breeds: Pug

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The Pug is well described by the phrase "multum in parvo," which means "a lot of dog in a small space." They are recognized for their even tempers, playful personalities, and outgoing, loving dispositions. This square and cobby breed comes in fawn, silver fawn, apricot fawn, or black, with a well-defined "mask" on his muzzle. A popular companion dog, the Pug also excels in the show ring.

A Look Back
The Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dogs and has flourished since before 400 B.C. Most researchers agree that the breed comes from Asia, due to its similarities to the Pekingese. The earliest known source for Pugs is China, where they were pets in the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. The breed next appeared in Japan and Europe, becoming popular when Prince William II became the King of England. He owned Pugs and they became the fashionable breed for generations.

Right Breed for You?
The Pug's reason for living is to be near their people and to please them, and their sturdiness makes them a family favorite. They are comfortable in small apartments because they need minimal exercise, but the breed can adapt easily to all situations. The Pug sheds but its short coat requires little grooming.

  • Toy Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
  • Weighing between 14 to 18 pounds.
  • Companion dog.



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