The Pug were originally brought from China to England and Queen Victoria was very fond of them. They have recently become very popular again with their big eyes and comical ways.
The Pug is a lover not a fighter, they love their humans and main goal in life is to be a lapdog, they are also very playful, if you are looking for a great companion for your family or household, this could be your perfect breed.
They require less exercise than other breeds and would make a great flat/apartment dog. They will still enjoy a good daily walk especially if they have no garden to run around. They are very playful dogs, so as long as they get plenty of playtime, they should adapt well.
Remember a bored dog will usually become a mischievous dog, whether it be nuisance barking, chewing or digging. Try to make sure they are occupied with jobs, playtime or plenty of exercise to keep them out of trouble.
They love their families and being with people. They are not suitable for families with young children as they have their limits to being pulled around. They are very playful so with older children and those used to being around dogs, they will play endless games running around the garden with them.
They always love to snuggle, being small and having short hair they love being a lapdog. They do not cope well with being left alone and are prone to suffering from separation anxiety, they are not dogs for people who work full time.
They are not the greatest of watchdogs but will soon alert you to people at the door but once inside, people will usually be treated as new friends. They just love people so don’t expect any good guarding activities.
They are peaceful living and generally run around and play with other dogs. Cats and other small animals brought up in the house should also be fine.
They are very sensitive and quite intelligent dogs, you will need to identify their reward motivation early for the best results. With sensitive dogs be sure to keep the training fun and interesting, don’t treat them harshly or forcefully, they make sulk or hide from you. They are difficult to house-train because they hate going out in the rain.
They are heavy shedders but small so at least their isn’t as much of it. They have short hair and shed all year round, especially around Spring and Autumn. They are easy to groom and weekly brushing will keep the hairs under control.
As with most short muzzles dogs, they suffer from the heat and are prone to heat exhaustion. Make sure you keep an eye on them during hot conditions.
It is not generally known that the Pug was the most popular of all dogs in England and the Continent many years ago. It is generally accepted that the Pug originated in China and made its way to England through Holland.
With the introduction of other toy dogs, the Pug began to lose its popularity in England and there was a danger at one time that the breed would become extinct but more stock was introduced from Holland and Austria in the reign of George III, and this gave the breed a new lease of life.
- Weight -6kg –8kg
- Size – 18cm – 20cm
- They live for 12-15 years