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Pug

Personality:Even-tempered, charming, mischievous and loving

Coat & Grooming:The short, shiny coat needs little maintenance; the wrinkles on the face and forehead must be kept clean and dry

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Pugs are not exactly natural athletes, but they do have strong legs and endless curiosity—exercise both regularly

Originally: China

Nicknames: None

Size: Small

Meet the Pug

​The Pug’s motto is the Latin phrase "multum in parvo" (“a lot in a little”)—a perfect description of this small but muscular breed. They come in three colors: silver or apricot-fawn with a black face mask, or all black. The large round head, the big, sparkling eyes, and the wrinkled brow give Pugs a range of human-like expressions—surprise, happiness, sorrow, curiosity—that have delighted owners for centuries. 

What's Their Story?

​The emperors of ancient China had a thing for flat-faced toy dogs—the Pekingese, Shih Tzu, and Pug were all developed as pampered pets of the emperor and his family. In the 1500s, Dutch traders brought Pugs from China to the West. Pugs have been closely associated with the Dutch ever since, but the breed’s charm made it a favorite of royal families all over Europe. Many of the famous kings and queens of history were Puggers.

What are they Like?

​Pug people say their breed is the perfect housedog. Pugs are happy living in the city or country, with kids or grandparents, and as the family’s only pet or among other animals. They enjoy their food, and care must be taken to keep them at their best weight (14 to 18 pounds). They thrive in moderate climates—not too hot, not too cold—but, with proper care, Pugs can be their adorable selves anywhere. They live to love and to be loved in return.

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