What do you want to know about Pugs?

Ok…So you”ve seen numerous pictures of Pugs. You’ve talk to pet owners, breeders, and friends You’ve decided that this is the pet for you. You still have some decisions to make before you actually purchase or adopt your new pet. For example, what should you look for in the ideal dog?

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How Much do You Really Know About Pugs?

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So far, you know that the Pug is a “lot of dog in a small body”. He rates fifth in popularity among the toy breeds. Each one of these little dogs has his own unique personality.

Known as the “little Clowns of the Dog World”, these little dogs keep their owners entertained for hours with their clown-like antics. They repeatedly do things to get a laugh.

They seem almost human. They become active participants in conversations with their owners. They look directly at a person when spoken to, cocking their little heads as if they truly understand. Some owners refer to them as “little people”.

Displaying great charm, intelligence, and dignity, several members of the breed has attracted a lot of attention. This attraction has led to numerous roles on television and in movies. Often appearing in various advertisements, this little dog adapts very well.

His friendly, outgoing, and loving disposition helps him to get along well with children and other pets. Not only is he very even-tempered, but he enjoys meeting people.

He has a wonderful sense of humor. He enjoys life to its fullest. He has this famous “Pug run”, where he runs at a high rate of speed, just for the fun of it. He is always trying to be the center of attention.

Just what physical characteristics should this dog possess?

Ideally, he has a small, square, cobby, compact body. With hard well-defined muscles, he should weigh any where from 14 to 18 pound. Eating almost anything, his diet needs monitoring. He is rather greedy, and has a tendency to gobble down his food. Many become overweight.

This little entertainer has a flat, smashed in face, lined with large, deep wrinkles. The more wrinkles, the better. The “nose roll” runs under the eyes and above the nose. It is either black or dark brown. The bottom front teeth are in front of the top teeth.

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The strong, thick, and slightly arched neck has enough length to carry the head proudly. His head is very large, and wrinkled. Yet, it is not as large as that of the bulldog.

The ears are thin, small, and soft as velvet. There are two kinds – the “rose”, and the “button”.

The “rose” ear folds over and back. This shows off the irregular formation just inside the ear called the burr. With the “button” ear, the earflap folds forward, with the tip lying close to the skull. The tip covers the ear opening. Most people prefer the “button” ears.

He has very large, dark, and prominent eyes. Boldly staring at his surrounding through these globular shaped eyes, this little “clown” is unforgettable. His eyes reveal his moods. If excited, his eyes are full of fire. If sad, they lose their luster.

The mask or muzzle should be as black as possible. It is short, blunt, and square. The skin area around the eyes is the same color as the nose wrinkle or mask. The ears, moles on the cheeks, and the diamond or “thumb” mark on the forehead are also very black.

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He has a wide chest and strong legs. The legs are straight, of moderate length, and are set well under. The feet are neither too long, nor too round. They have well spilt toes with very black nails. The dewclaws are usually removed.

With moderately laid-back shoulders, the elbows fall directly under the withers. The hindquarters are strong and powerful with short hocks perpendicular to the ground. The thighs and buttocks are full and muscular. If viewing the legs from behind, they are parallel.

The famous Pug tail is set high. It curls tightly the hip. The double curl is preferable.

The breed standard comes in three colors, silver, apricot-fawn, and black. The silver color is almost rare. Both the silver and apricot-fawn have double coats. The double coat consists of an outer weather-resistant coat and a softer, insulating undercoat

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Black Pugs have a single coat. The black dogs should be jet black with no other markings visible. The wrinkles on the head need are deep and clear

The color varies from a rich cream to a light apricot color. Apricot-fawn describes any Pug with either an orange-tinted or true apricot coats.

As the animal matures its coat changes from the lighter color fawn to the darker apricot color. Usually, it takes several months for a puppy’s coat to change to its eventual adult color. Fawn dogs with very dark ears also have black-tipped guard hairs.

Today, Black Pugs are acceptable and desirable. In the past, they were frowned upon. Many black puppies were destroyed. To the Chinese people, they symbolized bad luck. Others thought they were mutations.

The black colored dogs are jet black in color. There can be no other color mixed with the black. This color sheds less than the apricot-fawn ones. They appear more serious than the fawn, almost regal. Repeated exposure to sunlight gives a reddish or brown tint to their coats, which causes lasting damage.

Silver Pugs are often referred to as blue Pugs. The silver is best described as a faded steel color. The ears, mask, and trace are darker in color.

Some of the breed have white markings on their feet and chests. Large amounts of these markings on the fawn coats are underneath. Even a small amount of white markings on the black coat is objectionable. White toes are undesirable on both the fawn and black dogs.

A black line should extend from the back of the head along the top of the back to the twist of the tail. This is called the trace. The trace is seldom found in today’s breed.

The coat is short, smooth, glossy, and soft. This breed sheds guard hair daily, and the under coat twice each year. Still, the coat is very easy to maintain.

Daily bushings helps to control the shedding. During the dry winter months, the skin becomes very dry. They shed this dry skin, which causes allergic reactions in some people.

This breed is curious by nature. This often gets them in trouble. They are always getting into things. If you lay something down and walk away, it may be gone when you return. When you recover your item, it is usually covered with doggy slobber.

An owner finds it very difficult to stay upset with the little guy. Soon, he worms his way back into its owner’s good graces.

Members of this breed are anxious to learn and are constantly trying to please. Although very stubborn at times, all it takes is love, patience, and treats. This is one little dog where the best way to his heart is through his stomach.

This breed is an acquired taste. They are not for everyone. Their flat faces cause them to snore and sneeze. They usually sneeze when impatient or disgusted. Usually, it is all over the owners. They make grunting pig noises when excited.

Their noses are usually wet, and the tongues hang out constantly. This is annoying to many people. A true Pug lover does not mind at all. He loves his “little person”.

So…Are you still thinking about getting a Pug? Where do you go from here? What is your next step?  For more information visit the Pug breeders' website. 

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