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Facts about the Pug Dog Breed

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Looking for information about pugs? Following is general information regarding the pug dog breed. You will find information regarding pug’s appearance, size, temperament, activity levels, health, grooming concerns and other tidbits of interest.  This basic, easy to understand information will help you decide if the pug dog breed is for you.

Pug's Appearance:

What is the general appearance of the pug dog breed? Pugs have a short, fine, smooth, and soft coat.  Pugs can vary in color including silver, apricot-fawn, or black, with black muzzle or mask, ears, cheek moles, and trace down back. It is a toy dog breed and is recognizable by its wrinkly face. The current breed standards call for a square, cobby body, a compact form, deep chest, and well-developed muscle. Pugs have curly tails.

Pug's Size:

How big is a pug? With regards to size, the pug breed is a small dog.  Pugs are 14-18 pounds in weight and 10-11 inches tall. The pug belongs to the Toy group.

Pug's Temperament:

What does a pug dog act like? The temperament of a pug is devoted, loving, and charming. Pugs are good with children and other pets. They make a great house pet if you train them properly. Stubborn but sociable, the pug is clever, playful and charming. They respond well to obedience training and harsh punishment is general unnecessary since they are sensitive to human voices. Pugs like a lot of attention and may become jealous if ignored.

Pug's Activity Level:

Pugs do well indoor and do not need a yard as active as they are. This is the perfect breed of apartments. Pugs love walks, but tire easily so bring plenty of water. They tend to overeat, so increase activity if your pug starts gaining weight.

Pug Health:

These are a few health problems typical for pugs: Anal sacs, colitis, conjunctivitis, ear infections, flea bite allergy, interdigital cysts, lameness, skin problems, tonsillitis, cataracts, undersized nostrils, pug dog encephalitis, eyelid and eyelash problems.

There are also leg problems such as: leg-calvé-perthes disease, slipped stifles and hip dysplesia.

Pugs typically live 12 to 15 years.

Pug Grooming:

The pug is a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. This breed does droll, so the muzzle area should be kept clean. To avoid dry or itchy skin, the skin between folds should be cleaned. Bath pugs only when necessary to keep natural oils on the skin.

Little Known Pug Tidbits:

What other interesting tidbits of information are there about the pug dog breed? The pug breed originated with similar features to the pekingese breed.  They can have trouble with hot weather due to its short nose. Pug is Latin for “clenched fist.”

Other names for pugs are Chinese Pug, Carlin, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mops (the name Marie Antoinette’s pug) Mopshond, Puggu (Japanese).

Famous Pugs:

Famous pugs include: Otis from The Adventures of Milo and Otis, Percy from Pocahontas, Frank from Men in Black and Men in Black II, Bandit from Johnny Quest and Bess from The West Wing.

Famous Pug owners include Denise Richards whose dog is named Betty.  Chris Kirkpatrick from the band 'N Sync owns two pugs, Busta and Korea.  Jessica Alba owns the pugs Sid and Nancy.  Nathan Lane has a pug called Mabel; Kelly Osbourne a pug named Prudence; Paula Abdul a pug called Puggy Sue




Jul 6, 2011 11:55pm
Interesting. I didn't know pug meant clenched fist.
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