Every breed is unique, but the Pug really stands apart. With his barrel shaped body, flat wrinkled face and expressive eyes, the appearance of this dog causes second and third glances.
When we add in the element of his personality, a very charming, intelligent and amusing dog, the Pug becomes one of the most beloved of all dog breeds.
When a dog is so popular, myths begin to circulate...Where did this dog come from? Why was be bred to look as he does? Does a Pug really have a sense of humor?
This page is dedicated understanding the truth about this breed and bringing you the most interesting facts.
This is a Pug fact for the breed in general, so while there will be some Pugs that are perfectly quite while sleeping, most will have some degree of snoring. The reason for snoring has to do with the facial structure of this breed. Great time was taken, over the course of centuries, to develop this dog to have a very flat face and a small flat nose. There are other dogs with this type of facial structure as well, called brachycephalic and this includes: the Bulldog, Japanese Chin, Neapolitan Mastiff, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, Brussels Griffon, Bullmastiff and English Toy Spaniel.
Pugs seem like they are a relatively modern breed, one that was created to be right at home in apartments, but they are actually quite ancient. While domesticated wolves definitely have pugs beat in age, the pug breed has been around since before 400 B.C., according to the American Kennel Club.
Some believe that the Pug must remain indoors, but this is an over-exaggeration. It is true high temperatures and humidity can cause breathing problems. In addition, exercise should be moderate since a Pug can overheat.
While Pugs certainly can and should have daily periods of exercise outdoors and of course be led outside to eliminate, the Pug dog is an inside dog.
With their round little bodies and short legs, pugs don't like a whole lot of exercise, at least not as much as they like food, but they actually aren't as lazy as people think. Typically, a pug will sleep around 14 hours a day, much longer than more active breeds, but this is usually because they have nothing else going on. Pugs love to be close to their owners, the closer the better, which is why they get so cuddly on the couch. However, if you are going for a walk, they will be there to walk with you even if it is in temperatures where they don't thrive. Alternatively, when a pug isn't sleeping, they have a strong natural curiosity that will cause them to prowl around the house looking for trouble and exciting new things. They're not lazy; they are just waiting for the next interesting moment.
The Pug is a heavy shedding dog, despite his short coat. The hairs on the thick double coat have a shorter life cycle than average. Therefore, hairs will shed off at a fast pace. For most, this breed will shed not more than a vacuum and lint brush can't handle. Regular grooming, including a good brushing of the coat, can help keep things under control.
The Pug is the largest of all of the toy breed dogs with a weight range of 13 to 18 pounds (5.89 to 8.16 kg) and a height (from floor to withers [shoulder] ranging from 10 to 14 inches (25 to 36 cm).