Pugs stand apart from other dogs breeds not just because of their unique appearance, but by their silly attitude. Generally described as "clowns," pugs charm their owners with their playful sense of humor.
Yet, behind their silliness hides a dogs that is fiercely loyal and ancient in origin. Surprised? There are a lot of unique facts hidden in the wrinkly faces of pugs.
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.
Pugs are lovable, often goofy dogs that crave human attention. They can even “pout” or be truly heartsick if they are ignored by their people, which is why it’s important for pug owners to be home or with their pug as much as possible.
Pugs will often follow their owners from room to room, insist on sitting in their laps or want to sleep in bed with them at night.
Pugs are often very intelligent and could learn quickly if they also weren’t strong willed, with big personalities.
But with some patience and training, they get along well with kids, dogs, cats and other animals and can learn commands.
These little animals can be good watch dogs, but they’re not a loud or “yappy” small breed.
However, many pug owners report that their pugs wheeze, snort and snore loudly. People who love pugs say these noises are just a part of the pug charm.
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.
All dogs snore occasionally, but for pugs they do it often and loudly. Due to their smooshed snout, pugs will often snort while awake.
However, in a situation similar to humans, when their soft palatte relaxes during sleep this causes the pug to produce snores that are occasionally so loud you might wonder if there is another human sleeping away on the couch.
As a breed dating back to the B.C. era, the pug breed has seen a lot of history. However, even after Chinese Emperors stopped keeping these rolly-polly pups on their laps, they still found a place among the nobility. In the 16th Century, when Prince William of Orange led the Dutch in rebellion against Spain, he was actually saved by his pug Pompey when his barking alerted his camp to a Spanish ambush allowing him to escape.