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The Pug was honoured officially at Holland’s Royal House of Orange after one of the noble dogs saved the life of the Crown Prince.
The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor. – Margot Kaufman, American writer
The earliest ancestors of the Pug date back to 750 B.C. making it one of the oldest dog breeds. He is believed to have originated in China in approximately 400 BC, possibly as a smooth-coated, taller version of the Pekingese. Highly prized by the Chinese Emperors, these companion dogs were lived in pampered luxury, even guarded by soldiers.
A great favourite in many royal courts, the Pug was introduced to Britain by William of Orange. Queen Victoria herself was devoted to her Pugs and bred many over the course of her long reign. Her involvement with dogs in general helped to establish the Kennel Club in 1873.
Today, his purpose unchanged since the beginning, he continues as acompanion, watch dog, and now, a therapy dog.
The word ‘pug’ comes either from the Latin ‘pugnus’ meaning ‘fist’ or from Old English ‘pugg’, an affectionate term.
Photos displayed courtesy of Tammy Barnes, Barnes Pugs, Alberta
Standing up to 11 inches (28 cm) at the shoulder, Pugs weigh between 14 and 18 pounds (6.3-8.1 kg). They have short, smooth, glossy coats that come in fawn, silver-fawn or jet black. Fawn is any fawn shade including light apricot, deep apricot to reddish gold. They have a black face mask and black ears. Although grooming is minimal, they do shed a lot.
Pugs are loyal, affectionate, loving, and generally docile. They are very people-oriented and are very fond of playing with children. They too have long childhoods and will behave like a puppy for close to two years. Their owners need patience but will be rewarded by a lovable and amusing little clown! Pugs get along well with other dogs.
This dog cannot live outside in hot, humid weather. Because of his flat face, prolonged exposure to this type of weather can cause death.
Pugs are intelligent, but can be strong-willed, independent thinkers. They need patient handling but no harsh punishment is necessary as they are sensitive to tone of voice. Pugs require more than the average exercise for a Toy breed.