A guide to the Pug

“Once the mischievous companion of Chinese emperors, and later the mascot of Holland’s royal House of Orange, the small but solid Pug is today adored by his millions of fans around the world. Pugs live to love and to be loved in return.”

“The Pug’s motto is the Latin phrase ‘multum in parvo (a lot in a little)’, an apt description of this small but muscular breed. They come in three colors: silver or apricot-fawn with a black face mask, or all black. The large round head, the big, sparkling eyes, and the wrinkled brow give Pugs a range of human-like expressions (surprise, happiness, curiosity), that have delighted owners for centuries. Pug owners say their breed is the ideal house dog. Pugs are happy in the city or country, with kids or old folks, as an only pet or in a pack. They enjoy their food, and care must be taken to keep them trim.

They do best in moderate climates; not too hot, not too cold; but, with proper care, Pugs can be their adorable selves anywhere.”

Key Stats

Life Expectancy:
13 – 15 years
14 – 18 pounds
10 – 13 inches

Despite their small size, pugs have a sturdy and robust build. Regular exercise is important to maintain their health and prevent obesity, a common concern for the breed. However, their short snub noses can make them prone to respiratory issues, and owners should be mindful of their breathing, especially in hot or humid weather.

Pugs are known for their adaptability, making them suitable for various living situations. Whether in a bustling city apartment or a suburban home, these dogs are known to adjust well to their surroundings. Their low-maintenance grooming requirements make them an attractive choice for individuals or families looking for a delightful and easy-to-care-for companion.

In addition to their friendly disposition, pugs have a mischievous and playful side, often engaging in comical behavior that brings joy to those around them. Their love for playtime and their tendency to form strong bonds with their owners make them a popular choice for families seeking a loyal and entertaining pet.

An overview of the Pug

3 podgy pugs in a beautiful garden of terracotta and foliage
Difficulty Overview
Potential Positives
  • Very social
  • Easy to train
  • Small in size
Potential Negatives
  • Lots of shedding
  • Suffer from health issues
Family affection
Good with other dogs
Good with other children
Shedding Level –
Drool quantity –
Openness to strangers
Protectiveness –
Ease of training
Barking level –

“Naturally this overview is generic to a breed and not every single of its kind. However the information and stats we provide in our breed overviews can really make a beneficial impact on your decision making in regards to a specific breed.”

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