Know Your Dog: Pug

October 24, 2017

Alright, folks It’s time to learn more about another breed! This time, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Pug.

Officially recognized by the AKC in 1885, the Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dog. The Pug is of Oriental origin, showing some similarities to the Pekingese. Pugs were a common dog in China, where they were the chosen pet of the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Pugs then appeared in Japan, followed by Europe. The word “Pug” is thought to have come from the Latin pugnus, meaning fist. This is attributed to the breed’s clenched fist-like head. It is also thought to have come from the 18th-century marmoset “pug” monkey, which purportedly appeared quite similar to the breed.

In addition to being one of the most physically distinctive dogs, the Pug is also well loved for its charismatic personality. Their charming, loving, mischievous personalities have led Pugs to be ranked as the 32nd most popular dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club.

Pugs are also great around children and other dogs, and prefer being around people rather than being alone. This makes the Pug a perfect family pet. The Pug is an even-tempered breed, exhibiting stability, playfulness, great charm, dignity, and an outgoing, loving disposition. They are also confident and very friendly. They come in two color varieties; black and fawn. This breed requires minimal exercise, but can adapt easily to all situations and lifestyles.

Pugs love to eat. It is important to monitor their diet. A high quality dry food moistened with warm water is all they need at meal time to keep them satisfied. They do not need any table scraps. Regular grooming and washing will keep your Pug looking and feeling their best. Washing and drying is important to avoid skin infections, especially in their wrinkled faces. Their ears and teeth should be cleaned regularly and nails trimmed to avoid overgrowth.

Pugs live to be 13-15 years old and their average weight is 14-18 pounds. Though they don’t require much exercise, some fresh air will do them good. While they are adaptable to most lifestyles, Pugs thrive in moderate climates (not too hot and not too cold).

While the majority of Pugs are healthy dogs, there are some health concerns you need to take into account. Some things to look out for with Pugs include obesity and skin infection. Pugs are also prone to wheezing and snoring due to their short snout.

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