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The Pug is a small dog breed with a curled tail and wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and under-bite. Pugs originated in China and were imported into Europe in the sixteenth century. The dogs have a compact body, strong legs, a deep chest, and well-developed muscle. The dogs either have “rose” or “button” ears. Rose ears are smaller than standard button ears. They’re folded with front edge leaning against the side of the dog’s head.

Pugs are rarely aggressive but strong willed. They can also be vivacious or quiet depending on their moods. They’re suitable for families with children. The dogs spend a lot of time napping and have a lazy disposition. They love to follow their owners around.

Coat and Color

Pugs have a glossy fine coat that comes in many colors. The most common colors are black or fawn. Other colors include silver fawn and apricot fawn.

Pugs require daily brushing.
Height 10-14" at the withers
Weight 13-20 lbs
Life Span 12-15 years
Temperament Vivacious to quiet
Hypoallergenic No
Due to the Pug’s short snout and prominent brow ridges, they’re prone to eye injuries, such as scratched corneas and entropian. And their compact breathing passageways make it difficult for them to regulate their body temperature by panting. A Pug’s normal body temperature ranges between 101 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit. If they hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, immediate cooling is required. At 108 degrees Fahrenheit, the dogs may experience organ failure. Due to these temperature sensitivities, many airlines have banned or severely restrict the transportation of the dogs. Pugs are mostly sedentary creatures which predisposes them to obesity. This risk can be minimized with a healthy diet and regular exercise. The typical Pug has a life span of about 11 years. Other health ailments include: eye prolapse, reverse sneezing, demodectic mange, necrotizing meningoencephalitis, and hemivertebrae. Regular cleaning of the dog’s facial creases is recommended to avoid infection and irritation.

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