A Pug is a clown at heart with a sense of humor but carries himself with great dignity.

He is said to be "A lot of dog in a small space."


He has a sturdy, compact, muscular well-balanced body. Large round head with a black mask on face and ears. His roguish face is wrinkled which gives him an expression of great wisdom. Skull is flat between ears and looks square from the front. He has dark, lustrous eyes that are close to this black nose. Ears folded over and brush side of face with a tail that is tightly curled over his hip. The skin is loose but not wrinkled except on head.

Pugs have a short double coat with a fine undercoat and a fine, smooth and glossy outer coat. Colors they come in are: black, silver, fawn, apricot, and fawn. A moderate shedder.

  • Weight: 14-18 pounds
  • Height: 10-14 inches
  • Life span: 12 years


A low maintenance dog. Just brush loose hair occasionally with a brush and put a special lotion on his facial creases.

Pug Picture


This Toy Pug originated in China, they date back to the pre-Christian era. They were prized possessions of Emperors of China. Dutch traders took them to Holland and England. The Pug known today was bred by the English. They were enjoyed by Monarchs of Europe and even today a favorite with royalty.

These dogs are clever and mischievous with a heart-winning personality. They are anxious to learn and love you. This dog does need companionship and attention and tends to get jealous if he doesn't get it. You will find they are a very devoted dog.

They are an excellent companion for the whole family. He is a favorite with children even small ones. He makes a good watch dog and he's not yappy!

A Pug is a great dog to live with and fits in any lifestyle. He fits in if you live in an apartment, condominium or house. He gets along well with other pets.

He is always doing something funny and he want to please you. They behave as a puppy a long time into maturity. They are a popular breed and growing in popularity.


  • Intelligent
  • Fun loving
  • Perky
  • Loyal
  • Affectionate
  • Charming
  • Even-tempered
  • Happy-go-lucky
  • Outgoing disposition
  • Playful

A Pug needs moderate exercise but does like to play outside if weather is favorable. They need a cool place if weather is very hot.

They can be stubborn and a bit willful so owner needs to make it clear what behavior is wanted and reward him. Since he is highly intelligent he gets bored easily with repetitive training. When training be gentle because he is extremely sensitive to the tone of your voice.

"The Ultimate Pug Secrets Handbook" is a great book to help you learn more about your pug if you want more information.


  • Skin problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Teeth and gum - need brush their teeth
  • Patella luxational ( dislocating kneecap)

Purchase a Pug from a responsible breeder to get a puppy free of these problems. Although their are no guarantees a good breeder eliminates dogs with these genetic problems from their breeding programs. They also provide a warranty.

The Pug is one of the dogs in my ebook "15 Best Dogs With Children"

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