10-14" (25-36 cm) 14-18 lb (6.5-8 kg) Short, smooth fine coat. Fawn, black, silver, apricot. Black mask.
Originating in China alongside the Pekingese, the Pug was always a companion dog. Like the Pekingese, he was reserved for the Imperial family and their friends. As the Dutch East India Company made its way across the world, they were able to obtain some Pugs and bring them back to Holland. There the Prince of Orange became entranced by the dogs and claimed them as the official breed of the House of Orange after a Pug saved his life from Spaniards in 1572. Later, when the Prince’s grandson William III took the English throne, he brought several Pugs with him, thereby bringing the sensation to England. Later Royals to keep pugs included Queen Victoria, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Napoleon’s wife, Josephine. Pugs came to North America in the mid 1800s, but did not gain immediate popularity here, perhaps because they were solely companion and not working dogs. Now it’s one of the most popular and recognized breeds in the world.
The Pug is a small dog full of character. He is even-tempered, clever and curious, and attracts attention with his unique appearance and pleasant personality. Friendly and good with people of all ages, he is affectionate and enjoys a good cuddle. He doesn’t require a lot of exercise, and can’t work too hard due to a shortened nose that can give him breathing problems. However, it is still important to get him out and about to prevent obesity.