The Pug’s face, with deep wrinkles around big, dark eyes and a flat round face can’t help but make anyone smile. The Pug’s name comes from the Latin word for “fist” because their faces resembles a human fist! They are square dogs with substantial limbs and curly tails. Pugs are the sturdiest dogs of the toy group, befitting their mastiff heritage.
Believed to have originated in China, Pugs were known to be highly treasured by Chinese Emperors and were guarded by soldiers. In the 16th Century they were then brought from China over to Europe.
Pugs are easy to keep and have serious tendency to become obese unless their diet and exercise is watched carefully. With their short nose, they don’t do too well in the heat so please observe carefully for heatstroke. Pugs also tend to snore a lot! Their short nose also means that they are prone to catching a cold.
Do Pugs shed? You better believe it! Although they have short, glossy coats, these wrinkly wonders are heavy shredders. You’ll need to brush your dog daily, aside from the shredding, pug grooming is relatively low-key. The most common colour of a Pug is Fawn; however, they can also be Black, and some can have touches of Apricot or Silver.
Pugs have wonderful and big personalities, they are often described at “Multum in parvo”, which is Latin for “much in little”. They are strong willed but are very rarely aggressive in any way. They are great with children and whilst small, they are sturdy enough to play. Whilst the like to nap, they thrive on human attention, you will often find that they follow you around to avoid missing out on any of the action!
If you are thinking about adding a Pug to your family, you won’t regret it! There is a lot of love in their small stature making the perfect addition to any home.
With another year and another month comes another Dog of the Month announcement! A big congratulations to......
This delightful little Pug is enjoying his holidays with the We Love Dogs team whilst he goes through some rehabilitation following a recent illness.
You can never walk past Chen Chen without being lured in by his beautiful eyes for a cuddle and of course a good snort!
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