Breed of the Week: Pug
The Pug is a small square breed with an overall compact appearance weighing 14-18lbs. One of the Pug’s defining features is the obvious brachycephalic or flattened face which gives this breed its distinctive expression and sound. The Pug can be fawn or black in color and has a smooth tight coat that requires minimal grooming.
Outgoing and cheerful, the Pug does well in any environment and requires minimal to moderate controlled exercise, making this a good urban dog breed. The Pug generally does well with children and other pets though care must be taken in adverse weather as they are sensitive to heat and cold.
Being brachycephalic, the pug is prone to eye and palate issues and must be kept in temperate conditions. Pugs are also highly susceptible to obesity and can develop bloat, or gastric torsion, due to their large chest and small waists.
- Pugs are one of the oldest breeds still in existence. They date back to the 4oos BC from China where they share ancestors with the Pekingese
- Pugs were initially designed to sit with Chinese Emperors and remain relatively calm to this day. They are still kept by monasteries in Tibet as well.
- Josephine, the wife of Napoleon, used her Pug “Fortune” to carry secret messages under his collar to her husband while she was imprisoned at Les Carmes.