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This is an even-tempered breed, exhibiting stability, playfulness, great charm, dignity, and an outgoing, loving disposition

The Pug’s reason for living is to be near their people and to please them, and their sturdiness makes them a family favorite. They are comfortable in small apartments because they need minimal exercise, but the breed can adapt easily to all situations. The Pug sheds, but its short coat requires little grooming.

The Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dogs and has flourished since before 400 BC. Most researchers agree that the breed comes from Asia, due to its similarities to the Pekingese. China is the earliest known source for Pugs, where they were pets of the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. The breed next appeared in Japan and Europe, becoming popular when Prince William II became the King of England. He owned Pugs and they became the fashionable breed for generations The Pug is  "a lot of dog in a small space." They are recognized for their even-tempers, playful personalities, and their outgoing, loving dispositions. This square  breed comes in fawn, silver fawn, apricot fawn or black, with a well-defined "mask" on his muzzle. A popular companion dog, the pug also excels in the show ring. AKC registration site

Pugs are cute - if you love them, you think they are the cutest breed around. People who consider them ugly just don't see the beauty in the breed.

  • Are you looking for a dog that will make you laugh? Then a Pug may be good for you - they are natural clowns and show offs.
  • Are you looking for a dog that is good with children? Then a Pug may be good for you as they seem to consider children to be "Pug-sized" people.
  • Are you looking for a dog as a companion to your kids, to run after them on their bikes up the street? You should pass on Pugs - their sensitivity to heat and small size makes that almost a certain death situation.
  • Do you want a small watch dog for an apartment situation? MAYBE a Pug can work - but it's not usual. Most Pugs won't know a stranger in their entire lives, let alone recognize a burglar.
  • Do you want an easy to train dog? Pugs don't normally fall into that category in general - because usually they want very much to please you, but sometimes it takes a Pug longer than other breeds to understand what you want (or maybe, longer for you to understand what they're going to do!).
  • Do you want a short haired dog because it will shed less? Then run, don't walk, away from the Pug breed. This breed sheds copious amounts, usually seasonally.
  • Do you want a dog that's almost human-like in personality? Then consider a Pug, as Pugs have more personality than they know what to do with!

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