The pug is a breed of dog with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square body with well-developed muscles. The pug’s protruding eyes are the source of its signature sad expression. The breed was pug-like early on in its development, and pugs were depicted as pug-faced dogs even in ancient China.
Pugs are known for being sociable and gentle companion dogs; loving companions pugs can live up to 14 years or more with relatively few genetic health problems. They also respond well to attention and thrive on human interaction. Pugs remain popular into the 21st century, with some famous celebrity owners. A pug was judged Best in Show at the World Dog Show in 2004.
The pug is part of the toy group, but is unique due to its compact strength, stout form and energetic behaviour inherited from centuries of selective breeding among working dog lines originating in Asia. The pug’s ancestors may include the pugnaces Britanniae, a Roman pug-dog hybrid that fought in the Colosseum.
The pug is a small dog with a large head and an even larger personality. Its eyes are big and bright, its face wrinkled and often wearing an expression of total adoration. This bouncy breed makes a pug perfect for just about any lifestyle or living situation.
Pugs have one-of-a-kind personalities that fill their lives with happiness every day They’re super adaptable creatures who adore being around people and can fit into just about any type of life you lead—whether you’re an empty nester, live in a petite apartment or have a sprawling estate for them to play on. The pug’s hilarious pug-face makes it one of the most distinctive breeds on the planet, and pugs love being pampered.
Pugs are extremely people centered, social dogs that enjoy spending time with their families—which means they can’t stand to be left alone for long periods of time. Pugs aren’t usually recommended as apartment pups since they do tend to be fairly vocal, but if you live in an area where you can take your pug out for plenty of exercise every day, they might just do all right in a small space.
Pugs do best with pug friends to keep each other company when you’re not around, though they won’t mind hanging out with cats or kids either (though they might pug-nip your pug kids in the face when they’re not looking).
The pug is ideal for families, and especially in houses where one person stays at home while everyone else is out. Pugs crave human contact and will do anything to be with you. They also love children and get along famously with other pups, though it’s always best to bring a pug puppy into a house with pets (like cats) already living there.
Pugs are easy-care animals who don’t need much grooming—in fact, their signature pug wrinkles need regular cleaning or they can become infected, which is why we recommend that pugs get groomed every six to eight weeks. Apart from this little cleaning, pugs don’t need much pug pampering to maintain their good looks.
Pugs are also a trainable breed, and after they learn the basic skills it’s easy to teach them more advanced tricks involving agility and pug pug games. Pugs fit into any size space you have—whether that’s a tiny apartment or a huge yard with acres of room for them to play in. But pugs do best when they live indoors alongside the family members who adore them, which is why we recommend keeping your pug as an inside dog whenever possible.
All dogs need exercise every day, but pugs require less than some other breeds because of their endearing nature and gentle demeanour. So long as pugs get pug-walks or pug playtime in every day, they’ll be perfectly content to lounge around on the couch all evening.
Pugs are fairly pug healthy but may develop some pug-related health problems that may require pug vet attention. They’re also especially pug sensitive to heat and humidity (and their wrinkles need regular cleaning), so it’s important to keep your pug safe during warm weather. Pugs can live up to 14 years or more if cared for properly.