Quick Look

  • Height

    • Male25 – 28 cm
    • Female25 – 28 cm
  • Weight

    • Male6 – 8 kg
    • Female6 – 8 kg
  • Common Colors

    • Apricot
    • Black
    • Fawn
    • Silver
  • Coat Texture

    • Fine, smooth, soft, short and glossy..
  • Average Lifespan

    • 12 to 15 years


History of the Breed

Pugs appear to derive from Chinese origins, and Netsuke carvings found suggest their appearance hasn't changed much in that time. A pug was often used as political mascots in Europe, being associated with the Dutch House of Orange as well as being the companion of choice for Napoleon's wife, Josephine.


  • Adaptability
  • All-around friendliness
  • Cheerful
  • Exercise needs
  • Trainability


  • Affectionate
  • Confident
  • Playful
  • Stubborn

Common Health Problems

  • Canine Hip dysplasia In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
  • Obesity
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis Granulomatous meningoencephalitis is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system of dogs and, rarely, cats. It is a form of meningoencephalitis.
  • Skin Infections

Top Tips for Caring for a Pug

  • Keep your pug's facial wrinkles clean to prevent dermatitis
  • Moderate daily walks should be sufficient exercise
  • Should be kept indoors, especially if it's hot and humid
  • Only occasional brushing is needed

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