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The Pug was honoured officially at Holland’s Royal House of Orange after one of the noble dogs saved the life of the Crown Prince.
The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor. – Margot Kaufman, American writer
The Pug is believed to have originated in China in approximately 400 BC, possibly as a smooth-coated, taller version of the Pekingese.
A great favourite in many royal courts, he was introduced to Britain by William of Orange and is now used primarily as a companion, watch dog, and therapy dog.
The word ‘pug’ comes either from the Latin ‘pugnus’ meaning ‘fist’ or from Old English ‘pugg’, an affectionate term.
Photos displayed courtesy of Tammy Barnes, Barnes Pugs, Alberta
Standing up to 11 inches at the shoulder, Pugs have short, smooth coats that come in solid black, silver fawn, or apricot fawn with a black face mask and ears. Although grooming is minimal, they do shed a lot.
Pugs are loyal, affectionate, loving, and generally docile. They are very people-oriented and are very fond of playing with children. They too have long childhoods and will behave like a puppy for close to two years. Their owners need patience but will be rewarded by a lovable and amusing little clown! Pugs get along well with other dogs.
This dog cannot live outside in hot, humid weather. Because of his flat face, prolonged exposure to this type of weather can cause death.
Pugs are intelligent, but can be strong-willed, independent thinkers. They need patient handling but no harsh punishment is necessary as they are sensitive to tone of voice. Pugs require more than the average exercise for a Toy breed.