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A Multo in Parvo, "a lot of dog in a small space", that has an even temperament
while also being playful, outgoing, dignified, and charming. This breed is
supposed to be compact, proportioned and muscular. It is supposed to be square
in proportion and appearance as well. The pug is one of the largest breed in the
Toy Group with a weight of 14 to 18 lbs (both sexes). The Pug shares the same
origin as the Pekingese but is not related to the Bulldog.

The head should be large, massive and round, but without indentations in the
skull. The face if viewed from the side should appear rather flat no over protrusion
of the muzzle or chin. The eyes should be dark, but prominently large and bold.
The ocular shape should be globular. A pug's expression should be ever
changing from soft, solicitous, and lustrous to full of fire and life when excited. The
bite should be slightly undershot. The ears should be black, thin, small, and soft
with a feel of velvet. The ears should either rose or button, with the latter being
preferred. Button ears fold over with the fold being level with the top of the skull
but the tips should not hang pass the corner of the eyes.

The pug should have large and deep facial wrinkles, with the color making the
wrinkles more prominent by being darker on the inside rather than the outside.
Over the nose should be one large, major wrinkle.

The gait of the pug should square, strong, and free. The body is short and cobby,
wide in chest and well ribbed up. The slight roll of the hindquarters typifies the gait
which should be free, self-assured, and jaunty.

The tail of the Pug should be high set on the back. The ideal tail has two tight
curls but one tight curl is acceptable. A loose curled tail or one that hangs down is
not desirable.

The markings of the pug should be an intense black with clear definition on the
muzzle mask, moles on the cheeks, thumb mark or diamond on the forehead, and
on the back trace. The trace is the black line extending from the back of the head
to the tail.

Coat Description

The coat is short, dense and one length with an overall smoothness over the
body. The coat should be straight with no waves or curls and should be no longer
than 1 inch. No fringe is allowed anywhere. It is often described as "fine, smooth,
soft, short and glossy, neither hard nor woolly" by its AKC standard.

History

The mystery of the Pug seems to have links all the way to before 400 B.C. and
the Orient. China was the first to be the source of the breed by providing pets to
the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Consequently, in Chinese art and paintings,
three dogs dominated the era: the Pekingese, the lion dog, and the Lo-sze. It is
believed that the pug is descended from the Lo-sze which was distinguished by its
short muzzle, short hair, elastic skin, and the prince mark on its forehead. The
prince mark has three horizontal wrinkles crossed by a vertical bar on the
forehead which makes the Chinese character for "prince". The breed soon spread
to Japan and then to Europe, with many appearing in various royal courts.

In 1572, a pug named Pompey saved William, Prince of Orange by alarming him
to the approach of the Spaniards at Hermigny. Because of such allegiance, the
pug became the official dog of the House of Orange. Later, William II would bring
an entourage of Pugs to Torbay for his coronation as the King of England which
began the popularity of the breed as a fashion statement.

By 1790, Napoleon's wife, Josephine, raised the popularity of the breed especially
through the antics of Fortune. Fortune bit Napoleon on their wedding night but
was highly dependable because he would carry secret messages to Napoleon
while Josephine was imprisoned at Les Carmes.

In 1860, British soldiers overran the Imperial Palace in Peking and found dogs of
the Pug and Pekingese influence. These were brought back to England and
began to gain interest of certain fanciers. Black Pugs were imported from China
(yet there is speculation that the Japanese may have developed and bred the
black pugs first) and promoted in England in 1886. The American Kennel Club,
AKC, accepted the Pug in 1885.

Temperament

Pugs are clowns with a lot of personality. However, they can be a little headstrong
and stubborn when it comes to obedience. They are good with children; however,
they do not take for constant playing and running with the children for long
periods of time. This dog is made to be a companion not a guard dog. Many pugs
are highly interested in strangers and making them their new best friends. They
may alert you to the presence of a stranger; however, you may not hear them
because their bark is usually muffled by their lips and short, flat muzzles.

In this breed, the males tend to be more easy going, and loving of people and
children. The females tend to be more independent, alert, and observant. The
pug is supposed to be friendly and able to love everyone human and animals
equally and as energetically. There are usually no problems integrating them into
homes with children and other pets like cats, rodents, or birds.

This is an even-tempered stable breed with a lot of playfulness, charm, dignity,
love, and an outgoing extravert. They are mischievous, willful, self-confident, and
cheerful. They are not nervous or high strung and should not display aggression.


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