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The Pug originated in the Orient where it was miniaturized from mastiffs. It has been domesticated since about 400 B.C. The Dutch East India Trading company brought the dog to Holland in the sixteenth century A.D. He was taken to Britain during the reign of King William III (seventeenth century). He is more massive and solid than most fellow toy dogs. Fawn colored pugs were typical known in Europe until black Pugs were introduced from Asia in the 1860s. The Pug was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1885.
Pugs are a vibrant breed that is extremely tough and individualistic. He knows what he wants and stands his ground to get it. Although strong willed and forceful, he is affectionate and rarely aggressive. He makes an amusing and rewarding companion for those who want a smaller dog that evidences the characteristics of a larger dog. He often communicates through grunts, snorts and snuffles.
The Pug is square and cobby in shape. His head is large and round without indentation but with clearly defined wrinkles. The eyes are large, dark and bold. The nose is snubbed. The muzzle is short, blunt and square. The ears are either rose or, preferably, button and set high on the skull, folding over to the level of the eye. The chest is wide and the legs are strong, straight and of moderate length. The back is broad and the topline is straight. The tail is curled as tightly as possible over the hip. A double curl is preferred. The coat is apricot, black or silver-fawn with a black mask on the face and black ears. Height of the Pug is between ten and eleven inches and weight is between fourteen and eighteen pounds.

casudie@aol.com of Omaha, NE writes:

Plan on having this dog pay total attention to YOU.
We have our first Pug, and I have to say it is the most fun dog I've had. She is totally dedicated to us, actually my husband. Yes, I'm a wee bit jealous, but just happy she gives him so much attention and affection. Okay, now it's my turn. They are incredibly smart, I had her pee pad trained in two days. She has learned how to "give me five," shake hands, speak, sit, lie down, and I'm sure more. Just be prepared to be totally dedicated to them, they are the best friend you could ever want.

Name withheld by request of Vancouver, Canada writes:

Twenty-one pounds of love and attitude.
My Pug is the centre of our life. He follows us everywhere, his favorite spot is on my lap. He loves to go for long walks in the woods and the muddier he gets the happier he is. He is good-natured, smart, but stubborn, but so cute it doesn't matter. Definite tendency towards gluttony, so their eating has to be watched closely. I 200% recommend a Pug for a family pet. However a Pug requires a commitment, they can be a bit high maintenance, lots of shedding, they hate getting their nails clipped, they can overheat quite easily in the summer, and they can't handle being left alone for long periods. To me, he is worth any extra effort required. But it is good to be aware of the extra care requirements; if you can't handle it, better let someone else adopt one who will love the extra work and will love to baby the dog.

Name withheld by request of Colorado writes:

Velcro dogs gone wrong.
Many of you have heard of the phrase "Velcro dog." This term generally refers to a dog that is overly clingy and follows you wherever you go. For the Pug, this is a way of life. This dog is exactly like your shadow ... it follows you wherever you go, has no personality, and really provides no value. The dog not only looks like it ran into a parked car, but acts like it suffered brain damage when that catastrophic event occurred. Our Pug is constantly running into doors, barking at its own shadow, falling down the stairs, and generally doing other things that will make you both embarrassed and sorry for the dog at the same time. I always find myself tripping over the dog, or as happened last week, repainting my wall because the poor pooch insisted on leaning against the wall while trying to get directly in my way while painting. In my opinion, this dog provides absolutely no value, and it appears that evolution has passed it by.

tsargent@kvnet.org of Eastview, KY writes:

Extremely smart.
We wanted a small dog for the house and began researching the different breeds. We loved the apperance of the Pug and finally ended up purchasing an AKC registered Pug a few weeks ago. I was so skeptical because I have never been able to potty train a puppy. I prayed over this dog and wanted so badly to make this one fit into our family. She is incredible! She is only ten weeks old and has the full run of our home. She is potty trained and doing great. She has an almost human personality. She is wonderful with our children and a very outgoing little lady. Every one that sees her wants to take her home with them. She is a member of the family and one that has made her way into our hearts very quickly! I would recommend the Pug for anyone seeking a smart, caring companion.

forderin@msu.edu of Ann Arbor, MI writes on 3/29/01:

A clown that will instantly charm you!
This is the sweetest, most charming breed ever! They make the silliest noises and expressions you could ever imagine - most of the time they will remind you of a cat or a pig, but not a dog at all.
They snort, snore and sniff (like a sneeze), and constantly love to perch on the back of the sofa. My dog is unbelievably cute, extremely mellow, rarely barks and is very well behaved. He will happily go for a 3 mile hike through the woods, or curl up at your feet and watch t.v. with you..so long as he's near you. He is also a total goof-ball at times and likes to play soccer, as well as fetch with his
stuffed toys that are bigger than he is. His favorite thing to do is to go grab his toy and bring it to me right as I'm going to bed ... he does this every night! Some of the drawbacks to ownership: Pugs are
big shedders and absolutely must have air conditioning in the summer. They also tend to be gluttonous and you will have to watch their weight as they gain weight easily and prefer to sit on the couch than go jogging. Although they can be stubborn, this should not be mistaken for a lack of intelligence..they are quite cunning. If you want a solid little dog- that thinks it's a big dog, loves all people and other animals, makes you laugh hysterically and doesn't need much exercise or grooming than consider a Pug. They are the happiest, sweetest dogs I have ever known!

kim@nextonline.net of Florence, AL writes on 6/18/00:

Cheeky little monkeys,
I would recommend the pug to anyone! The only negative is that they shed terribly! I have two Pugbabies that are the the light of my life! The absolute BEST small dog to own!

Name withheld by request of Texas writes on 5/13/00:

They will do anything just to be loved.
In 1998 after much research we purchased a Pug for our infant daughter. He was so loving and sweet with her. They have grown up together. We got addicted! So in 1999 when we learned I was expecting again we got another Pug and it has been so wonderful. Both Pugs are so wonderful with our girls. They love to roll around and play with our oldest and are always kind and gentle with the baby with love to spare. I love them because they are so cuddly. They always want to be near you. At your feet is thier favorite place in the world, second only to in your arms of course. They are so cuddly and I never worry about them hurting my girls in any way. My husband loves them because they like to play games and in his words "They look studly!" In other words they have muscular bodies. I think their faces are so sweet. I guess guys are not into sweet though. I would recommend them to anyone. They have the sweet innocence girls love, the playfulness children need, and the obediance, fun and looks guys go for.

rusinko@clover.net of Byesville, OH writes on 4/27/00:

Only a toy - not even a real dog!
We own a 3 year old male black pug. No one warned us of the fact that they do not realize that they are a dog ... not a human. He wants to be on you, beside you, underneath you, in your bed, shower and everywhere you are. There is no privacy with a Pug in the house. He snores while he is sleeping (with or without you). Very loving but not a real dog that you can pet without bending down and if you are sitting, he's in your lap. Warning labels should be attached to them that cautions the owner to all of the above.

hugapug@spirit.com.au of Australia writes on 4/4/00:

The best friend anyone could have. Funny, charming and demanding!
I have ownded numerous breeds of dogs since childhood, starting with a Boxer. When I was 21 I got aPug. 19 years later, I couldn't imagine life with out them. They are by no means an easy dog to live with because they believe that humans are put here to do their bidding! Therefore when they want something they expect you to do it for them immediately They are loyal, absolutely affectionate, caring and playful. In old age they have a sense of majesty and wisdom. They are truely a delight.

Name withheld by request of Arizona writes on 3/22/00:

A comical character in a tiny box!
Our eldest son wanted a small dog to have in his small apartment, that would not be " prissy". Well, he certainly found it in our Pug! He is so funny and energetic, yet doesn't need a LOT of walking. He almost housetrained himslself by 10 w eeks of age and has been a great joy in our sons' life. So much so that our youngest took all his savings and cought himslef a Pug as well! This is really a great dog for kids, because they are strong and comical, too. They are taking to training very easily and are so funny. They provide a lot of amusement for all of us and aI am so happy to have them in our household! The two Pugs love to play together, although we have found they aren't thrilled with other dogs visiting us. They are very loving to family members, and while they will sit on our laps, they have to dance around and cavort with us before doing do! Great comedians, great for families with children. I bet they would be great for seniors as well. My son os a college student in his own apartment and the Pug in his life is a perfect match!

genaa@usa.net of California writes on 3/20/00:

The term "so ugly they are cute" is so applicable. I am owned by two rescue Pugs that I have now owned for 6 years and I love them. They are great with children, but are stubborn and human dependent and dog independent. They require a lot of attention and love. They can also have a lot of genetic problems if you are not careful. One of mine, a black, has an extra vertebrae, patellar subluxation, and is almost blind. The other, fawn, has arthritis in her spine and has lost most of her teeth. They can't see very well, very shortsighted. The "up" part, they are extremely loyal, loveable, gentle, personality plus, they take over your life and become part of your family. I will always have one and will always expect large medical bills, but it's worth every penny. To lose one would be the same as loosing a member of my human family.

popeye@gisco.net of New York writes on 1/17/00:

A wonderful pet for anyone - lovable and gracious.
I have never had a animal in my presence with so much love to share. I got popeye about three years ago on St. Valentines Day and he has been my little valentine ever since. They say Pugs are not smart animals, but my baby is a living negation to that rule. He easily follows many simple commands including lay, high five, and stay with ease. He is easily trained and always eager to be held and loved. I would never own a diffrent breed of dog. He constantly amazes me and my family with his ability to entertain us. When he was a pup he would steal baby's passifires and suck on them like a baby would. He still has his own bink's to this day. Last summer my family and I were in the pool and he decided he wanted to join us. He jumped in and swam to me. I put him on a raft and he floated untill we were ready to get out of the pool. I am now looking for a mate for my Pug but it is hard to find a Pug that is not related to the one I have. I wish they were a more widespread breed. Just the other day when I had his nails clipped the woman asked me if he was a bulldog! I hate that. Pugs are very distinct creatures and can not be mistaken for a builldog. No offense to that breed I think they are wonderful dogs as well, but they are clearly diffrent. I would recommend a Pug to anyone who can devote some extra time to a friend. I do not own my dog - he owns me and my family.

kaybullpug@hotmail.com of Vancouver, WA writes on 10/5/99:

Merry Pranksters
A long time ago, when I was first in dogs, I met these funny guys. I love their smushy faces and their sense of humour. They never grow up and are always trying to make you laugh. Discipline is impossible as they think that they are too cute and funny to do anything wrong. I've had excellent luck at training them to be housedogs and they are sweet and loving companions. Truly, the saying "Multum in Parvo" fits them (alot in a little) as they have no idea that they are small and pursue life with a big dogs zeal. The are sensitive to your mood like most dogs and seek to entertain when you are down...I never fail to laugh at my puggies...and they love it.

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