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Pugs are actually one of the oldest breeds of dogs as determined by DNA evidence. The Pug originated in China and was bred by Chinese Royalty in the Forbidden City during the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 B.C.). They were known as lo–sze (Pronounced LOW–zoo) and had a short face and coat, along with wrinkles like our modern Pugs.

The wrinkles were arranged on the face to look like the Chinese symbol for the word “Prince”. This feature is now known as the prince mark. Since the dogs were kept by royalty, the name was fitting.

Pugs and other similar Chinese breeds were known as Lion Dogs. You can find many statues that look like a mix of a lion and a Pug in China.

Even in Tibet, Buddhist monasteries kept these dogs and considered them as religious symbols. The Chinese so revered these dogs that for hundreds of years they refused to trade them with the new world. It was not until the 1800’s that the Pug appeared in Europe. In Europe they were also a favourite among royalty.

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The breed spread to Europe through Dutch sailors from the Dutch East Indies Trading Company who brought them over when they began trading with China. They became popular with Dutch royalty. By the 1600’s, the Dutch people were calling them Pugs. The Dutch word for Pug is ‘mopshond’ which means ‘to grumble’.

Some of the famous names who have owned Pugs through the centuries include:

  • In 1572, a Pug named Pompey saved his master, Prince William the Silent, when he heard a noise in the middle of the night and started barking. It turned out to be intruders and the prince was able to flee to safety.


  • William III of Holland and English Princess Mary who were co-rulers of England in 1689.


  • Marie Antoinette owned a Pug named Mops.


  • Josephine owned had a Pug named Fortune while married to Napoleon.


  • William Hogwarth made Pugs famous through his paintings. We know black Pugs existed as far back as 1730 because he painted one in the “House of Cards”. He also did a self portrait with his Pug, which was a taller, skinnier version than the ones we know today.


  • Goya (the artist).

Pugs entered their first dog show in 1861. Two breeding lines existed, the Willoughby and Morrison. Willoughby Pugs were darker and skinnier. Morrison Pugs were lighter and stocky like the kind we have now. Initially popular, the breed took a sharp decline in the 1900’s.

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The Pug Dog Club of America formed in 1931 and the breed was added to the American Kennel Club that year.

A Pug should weigh between 6–8kgs (14–18lbs) and the more the tail curls, the better. One full wrinkle should rest atop the nose.

The Pug is the largest of the Toy Breed i.e. the smaller type of dogs breeds.

Pugs shed a lot because they have two coats of hair, Course hair on the overcoat and Soft hair on the undercoat.

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Pugs have appeared in many movies, like Men in Black, The Adventures of Milo and Otis and Disney’s Pocahontas.

Despite being a very popular dog breed, the Pug is prone to a number of health problems. Due to their unique head shape they are prone to a number of respiratory problems. Some of these problems include pneumonia and an elongated soft palate.

Pugs have large eyes, which also leads to lots of problems. Trauma to the eye is common resulting in corneal ulcers, which is very painful. Pugs are also prone to cataracts, which is a whitening of the lens, leading to reduced visibility and even blindness. Because of all the skin folds on their heads, sometimes a skin fold may rub against the eye resulting in irritation and the condition call Entropion.

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