Pug Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Pug originates from Asia, almost certainly China where they were bred down from Mastiffs to make a lap dog. Traders from the Dutch East India Company brought him back to Europe in the 16th century where he was greatly admired and became a favourite of the Dutch Royalty. The Pug’s virtues of good-temper and affinity for people meant that he became popular with children and was known in The Netherlands as the “nursery dog” because he was so trustworthy.
They became popular throughout the Courts of Europe, Henry II of France, Marie Antoinette and the Empress Josephine all keeping them. When William of Orange, ascended the British throne in 1689 he brought Pugs with him from his native Holland and it is believed they were used to create the shortened up-tilted foreface of the King Charles Spaniel. The Pug was extremely popular with British Royalty, Queen Charlotte, consort of George III kept them, Queen Victoria was given a fawn dog, Bully, by Prince Albert and the exiled Duke and Duchess of Windsor owned twelve Pugs during their years in France.
Until 1877 there were only fawn dogs but in that year a black Pug was imported and now silver and apricot are permitted colours, too. His fine short coat is easy to keep looking good, though as with all dogs with wrinkle care must be taken to keep the wrinkle on the face clean and dry.
The Pug is a solid little dog, square and cobby with good bone and muscle; he should weigh no more than 8.1kg and is generally no more than 11″ tall. Although dignified he has a very happy and lively nature and can play the fool as well as any other dog. Even-tempered and happy he makes a sweet companion for the whole family.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact Pug Dog Welfare for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.