Pug Facts

Pug Facts
Pug is small dog (toy-sized) that belongs to the group of Companion Dogs. It was created 200 years BC in China to serve as a lap dog for the emperor. Pug was brought to Europe in the 16th century and it quickly became very popular among the royalty. This breed can be found all over the world today. Thanks to its small size, friendly nature and low requirements, Pug is an ideal companion for people of all age.
Interesting Pug Facts:
Pug can reach 10 to 14 inches in height and 14 to 18 pounds of weight.
Pug has short coat that can be black or in various shades of fawn. Its muzzle is always black-colored.
Pug has broad head and short muzzle with smashed face appearance (it belongs to the group of brachycephalic dogs). It has wrinkled face, big eyes, short legs, compact, square-shaped body and curly tail. Wrinkles on the face resemble the Chinese symbols for good luck.
Pug is known as Mop in Germany.
Pug is not very active breed. It sleeps 14 hours per day. Pug cannot run very fast (only 3 to 7 miles per hour) and it easily gets tired.
Pug is poor swimmer. It can easily drown because of its short nasal passages.
Pug is small dog with big-dog personality. It cannot be easily trained due to stubborn nature. Pug is friendly, clownish, playful and suitable for families with children. It is people-oriented and it often follows family members all over the house and even sleeps in bed with them. Pug also likes to sit in the owner's lap as long as possible.
Pug does not bark too often (and it is not yappy).
Pug is loyal and trustworthy dog and an excellent watchdog. It became the official dog of the House of Orange in Netherlands after it managed to alert and save the life of prince William by loudly announcing approaching Spanish troops in 1572.
Pug was used to track people and animals and as a guard dog in the 17th century.
Jessica Alba, Gerard Butler, Robin Williams, Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette and Josephine Bonaparte are (or were) proud owners of Pug.
Pug needs to be brushed each day to keep profuse shedding under control. Wrinkles on the face need to be cleaned regularly to remove dirt (and prevent potential infections).
Pug gives birth to 4 to 5 puppies on average.
Pug is prone to common cold and overheating because of its short nose. It should be kept indoors, especially during the extremely cold and hot weather. Pug can also suffer from eye injuries, obesity, walking dandruff (skin condition induced by mite), Pug Dog encephalitis, epilepsy, nerve degeneration and allergies.
Pug has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

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