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Amiable, playful and charming

About the Pug

Pugs enjoy being the centre of attention – after all, they’ve been lap dogs for thousands of years, and have been favourites of royal households for most of that time. They carry themselves with dignity, but are playful and easygoing at heart.

Most of them adore giving and receiving affection, and make it their primary activity throughout the day. They can tend to be couch potatoes, so their owner will have to motivate them to exercise.

Pugs are often devoted and loyal companions, and they get along well with children, other dogs, and even strangers. They’re often quiet and calm at home, but can get very excited when it’s time to play. They are a wonderful choice for first-time owners.

pug lying down on the floor

Pug Breed Characteristics

25 to 36 cm at the shoulder

13 to 20 pounds

Life Expectancy
12 to 15 years

Coat Colours
Black, fawn

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Pug, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Pug Dog Breed History

Pugs have been living in people’s laps for thousands of years. They originated in China, and were prized by Emperors, being so valuable that they were often watched over by royal guards.

By the 16th century, Dutch traders were able to export some of these royal dogs, bringing them to the Netherlands. Dutch royalty were enamoured with the breed, and it became the official dog of the House of Orange after a Pug supposedly saved the life of William, Prince of Orange.

These days, ownership of Pugs is not limited to aristocrats and nobility, but the dogs retain their regal bearing and love of comfort.

Caring For a Pug

How to Choose a Responsible Pug Breeder

Your puppy will have a better start in life if they come from an ethical, responsible Pug breeder. A good breeder will be able to provide you with the complete background of your dog and the parents. They should have a solid breeding program and a good understanding of the proper care and raising of dogs.

When you look for a puppy for sale, ask whether you can meet the dam and stud. Both dogs should be healthy and free from genetic issues that can be carried over to your puppy. If there are any potential problems, the breeder should make you aware of them.


No. While some companion dogs are more or less independent of their owners, Pugs form deep bonds with their owners and family members. They dislike being left alone and need attention and affection throughout the day. 

Yes, they can often bark when strangers approach their territory. While they are usually quiet, laid back dogs, this is one situation where they can be counted on to be alert.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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