The Pug has a square, thickset, stocky compact, body, with a sleek, soft coat that comes in apricot,
fawn, black and silver - all with a short, flat, black muzzle and velvety ears. Rose shaped ears are
preferred. Moles on the cheeks are considered beauty spots. The eyes are prominent, expressive,
dark and lustrous. The teeth should meet in a slightly undershot bite. The back is short, with a level
topline. Their tail lays in a tight curl, or in the best specimens, a double curl on the back. Their limbs
are straight and strong which gives them a jaunty, rolling gait that is quite distinctive.
A Pug is "a lot of dog in a small space." They are perky, rambunctious and loyal, affectionate and
loving, with a happy disposition. They are playful and charming. Clever and mischievous - with a
heart-winning personality. They can be a bit willful. Highly intelligent, it bores easily with repetitive
training practices. Pugs are sensitive to the tone of your voice, so harsh punishment is unnecessary.
The dog is neither excitable nor dull. They are good watchdogs, very devoted and are not yappers.
Pugs get along well with other dogs and pets, and they behave impeccably with both children and
visitors. Be sure to be your Pug's pack leader. Pugs who do not have strong human leaders can
become jealous, and begin to display guarding behaviors, such as guarding furniture, food, toys, or
other spots in the house. This behavior only happens when dogs are allowed to take over. These
behaviors can be corrected when the owners start displaying the proper leadership. Dogs who feel
they need to run the home are not as happy as dogs who know they are human followers, as it is very
stressful for a dog to need to keep "his" humans in line.
Height: Dogs 12-14 inches (30-36 cm.) Bitches 10-12 inches (25-30 cm.)
Weight: Dogs 13-20 pounds (6-9kg.) Bitches 13-18 pounds (6-8kg.)
The Pug is good for apartment life. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Cannot withstand hot or cold weather and should be kept indoors at a comfortable temperature.
Pugs are strong dogs with short straight legs. They need to be taken on daily walks. They enjoy
energetic games and will keep in better health if given regular exercise. But be careful not to over do
it, especially if you see them start to wheeze. Life Expectancy About 12 to 15 years.
The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush and comb with a firm bristle brush and
shampoo only when necessary. After bathing, dry him quickly and thoroughly to prevent chill. The
creases on the face must be cleaned regularly. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.