Most Popular Cute Small Dog Breeds Pugs Dogs 101
It’s easy to see why people love pugs. They’re social, quirky, intensely loyal, and incredibly cute — making this bug-eyed dog a popular dog breed around the world. Short, stout, smooshed faces making funny noises – what’s not to love? The Pug is a playful, confident, and friendly companion that is willing to please his human family. No real Pug fanatic can go without knowing some interesting Pug facts. Therefore, we have put together a list of 10 facts about this cute dog breed.
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10. This unique dog has been around for thousands of years, charming Chinese emperors to French Royalty. The Pug (or at least a pug-like dog) is a very old breed. indeed. We can trace his history back to China between 700-400 B.C.E., but details about the breed’s development are lost to time. Emperors of China kept pugs as lapdogs and treated them to all the luxuries of royal life. Often, the pampered pooches were given their own guard detail and mini palaces.
9. The Pug made his way to the Western world in the 16th century, when he was imported from China primarily by Portuguese and Dutch traders. Later, when King William III and Queen Mary II took the English throne in 1689, they brought the Pug with them to British shores. He soon began replacing the then popular King Charles Spaniel, as the favored comfort dog, as well as being bred with them to produce the “puggier” version of King Charles we know today. Victorian England took on the Pug as the latest rage in canine fashion and many Pugs can be spotted in paintings of that era.
8. The Pug probably gets his name from a monkey. Marmosets, small New World monkeys, were kept as pets in the early 18th century and were called Pugs. The name made the jump to the dog because the two animals shared similar facial features. The word “pug” is thought to have come from the Latin pugnus, meaning fist and attributed to his clenched fist like head. The breed has answered to various names throughout the years, including Mopshond in Holland, Chinese or Dutch Pug in England, Mops in Germany, as well as the Dutch Mastiff.
7. By 1790, the Pug had made its way to France. Anecdotally used by Josephine, wife of Napoleon, her pug, “Fortune,” carried secret messages under his collar to Napoleon while she was confined in Les Carmes prison.
Grumble Grumble Grumble
6. Here’s a fun fact. A group of pugs is called a grumble.Who needs one Pug, when you can have a GRUMBLE of Pugs?! Look at them grumbling!
5. The Pug is certainly no stranger to the limelight. He’s found his way into the homes of many an A-List celeb including, Jessica Alba, Gerard James Butler, Billy Joel, Dennis Quaid, Kelly Osbourne, Italian Fashion Designer Valentino, Paris Hilton, Tori Spelling, Amber Rose, George Clooney, Rob Zombie and the late great Robin Williams.
4. He’s the giant among the toy breeds. Kennel clubs assign the Pug to the toy group. Although “toy” is not a precise classification, this group is made up of the smallest breeds of dogs. Of these small breeds, the Pug is the largest. So among small dogs, he’s very big, but he’s still pretty small. His weight range is between 14-18 pounds and is 11 to 12 inches tall at the whithers. Pretty small for a breed once called the Dutch Mastiff.
3. He is a fairly laid-back dog, not usually given to extensive barking, digging or chewing. The Pug tends to get along well with other dogs and is sturdy enough to get along with children. He enjoys company and can be quite affectionate. True to his grouping, he is a companion dog. Because of his small size, he can happily adapt to both apartment living and a suburban environment.
2. Pugs are known for their curly tails that curve up towards their bodies. According to the AKC, “the double curl is perfection.”
Order of the Pug
1. The Pug was the chosen symbol for the Order of the Pug. The Order of the Pug was a fraternal lodge that was formed after the Catholic Church banned Freemasonry. Apparently, they picked the Pug for their symbol because of his loyalty and trustworthiness.
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