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Pug Dog Breed

Summary:

Category: Toy
Origin: China
Other Names: Carlin Mops
Size: Small
Lifespan: 13-14 years
Living Area: Any
Exercise: Low
Grooming: Low

The Pug is a small but robust dog about 25 – 28 cm tall and with an average weight of 15 to 25 lb (7 to 11 kg). They are said to have been bred to be royal companions. The Pug is a very sociable dog. They are extremely smart and quite stubborn. Their appearance is characterized by a flat, wrinkled face, compact body, and curled tail. Pugs have three color variations: fawn with a black mask and ears, entirely black, or (much less commonly) silver. The pug is popular as a housepet, as it requires little exercise and is easy to groom. They are also compatible with most children and other animals.

Because they have extremely short snouts, some pugs easily scratch their corneas, and can develop breathing problems. They are also prone to skin infections if the crevices in their face are not kept clean.

A pug named Fortune was used by Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife Josephine to send him secret messages. A pug also appeared in the popular movie Men in Black. Celebrities such as Maura Tierney and Carol Kane have appeared in TV and print ads with their pugs. A pug was also one of the stars of the movie Milo and Otis.

Winston Churchill, whose wife called him by the nickname “Pug”, wrote a short poem about a Pug:

Poor Puggy-wug
Oh, what is the matter with poor Puggy-wug
Pet him and kiss him and give him a hug.
Run and fetch him a suitable drug,
Wrap him up tenderly all in a rug,
That is the way to cure Puggy-wug.

Courtesy of: The Free Dictionary