Are you looking for a dog breed that suits your needs and preferences? Choosing a canine companion is not a simple task; sometimes, it does take a while. So, we must pay close attention to its characteristics. In this article, we tell you about pug dogs; these little ones are full of love.
Origins and description of pug dogs
While this breed was created in China, it was in the United Kingdom, where it became most famous. Its name derives from the word “pugg,” which is used for affectionate and playful beings. The term “Carlino” (another of the denominations) is due to the fact that there was an Italian actor known as “Carlin” who played a Harlequin in the Parisian theater. The appearance of his character reminded the black mask characteristic of pug dogs.
His direct relatives are larger dogs like the Pekingese (both races are the favorites in Tibetan monasteries). It is believed that Dutch merchants took them from the East to Europe, and from there, the race spread mainly to England and France.
Since their incursion into this continent, pug dogs were considered “luxury.” It was because they accompanied the aristocracy and the most important characters in history. Among them stood out Marie Antoinette, the Marquise de Pompadour, the Dukes of Windsor, and Josefina Bonaparte. In modernity, they became famous for starring in several films and television series (think, for example, “Pocahontas” and “Men in Black”).
As for the physiology of this breed, we can highlight that it is a small, muscular and well-proportioned dog (although its head is large in relation to the body). The face is covered with folds, has a square muzzle, dark and large eyes, and two types of ears: “button” (folded forward) or “pink” (folded back).
Pug’s hair is soft, shiny, and tight. It has two main variants in terms of color: silver or apricot. The mask or black mask is typical. The tail is spiral-shaped with one or two turns. It can weigh between 12 and 22 lbs and measure from 30 to 40 cm.
Behavior and character of pug dogs
It is undoubtedly a particular race, not only in aesthetic matters. The official motto of this canine is “Multum in parvo” (meaning “much in a little”). A pug is very affectionate and loves to play at all hours. Pugs need to be in constant company, and if they stay alone, they can develop separation anxiety.
It is not recommended to adopt pugs if there are small children in the house, or if you spend too many hours out of the home. Why? Well, this dog breed demands a lot of attention, and if it doesn’t get it, it can even get sick. The Pug breed is very sociable and gets along well with other dogs and people of any age. Pugs are cheerful and love to attract attention.
They do not usually bear intense games (another reason not to adopt it if we have small children at home). They are easy to socialize, as long as the training starts as puppies. Some of their other “requirements” are to urge them to exercise every day and constantly play, so they do not get bored and devote themselves to destroying furniture or objects.
Pug dog care
A very important factor when adopting a pet is knowing what the requirements or care you need. In the case of Pug, brushing is essential once and twice a week to prevent hair loss. Pugs tend to shed a lot, so a word of warning there too.
At the same time, they need moderate exercise and daily walks, remembering that their robust structure and flattened snout do not allow them too intense activity. Warm and humid climates are not good for them. Also, you should be careful with your eyes, because being more exposed, they are likely to get hurt.
Wrinkles on the face can accumulate dirt and secretions. With a cotton pad moistened with warm water, they can be cleaned once a week (same as the eyes). Ears of the “button” type can cause some problems by accumulating moisture that results in fungi or infections.
Pugs are wonderful dogs; people can easily get attached because of all the love they’re going to give you. They make loyal and wonderful companions.