Breed Summary

Country of Origin: China

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 28 of 196

AKC Classification: Toy Group

UKC Classification: Companion Dog

Exercise Requirements: 20 minutes/day

Height: Female: 12 in.; Male: 15 in.

Weight: Female: 14-18 lbs.; Male: 14-22 lbs.

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: High

Tendency to Bark: Moderate

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: High

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Physical traits: Short, Compact, Square

Personality traits/Temperament: Charming, Mischievous, Loving


Length: Short

Characteristics: Flat

Colors: Apricot - fawn, black, all with black muzzle or mask, black ears

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

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The Pug is a popular breed of dog that originated in China over 3,000 years ago. Pugs were popular with the royal families of Europe and were called “Royal Dogs”. They are social, lively, curious and affectionate dog that enjoys human companionship. The Pug is a dignified, gentle and kind dog that thrives on attention and care. They require regular activity, consistent training and a lot of love. This breed is mature beyond its years and does not require full-time care.


The Pug is a small to medium sized dog with a compact square body and wrinkled face. They have a broad head with round eyes, flat nose, and high set ears. The tail is curved over their back. Colors come in Apricot, fawn, black, all with black muzzle or mask, and they have a double coat. The topcoat is short and smooth while the undercoat is soft and dense.

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They are small dogs that weighs around 19-22 pounds. The Pug is an average sized dog weighing around 19-22 pounds. This breed is one of the smaller non-chihuahua breeds, but they are not tiny. They are more like a medium size in comparison to other popular breeds. The Pug has a short, thick coat and a short muzzle that looks like it's smiling or squinting its eyes. The Pug is not only small in size but also in height. They have an average height at 15 inches tall, which means they are perfect for apartment living.

Health Issues

Pugs have a lot of health issues, including breathing difficulties and digestive issues. They also have a very sensitive skin that makes them more prone to allergic reactions and for them to contract parasites (especially fleas).

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The Pug is a dignified, gentle and kind dog that thrives on attention and care. The Pug is a social, lively, curious and affectionate dog that enjoys human companionship.


Grooming for Pugs is a breeze. A PUG’s short coat does not tangle or mat, and they can be groomed with just a brush. They need to be bathed only when necessary and have their nails clipped every 2-3 weeks.

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The Pug is easy to train and very intelligent. They are eager to please and willing to learn. They need a lot of exercise because if they don’t get it, they will find their own way to be active. When training the Pug, it is important that you do not rely on treats or food as rewards. You should try instead to use praise, affection, games and other forms of dog-friendly rewards.

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Pugs are a good dog for first-time owners and people who live in apartments. Pugs are very easy to groom and are good with children. They like to be around people and need to be included in all family activities. Pugs are also good watchdogs since they bark when someone is at the door. Pugs are not a good choice for people who want a guard dog. They are too friendly, even if they have been mistreated in the past.

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