Multum in Parvo is the motto of The Pug, an accurate description of this small but mighty muscular breed of dog.
Pugs come in several colors, including silver, apricot fawn with a black face or solid black as in the pug pictured above. They have large round head and a face that resembles that of a human expressing emotion—either surprise, happiness or even perhaps a little bit of curiosity—these delightful dogs have made wonderful companions for their owners for more than a century.
The Pug happens to be one of the oldest dog breeds on record, dating back as early as 566. The breed, however wasn’t actually recorded until 1566. Pugs are believed to have come from China where they were spoiled and pampered by Chinese Royalty. Some pugs were given their own wing of the palace while others were given servants and guards to watch over them. The Chinese even sent Pugs as gifts to important people living in Korea and Japan which made this breed of dog even more popular than ever.
When The Dutch East India Company began their routes, Pugs often went along for the ride. The breed then spread to Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, France England and even Italy.
By 1800 there were two breeds of Pug bloodline–the Morrison Line and the Willoughby Line. During this period in history, it was fashionable to have a Pug as a pet and it didn’t matter if you were royalty or a commoner. As long as you had a style of distinction, a Pug was the dog for you!
During the nineteenth century, however, The Pug fell out of style. Many owners felt as though their dogs were useless because they couldn’t hunt or help out on the farm. Black Pug puppies were even considered deformed with a birth defect which meant many were destroyed at birth.
Despite all the negative thoughts about The Pug, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1885 along with fifteen other breeds of dogs. It was then that the first Pug Dog Show was held in June of 1885 in England.
During the 1950’s The Pug began to make a come back in households across the world though it wasn’t until 1981 that a Pug won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. In 1998 there were more than 21,000 Pugs registered by the AKC.
Pugs live an average of twelve to fifteen years but during their lifetime they are subject to a number of health conditions such as Pug Dog Encephalities and Canine Hip Dysplasia. They may have other minor health concerns as well. These include: elongated palate, obesity, and skin conditions to name a few.
The Pug requires minimum coat care though they should be brushed occasionally to remove dead hair from their coat. They should be bathed regularly to prevent skin infections especially in the wrinkles in their face. Pugs are happy with a daily walk or exercise in the yard but be aware that they are sensitive to the heat and should be kept indoors. Their also prone to snoring and wheezing because of the structure of their face.
Pugs are playful, confident and friendly to those who care for them but they can be headstrong and stubborn at times as well. Choose to adopt one and you will be rewarded with a lifetime of love and loyal companionship!
Today we would like to thank www.akc.org for helping us with this post. Be sure to visit their website for more information about your favorite breed of dog. We would also like to thank www.pugminded.comfor helping us as well.
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