The pug is a dog originating from China where it was used as poet companions for royalty alongside the Pekingese and the Shih Tzu. They were acknowledged by the AKC in 1885 as part of the toy group. These dogs will be best suited to moderate climates due to their high sensitivity to heat and overexertion. They will do well in both an apartment and a larger house. They crave human attention so, leaving them alone for extended periods of time could reduce their overall mood.


They are a playful, outgoing and charming dog who cohabits well with children and other pets. A pug puppy will be able to read the mood of its owners and act accordingly due to its high level of sensitivity. Despite their good health, pugs will still be prone to certain diseases such as hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and encephalitis. They could also have episodes of reverse-sneezing due to the large size of their nose and are also prone to obesity because of their love for food.


Pugs are an easily trainable breed courtesy of their high intelligence and eagerness to learn. Also, it is important to focus your training on positive reinforcement techniques as their feelings could easily be hurt through harsh words. Their coats will require being brushed weekly alongside an occasional bath when necessary to keep them looking fresh. Additionally, their teeth should be cleaned on a regular. So should their nails, ears, and face wrinkles.


Although they might show some short burst of energy, the pug remains a pretty low energy dog. As such, they will require just a daily walk and a few extra exercises to keep them happy. It is important that they are monitored during exercise as they get tired easily especially in hot climates. A fully grown pug dog stands 10 to 11 inches tall and weighs 14 to 18 pounds. They have a general lifespan of 13 to 15 years. They were also known to have been a popular pet amongst Buddhist monks.