Anyone who is thinking of adopting a pug should be aware of some of the breeds history as well as what it takes to care for these wonderful little dogs. Some of the pug facts in this article might surprise you.
Pugs are an ancient Asian breed that once lived as pets in Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and were considered royalty themselves; they are, in fact, one of the oldest breeds dating back to 400 B.C.
In the 16th century, Pugs were the traditional pet of European royalty and can be seen in many old world paintings.
In the 1500’s, a Pug saved the life of William, Prince of Orange by giving the alarm that the Spanish were approaching.
In the 1700’s, Napoleons wife Josephine had her little Pug, Fortune, smuggle notes under his collar to Napoleon while she was imprisoned in Les Carmes.
In 1860, British soldiers brought Pugs as well as Pekingese dogs from the Imperial palace in China.
In 1886, the black Pug was first seen in England after being imported from China.
The American Kennel Club recognized the Pug in 1885
Pug Facts – Health and Care
Pugs can be prone to respiratory problems due to their flat faces.
The wrinkly skin that Pugs are recognized by can actually be a health problem as dirt can get trapped under the wrinkles which can harbor bacteria that can cause an infection. Therefore, you should clean out the wrinkles on your Pug periodically.
Pugs have ears that fold over which also means that mites can easily hide in the ear canal. Special care must be taken to inspect and clean their ears to prevent mite infestation.
The way the Pugs eyes stick out from their flat faces leaves them open to getting ulcers on their corneas quite easily. In particular, care should be taken to insure their food bowls are shallow and wide so that their eyes do not touch the sides.
Pugs can catch colds easily and care should be taken to insure they are not exposed to too hot or too cold weather.
Pugs need to be brushed and walked every day.
Like all dogs, Pugs need regular dental care including brushing their teeth daily and periodic dental scalings at your Vet.