Pug 101

Pugs are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They're also one of the most unique, with their distinctively wrinkled faces and big, bouncy personalities.

If you're thinking about adding a pug to your family, there's a lot you need to know about this special breed. Here's everything you need to know about pugs, from their history and care needs to their personality quirks.

Interesting Facts About Pugs

  • Pugs were once known as “Mops,” which is where they get their name.
  • Pugs are descendants of the Tibetan Mastiff.
  • Pugs are related to Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and Boxers.
  • The Pug is the official dog of the House of Orange.
  • Pugs were once used as currency in Tibet.
  • Pugs have a very distinct and loud bark.
  • Pugs were once known as “Dutch Mastiffs.”

Pugs have been bred for centuries to have wrinkled faces. In fact, the wrinkles were once considered so essential to the breed that Pug puppies without them were often euthanized.

Fortunately, that barbaric practice is no longer common, but it does mean that pugs are susceptible to a number of health problems related to their wrinkles. These include skin infections, eye problems, and difficulty breathing.

Breed Origin

Pugs are one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. They were first bred in China, where they were prized by Tibetan monks and Chinese emperors alike. They eventually made their way to Europe, where they became one of the most popular dog breeds of the Victorian era.

Today, pugs are still one of the most popular breeds in the world. According to the American Kennel Club, they're currently the 33rd most popular breed in the United States.

Major Characteristics

Pugs are small dogs, typically weighing between 14 and 18 pounds. They have a short, stocky build and a square-shaped head. They also have a unique gait, due to their short legs and long bodies. When they walk, they often appear to be waddling.

Pugs are considered a toy breed, but they're actually quite sturdy and muscular. They have a short, double-coat that comes in a variety of colors, including fawn, black, and silver.

Pugs are best known for their distinctively wrinkled faces. These wrinkles are actually a breed standard, and pugs without them are often considered to be of lower quality.


Pugs are known for their cheerful dispositions and comical personalities. They're outgoing and affectionate dogs that love being the center of attention.

They are also one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs. They're quick learners and easy to train. However, they can be stubborn at times and are notorious escape artists.

Do They Make Good Pets?

Pugs make great companion animals for families with kids and other pets. They do best in homes where someone is around most of the time, as they hate being left alone.

They are relatively low-maintenance dogs, but they do require some special care. Due to their short muzzles, pugs are prone to snoring and snorting. Pugs are also susceptible to heat stroke and thrive in cooler climates.

Special Care

Pugs require daily exercise and a healthy diet to stay in shape. However, because of their short muzzles, they can't handle too much heat or cold weather. It's important to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

They also need regular grooming to keep their coats healthy and wrinkles clean. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, and their teeth should be brushed daily.

The Bottom Line

Pugs are unique dogs that make great companions for families and individuals alike. If you're thinking about adding one to your home, make sure you're prepared to provide them with the care they need to thrive. For a consistent wrinkle care routine, we recommend starting your Pug's skin care routine with Wrinkle Wipes to clean the area of any dirt and debris, followed by applying Wrinkle Paste to soothe the skin as well as to help prevent any future inflammation or infection. Using both Wrinkle Wipes and Wrinkle Paste together will get the most benefits out of each product and will ensure your pup is so fresh and so clean!

Pugs are little dogs with a big dog personality and thrive on human companionship making them a great addition to any loving family.

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