Pugs are happy-go-lucky little dogs and they have been known to develop a bit of a clownish side. This, combined with the breed’s friendly nature and gentle disposition makes for a wonderful family pet.
Though these are some of the best qualities of the Pug breed, there is so much more to love about these dogs. Keep reading to learn the top five most interesting facts about Pugs.
The Pug is an ancient breed of Chinese origin. When you look at the Pug you might not immediately think that he looks like a Chinese breed.
But if you take a closer look at his wrinkled skin, you may come to see that they form shapes that almost look like Chinese characters! The Pug is a very old breed (its origins can be traced back to 400 BC) and it was brought to Europe as far back as the 16th century where they may have been used to develop other breeds including the Pekingese, the English Bulldog, and King Charles Spaniel.
Pugs may be small but they have strong wills and big personalities
If you spend enough time around Pugs you will come to find that they are the perfect example of a big thing that comes in a small package. As a small-breed dog, the Pug only weighs an average of 13 to 20 pounds at maturity but they have abnormally large heads and even bigger personalities.
You may also be surprised to learn that, as friendly as the Pug is, he also has a bit of a stubborn side at times.
The Pug is not a good swimmer.
Pugs are good at many things – especially when it comes to entertaining or cuddling with their human companions. One thing Pugs do not excel in, however, is swimming. In fact, if your Pug accidentally falls into a pool there is a serious risk that he could drown.
These dogs have short legs and very compact bodies which simply are not designed for buoyancy. If you own a pool you may want to get your Pug a life jacket!
Pugs are the ultimate lapdogs
While many small-breed dogs love to spend time with their families, often preferring to nap with them on the couch over running around in the yard, the Pug is the ultimate lap dog.
In fact, the Pug was developed to do nothing more than to sit in the lap of the Chinese nobility. The Pug is never happier than when he is spending time with his loved ones.
The Pug can be quite musical when he wants to be
The Pug is not an overly vocal breed when it comes to barking, though they will bark at a squirrel just as much as any other dog would. What Pugs are really known for, however, is their ability to “sing” and to make other vocalizations ranging from howls and yowls to yips and yaps.
By now it should be clear to you that Pugs are unique from all other dog breeds, and possibly in some ways that you didn’t realize. If you are looking for a small-breed dog that is adaptable to different living situations and that loves to spend time with family, the Pug just might be the dog you’ve been looking for.
Gentle with kids, friendly with other dogs, and generally a joy to be around, any family would be lucky to have a Pug of their own!