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Pugs: Well built though compact, peaceful yet playful & comical, may bark at every ring at the door-bell yet welcoming & amicable and last but not the least `hungry for love’, are a few words that best describe this immensely dog breed with large innocent eyes enough to set ablaze tender feelings of love, care and devotion to all they touch and see.
Some points you may want to consider before going ahead.
The birth place of pugs is stated to be China, the origin of this breed dates back to B.C 206 during the reign of the Han dynasty. Pug, a relative of the Tibetan Mastiff was proudly owned by the Chinese emperors, it resided in lavish accommodations and where soldiers were stationed to guard their existence.
China’s trading relations with European continent began in the end of 1500’s; it was the Dutch traders that introduced Europe to the Pug breed and fondly called it Mopshond.
Pugs were a favorite with the royalty, French nobility Marie Antoinette owned a Pug by the name of Mops before she walked down the aisle with Louis the XVI. Josephine Bonaparte wife of Napoleon Bonaparte owned a pug named Fortune.
Pugs marked their entry in England in 1861, and increasingly gained popularity at the time of the Victorian era. Paintings, pictographs, small statues and figures belonging to that period often depicted the royal breed sporting huge bowties and attractive collars around its wide & small neck. Queen Victoria a lover of apricot-fawn colored pugs was known to even breed them; Basco was her darling of all the pugs she had. Lady Brassey another pug patron set the trend for owning black pugs in 1886 which she carried back with her from China.
United States witnessed the entry of pugs after the Civil War, with the American Kennel Club awarding it recognition in 1885.
Pugs were purely bred for the purpose of companionship. A lap dog that is hungry for its master’s love and affection. An otherwise playful dog and often seen displaying humorous antics.
While choosing a pup the aspiring parent must meet the mother and if possible other relatives /siblings of the puppy. The idea is to pick one with a healthy temperament, a pup that is curios to explore; comfortable around humans and frivolous are usually considered one with a good & accommodating nature.
Temperament of any dog breed depends on a variety of factors namely genetics, early socialization and training techniques.
Socialization will include introducing the puppy to new experiences, noises, visitors at home and people in the neighborhood/outdoors.
Breed Size & vital stats:
Male & Female weight ranges between- 14 to 18 pounds.
Height- 10 to 14 inches tall
Life span- 12 10 15 years
A toy breed ages at a faster pace as compared to a larger dog. A 6 year old pug is considered to be equivalent to 40 human years. To know more on how a pug ages visit: http://www.petpugdog.com/pug-dog-age-growth
Breed Maintenance and upkeep:
The diet of a pug would greatly be ruled by factors like level of activity/play, size, metabolism and obesity issues. Pug is a petite breed hence more prone to gaining those unnecessary pounds. A judicious pet parent must space the meals and encourage physical activity/exercise. Healthy eating habits must include good quality dog food and nourishing treats & snacks to be given occasionally especially if your dog is battling obesity.
Recommended daily food intake must include– Half to a cup full of superior quality dry dog food at least twice a day. Also ½ cup of nourishing home-made food is equivalent to 1 small bowl of packaged food available in the market.
Puppy diet must consist of– 28.4 grams of foodstuff for every pound of total weight.
Adult diet must include– half ounce of food for each pound of body weight.
Pugs are predominantly fawn or black colored with a short double coat. During summer months this breed experiences heavy shedding. Bathe your little fellow once a month and brush its coat as often as you can to limit the shedding process.
The folds on a pug’s flat face must be dried properly after baths using cotton or pet wipes.
Also another feature that requires special care to avoid hurt and protection from soaps and chemical shampoos is the set of jutting out eyes.
Brushing the teeth every alternate day will prevent the pet from painful gum disease. Also grooming practices must include cleaning your pug’s ears once a week and trimming the nails as and when required.
Grooming your dog will help the owner look at any signs of redness, swelling or sores that may arise due to skin infections. Also infections can occur in the eyes, nose, paws and oral cavity that should be treated at the earliest.
In this section we will discuss some common health conditions found in pugs. However, pet parents need not fret as your four legged family member may never suffer from any of these ailments.
Famous Pugs around the world:
Scottish actor Gerard Butler owns a pug named Lolita
Model and actor Kelly Brook IS GUILTY TOO.
India’s very own Italian hunk Hrithik Roshan too is a #PUGlover and
he has aptly named him “PUGGY”
Current News about the breed: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/pets/sc-babysit-granddog-family-0301-20160226-story.html