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Pug Information The Breed Standard

Aug 21, 2008
Pugs are about the most unique looking breed of dogs you will come across. It's pretty hard to mistake a purebred Pug or even a Pug mix for anything else. Pugs are basically miniature Mastiffs with Pekingese faces. They average about seventeen pounds and are built a lot like furry bricks with legs and extremely curly tails. They average about ten or eleven inches in height at the highest point of their shoulders (called the withers).

Pugs come in a few colors, but two are the most recognized. One is solid black, and the other is fawn with an all-black face. The rarest acceptable color is called silver, which is a light grey body and a black mask. In the history of the Pug,

But the face of a Pug is essential to the breed and can only be best seen directly. Your shelter dog will not match the Pug breed standard exactly - but no Pug can. The breed standard is an ideal portrait of a Pug, not based on an actual Pug.

The adorable Pug pushed-in face is the subject of much controversy among dog lovers. It is argued that the current construction of the nose and mouth makes for a very unhealthy dog with a lot of breathing problems. Pet Pugs sometimes have longer noses than the breed standard calls for. However, until the breed standard is changed, all Pugs with nearly flat faces are considered the ideal Pug head.

The Pug's body should be sturdy, cobby and a bit on the round side. It should be proportional to the head. The legs look just a little too small for the body, but not short like a Dachshund's. Many pet Pugs will have longer legs than the breed standard allows. They should stand about ten or eleven inches high at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from fourteen to seventeen pounds.

The Pug officially only comes in three colors, but pet Pug often have smudged or indistinct colors and sometimes small patches of white. Show Pugs have very distinct colors that don't blur into each other. The three official colors are all black, fawn with a black facemask and silver. The latter is very rare, which is a kind of light gray with a black facemask. Pet Pugs often have dewclaws, while show Pugs do not.

Most Pugs have temperaments as distinctive as their appearance. Since they were bred to be companion animals, they do their utmost to get along with everyone, no matter what their species. This good temperament is also part of their breed standard.

They seem to thrive on being stared at and adored. Pugs will often seem to smile when they are pleased with how they have blessed the world with their presence.
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About the author: Jenny Donaldson is a passionate lover of the Pug and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Pug. Among other topics there, you will find out more about Pug Breed Standards plus a whole lot more.
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