A Pug’s Life
Anatomically speaking, Pugs do not possess the best bodily structures, their larger-than lifeattitude however makes them great companions
Did you know, Pugs were Queen Victoria’s favourite breed? In fact, the Queen had owned as many as thirty-eight Pugs – so much that at one point, it would have been a grumble (read: a grumble is an official term for a group of Pugs).
It was said that Pugs were brought from China to the rest of the world by Dutch traders in the
15th Century. Rumour has it that a Pug, by the name of Pompey, had once saved the life of William the Silent during the Eighty
Years’ War between the Dutch and the Spanish. The Spanish had attempted to assassinate the Prince, but their plan was foiled after Pompey was alerted of the assassins’presence and barked at them furiously.
While there used to be two distinct strains of breeding lines, specifically the Morrison Pugs and the Willoughby Pugs (named after each of their breeders), the distinction between the two eventually faded. Distinct characteristics of a Pug include a short muzzle, huge dark protruding eyes, a down-turned mouth, and a compact body with a curled tail. From time to time, people may refer to some Pugs which are taller, thinner, and lengthier, as the Victorian-like Pug.
Pugs are usually fawn-coloured, or black, and are double-coated even though their coats are short. That said, owners and family members who are asthmatic or have allergies should be aware that Pugs tend to shed easily. Regular brushing is needed to reduce the shedding and a monthly bath is recommended. A particular area to note is that a Pug’s facial wrinkles are hotbeds for infection, so be sure to dry them thoroughly, especially after baths. Owners should also pay attention as to not irritate their Pug’s bulging eyes from soap or other chemicals.
The Latin phrase, multum in parvo (literally translating to “a lot in a little package”) is said to be a Pug’s motto.with their unique, quirky, and excitable personality, Pugs are perfect companions who enjoy and chilling with their owners, as long as they are given cuddles and belly rubs. For pet owners who are more into activities, rest assured that Pugs, being generally quite adaptable, will enjoy joining you in some outdoor fun.while Pugs do get along well with children, owners are advised to keep an eye on their furkid as their eyes are prone to injury, such as being accidentally brushed against or poked by children’s fingers.
It was recently discovered that a genetic mutation that suppresses the gene SMO2, which influences the development of the skull, may be the cause of brachycephaly (having a broad, short skull). While we find the pug’s short muzzle adorable, do bear in mind that Pugs (and other brachycephalic dogs such as Shih Tzu or English Bulldog) are prone to respiratory issues.
According to The Kennel Club, a UK organisation that seeks to promote health and welfare of dogs, Pugs currently belong within Category Three of Breed Watch (the “Category Three Breed”). Category Three Breed dogs are more prone to developing specific health conditions relating to their overall structure and appearance. In particular, it is warned that Pugs are susceptible to health issues including unsound movement, sore eyes due to poor eyelid conformation, issues with being overweight, and hair loss.
With their eager-to-please personalities, owners typically do not face significant issues in training Pugs.while it is noted that Pugs generally respond better to positive reinforcement than negative, owners should be aware that each dog is unique and have differing personalities. Therefore, training methods should be tailored specifically to the personality of your furry friend.
“With their eager-toplease personalities, owners typically do not face significant issues in training Pugs.”