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Pug breed information for anyone looking to know everything they need to about the awesome pug.

Pug General Description

Overview and History

Pug Dogs have a vivacious, lovable personality that nobody can resist. Their unique and funny quirks make them endless entertainment and their devotion and loyalty make them excellent companions. The breed is known for being called “Multum in Parvo” meaning “a lot of dog in a small space.” Which is true about their nature, they are a lot of personality, but in the best way.

Pug Breed Information


City Dog

Country Dog

Apartment Living

Good With Children

Best With Families


Should Sleep Indoors

Should Not Be Left Outdoors

Low Heat Tolerance

Place of Origin

China is the most popular theory

Average Life Expectancy

The average lifespan of a Pug is 11 years.

Breed Group

Toy Dog

Registered Breed

(Links below are to the Breed Standard Page for each organization)

FCI (The World Canine Organization)

Canadian Kennel Club

American Kennel Club

The Kennel Club (UK)

Pug Appearance

Size, Height, and Weight

Small Dog Breed

Height: 10 – 11 Inches

Weight: 14 – 18 pounds


Length: Short, glossy 

Light Shedder

Hypoallergenic: No

Grooming Requirements: Minimal Care

Coat Colors: Fawn, Black

Pug Personality






Fond of People

Fond of Other Dogs



Loyal to the family

Loyal to the Pack Leader




Friendliness Towards other Dogs

Friendly – this breed tends to prefer being around other dogs.

Friendliness towards other Pets

Friendly – this breed tends to be friendly with cats and other animals.

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendly – This breed tends to enjoy the presence of, and meeting, strangers.

Pug Energy & Trainability

Energy Level

Medium Energy/Medium Exercise Needs – This breed requires some attention but not constant stimulation. A daily walk can keep them happy and content. It definitely helps prevent a pug from gaining to much weigh, which they can be prone to.

Training Ability

Easy - This breed tends to learn commands and expectations easily. Recommended for inexperienced owners.

Pug Breed Information

Additional Information

Tips for Raising Your Pug

Pugs are prone to eye injuries due to their prominent eyes, as well as having breathing difficulties due to their narrow breathing passageway. Since there are many wrinkles in the pugs face, it can help to clean them regularly to avoid infections and irritation.

It is important to not allow pugs to overheat, because of their breathing issues this affects their ability to properly regulate their body heat.

Pugs tend to be prone to being overweight as well, so it can help to regulate their food intake and do daily exercise, like a walk around the neighborhood.

As with all dog breeds, it is important to not over exercise a puppy. They grow quickly and too much pressure on their joints can cause issues later on in life.  Wait until your puppy is at least a year old before you take them on any lengthy hikes or runs.

Pug Rescue and Adoption Organizations

Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba

Manitoba Pug Rescue

If you are a rescue and adoption organization and would like to see your information on this page and/or on our CAN Rescue and Adoption Organizations List, please use the contact form and provide:

-   The organization name, Web Site URL, breed/page you would like your site listed, and city and province of shelter location if applicable.


Pug WikipediaCKCAKCThe Kennel Club UK and the FCI.


Pug Breed Information

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