Pug Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Pug so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginChina flagChina
Other Names
What other names does the Pug have?
CarlinChinese PugDutch BulldogDutch MastiffMini MastiffMops
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Pug Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Pug puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Pug?
$300-$500
If you choose to purchase the Pug, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Pug for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Pug gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Pug? How many Pug are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Pug is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Pug Size

Size
Is a Pug small, medium or large dog?

How big do Pug get?

Small
Weight
How much does the Pug weigh? How much should the Pug breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Pug?
Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Pug?
Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
Height
How tall is the Pug? Pug height:
Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Pug?
Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Pug Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Pug have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Pug's coat?
FawnBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Pug and how often?
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Pug is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Pug dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Carlin?
Pugs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Pug breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Pug need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Pug every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Pug Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Pug have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateCourageousIntelligentGoingLoyalCheerfulGentleFriendlyPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Pug? Is the Pug breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Pug obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Pug ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Pug dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
A slightly harder to train than average. Pugs aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Pug sensitivity:
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Pug a good family dog?
High: Pugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Carlin need? Pug social needs:
Pugs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Pug dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Carlin bark?
Average: The Pug barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Pug good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Pugs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Pug dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Pugs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Pug bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Carlin? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Pug? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Pug has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Pug? How much bite force does a Pug have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Pug bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Pug do?
Pugs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Pugs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Pug to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Pug roam?
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Pug have high prey drive?
Pugs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Pug good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Pug breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Pug be left alone?
Pugs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Pug Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Pug temperament with other people:
Pugs are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Pug dogs get along with other pets? Are Pug dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Pugs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Are Pug dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Pug temperament with children:
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Pug dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Pug breed live with a cat?
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Pug good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Pug dogs get along with other dogs?
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Pug can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Pug breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Pug breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Pugs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Pugs good office dogs? Do Pugs make good office friendly dogs? Can Pugs be office dogs?
No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Pug dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Carlin temperament with senior people? Are Pug dogs good for elderly owners?
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Pug Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Pug dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Pug rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Pug breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Pug breed? Most common health risks of Pug:
AllergiesCheyletiella DermatitisCorneal UlcersDemodectic MangeDistichiasisDry EyeEntropionEpilepsyHemi-vertebraeHip DysplasiaLegg-perthes DiseaseNerve DegenerationPatellar LuxationProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)ProptosisPug Dog EncephalitisStaphylococcus InfectionVaccination SensitivityYeast Infection
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Pug breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Pug see the vet?
Rare
The Pug should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Pug dogs live? How old can a Pug be? What is the age limit of the Pug? How many years can the oldest Pug live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Pug?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Pug: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Pug breed hypoallergenic?
No
Pugs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Pug have? What is the activity level of the Pug?
Pugs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Pug need? How much exercise do Pug dogs require per day?
Pugs exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Pug breed need?
Pugs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Pug need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Pug breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Pug? How much food should I feed my Pug?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Pug risk for obesity:
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Pug more often.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Pug's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Pug has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Pug drool?
The Pug is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Pug could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Pug.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Pug As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Pug be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Pug is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Pug be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Pug be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Pug breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Pug be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Pug is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Pug be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Pug is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Pug be a boat dog?

Not really

Pug breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Pug be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Pug is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Pug dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Pug Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Pug pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Pug breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Pug: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Pug have in a litter? How many puppies can the Pug breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Pug have? How many puppies can a Pug give birth to?
2-4 puppies

Pug Recognition

AKC Group
Is Pug recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Is Pug recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Pug breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Pug Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Pug breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Pug is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Mouthiness: Pugs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Hypoallergenic: Pugs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Pugs shed above average.
  • Stinkiness: The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Pugs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Pugs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Pug History

Many theories about the origin of the Pug has been debated over a couple of years, some thinking the breed was developed in the Far East, others thinking it developed in Europe. Although today it is generally accepted that the Pug originated in China, from where it spread to Japan and later to Europe. It is unclear as to how long ago the breed actually appeared but some people suggest that its origin dates back to the Han and Tang Dynasty (206 B.C. to 200 A.D.), whereas others place the date back even further to the Shang Dynasty around 400 B.C. Some sources even claim that the origins of the Pug could go back as far as the Chou Dynasty between 827 and 782 B.C. Furthermore, Pugs were most likely bred as lapdogs for Chinese monarchs where they were prized by the emperors and lived in luxurious accommodations, sometimes even being guarded by soldiers. Pugs are one of the three types of short-nosed dogs that are known to have been bred by the Chinese; the Lion dog, the Pekingese, and the Lo-sze or Foo dog, which is thought to be the representation of the ancient Pug.

On the other hand, another theory of Pugs puts the breed first in Buddhist monasteries in Tiber around 400 B.C. According to researchers monks may have used the pugs primarily as pets and possibly as guard dogs. The Pug bears a resemblance to Guardian Lions, and it is believed that the sculptors may have modeled the lions after this breed. Guardian Lion statues stand outside of Chinese temples and are believed to have protective powers. In the Tiber, Pugs were called ‘lags k’yi’, which means “hand dog” and came from a Tibetan legend about the origins of Pugs. According to the legend, if a human touches a young eagle right after it is hatched, it will be transformed into a pug dog.

It is now accepted generally that the Pug originates from the Orient and eventually appeared in Europe but in Europe, still many people believe that the Pug descended from the Mastiff breeds, with ancestors such as the fighting dogs of ancient Greece. However, it is true that in Europe there were some extraordinary crossings, especially with the Bulldog as the years went by. There are also several stories about how the breed got popular in European countries but we are sure that it spread around the 16th and 17th centuries. Some people claim that the first Pugs were brought to Europe through Dutch traders, who named the breed Mopshond, a name still used today. The breed quickly became the favorites of many royal households, for example in Holland the Pug even became the official dog of the House of Orange after a Pug named Pompey saved the life of William, Prince of Orange by giving him a warning that the Spaniards were approaching in 1572. When William of Orange went to England with his wife, Mary II, to take the throne from James II, they took their Pugs with them. As the Pug’s popularity spread throughout Europe, it was often called different names in different countries. For example in France, it was called Carlin, in Spain Dogullo, in Germany Mops and in Italy, Caganlino.

At the beginning of the 19th century, Pugs were standardized as a breed with two lines becoming dominant in England. One of the lines was called the Morrison line, which was founded upon the royal dogs of Queen Charlotte. The other line was developed by Lord and lady Willoughby d’Erasby and was founded on dogs imported from Russia and Hungary. Meanwhile, in China, Pugs continued to be bred by the royal families. When the British overran the Chinese Imperial Palace in 1860, they discovered several Pugs and brought some of the little dogs back to England with them. Pugs became very popular during the Victorian era and were featured in many paintings, postcards, and figurines of the period. Even Queen Victoria had many Pugs and also bred them. The Queen preferred apricot fawn Pugs, whereas another Pug fancier, Lady Brassey, made black Pugs fashionable in the late 19th century. After the Civil War, Pugs were introduced to the United States and the breed was also recognized by the AKC in 1885. At first, Pugs were very popular but by the turn of the century, interest in the breed decreased. A few Pug lover and dedicated breeder kept breeding and after some years the breed gain popularity again. Founded in 1931, the Pug Dog Club of America was also recognized by the AKC that year. 

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Pug Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Linda G

    Sep 22, 2021, 4:31:07 AM:

    Great companion.. Funny but can can be VERY stubborn..would sneakk in our bed and cuddle up with ourts

  • pug lover

    Jan 18, 2021, 10:13:21 AM:

    best dog ever!!! very funny in the house

  • why

    Jan 13, 2021, 3:40:24 PM:

    why breed a dog this way they are little rats

  • Pug

    Oct 19, 2020, 5:58:50 AM:

  • Jamal Crawford

    Sep 21, 2020, 6:03:49 AM:

    Dope af

  • too good

    Sep 7, 2020, 9:37:14 AM: