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  According to the Zoological Society of London, the Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dog, having originated in China some 700 years B.C. Their presence was noted in Holland, Germany, England, Spain, and Russia as early as the 15th and 16th centuries where they were Mopshunden, Mops, Carlin, Carlini and in England, as Dutch Mastiffs or Pugs. 

  The Pug is of Chinese origin and dates back to the pre-Christian era. Pugs were prized possessions of the Emperors of China and lived in a most luxurious atmosphere .They at times were even guarded by soldiers. Records show that three types of short nosed dogs were bred by the Chinese.The Lo-sze,"Foo Dog",was the ancient pug. The others were the Pekingese and the Lion Dog.

       Dutch traders brought the Pugs from the east to Holland and to England. The more refined Pug that we know  today must be credited to the English. This happy little dog was enjoyed by many Monarchs of Europe and to this day is a favorite with royalty and discerning people all over the world.

    


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The American Kennel Club first recognized the Pug breed in 1885. The Pug's popularity grew quickly but then dwindled by the turn of the century. A few dedicated breeders kept the breed going and slowly the pug reappeared on the American scene. The Pug Dog Club of America was founded in 1931 and recognized by the AKC that same year. The Pug is enjoying a rather steady rate of growth in popularity at the present time. Perhaps the Media has played a role in this,with movies such as "Men In Black " and  "Milo and Otis". Who doesn't love the  commercial where the pug escapes and gives chase to his owner through the city?

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The pug is not so popular as to be common nor so unknown as to be rare. However,based on people's reactions to a pug in public,(my own included) you would think that a pug IS a rarity. Have you stopped your car in a parking lot or along the curb,and jumped out just to "meet" the pug that you saw? Have you put your car into reverse, in a neighborhood, because you "thought" you saw a pug? Guilty! There can be no other breed of dog, no other pet, that tugs the heart strings as a Pug does...only a Pug can steal your heart so completely and totally charm you, owning you completely, heart and soul!
      A Pug's character is unique in that he is such a clown at heart with a terrific sense of humor but at the same time he carries himself with great dignity. They are not too delicate for fun and games, nor a child's affection. My pugs truly do seem to like to be dressed up in trendy fashions or even baby clothing. My Chloe loved to be pushed in a doll stroller, wearing her footed baby sleeper ...worn backwards of course, allowing her tail to escape between the snaps! There can be no better dog for a child, for I don't believe a pug can even be provoked.I have never seen that happen and I have young grandchildren to prove that a pug's disposition is the BEST.
A pug is anxious to please, anxious to learn and anxious to LOVE. His biggest requirement is that you LOVE HIM BACK. How could you possibly NOT do so?
In training a Pug,it is important to remember that a Pug would rather have even "negative" attention, than NO attention. Therefore,if Puggy does something wrong, think before you act or scold.  Example: My Gracie loves to grab the clean clothes from the basket as I unload the dryer. What did I do the first time she did this?. I chased her through the house,around and around the kitchen table,around and around the dining room table.back to the kitchen table,only to repeat...and what I did was enforce a negative behavior by paying that kind of attention to it! Gracie's favorite game when she was younger was "Grab the Clothes and RUNNNN!"


The reward system for good behavior works best for a Pug, especially if the reward is edible and tasty!

Pugs are very sensitive natured, so scolding in a loud voice is NOT the thing to do.

I wish that I had been told years ago that a Pug is just like a two year old child...how much easier it would have been training my first Pugs had that concept been explained to me! Could that trait of stubbornness, given to describe Pugs, actually be intelligence? Perhaps...for Pugs are NOT dogs. Don't ask me what they are, though, for all I can tell you is that a Pug is a Pug. They act so much like children it often amazes me !

So, if you want a dog that loves to cuddle, lives to spend time with you, lives to love you and be loved in return, will quickly alert you of strangers,(although be of no protection. Pugs never meet a stranger!), a dog that will watch television commercials with or without you and choose  favorites,(my Chloe hates the monkeys on Animal Planet!) one who will share your pillow with you,snoring in your ear oh so sweetly, if you need a reason to smile and laugh daily, and if you desire to have your arms full of love... a pug (or two) is for you.

Pugs are not suitable for runners/athletes who want a dog for companionship while running, unless you are running inside on a treadmill!  Pugs can and do over heat easily, being a Brachycephalic breed. They do not do well in heat, especially with humidity, so a pug is an "indoors only pet". They can be walked when it is cool outdoors, at least below 80F, but do use caution at all times

Mopsy O' Molly
Mopsy O' Molly

   Pugs are fairly low maintenance dogs.They don't require many baths, and for some reason they just don't smell like most dogs do, unless the wrinkles or ears go "sour". I keep my pugs faces, wrinkles, nose rolls and ears clean with baby wipes, but only with the chemicals, aloe, etc. all washed out first with warm water, or I use warm,wet cotton pads. Baby Wipes work great also, straight out of the package for in between touch up baths. I like my pugs to smell like babies. (Just be sure to wash the cloths before using on face and ears.)

 Pugs do shed ,but that doesn't make them any less loveable!  Clip their nails, brush their teeth, brush their coat some (although not necessary), and wash their faces, keeping the nose roll clean, but frequent bathing is not necessary.Nor is it necessary to wash their faces and wrinkles daily. Some of my pugs shower with me...now thats multi-tasking! I figure I am going to get wet bathing the pugs anyway,soooo??? And,hey...we conserve water!


Molly's Mitzi Bitzi
Molly's Mitzi Bitzi
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