AKC PuppyFinder: Pug Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Even-tempered, charming, mischievous and loving
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Pugs are not exactly natural athletes, but they do have strong legs and endless curiosity—exercise both regularly
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 10-13 inches
  • Weight: 14-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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There's a lot of personality packed into the Pug's small, sturdy frame. Even-tempered, outgoing and playful, your Pug puppy will be happy to be wherever you are. He'll thrive in moderate temperatures, with lots of love and some exercise for both his muscular body and curious mind. His expressive face, charming personality and loving nature are irresistible.

History & Job
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Origin: China

Year Recognized: 1885

Breed History & Job Description: The emperors of ancient China had a thing for flat-faced toy dogs—the Pekingese, Shih Tzu, and Pug were all developed as pampered pets of the emperor and his family. In the 1500s, Dutch traders brought Pugs from China to the West. Pugs have been closely associated with the Dutch ever since, but the breed’s charm made it a favorite of royal families all over Europe. Many of the famous kings and queens of history were Puggers.

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Pugs are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease, patellar luxaton, and Pug dog encephalitis. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pugs are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Pug Dog Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.pugs.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Toy
  • 2016 Popularity: 32
  • Breed Referral Contact: Sieglinde Scholle - 304-274-0522
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Click here to see all Pug Rescue Groups.

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puppy's parentage, going back 3 generations,
earned an AKC Conformation Championship
and/or Grand Championship title.
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health testing standards and participate in continuing education.
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are members of AKC-licensed or member clubs.
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