by Lauren R. Tharp
People pleasers by nature, the Pug reigns as the 12th most popular dog breed in the United States (according to AKC registration records) and was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885.
Size & Weight: Small. Pugs are in the Toy group and generally weigh 14-18 pounds.
Coat & Color: Black, silver fawn, or amber fawn. Their coats have a short, coarse, outer coat with a very fine undercoat.
Other: Next to the Chihuahua, Pugs are one of the favorite dogs of celebrities (including Jessica Alba, Hugh Laurie, Gerard Butler, and Maria Bamford). Pugs have also shown up in many movies, television shows, and books!
Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
Small, sturdy, and eager to please: the Pug is a perfect choice for a first-time dog owner. Pug’s are very even-tempered and adapt quickly to almost any and every situation they’re thrust into. They are charming, loving, and all around wonderful companions.
- Extremely low maintenance: Minimal grooming, minimal exercise, minimal training!
- Good with children and other animals. Pugs are extremely calm and generally good-natured.
- Perfect for urban living!
- Prone toward obesity.
- Pugs commonly develop breathing problems. Even Pugs who do not develop serious conditions are known to snuffle and snore.
- Excessive shedding.
Pug owners tend to be passionate enthusiasts of the breed. In Sarasota, a special PUG PARADE is hosted each year by Sarasota Magazine. The location and date has not been announced yet but keep an eye on the BradentonDog.com calendar.
Special thanks to Dog Mountain for this featured image of the Pug by Stephen Huneck.