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Also known as: Chinese Pug

Breed origin: China
Original purpose: Pets of the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet.

AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Toy

Size: Height: 14 to 18 inches
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Color: Fawn or black.

General characteristics/temperament: The Pug is sturdy, even-tempered, playful, charming, dignified, outgoing, and loving. They live to please and to be near their people. They make great family pets, and can adapt to different living situations. They are very attentive and thrive on lots of attention from their family. Because of their short noses, they are prone to overheating, and must be kept cool in hot climates.

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Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes

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Energy/Activity Level: Low

Good jogging partner? No

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience

Exercise requirement: Pugs do not demand much exercise. However, regular exercise will help keep them healthy and fit.

Grooming requirement: The coat needs minimal grooming, but the folds of their wrinkles need to be kept clean and dry to prevent infections.

Known health problems: Heat stroke, eye injuries, entropion, obesity, granulomatous meningoencephalitis, hemivertebrae, dystocia, demodectic mange.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Pugs for Dummies
By Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz
Published in 2004
384 pages

Pugs (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Phil Maggitti
Published in 2000
96 pages

The Everything Pug Book
By Kim Campbell Thornton
Published in 2005
304 pages

Living with Pugs
By Katharina von der Leyen and Enver Hirsch
Published in 2006
192 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Pug Dog Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Pug Dog Club of America Rescue

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