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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
Height: 14 to 18 inches
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Fawn or black.
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.
Good with other dogs?
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Good with cats?
OK for inexperienced owners?
OK in apartments?
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Good jogging partner?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
Pugs do not demand much exercise. However, regular exercise will help keep them healthy and fit.
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:
|Living with Pugs|
By Katharina von der Leyen and Enver Hirsch
Published in 2006
By Dan Rice, DVM
Published in 2009
By Susan M. Ewing
Published in 2005
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By Anna Katherine Nicholas, Isabelle Francais, Carol Ann Johnson, and Bernd Brinkmann
Published in 2004
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