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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

The Pug Handbook
By Brenda Belmonte
Published in 2005
160 pages

Pugs (Animal Planet Pet Care Library)
By Dianne Bourgeois
Published in 2006
111 pages

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pugs
By Liz Palika
Published in 2005
320 pages

By Dan Rice, DVM
Published in 2009
168 pages

Pug (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Juliette Cunliffe
Published in 2003
158 pages

The Pug
By Susan M. Ewing
Published in 2005
191 pages

Pug (Smart Owner's Guide)
By Dog Fancy Magazine
Published in 2009
176 pages

The Complete Pug
By Ellen S. Brown
Published in 2002
168 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Pugs
By Sonja Neu and Richard G. Beauchamp
Published in 2001
160 pages

Living with A Pug
By Alison Mount
Published in 2004
128 pages

The Essential Pug
By Howell Book House
Published in 1999
96 pages

By Anna Katherine Nicholas, Isabelle Francais, Carol Ann Johnson, and Bernd Brinkmann
Published in 2004
96 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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