Ancestors of the pug originated in
China and were the dogs of the Imperial court during the Song Dynasty.
They were then imported to Europe in the sixteenth century.
The pugs were very popular with European courts. The House of Orange
even made it their official dog in 1572 because the Prince of Orange
was saved by a pug by alerting him of assassins. A Pug also traveled
with William III and Mary II when they left the Netherlands to accept
the crown of England in 1688. Around this time, the Pug might have bred
with the King Charles Spaniel to give it a more pug-like look.
Other Europeans took a liking to pugs as well. Pugs were painted by an
artist in Spain, and the Italians dressed up their pugs in jackets and
pants and sit them next to the coachmen.A famous painter named William
Hogarth owned many of pugs. In 1745, he made a self-portrait that
included his pug. Reports in Italy say that in 1789 pugs were the
alongside only the Dutch mastiff and at top for popularity. France was
also introduced to the pug. Apparently, a pug was once used to carry
messages between a woman and her family since the family was not
allowed in. England was swarmed by pugs in the nineteenth century under
the rule of Queen Victoria for she had many pugs herself. The Royal
family seemed to have pugs from then on.
Pugs nowadays are compact and
square-shaped with deep chests and well-developed muscles. They have
smooth, glossy coats that come in fawn (a yellowish tan color), apricot
fawn, silver fawn, and black. They have tails that curl over their
hips. Their ears are either the more popular “button” shape or the
smaller, slightly folded “rose” ears. Their legs strong, straight, good
length, and well under the body, with laid back shoulders. Their ankles
are strong, their feet are small, their toes are spread out, and their
nails are black. They usually have under-bites because of the further
stuck out lower jaw.
Pugs are small but have big personalities. They’re strong willed but
rarely aggressive, good for children. They’re nice to and are built for
children. Their mood depends on their owner’s, as pugs can be calm and
quiet or lively and playful. They tend to be lazy and nap a lot. They
are often referred to as "shadows" because they follow their owners
around and like to stay close to them.
Here is a day in the life of a Pug.
Well, I hope you’ve learned your
fill on pugs. Thank you and bye!
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