History of Pets – The Pug

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Pugs have been prized pets for centuries and when you see their squishy little faces and delightfully curly little tales, it’s easy to see how these adorable dogs have wiggled their way into so many thousands of hearts and homes.


Where did they come from?

In ancient times Pugs were kept as companion animals for the ruling families of China. They were so respected, they even had their own guards. They lived lives of leisure and luxury, like all Pugs should! As they spread through Asia and the world, they became the official dog of the Netherlands’ House of Orange in 1572, and even saved the life of the Prince of Orange by alerting him of approaching assassins!

Brought from China to Europe in the 16th Century, Pugs are characterized by their curly tales, wrinkly faces and short-muzzles. Their coats vary in colouring from fawn, which is more beige brown in colour, to apricot fawn, silver fawn, or black. They didn’t always look like they do now. Originally Pugs were longer and much leaner, but through time they have become more stocky and shorter in stature. Often described as “a lot of dog in a small space”, they have a lot of personality packed into such small bodies


DividerThey’re not just smart, they are funny too!

Pugs love making people laugh, and will easily amuse anyone in a family, from kids to adults. They are mostly calm in temperament, and are remarkably good at adapting to their owner’s mood. Talk about a dog breed with a high EQ. Pugs are also very good with children and love to play but will just as easily succumb to the allure of a couch or warm lap.


Taking care of your pug

Due to their compact respiratory system, many Pugs battle with breathing and temperature regulation. Pug should be kept well hydrated and indoors, keeping them out of the sun as much as possible.

Their elongated palates play a part in reverse sneezing, a condition that has left many an owner not knowing what to do as their Pug snorts and sneezes profusely. Reverse sneezing is most commonly caused by water, food or debris getting trapped behind the palate. Softly rubbing or massaging the throat can help a lot, whilst softly blocking their noses to force breathing through the mouth can also assist in solving this problem. Breathing problems can be made worse with too much exercise or excitement from travelling, whether by car or plane. Both travel and exercise should be carefully monitored.

Because a Pug’s brow bones don’t extend very far and they lack the longer snouts of most other dog breeds, their eyes are more susceptible to injury than dogs with longer snouts and a more defined brow. Always ensure you have a good vet lined up for your Pug, and if you have any eye or breathing concerns, contact them sooner rather than later.



Should you get a pug

Pugs are great companion animals and will return all the love you give them tenfold. So, if you’re looking for a dog breed to keep you company or bring joy to the entire family, consider a Pug – they’ve been doing it for centuries.

If you are thinking about making a Pug part of your family, why not consider adoption. There are Pugs that require new homes and would love to be adopted. Contact an organisation like Pug Rescue South Africa for more information about welcoming a Pug into your family and home.


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