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Size: Small

Weight: 14 - 18 lbs.

Height: 10" - 11"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Breathing problems due to deformities of the nose and mouth; Legg-Perthes disease; patellar luxation; demodex mange; eye problems; heatstroke; bladder stones; urethral obstruction. May be sensitive to anesthesia. Be sure to obtain your Pug from a reputable breeder.

Origin: China

Also Known As: Mops, Carlin

Group: Companion

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Pug will need a daily walk or play session.

Grooming Needs

Weekly brushing is required for your Pug. This breeds head wrinkles will need frequent cleaning.


The Pug is a playful extrovert that's extremely loving and responsive to its owners. The breed tends to be easy to train and gets along well with children, strangers and other animals.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


The Pug is an ancient Chinese breed that was the favorite of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. The Pug was introduced to Holland via the Dutch East India Trading Company and quickly became a popular breed -- especially among royalty. The breed was introduced to England during the Victorian time period and again became favored among the upper and royal classes.

Pet Facts

The Pug is a good choice for city families with children and will make a good lap dog. The breed does not tolerate heat and humidity and should be kept indoors. The Pug has large, deep forehead wrinkles, a short silky coat and a thick, muscular cobby build. It is the only toy breed related to the Mastiff.