National Pug Day

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Today is National Pug Day, and the team at K9 Nation are excited to be celebrating this adorable, friendly and funny breed.

National Pug Day - An adult fawn pug led on the back of a couch

National Pug Day

As well as celebrating this fantastic breed, we also want to give you a little piece of history and a little bit of did you know?….The official Pug Day website states that the “holiday was created by animal advocate Colleen Paige in 2012 to celebrate this wonderful, loving and loyal breed and to encourage pug lovers all over the world to adopt their next pug from the shelter or a Pug Rescue rather than buying from a pet store.”

Our recently launched wellness campaign highlights how we all love our rescue dogs so when we heard the reason for the national pug day, we knew we had to write about Pugs!

Pugs

Pugs are known for being sociable and gentle companion dogs, originating in China via the Netherlands, and are known to be a lot of dog in a small frame!

The development of the pug may have been because of a historic Chinese passion for short-faced, small breeds. Many believe that Dutch traders took dogs of this type from China to the Netherlands, in the 16th Century, where the dogs proved to be very popular amongst the noble classes. 

One famous pug owner from history was Willam of Orange. When he succeeded to the throne he was accompanied by his pugs, which increased their appeal within the European aristocracy. These days, the Pug has maintained its popularity and is beloved as a companion because of its great personality. Amongst the Toy breeds, it is thought to be the most substantial.

The Kennel Club breed standard describes the Pug as being “decidedly square and cobby, it is ‘multum in parvo’ shown in compactness of form, well-knit proportions and hardness of muscle, but never to appear low on legs, nor lean and leggy.”

A Pug’s characteristics highlight great charm, dignity and intelligence with a happy and lively disposition and comes in a variety of colours, silver, apricot, fawn or black.

Pug Facts

  • They are an ancient breed that were given by Monks to the elite and became highly treasured.
  • Pugs were bred to be companion animals. This means they love a good snuggle on the couch or a walk in the park.
  • Pugs are brachycephalic, which means they have a smushed in face. This can lead to snoring and breathing problems. 
  • Pugs can spend up to fourteen hours a day sleeping.
  • Pugs can run up to three miles per hour.
  • Pugs don’t bark much, but are known to be vocal and “talk” to their pet parents.
  • A “perfect” Pug tail is believed to have between two to four curls.
  • A group of Pugs is called a grumble.

Pug Temperament

Pugs love any attention and are also good with children. They are rarely ever known to bite or nip and they love to play games. 

Pugs are a sociable breed and they enjoy the companionship of other dogs. They can also be trusted around cats and small animals, such as rabbits, as they are generally considered to be one of the most gentle/ passive breeds. Pugs are generally very friendly around strangers, so if you’re looking for a guard dog, a pug is probably not the best breed!

A Pug, while small in size, is enormous in personality. They are intelligent, affectionate, and love to be the centre of attention.  It’s important to note that they do need human company and the breed doesn’t like to be left on their own for hours at a time. To train a pug takes a certain level of determination, which has to be a joint effort. Pugs can be easily groomed and only need a daily brush, a wipe of the over nose wrinkle…carefully, and a check on their eyes and ears every day.  As with most dogs, dental hygiene is best started from the puppy stage and it’s wise to keep an eye on the dog’s weight. Most Pugs, like a lot of other breeds, enjoy their food. In some cases, this can be excessive so it’s worth bearing in mind.

On average, Pugs can live anywhere up to and even over 12 years and are social, quirky and intensely loyal — making these squish-faces a popular dog breed.

National Pug Day - A small black pug on a sofa, looking up

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