Pug dog, a big character in a small body

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The motto of the beautiful Pug dog is “multum in parvo”, this means “a lot in a little” since it is a big dog with a small body. Today we review the origin, character and many other curiosities of this peculiar breed.

The Pug or Carlino is a very special breed, it loves company and is affectionate and playful.

Read on to find out all about these beautiful furry ones.
Pug Dog: What is its Origin?

It is one of the oldest breeds, its origin dates back about 2,000 years. It comes from China. Along with the Pekingese, the Tibetan monks believed that they could keep evil spirits away by making them their favourites.

It was the Dutch traders who took them to Europe, spreading their presence throughout the continent.

The Pug or Carlinos have been adored by thousands of people and, in fact, it is said that in Europe there is a general fascination for this breed. It is not strange to see them being protagonists of movies and television series.

Physical Characteristics of the Pug

Don’t be fooled by their small size, Pugs have strong muscles. It has a broad chest and a large, round head. Their skin is wrinkled, which is why it requires special care, which we will talk about later. Their ears are small, although their arrangement can vary. The muzzle is flat (brachycephalic) so we must pay attention to possible respiratory problems.

Height: 15-35cm
Weight: 3-10kg
Life expectancy: 13-15 years

Character: Affectionate and Sociable.

It is an affectionate and sociable breed. This is why Pug dogs need constant attention, being one of the family, if they spend a lot of time alone they can develop anxiety.

He has a strong personality and likes to attract attention. They are generally easy dogs to socialize with both their peers and humans.

Pugs are ideal for all types of homes, although it is not recommended if it is a family with very young children since they will not receive the necessary attention.

Special cares

The Pug has short hair, so more than 1 or 2 weekly brushings will not be necessary. What you should know is that Pugs lose a lot of hair, so if you want to avoid having a house full of hair, you should increase brushing.

Something that requires special attention are the folds of his beautiful wrinkles. It is important to clean them regularly to avoid skin infections. For this you can use gauze or specific products for this type of cleaning that you can find in the health and hygiene section of our store.

Due to its brachycephalic condition, the Pug needs exercise, but moderate and always under supervision. Brachycephalic dog syndrome leads to respiratory problems and even airway obstruction.

In addition, we must pay special attention to their eyes. As you may have noticed, Pugs have prominent eyes and a flattened face, making them prone to eye injuries.
Pug curiosities

They come from China, and the emperors took care of them by giving them great luxuries.

Due to their constitution they are not good swimmers.

In ancient times it was thought that they could keep evil spirits away and that their wrinkles could predict the future.

Josefina used a Pug named Fortune to send messages to Napoléon.

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By Lee Chun Hei