The Pug

Happy and lively with great charm, dignity and intelligence


Lifespan: Over 10 years
2 health tests strongly recommended


Ideal weight 6.3-8.1 kgs


Somewhat Active
Needs exercising  Upto 1 hr per day


Responds well to training


Short length
Sheds seasonally
Groom once a week
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Is a Pug right for you?

The Pug is part of the Toy group. Breeds in this group have traditionally been bred primarily for companionship, so they thrive on affection and human contact.

Pugs have been around for hundreds of years, and were brought from China to Europe in the 16th century. They appear in many portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries, albeit with longer legs and noses than the pugs seen today. They flourished in 19th century England under the reign of Queen Victoria who kept and bred many of them.

Today they are the 4th most popular pedigree breed registered with the Kennel Club, with over 10,000 puppies registered annually. They are often described by the latin phrase "multum in parvo" which means "a lot of dog in a small space".

It is worth noting that due to their flat, wide heads, flattened faces and short muzzles, they are categorised as brachycephalic. This means they may be at higher risk of certain health conditions including breathing difficulties, skin problems, dental problems, and eye conditions.

Not all pugs will have these health conditions but it is important to be aware of them, and please do research as much as you can. The breed club is a good place to start, and make sure you feel comfortable that the breeder is a responsible breeder that has checked the health of both parents.

Where to find more information

Breed clubs are run by enthusiasts with a wealth of information and knowledge about their breeds. They can advise you on all aspects of owning their breed of dog, both the positives and the challenges, so if you want to know more about a breed, please get in touch with them.

A full list of all the breed clubs can be found on the Kennel Club website.

Find a reputable Pug breeder

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Our breeder showcase highlights some of the best Pug breeders in the UK. If you are interested in finding a Pug puppy to be part of your family, please visit the breeder pages and get in touch with them today - remember, popular breeders will often have long waiting lists for their puppies.
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