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What is a Pug?

Pug traits

Toy
10-12 inches
14-18 pounds
12-15 years
Pug characteristics
Lifespan
5 yrs 20 yrs
Grooming needs
Occasionally Frequently
Good with kids
Needs lots of supervision Eager to play
Good with cats
Likely to chase Hey, new pal!
Training aptitude
Headstrong Eager to please
Full-grown size
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Wilfred

Pug

Male, 1 yr
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
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Jinx

Pug

Male, 1 yr
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
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Simba

Pug

Male, 1 yr
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
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Bubbles

Pug Mixed Breed (Medium)

Female, 7 mos
Los Angeles, CA
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(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
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SIMBA

Pug

Male, 10 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
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JINX

Pug

Male, 10 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
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Frequently asked questions

Pug Basics

Learn about about Pug basics like where Pug come from, how many different types of Pug you can find, and what other breeds mix with Pug.

Pugs have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Lifespan can vary depending on various factors, including genetics, diet, exercise, and overall health care. To help your Pug live a longer and healthier life, provide them with proper nutrition, regular veterinary care, sufficient exercise, and a loving and safe environment. Regular check-ups with a veterinarian can help detect and address any health issues early, which can contribute to a longer and happier life for your Pug.

A Pug is a small breed of dog known for their short, wrinkled face, curled tail, and coat that is usually fawn or black. Pugs are low-maintenance dogs who are not highly active and have relatively low exercise requirements. Short walks and playtime are usually sufficient to keep them happy and healthy.

Pugs were bred as companions for Chinese emperors and nobility. They were highly prized for their affectionate and loyal nature, making them ideal companions. Pugs would also act as alert dogs and alert their humans to the presence of intruders with their distinctive barks.

Pugs typically stop growing by the time they are nine to 12 months old. However, their growth rate can vary, and some Pugs may continue to fill out and develop muscle mass until they are around 18 months old. As with any dog breed, it’s important to provide appropriate nutrition and regular veterinary care during their growth phase to ensure they develop into healthy adults.

No, Pugs are not considered hypoallergenic dogs. Hypoallergenic breeds are those that are less likely to trigger allergies in individuals who are sensitive to allergens such as dog dander and saliva. Pugs, like many other dog breeds, produce allergenic proteins that can cause allergies in susceptible individuals.


If you have allergies and are considering getting a dog, it’s essential to spend time with the individual dog beforehand to assess any allergic reactions.

Breeds that are commonly mixed with Pugs include Beagles, Chihuahuas, and Frenchies. Characteristics of a Pug mix can vary widely depending on the specific breeds involved, the individual dog's genetics, and its upbringing. A few common Pug mixes include:


  • Puggle (Pug + Beagle mix)

  • Chug (Pug + Chihuahua mix)

  • Pugapoo (Pug + Poodle mix)

  • Frug (Pug + French Bulldog mix)

  • Pugsky (Pug + Husky mix)

  • Pom-A-Pug (Pomeranian + Pug mix)


How many types of Pugs are there? There is just one breed of Pug, but the breed is often grouped into four types based on color: fawn, black, apricot, and silver.

The origin of the name “Pug” is not entirely clear, but some believe it originated from the Latin word “pugnus,” which means “fist.” This might be a reference to the Pug’s wrinkled face, which can resemble a clenched fist. The breed’s name might have been influenced by its playful and pugnacious nature.

Pugs originated in China over 2,000 years ago (there are records of them in 400 B.C.) and were introduced to the Dutch nearly 500 years ago. Pugs were originally bred in China as companions for royalty and later among European nobility.

Pug Appearance

Learn about about the Pug general appearance like their size, colors, and grooming needs.

Pugs are considered by some to be ugly due to their unique features, such as bulging eyes and pronounced wrinkles, but many other people consider these same features adorable. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Pugs come in four main colors: fawn (the most common), black, silver, and apricot. While fawn and black are the most common coat colors, there are also less common colors, such as brindle and even white. Regardless of coat color, Pugs will almost always have a black mask. 


It’s important to note that coat color does not affect a Pug’s personality or health, and all Pugs share the same friendly and affectionate temperament.

The rarest color for Pugs is white. White Pugs have a predominantly white coat, which is less common than the typical fawn and black colors. 


Unfortunately, rare colored Pugs, including White Pugs, are often associated with irresponsible breeding practices. These rare colors are usually the result of breeding colors rather than focusing on the health and well-being of the dogs. These practices can lead to a higher risk of genetic health issues in the dogs, such as albinism, as well as unethical breeding conditions.

Adult Pugs typically weigh between 14 and 18 pounds and stand between 10 and 12 inches tall. Their small size and charming and friendly personality makes them well-suited as indoor companion dogs for families and individuals alike.

Yes, Pugs shed. They have a short, dense coat that sheds consistently throughout the year, with some heavier shedding occurring during seasonal changes, typically in the spring and fall.


Regular grooming, including brushing their coat a few times a week, can help manage shedding by removing loose fur and reducing the amount of hair that ends up on furniture and clothing. Additionally, providing a balanced diet and maintaining their overall health can contribute to healthier skin and coat conditions, potentially reducing shedding.

Historically, Pugs used to be slightly taller with longer legs and a more well-defined physique. They also sported a longer snout. Despite these differences, their distinctive wrinkled faces, large eyes, and curled tails were already defining features that set them apart.

A Pug has a short, wrinkled face with large, expressive eyes and a small, curled tail. Their ears fold forward, further contributing to their adorable look. Pugs are a brachycephalic breed, which means they have flat faces and short snouts.

Pugs have short snouts due to a genetic trait known as brachycephaly. Brachycephalic dogs such as Pugs have flattened and shortened facial features, including a short snout and a pushed-in appearance.


The short snout of Pugs is a characteristic that has been intentionally bred for generations. While it gives Pugs their distinctive look, it’s important to note that brachycephalic breeds, including Pugs, can face certain health issues associated with their facial structure.

Pug Temperament

Learn about about the Pug temperament and how well they fit into your lifestyle, home environment, and family.