Dog Profiles: Pugs


  1. All pugs have brachycephaly which is what gives them their genetic disposition towards squished, round faces. It’s a pathological condition which causes a difficulty in breathing hence all pugs should be kept in more or less cooler environments. 
  2. Like the Shar Pei and Chow, the wrinkly Pug was originally bred in China. 
  3. One historical Pug was named Pompey who was owned by William of Orange in the 1500’s. He purportedly saved his master by barking when a furtive Spanish troop was approaching allowing for an expedient escape.
  4. The collective noun (i.e. A pride of lions, a sleuth of bears) for a group of pugs is a “grumble.” 
  5. In China, the Pug is called “Lo-sze;” In Germany, the Pug is called “Mops.” 
  6. The etymology for the word Pug may have to do with their impish, spritely nature. The Shakespearean figure “Puck” is said to be the inspiration for “Pug” (which is derived from an archaic spelling) since Pugs seem unreal and otherworldly in some respects.
  7. Napoleon’s chambers were filled with snorty sound of Josephine’s pet Pug, and a Pug graced the lap of Victoria at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. 
  8. There was briefly a Freemason group called “The Order of the Pug” which existed in the mid 18th century.
  9. A Pug sleeps on average 14 hours a day due in part to its respiratory concerns. 
  10. Pugs should be discouraged from entering bodies of water as they are not good swimmers. 
  11. This breed tends to catch colds easily because of their short snouts.
  12. It was once thought that the wrinkles in a Pug’s face formed Chinese characters which might explain in part why they were so prized in ancient China. 
  13. The Pug was the lapdog of Chinese emperors. 
  14. The American Kennel Club recognized pugs as a breed as late as 1895. 
  15. If you are worried about your Pug’s manners, you can get yourself a copy of A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette by Gemma Correll.