Pug Facts

60 Surprising Pug Facts You’ll Love

60 Surprising Pug Facts You’ll Love

Pugs are lovely and playful lap dogs. The tiny fellow has an adorable squishy face, shining eyes, and curled tail. What’s not to love there? Pugs are loyal and excellent family pets. But besides this, there are some other surprising Pug facts as well. 

 No Pug lovers cannot live without knowing some interesting, fun facts about Pugs. For this reason, we have collected some amazing facts about your tiny fellow. So, without further delay, let’s step into the world full of adorableness. 

Quick Pug Facts

1. Pugs have cute wrinkly features and are tiny fellows. Their wrinkles make them popular in the UK, US, and worldwide.

2. A male Pug is about 12 inches in height.

3. A female Pug is about 10 inches in height.

4. A Pug usually weighs around 14 to 18 pounds. But overfeeding a Pug can lead it to 38 pounds of weight.

5, The Pug is a foodie dog breed. They adore eating well.

6. Usually, a Pug’s lifespan is around 12 to 15 years. Females generally live longer than males.

7. Pugs generally have black or fawn coats. Pugs sometimes have apricot, white or silver coats. 

8.Less than 100 Pugs in the world actually have no color. These are albino Pugs.

Pugs with albinism also have light-colored eyes, pink noses, and light skin.  

9. Pugs have two different ears shapes. One is called rose, and the other is the button.

10. Rose ears are tinier in size than button ears. 

11. Button ear Pugs are preferred for breeding. 

12. Some light-colored Pugs have a “thumbprint” marking that is recognized today. Their wrinkles are darker than their body color. The coloring is in an oval, diamond, or thumb shape creates a mark on their forehead.

13, Pugs have a “double coat,” meaning that their fur has two layers. The first layer is a dense, short coat that helps protect them from weather that is too hot or cold. The outer layer is made of longer hair and helps to keep the Pug clean and dry.

Unlike some dogs, Pugs do not have shedding seasons. Other breeds will shed more hair in the fall and spring. Pugs shed pretty consistently year-round. This means that they leave a good amount of hair wherever they go, no matter the season! 

14. Germans have a name for Pugs, and that is mops.

15. Similarly, the Pug has a Chinese name as well, and that is Lo-Sze.

16. A group of Pug dog breeds is known as a grumble.

17. Pugs are brachycephalic. It means its head is wide but tiny in size. That is the reason Pugs have a squishy face appearance.

18. Pugs may have better scent detection than German Shepherds.

In a 2015 scientific study, Pugs were tested on their scent detection against German shepherds and greyhounds. Greyhounds were disqualified from the study for lack of motivation. The results were very interesting nonetheless. 

Pugs were able to detect a specific smell at lower levels than German shepherds. The researchers were surprised at this discovery. German shepherds are commonly used by security and police. This is due to their ability to detect low amounts of illegal substances.  

The study suggests that Pugs may be better at detecting scents in some situations. Could airport security teams feature Pugs as their go-to dog in the future? We’ll have to wait and see. 

19. Pugs are known for their loyalty, affection, and playfulness. They often have a personality that is larger than life. Due to this, the phrase multum in parvo is used about the breed. This Latin phrase means “a lot of dog in a small space” and sums up the many charming aspects of the Pug’s personality.

Historical Pug Facts

Monk with Pug

20. Pugs are amongst the most ancient dog breeds. They are filling our life with colors for around two thousand years.

21. The adorable fellows originated from China. There are many Pug facts about the Chinese origin of Pugs. We’ll keep it limited in this article.

22. Pugs have served the Buddhist Monks. The Pug is the only dog breed that traces back to 400 BC China. During ancient times, the Pugs have served the Buddhist monks as pets.

23. Do you know the Chinese emperor considered the Pugs as royalty? The former Chinese rulers loved to have Pugs as lapdogs. They provided them with all the luxury of life. Some of the royal Pugs were so lucky that they even had their tiny palaces and servants.

24. The monarchs favored Pugs with a vertical wrinkle on their foreheads. They thought it looked like the Chinese character for “prince.” People who bred Pugs tried to produce this trait as often as possible. Three distinct horizontal wrinkles connected by the vertical onewereeven more special. These wrinkle patterns were called the “Prince Mark.” 

 25. Did you know your Pug is an official dog of The House of Orange? Yes, it is true. Pompey was a pet Pug who saved a Prince’s life. Since then, the Pugs are official dogs of the house of the Orange-Nassau dynasty. 

Prince William loved his friend, and on his tomb, there is a sculpture of him laying on a bed with Pompey at his feet. 

26. Who can deny the mesmerizing charm of Pugs? Even Queen Victoria became a Pug admirer during the 19th century. In the mid to late 1800s, Queen Victoria had a large group of Pugs as personal pets. Some say as many as 38 during her rule and bred them as a hobby. 

Her most popular dogs were Olga, Pedro, Venus, Minka, and Fatima. She liked fawn and apricot coloring the most and passed her love of the breed.  

Due to her love of Pugs and other dog breeds, she also contributed to the Kennel Club in England in 1873.  

27. Napoleon’s bitter half Josephine had a Pug named Fortune. Her emotional attachment with the Pug was so strong that she let the Pug sleep with her.

28. Can you think of a Pug serving on the battlefield? We know it is hard to expect a cute furball running in the war. But in the 17th century, they were used by the military for tracking lost people and animals.

More Interesting Pug Facts

Black and White Pug

29. Compared to Pugs today’s body mass, the early Pugs had a lean and longer body.

30. Pugs are extroverts in their nature.

31. Pug dogs are sociable dog breeds and classified as companion pets.

32. Snookieis the world’s oldest Pug dog. His lifespan was around 27 years. 

33. A Pug can tightly curl its tail over the hip.Thereforethe American Kennel Club referred to its tail as a “perfect double curl.” The AKC has a long list of Pug facts for a Pug to qualify as a show dog. 

34. As compared to other dog breeds, Pugs are relatively small in size. Therefore, they are referred to as a toy breed.

35. There is a possibility that the Pugs have got their name due to a breed of monkeys named Marmosets. In the early 18th century, marmosets were known as Pugs. People used to keep them as pets. Marmosets and Pugs dogs have a similar facial structure.

36. Pugs are healthy dogs. Their “cube-like” body has well-developed muscles. But your Pug is not amongst the most athletic dog breeds.

37. According to the American Kennel Club (1895), Pugs have a charming and calm personality.

38. Pug grooming is relatively easy to take care of. One bath per month is sufficient. You can brush their coat once a week and trim the nails every two months.

Pug Facts about Pugs in Dog Shows

39. In 1981, Ch.Dhandy’sFavorite Woodchuck, a fawn Pug better known as Chucky, won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club show. 

40. In 1989,Reme, The Black Pug, won BestIn Show at the Pug Dog Club of America Natl. Specialty; the first black Pug to win at this show. 

Pug in Dog Show

41. In 2004, a Pug named Double DCinoblu’sMasterpiece from Brazil won this prestigious show. 

42. In 2018, Biggie the Pug won hearts at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Pug Facts about a Secret Organization

43. During the 1740s, the Roman Catholics formed a secret Pug organization named “Order of the Pug.” The symbol of this group was a Pug because of the loyalty of this breed.

The leader of the group was a man, but every group had two Pugs. One Pug was a male, and the other was a female. Both male and female Pugs were called grand Pugs. 

There was a condition to join the Catholic group. The members had to kiss the big Pug under his tail. Another way to prove their devotion included wearing dog collars and barking loudly. 

Catholics formed this group was because they were forbidden from joining the Freemasons. However, this Pug group was banned in many regions. 

The Pug Facts about this secret organization are quite surprising.

Pug Facts about a Pug with an MBA


44. How many dogs you know have a graduate-level degree? Probably none. Well, Chester Ludlow is a Pug who has an online graduate-level degree. He received the degree fromRochvilleUniversity based on his resume and $500 entry. 

Chester received his grades, School window decal, and degree through the mail. He is the first Pug to have a 3.19 GPA and an A grade in finance. However, Chester never attended any class. And the university wasn’t accredited either. 

This whole scenario was a stunt performed by a website named GetEducated.com. The purpose of the stunt was to protect the students from online fraud diplomas. So even the Pug has an MBA degree, the chances of him getting a job are pretty low. 

Movie Pug Facts:  Pugs are Stealing the Spotlight

  1. No doubt your Pug buddy has a cool personality. Pugs have been cast in many movies. And are stealing the spotlight in many areas. You can see them on multiple big-screen movies and television shows. Pugs have been a significant part of films. Some of these include:
  • Men in Black series
  • Pocahontas
  • The Nut Job
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Adventure of Milo and Otis
  • The Crown

Pug Facts about Pug Hybrids

46. The Husky Pug Mix

The Husky Pug is the hybrid of the Siberian husky and the Pug. This hybrid is unusual due to the differences in size, features, and qualities. But due to the unique match, this breed is getting popular day by day. 

The Husky Pug mix is not an easier dog breed to take care of. This breed has captured some husky-features like shedding its hairs. That is why it is not a good option for people living in small spaces. 

Unlike Pugs, a Husky Pug mix breed needs a lot of exercises to release its energy. Lack of exercise can lead to negative behaviors in them. 

47. The Corgi Pug Mix

Another popular Pug hybrid is the corgi Pug mix. This hybrid is a combination of the Pembroke Welsh corgi along with the Pug. 

The Pembroke Welsh corgi is a small-sized cattle herding dog. The mixed results in the cutest Pug hybrid breed. 

Pug and Beagle Mix

48. The Beagle Pug Mix

The Beagle Pug makes a cross between the Beagle and the Pug and is known as Puggle. Puggles are lovable, energetic, and playful dogs. 

 Puggles are yet not recognized as a formal dog breed by Kernel clubs. 

 49. The “Pugapoo” 

 The Pugapoo hybrid is a result of a cross between the Pug and the Poodle breed. The resulting mixture is called Pugapoo and is a small breed dog. Usually, this breed weighs between 10 to 20 pounds. Its maximum height is around 8 to 12 inches. 

Pugapoo is also famous as “Pugoodle.” This small breed is a good watchdog. Also, they do not shed a lot. 

50. The Frug

 The adorable Frug is a result of a cross between French bulldogs and Pugs. Since both dog breeds are brachycephalic, Frug often faces trouble in breathing. 

 51. The Chihuahua Pug Mix 

 The Chihuahua and Pug hybrid is known as Chug. This tiny breed gets along well with families. The Chug can show some aggression as Chihuahua are little aggressive pets.

Pug Facts about Maintenance

52. Pugs are a low-maintenance dog. The Pug dog breed is relatively easier to maintain and take care of. As compared to other dogs, Pugs do not need a lot of space.

Their maintenance expenses are pretty low. So they are the perfect pets for first-time dog owners and people living in a smaller space. 

Pugs are naughty fellows, but they do not require an excessive exercise routine. 15 to 30 minutes of daily exercise is enough to keep your Pug healthy and active.

Pug Facts about Breathing Issues

53. The lovely furball is unable to cool the breathing air. Pugs have a flat nose, due to which they cannot regulate the air. This problem results in increasing heart rates,panicking, and restlessness in Pugs.

Pugs often suffer from my brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome. The nose structure makes it difficult to take long breaths. That is why your sweet fellow snuffles while running or swimming. 

54. Pugs don’t like to swim.

When you think of dogs, you may think about how much a lot of them love playing in the water. It is not so with Pugs. This breed is unable to swim very well due to its compact, heavy body and flat noses. 

Their flat face causes them to try to lift their head out of the water as far as possible to avoid breathing in water. When they do this, it causes them to raise their chest and lower their rear in the water. Many Pugs will end up sinking due to their inability to maintain the correct position. 

If an owner wants their Pug to swim, they should introduce their dog to the water slowly. Help avoid scaring them, which can take weeks or months. On top of that, it’s a good idea to get the Pug a life vest when they are near deep water if they cannot be watched at all times. 

55. Their snores can be louder than a lawnmower, and that’s dangerous.

If you’ve ever been around a Pug, you know that they are noisy even when they are asleep. This breed is known for its frequent snorts and noises, but they also snore a lot. not only that, but their snoring is very loud. 

Decibels (dB) are a unit of measurement used to determine the level of a sound. For reference, whispering is around 15 dB, talking is around 60 dB, and a lawnmower is about 90 dB. A concert is around 120 dB. 

Some Pugs have gotten up to 96 dB! However, this is a sign of trouble for your Pug. 

The soft part at the back of your mouth is sometimes too long and can block their airway when they are sleeping. Even though the snores may be “cute,” they result from the Pug not breathing correctly while asleep. In some cases, this can lead to death. It is best to get a Pug into a vet if they snore a lot.

Pug Facts about Pug Pregnancy

Newborn Pugs Nursing

56. On average, the maximum duration of a Pug pregnancy is around 58 to 68 days. The mother Pug can have 4 to 6 Pug babies. However, having eight to nine puppies at once is also normal. The Pug babies are called Puglets

Pug Facts about their Sensitivity

57. Pugs are Sensitive Pets. Pugs are attention-driven. They love their human and tend to please him. Pugs care a lot about their owner’s feelings. Anyone who owns a Pug knows this is one of the most common Pug facts.

Some people refer to the Pugs as Shadows. Pugs love to accompany their owner everywhere. They always look for the affection and attention of their favorite person. If Pugs don’t get enough attention, they can get anxious and depressed. 

This tiny ball of happiness loves to play with humans and other animals. Pugs feel calm in the presence of humans and love to cuddle with them.

Pug Facts about their Sleeping Habits

58. Pugs are Sleepyheads.

Although Pugs are amongst the most active dog breeds, they adore their sleep as well. They are the actual snoozers. Their sleep patterns are more or less similar to a cat. 

Your Pug friend can sleep more than other dogs. On average, a Pug needs 12 to 14 hours of sleep to stay active throughout the day. 

Pug Facts about Training

59. Training a Pug is not an easy job to do. The Pug is an intelligent dog breed. But training them requires a lot of patience and hard work. A Pug does not appreciate repetitive tasks. 

Pugs tend to get bored easily. Just like other dog breeds, Pugs are a bit naughty. They have a rebellious tendency. 

60. Pug dogs easily get distracted from the activity.Thereforetraining a Pug requires much tolerance and hard work. However, a little consistency can do the trick for you.

Pug Grumble


I hope you enjoyed this reading and learned something new about Pug facts in this article. 

Our Pugs are so unique and fun. There are so many fun and diverse facts about them that you may want to keep on reading.  

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