Black Pugs: Can You Handle Irresistible Cute?!
You can’t go wrong with a Pug dog. It’s impossible. They are such wonderful little bundles of joy. All a Pug wants is to be loved by their human and some treats, of course.
Black Pugs are no different! Though they are a bit rarer than your standard fawn Pug dog, they still have all the personality. They are known for being devoted companions. They can also be very silly and are usually referred to as the family joker.
Black Pugs are known for being stout and sturdy little dogs. With those adorable little curly tails and smushed faces, who can resist? It’s no wonder they are such a popular breed.
Owning a black Pug is one of the most rewarding things ever. You won’t believe how sweet, affectionate, and charming these pups can be. Yet, it’s essential to know a few things first. Black Pugs are fabulous dogs. There are a couple of considerations to keep in mind before pursuing ownership.
Don’t worry; there isn’t anything that will stop you from wanting one of these happy-go-lucky dogs in your life!
A Little History About Black Pugs
Black Pugs have been around for a very long time. Pugs were the favorite lapdog of ancient Chinese emperors. They made their way over to Europe in the 1500s. Their Pugs immediately became a beloved companion in countless nations. They were reportedly a companion to Marie Antoinette and Buddhist monks. Anyone with a cozy lap. It goes to show that everyone loves a Pug!
Pugs were officially recognized as a pedigree breed in 1885 by the AKC. Black Pugs and the standard fawn color are the only colors considered show-worthy pups. However, there are many other color variations out there. Black Pugs are extremely popular these days.
How Rare Are Black Pugs?
Black Pugs are considered a rare dog. The fawn coloration is predominant. Coming in at roughly sixty-five percent of the Pug population, the fawn color is the most common.
Black Pugs are about twenty-two percent of the breed, which makes them much less usual. So about one-fourth of Pugs are black. Plus, there are a few other color variations out there, like apricot and silver.
Some people mistake the dark brindle pattern on Pugs for a black coat. Brindle is a darker shade of brown that has a striped pattern. The stripes are usually a lighter color but can sometimes be difficult to see.
Therefore, people will see a brindle Pug and not be able to see the stripes. So they think it’s a black Pug. Brindle Pugs are lovely dogs. Unfortunately, brindle coloring is not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
The reason black Pugs are not as common is due to genetics. Pugs were bred initially to be light-colored brown with dark faces. Sufficient what we know today as the fawn coat color.
The rare color of a black Pug is due to unique genetics. The gene that makes black Pugs have a black coat is dominant. It seems there would be more black than fawn-colored Pugs out there.
The main reason for it is that most breeders choose to breed Pugs that are the fawn coloring. By knowing the genetics of the parents, they can do this.
It works like this. Both the mother and father contribute one gene that determines coat color. So the pups get one color gene from mom and one from dad. It is the combination of those two genes handed down and affects the puppy’s coat color.
For example, if both genes from both parents are black, you will get a black Pug. Or if one gene is black and the other is fawn, the puppy will be black since it is the dominant gene. A dominant gene will overpower the fawn gene. But then, if both genes are fawn, the puppies will be fawn.
So the work that goes into breeding black Pugs can be a bit more work. Black Pugs are considered rare, so breeders tend to charge more money for them. Even though, if they wanted to, they could choose to breed more of them.
Sometimes, black Pugs will have a little white patch on their chest. This is called a “mismark.” Sadly, these variations in the coat color mean that the dog is not show worthy. We would argue that it makes them cuter if that is even possible.
One interesting thing about black Pugs is that they show their age much more. At least more than fawn-colored Pugs anyway. An entirely black coat makes it much more apparent when they get a little older and develop white hair. It happens to the best of us. But they don’t mind, grey hairs or not, Pugs are just as charming and wonderful. It just makes them look more distinguished.
Black Pug Personalities and Temperament
Their origins as lap dogs that snuggle up and keep you warm aren’t surprising to anyone who knows a Pug. They will spend all day on the couch with you if they can. As long as they are with their human, nothing gets these little love bugs down!
Black Pugs are no exception! Given a chance, they will be the most playful best friend you have ever had. A Pug’s temperament is unique. No other breed is so excited for playtime and yet such a couch potato at the same time. As long as there is attention involved, they are on board.
Black Pugs are also the perfect pet for new dog owners. A Pug’s relaxed and laid back nature, plus their small size, makes them ideal candidates. Black Pugs are great around kids and all people. As long as there is attention going around, they are happy campers.
These little guys are not hunters or workers. They have a very low prey drive. The most you’ll see them do is playfully chase a squirrel up a tree. Black Pugs also aren’t working dogs. Because thanks to their precious smooshed faces, they can’t exercise for too long.
Your black Pug is going to be strictly a companion animal. And boy, are they happy about that! They are going to want to laze about and smother you with kisses. That is if they are not being a total spaz chasing that squirrel around the tree.
Pugs are known for being little dogs with big personalities. They can be a bit stubborn at times but are usually very eager to please their person. Starting with their training from day one is very important. A poorly trained Pug can lead to several issues.
One thing that difficult Pugs are known for is being stubborn about is potty training. So if you happen to be getting a black Pug puppy, get started on that training immediately.
Caring for a black Pug is generally the same as a standard fawn-colored Pug. They eat the same amount, roughly about half a cup of high-quality dog food. Dog food is best with natural ingredients and some real vegetables in it.
They also need the same amount of exercise and overall care. However, there are a few key differences to be aware of when you own a black Pug. That’s all right, though. Taking care of your wiggly companion means more quality time together.
Grooming Basics for Black Pugs
In case you didn’t know, Pugs shed quite a lot. Be prepared. Often the fawn-colored Pugs have a double-coat. Thankfully, black Pugs have a single-coat. Which means they shed a little less. But due to their short fur, they still shed a decent amount.
Keeping up on brushing them is mission critical to keep the fur under control. It is recommended to brush them at a minimum every three days. But any Pug owner will tell you it’s not a bad idea to try and brush them daily.
Unlike some breeds of dogs that shed seasonally, Pugs shed year around. They go through the shedding cycling quicker. This means that as long as you keep up on regular brushing and overall grooming, it shouldn’t be a huge issue.
You don’t need to give them too many baths either. Pugs are pretty clean little creatures. You can get away with bathing them every three months or so. Over bathing can be harmful and change the delicate balance of natural oils on their skin. Those oils are what make a black Pug’s coat so shiny.
Now, when it comes to nail trims, it can be a challenge. Even though Pugs are delightful and friendly dogs, they also have a stubborn streak. Pugs are known for being difficult for nail trims.
They whine and cry and put up a big fuss. It will be in your best interest to start working with your Pug’s feet as soon as you get them home.
Use it as playtime. Pugs will love it! Hold their paws in your hand until they seem comfortable. Mess with their cute little toes. Get them used to people touching and handling their feet regularly. Your groomer will be very grateful.
One more thing that you need to be aware of is their skin folds on their face. Yes, they are adorable! They give Pugs so much character. Generally, because Pugs have such large eyes, they produce a lot of “tears.” But don’t worry, they aren’t sad. It is normal.
With a fawn-colored Pug, you can see a slight discoloration in the folds of skin. The moisture from excessive tear production causes this. That moisture can also cause infections and the development of yeast.
It is super important to clean those endearing little skin folds regularly. You can make it part of your home grooming routine with your black Pug.
The AKC recommends using a warm, damp washcloth and a little waterless shampoo. Unscented dry shampoo can work too. Any gentle shampoo that is veterinarian approved can also be used. Clean between and under all the skin folds on their adorable face.
But make sure to be extra careful and not get any cleaning product in your pup’s eyes. Since they bulge out a little bit, they are easy targets.
Black Pugs need exercise. Like all dogs. Though with this breed, it is essential you understand that they have their limits. Due to their wonderfully smooshy faces, they can sometimes have a hard time breathing.
Pugs are brachycephalic. What that means is their skull is shortened. Compared to other dogs, that is. This trait isn’t necessarily always a bad thing. But it is good to be aware, especially when you have a black Pug.
Because of Pug’s super charming short face, they also have short little noses and tiny airways. This makes it hard for them to adequately cool down the air they breathe in or release heat when they exhale.
If they are overworked, they can overheat quickly. This is even more true for black Pugs. They cannot regulate their temperature. Also, the fact that their black color absorbs more heat can be a dangerous combination.
The one downside to black Pugs being bred as lap dogs is that they are designed to be indoor-only pets. Comfy and cozy on the couch with their human: how they like it.
Thankfully, as long as you take precautions, your favorite snuggle bug should be just fine. For example, try to avoid walks on sweltering days. If necessary, go for your walks in the early morning or evening. It’s better for you, Pug, and you to avoid high temperatures. There are also cooling vests you can buy that help a lot. Plus, a Pug in a vest is just too cute!
You can also invest in a little kiddy swimming pool for when it gets hot in the summer. Even without having done a lot of exercise, your black Pug will thank you. Mainly with all the kisses, you could ever want. And when you are on longer walks, always make sure to have a bowl of water.
A significant thing you can do for your Pug’s health is to keep their weight down. This will help with exercise tolerance and keep them healthier in general.
Unfortunately, Pugs are often more likely to become overweight than most other breeds. Mainly because of their couch potato tendencies. They also have a passion for food. Don’t we all?
Those things combined can lead to a chunky black Pug, and that isn’t good. Just like humans, obesity can lead to more serious health problems down the road. You want to keep your Pug at a six on the body condition score chart.
That can be easier said than done, especially considering the points we have already mentioned. Snacking on treats and hanging out on the couch isn’t going to keep a black Pug fit.
You can prevent this issue by simply maintaining a healthy dog lifestyle right off the bat. Do so as soon as you get your snorty little buddy home gauge their exercise tolerance. Don’t push them, but try to keep up on activities, playing, and walks. Since Pugs are so playful, that is a great way to sneak in a little more exercise inside where it’s cool.
Also, NO human food! We can’t stress this enough. Only ever feed them a well-balanced meal that is portioned accordingly for your Pug’s age and weight. If you start to notice your black Pug getting a little thick, it’s essential to make adjustments quickly. Don’t let their weight gets too out of control.
As long as they can tolerate it, you can increase their walk time by five or ten minutes. It’s also a good idea to make sure everyone in the household is on the same page. You don’t want anyone slipping your pup table scraps when no one is looking. Because the Pug certainly isn’t going to tell anyone!
They won’t be happy about it, but you can always cut their food portions back if all else fails. Not by a lot. You still want to check with a veterinarian before starting any type of diet change for your Pug.
Cost and Availability
Black Pugs are considered rarer, and a breeder might charge you more than a fawn-colored Pug. And we always say yes to more Pugs in the world!
If you are looking to buy from a breeder, take the time to do your homework. Now that you know that a quarter of all Pugs are black use that to your advantage. If a breed is trying to sell you on how “extremely rare” black Pugs are and overcharge you, just keep looking.
Sometimes you even have to look out of state. In those cases, try to do a visit before agreeing to purchase. Go to the breeder’s home to get an idea of the environment your black Pug came from. Confirm you are buying from a legitimate breeder before sending any money.
Though they are not that crazy rare, you may even be able to find one at a local rescue. That would provide a shelter animal a much-needed home and save you a ton. Black Pugs go from about $500-$800 these days from a reputable breeder.
Just think of all the attention and affection you will get if you bring home a rescue black Pug or any colored Pug!
Black Pugs Are the Best!
We say, yes! However, we are indeed a little biased. A black Pug puppy is undoubtedly one of the most darling things you will ever see. They have a gorgeous and shiny black coat of fur and the curly-q tail wagging away. It’s easy to go puppy blind on the spot and bring home three!
Bringing home three might not be the best idea (but it would be amazing!) Think long and hard about the primary responsibilities of owning a black Pug. It can be a substantial investment of energy, time, and tons of love.
Try not to get too excited about your newest furry family member until you have contacted a reputable breeder, and they can confirm availability. Even if you have the money to go ahead, it may take you weeks or even months to find one that’s available for sale.
When you bring your Pug puppy home is when the real work begins. You have to dedicate time and effort to training your black Pug puppy. It can be challenging under the best of circumstances. Remember, they are eager to please but can be stubborn too.
With a black Pug, you need to be aware of their comfort level continually. If you think it’s hot outside, so does your four-legged companion. And don’t forget they have a fur coat on, literally.
When you bring that precious pup home, you are responsible for making sure it is healthy. Going without their tiny cooling vest because you are running late and in a rush is not an option. And it’s not safe for your pup.
After reading this article, take some time to consider your lifestyle carefully. Do you live in Arizona and frequently take long hikes out in the desert? Then, perhaps, a black dog of any kind is not for you.
If you conclude that a black Pug is right for you, it might just be the best thing that ever happens to you. We aren’t exaggerating. No other pet will love you as much as a Pug. They are the perfect little package.
Owning a black Pug is rewarding in a million ways. You don’t have to take our word for it; just wait until you walk down the street. Everyone loves Pugs! You will get countless people stopping you to say hi. Most importantly, you’ll never have a companion quite like this one.