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Today’s Pug is a dog breed from the United Kingdom, but with a historical origin in China. It is a small-sized dog of the molosser type and is known as a companion dog. In 2012-2013, a survey showed that the Pug was among the top 20 most popular dog breeds in the world. However, in recent years, the breed has dropped in the rankings and is no longer on the top 20 list. Are you considering getting a new family member of the Pug breed? Or do you already have a Pug in the family? Then we believe you will appreciate these ten facts that you may not have known before!

Pugs were a popular breed among Buddhist monks…

The earliest records of Pugs come from China, where they were companion dogs in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. We know that Pugs have been around since at least 400 BC, making them one of the oldest dog breeds. [source]

Bred as lapdogs for emperors…

The original purpose of Pugs was to serve as lapdogs for Chinese emperors. This is one of the reasons why they don’t require as much exercise as many other breeds can. [source]

A Pug saved its royal master…

Prince William of Orange led the Dutch in a successful revolt against the Spanish in the 16th century. Spanish soldiers attempted to assassinate William in Hermingny in 1572, but William’s Pug named Pompey thwarted the attempt. The assassins tried to sneak up to Prince William’s tent, but Pompey heard them and started barking. Thanks to Pompey’s bravery, the Pug became the official breed of the House of Orange. [source]

Just a myth that they are related to Bulldogs…

Pugs are sometimes called “Dutch Bulldogs”, but this is a bit of an inaccurate term. DNA tests have shown that Bulldogs and Pugs are not even related to each other. Pugs have the same stout shape, flat face, and wrinkles as Bulldogs, but Pugs share their origins with Pekingese dogs, not Bulldogs. [source]

Pugs have their own ‘drainage system’…

Pugs are known for their characteristic wrinkles and the special expression on their faces. However, these wrinkles are not just charming; they actually serve a purpose. The wrinkles on a pug’s face act as small channels that direct moisture away from the eyes, keeping them dry. So, when you see a cute little pug with wrinkles, you can think of them as built-in drainage systems [source]

Napoleon’s wife had an intelligent Pug

Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Josephine, had a loyal and protective Pug named Fortune. When Josephine was imprisoned during the Reign of Terror – before she and Napoleon got married – Fortune carried messages from the prison to Josephine’s first husband. However, Fortune became most famous for biting Napoleon on their wedding night after Josephine refused to remove the dog from the bed. [source]

A symbol for the Freemasons…

After the Catholic Church banned Catholics from becoming Freemasons, a group of Catholics formed a secret Masonic society called the “Order of the Pug” in 1740. They chose the Pug as their symbol because Pugs are loyal and reliable. To be initiated into the order, one had to wear a dog collar (of course!). [source]

Females have a longer lifespan than males…

The average lifespan of a Pug is around 12 to 15 years, but many Pugs die prematurely due to improper care. Additionally, the average male Pug lives for about 12.8 years, while female Pugs have an average lifespan of 13.2 years. [source]

Heart and eye diseases are the most common health issues…

Some of the most common health problems in Pugs are heart problems or inflammation in the brain, as well as eye problems. Unfortunately, most of these conditions are also hereditary. [source]

They love to sleep…

Although they can be quite active, Pugs enjoy their sleep (who doesn’t?). Generally, Pugs sleep for 12 to 14 hours per day. So if you’re looking for a dog breed that doesn’t require too long walks and happily keeps you company in bed, the Pug is probably the perfect breed for you! [source]

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