Size: The Pug has a shoulder height of 35 cm (14 in) and weighs about 7 kg (15 lbs). It has a large, spherical head with big eyes, small ‘rose’ (folded toward the muzzle) or ‘button’ (folded at ninety degrees) ears, slight underbite, deeply wrinkled forehead, and a distinctly short, square muzzle. Pugs have a compact, muscular body with arched neck, deep chest, and tail curled tightly over the back.
Coat: The Pug has a glossy short haired coat which can be apricot, black, fawn, or silver. All have a black mask. Pugs are an average shedder, but shed year round. Fawn Pugs have a double coat and are especially notorious shedders. Special shampoos or regular grooming can be used to control shedding.
Character: Pugs are easygoing, straightforward, sociable, intelligent and calm. The Latin phrase ‘multum in parvo’ (much in little) is often used to describe the Pug’s huge personality contained in a small body.
Temperament: The Pug gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. It has a high socialization requirement and may get jealous if ignored by its owner. Pugs are lovable lap dogs who like to stick close to their owner’s side. Most Pugs wheeze or snore.
Activity: Pugs love to romp and play outdoors, provided the weather is good. Always make sure they have a cool place to spend the day if it is hot outside. The Pug is well suited to apartment life.