1. Pugs are an ancient breed
Most believe that the breed originated in China and existed before 400 BCE and were called “lo-sze.” Buddhist monks kept the dogs as pets in Tibetan monasteries.
2. Pugs were brought to Europe in 16th century
Pugs made their way to the Western world in the 16th century, when they were imported from China primarily by Portuguese and Dutch traders.
3. They are the official dog of the House of Orange
After a heroic Pug called Pompey saved the life of a prince, the breed became the dog of choice by the House of Orange-Nassau dynasty.
4. Pugs are brachycephalic
– wich means that the head is broad but short which results in the smushed face apperance that Pugs are well known for.
5. Pugs were once used by the military
It’s tough to imagine these little guys in battle, but they were actually pretty good at tracking things. During the 17th century it wasn’t uncommon for them to be on guard duty or used as tracking dogs to find people and/or other animals.
6. Only one pug has won best in show at Westminster
In 138 years of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Shows, a Pug has won the coveted Best in Show title only once. In 1981, 3-year-old Ch. Dhandy’s Favorite Woodchuck, aka Chucky, beat out 2,910 other dogs to take the top prize in the contest.
7. A Pack of Pugs is called a Grumble
If you ever see a group of Pugs running together, you better move out the way because no one stands a chance against the Grumble Bundle.
8. The breed probably gets its name from a monkey
Marmosets were kept as pets in the early 18th century and were called pugs. The name made the jump to the dog because the two animals shared similar facial features.
9. The perfect pug tail has two curls
Pugs are known for their curly tails that curve up towards their bodies. According to the AKC, “the double curl is perfection.”
10. Josephine Bonaparte’s pug didn’t mess around
Napoleon’s wife Josephine had a pet pug named Fortuné that she loved so much that she refused to let the dog sleep anywhere but in her bed. It’s rumored that when Napoleon entered the bed with his new wife for the first time, her pug bit him on the leg.
11. Pugs have starred in several movies
Well I guess this really does make them celebrities then. These little guys made into films such as “The Adventures of Milo and Otis”, “Men in Black”, “Pocahontas”, “Hotel for Dogs”, and many others.
12. The AKC Officially recognized the breed in 1895
Although these guys have been popular for centuries around the world, the American Kennel Club didn’t officially recognize them until 1895. But then again, the club didn’t exist until 1984 so it’s not too surprising that it took that long.