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Pugs - Those Sweet Little Puppies who Actually are Dogs

Pugs - Those Sweet Little Puppies who Actually are Dogs
By: Cien Aime

Pug is the tiny dog that's almost like a toy. It got noticed in the 19th century. It is 11inches tall and has a weight of about 18 lbs. Its ears and mask are black in color whereas the color of the coat is apricot fawn or silver. The fur of pug is shiny, smooth and short. China is the origin of pugs. The East India Company introduced these pugs to Holland and England. Because of their compact toy like appearance they became favorite pet of the royal families. In the contemporary times pugs are used as watchdogs apart from being the popular pets.

Pugs are known to be stubborn but they behave well in society. Pugs have flat wrinkled faces, their tails are curled and their body is compressed. Although small in stature but these dogs are robust. They are easily taken care of and they are groomed easily. This makes them hot favorite with the people who are extremely crazy for pets but have no time to look after them. The only drawback with these pugs is that they shed much more than their counterparts. If raised properly they are compatible with children and other house pets. Pugs are intelligent like other dogs and pick up things fast. However, because of their stubborn nature they are not very obedient.

The pugs look attractive because of their wrinkled face which appears expressive as well. Although easy to handle, these pugs develop different health problems, because of which they are not as popular as other breeds of dogs. Since these pugs have too short snouts, they tend to scratch their corneas and as a result they face some breathing problems. The most common of all the problems is the skin problem.

The crevices present between the wrinkles on their faces are required to be kept clean all the time in order to keep them away from major skin problems. Their flat faces give rise to tooth and mouth diseases. Pugs tend to put on weight very easily and can become highly obese sometimes. The pugs are so prone to brain disease that the disease has been named after their breed, Pug Dog Encephalitis. In this there is the swelling of the brain. The cause and cure of this disease is still not known.

Some of the pugs have acted in famous movies too. Frank, a pug, has acted in the movies "Men in Black" and its sequel. The "Adventures of Milo and Otis" had pug as one of its lead stars.

About The Author

Cien Aime is the proprietor and delegate of A Pugs Life, your premier online source for all of you Pugs' needs. Find all of your Pugs' needs at: http://www.apugslife.com.

This article was posted on December 08, 2005
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