Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Pugs

Pugs were the official dog of the House of Orange in the Netherlands in the 16th century.  

Royal History 

The word "pug" may have come from the marmoset monkey, which had a similar squashed face.

Name Meaning

Pugs descended from short-muzzled wild dogs that lived in Asia over 2,000 years ago.

Wild Past

The distinctive wrinkles on a pug's face help channel scent molecules to their nose.

Wrinkly Skin  

Pugs shed year-round and seasonally with two heavy shedding periods annually.


Brachycephalic pugs can suffer breathing issues, especially in heat and humidity.

Breathing Issues

Pugs' short legs and flat faces make them slow, inefficient runners.

Slow Runners

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