A certain amount of speculation has taken place regarding the origin
of this breed, which would seem to have come from the Orient. His home
country is listed as China, where snub-nosed dogs have always been in
favour. He found his way to Europe with traders of the Dutch East India
Company, and as far back as the 1500s was being admired in the Netherlands.
In fact, the Pug became the symbol for the royal patriots just as did
the Keeshond for the patriot commoners.
The Pug arrived in England when William III came to the throne. Until
1877, the breed was seen here only in fawn, but in that year a black
pair was introduced from the Orient and the Kennel Club now allows four
colourings. Once very popular with royalty and the aristocracy, he now
has a following in all walks of life.
A dignified dog, very intelligent, good-natured and sociable, he is
robust and self-reliant, with great character and personality. An adaptable
companion for both young and old, and one who integrates himself very
closely with family life. He can talk with his eyes, has his mischievous
moments, and usually lives to a ripe old age.
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