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Dog Breeds: Pug—The Charmer

Kept as pets by Tibetan Monks in ancient Asia, the Pug eventually traveled to Europe, becoming household favorites of royalty, including William I of Holland, Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte of France and Queen Victoria of England. This irresistible pooch was introduced to the U.S. after the Civil War, charming people with their big black eyes, wrinkly muzzles and stocky, loveable shapes.

Perfect house dog

The Pug's peppy and happy-go-lucky nature makes them suitable for kids, grandparents and other pets. They are comfortable in small apartments because they don't require as much exercise as other breeds and can adapt easily to all situations. They are a little mischievous and they do love to show off!

Their official motto, "a lot in a little," makes the Pug a family favorite. Their sturdy, compact body and short coat requires minimal grooming; yet, due to their short snouts, they tend to wheeze and snore. They are also prone to allergies and do best in moderate climates—not too hot, not too cold.

Care and consideration

These doggies love to eat! So monitoring their diet, especially as they age, is crucial. No matter how much you love to pamper them, go easy on the treats. Their optimal weight is between 14 and 18 pounds.

Huggable in every sense and completely irresistible, human companionship is what makes this pooch tick. Affectionate with its family, the precious little Pug lives to love and to be loved in return.

Some fitting names for a Pug: Mugsy, Smoosh, Melon and Wheezie.