Pugs Are One of the Oldest Dog Breeds

Posted by Mateja Lane

They're a really old dog breed!

The Pug can be traced back to ancient China since before 400 BC! These little dogs have been popular in various European courts, Buddhist monasteries, Oriental palaces, and now, in households around the world.

Pugs are good little companions and their Chinese heritage can be seen with their familiarities with the Pekinese breed. The name "Pug" may have originated from marmoset monkeys that were called "pugs" and kept as pets in the 1700s. Can you see the resemblance in the facial expressions?

The breed standard colors for Pugs are black and fawn.

This article was originally published March 3, 2017.

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