Pugs have become incredibly popular over the last few decades but they have actually been around for many centuries. They feature in a wide range of memes and social media campaigns and are especially popular among younger owners.
Pugs are thought to be an ancient breed owned by Chinese emperors and are thought to have been originally known as the lo-chiang-sze, or the foo dog. It is thought they were brought over to Europe in the 16th Century and were cherished lapdogs of numerous monarchs, including the House of Orange.
The pug is a small sized breed with a barrel shaped body and short legs. Known for their flattened faces (brachycephalic breed), the pug is a sturdy breed whose chest size increases greatly with age.
Due to their original role of lapdog for royals and emperors, Pugs are known to be sensitive and affectionate towards their humans albeit with a slight stubborn side. They are fairly easy going and can make great companion pets. Pugs do not appreciate being left alone for long periods of time and are quite sensitive, especially if they feel they are not the centre of attention!