The breed made it's way to Europe by sailors on cargo ships.
Holland is believed to be the first European country that rose the Pug to popularity.
The life of William The Silent, Duke Of Orange, was saved by his Pug, Pompey.
When William traveled from Holland to Great Britain in the 1600s to assume the throne, his entourage consisted of a group of Pugs with orange ribbons tied around their necks! This royal endorsement did much to increase the Pugs' popularity in England.
Queen Victoria favored a black Pug.
The overall feeling of black pugs during this era was negative.
They didn't become popular until the late 1800s.
Pug Characteristics and Benefits include: 1) Black mask with 'moles' 2) Black velvety button ears 3) Curly tail 4) Strong, sturdy, compact body 5) Large round eyes 6) Outstanding personality 7) Extremely intelligent 8) Great with kids or the elderly 9) Protective and alert 10) Run like a rabbit or curl up in your lap Pugs also have a non-drooling bulldog-like face and short, soft, easy to groom hair.
Pug breed colors are Apricot Fawn, Silver, Black and a rare Albino.
I became intrigued with Pugs after I saw the movies, 'Milo and Otis' and 'Men In Black'.
I researched Pugs, and nothing I read prepared me for the reality of owning one! They are incredibly loyal and tilt their heads when you talk to them.
I am completely amazed and can't believe they are dogs! In summary, the Pug is the perfect addition to any home.
Before you decide to get your own, make sure you are a true lover of dogs! Pugs thrive on your love and companionship, and they give it back 10 fold! I have 3 Pugs.
I can't imagine life without my little companions!