Pug Info & Pug Breeders

Pugs were developed as a companion dog for royalty and high ranking court officials.  It's likely that they originated from the same stock that produced the Pekingese and other small oriental breeds.   Pugs were brought from China to Europe in the 16th century and became popular in Western Europe through the House of Orange of the Netherlands, and the House of Stuart In the UK during the 19th century.   Queen Victoria developed a passion for Pugs which she passed on to other members of the Royal family.


Pugs are loyal, loving and affectionate with their families. They are playful and lively and sure to keep you laughing. Pugs are known for being very sociable and are gentle companion dogs.  Pugs get along well with other dogs and pets, and they behave impeccably with both children and visitors.  With few exceptions pugs are play well with and enjoy children and are sturdy enough to cope with them. 


Pugs are often described as multum in parvo, or "much in little", due to their small size but big personality. They are rarely aggressive but strong willed.  Pugs can be quite and docile or vivacious depending on what sort of mood their owner is in.  They are very sensitive to the tone of the owners voice and are a very intelligent and trainable dog.  They do require regular and consistent training.  Healthy pugs can compete in sports such as Agility,  Flyball and Obedience.


Pugs are in the toy class of dogs and have a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. They have a fine, glossy coat - in silver, apricot, faun, or black.  They have two very distinct ear shapes -  "rose" and "button". "Rose" ears are smaller than "button" ears, and are folded with the front edge against the side of the head. The preference for breeding is the "button" style.   Pugs' legs are strong, straight, of moderate length, and are set well under.  Their ankles are strong, their feet are small, their toes are well split-up, and their nails are black.   


The muzzle is relatively short, blunt, not upfaced.  The nose is fairly large with well open nostrils.  Eyes or nose should never be adversely affected by over nose wrinkle.  Pinched nostrils and heavy over nose wrinkle is unacceptable. The mouth is slightly undershot and the wide lower jaw with incisors almost in a straight line.  Wry mouth, teeth or tongue showing - are all highly undesirable.    The average lifespan is 10-15 years.


Pugs are very special and require extra attention and care.

Nose roll - must be kept clean and dry with a twice weekly wipe and dried with a tissue.

Eyes -  Pugs eyes are large and prominent and prone to injury.  Particularly, care must be taken around rose bushes, grasses and branches on walks, sand, dust, cats etc.  Any injury, inflammation, squinting, winking or closed eyes must be checked by the vet.


Hot Weather AlertPugs may be prone to breathing difficulties - particularly in hot weather.  They are often unable to efficiently regulate their temperature through evaporation from the tongue by panting so awareness of this is important and due care taken.  Pugs must not be left outside in extreme heat.  Indoors with airconditioning is a must.  It is a sad fact that Pugs do not cope with sustained heat.   


Thanks to Anita Wright and The Pug Club of SA Inc. for contributing to this information.


Check our listings for Puppies for sale here and click on the links to our breeders below to go to their profile page.  You can also click here to search for Registered Pug Breeders by location.  

Health testing for Pugs

Responsible breeders will health test their pugs before any breeding takes place. 

Some of the tests include:
DM - Degenenerative Myelopathy
PK - pyruvate Kinase
May-Hegglin Anomaly (pug type)
PDE - pug dog encephalitis


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Registered Pug Breeders

Ambaron Pugs - Pug Breeder - Gold Coast, QLD
My pugs are my friends first, then show dogs. All my show dogs/puppies are ... read more
Benassy - Pug Breeder - Glenburn, Victoria
Benassy Pugs - Located in Glenburn Victoria. Breeding family pugs with great ... read more
Bullfranco French Bulldog and Pug Breeder - Sunshine Coast, QLD
We are a small breeder of French Bulldogs and Pugs. We love our dogs and they ... read more
Burjoise - Pugs & Australian Cattle Dog Breeder - Mount Perry, QLD
At Pugingham Palace we pride ourselves in breeding pugs with personality. We ... read more
Ellengon Pugs - Pug Breeder - TAS
We are a small ethical breeder, working with the best genetics aiming for ... read more
Everlaine Pug Dogs - Pug Breeder - Yarram, Victoria
Breeder Of In Group & In Show Quality Pug Dogs.
I have no puppies at the ... read more
Haoxian Pugs - Registered Pug Breeder - Perth, WA
Our pugs are members of the Family. They are inside dogs & our home is ... read more
Kangala Kennels -  Pug, Cavalier  King Charles Spaniel - Sydney, NSW
We have exhibited and bred dogs since 1974, with many lovely dogs have lived ... read more
Macardo Pugs & Shih Tzu - Registered Breeder - Gold Coast, QLD
Macardo Pugs & Shih Tzu's is only small so therefore, we only breed a ... read more
Obsidion Pugs - Registered Pug Breeder - Adelaide, SA
I am a long standing registered breeder/ exhibitor of pugs for the last 30 ... read more
Rapturous Pugs - Pug Breeder - Cairns, Qld
Pug breeders, Show handlers, and Pug and dog lovers. We enjoy showing our pugs ... read more
Saxten Pugs - Pug Breeder, Tasmania
As breeders, we strive to improve every time we breed, every mating is ... read more
Tantra's Pugs and Bulldogs - Pug and British Bulldog Breeder - QLD
We are a small selective kennel breeding for sound, true to standard Pugs with ... read more
Registered breeder with DogsWest since 2010. All breeding dogs are DNA tested ... read more
Toorork Kennels - Pug breeder - Perth, WA.
Toorork Kennels. Pug breeder. Pugs since 1999. Show dogs + Performance pugs. ... read more