Pug Info & Pug Breeders

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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

Amaloogra Pugs
Dedicated breeder and exhibitor of quality, healthy Pugs for over 15 years. Committee member of the Pug Club of Victoria.
Well socialised, adored ... read more
Ambaron Pugs - Pug Breeder - Gold Coast, QLD
My pugs are my friends first, then show dogs. All my show dogs/puppies are reared within my home and are inside dogs. I breed for quality, loving ... read more
Benassy - Pug Breeder - Glenburn, Victoria
Benassy Pugs - Located in Glenburn Victoria. Breeding family pugs with great temperament and type. Raised on our family farm with other animals ... 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 are part of our family. Being a boutique breeder we can concentrate on ... read more
Burjoise - Pugs & Australian Cattle Dog Breeder - Mount Perry, QLD
At Pugingham Palace we pride ourselves in breeding pugs with personality. We have achieved success in the show ring at Show and Group level. Our ... read more
Codamber Pugs
I have been breeding and showing Pugs since 2005. I am registered with Dogs Victoria/ANKC; membership number 3100015789.
Source number: RB 107982 ... read more
Ellengon Pugs - Pug Breeder - TAS
We are a small ethical breeder, working with the best genetics aiming for healthy happy family pets and beautiful show dogs. We love our pugs and ... read more
Everlaine Pug Dogs - Pug Breeder - Yarram, Victoria
Breeder Of In Group & In Show Quality Pug Dogs.
I have no puppies at the moment, may have some towards the end of the year,2020 email your full ... read more
Goneroamin Pugs are bred with great care paying particular attention to striving for the healthiest pugs possible. A Member and Breeder with Dogs ... read more
Haoxian Pugs - Registered Pug Breeder - Perth, WA
Our pugs are members of the Family. They are inside dogs & our home is focused on their Health & Welfare needs. Our passion is the Health ... read more
Jaditi Pugs
We sell healthy happy pug puppies at the age of 12weeks. All puppies come fully vaccinated, microchipped and desexed.
If your interested in a puppy ... 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 their lives at our home. Kerry is a licensed ANKC judge - Toy, Hound, ... read more

REGISTERED BREEDER DOGS NSW - I have been breeding quality black and apricot fawn puppies for over 30 years, loved house dwelling pugs, we share ... 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 couple of litters a year. I strive to produce quality puppies of sound, ... read more
Obsidion Pugs - Registered Pug Breeder - Adelaide, SA
I am a long standing registered breeder/ exhibitor of pugs for the last 30 years and all my puppies are lovingly home reared, fully vaccinated, ... read more
Quom Pugs - Ethical Pug breeder
Breeding well socialised, in home, healthy Pugs.

All pups raised in a loving,clean home, with lots of handling, stimulation and dog and cat ... read more
Rapturous Pugs and French Bulldogs - Cairns, Qld
Pug and French Bulldog breeders, Show handlers, and dog lovers. We enjoy showing our pugs and also breed our fawn and black pugs in North ... 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 outstanding personalities. Our main goal is to breed top quality ... read more
Registered breeder with DogsWest since 2010. All breeding dogs are DNA tested with results available to view. read more
Toorork Kennels - Pug breeder - Perth, WA.
Toorork Kennels. Pug breeder. Pugs since 1999. Show dogs + Performance pugs.

We have titled more than 40 show pugs. 'Best in show', Grand ... read more
Zaland Lhasa Apso & Pugs
Belinda and Nina are a successful mother & daughter team and accomplished Owner/Breeder/Exhibitors of Lhasa Apsos for more than 20 years. ... read more