THE PUG BREED STANDARD
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs, in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure
Decidedly square and cobby, it is 'multum in parvo' shown in compactness of form, well knit proportions and hardness of muscle, but never to appear low on legs, nor lean and leggy.
Great charm, dignity and intelligence.
Even-tempered, happy and lively disposition.
HEAD AND SKULL
Head relatively large and in proportion to body, round, not apple-headed, with no indentation of skull. Muzzle relatively short, blunt, square, not upfaced. Nose black, fairly large withwellopen nostrils.Wrinkles on forehead clearly defined without exaggeration. Eyes or nose never adversely affected or obscured by over nose wrinkle. Pinched nostrils and heavy over nose wrinkle is unacceptable and should be heavily penalised.
Dark, relatively large, round in shape, soft and solicitous in expression, very lustrous, and when excited, full of fire. Never protruding, exaggerated or showing white when looking straight ahead. Free from obvious eye problems.
Thin, small, soft like black velvet. Two kinds - 'Rose ear' - small drop ear which folds over and back to reveal the burr. 'Button ear' - ear flap folding forward, tip lying close to skull to cover opening. Preference given to latter.
Slightly undershot. Wide lower jaw with incisors almost in a straight line. Wry mouths, teeth or tongue showing all highly undesirable and should be heavily penalised.
Slightly arched to resemble a crest, strong, thick with enough length to carry head proudly
Legs very strong, straight, of moderate length, and well under body. Shoulders well sloped
Short and cobby, broad in chest. Ribs well sprung and carried well back. Topline level neither roached nor dipping.
Legs very strong, of moderate length, with good turn of stifle, well under body, straight and parallel when viewed from rear.
Neither so long as the foot of the hare, not so round as that of the cat; well split-up toes; the nails black.
High-set, tightly curled over hip. Double curl highly desirable.
Viewed from in front should rise and fall with legs well under shoulder, feet keeping directly to front, not turning in or out. From behind action just as true. Using forelegs strongly putting them well forward with hindlegs moving freely and using stifles well. A slight, unexaggerated roll of hindquarters typifies gait. Capable of purposeful and steady movement
Fine, smooth, soft, short and glossy, neither harsh, off-standing nor woolly.
Silver, apricot, fawn or black. Each clearly defined, to make contrast complete between colour, trace (black line extending from occiput to tail)and mask. Markings clearly defined. Muzzle or mask, ears, moles on cheeks, thumb mark or diamond on forehead and trace as black as possible.
Ideal weight 6.3 - 8.1 kgs (14 - 18 lbs). Should be hard of muscle but substance must not be confused with overweight.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.NOTE: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Last Updated - October 2009
The Alternative Pug Breed Standard
Great wit, Charm, knowledge and ability to wrap humans around little paw.
Very sweet and loving, as long as they get their own way, which they usually do.
Head and Skull
Full of knowledge. Capable of doing the perfect head tilt whenever needed.
Dark, with loving expression to ask for anything. But also capable to transfer to 'sad look', to ensure enough guilt so as to get what they want.
Soft, velvety and ever open to the sounds of food, car keys and the word 'Vet'. The latter being a signal to run and hide.
Ever willing to be open to enable human to fill with yummy things.
Flexible enough to be able to reach what they shouldn't but not too long as to draw attention.
Strong front to scratch on door, incessantly, when it is closed and they are the wrong side.
Not too fat that they can't run with joie de vivre or too skinny, showing obvious lack of treats.
Vets please note: Pugs come in different shapes, just like humans and not every one weighs 18lbs exactly !!!
Strong, to enable jumping up for food, opening gates and generally getting a spurt on during a pug run.
Four of them are helpful.
Constantly moving to show they are happy.
Forward, backward, spinning in circles. In fact any way to please the humans and get rewarded.
Note: Girls should be able to wiggle that butt.
Clean, groomed and generally well looked after, please humans. Extra one needed in cold weather.( Personally like the ones with the little fur collars)
They don't care. It doesn't matter as long as they are cared for.
Please refer to above BODY notes.
A pug, with faults ? I don't think so !!
Copyright Blossom Carlino
Reproduced with her permission