About The Breed

The Kennel Club Breed Standard


The breed standard is the 'blue print' for each breed of pedigree dog, describing in detail the desired physical and temperament characteristics.

General Appearance
Decidedly square and cobby, well knit proportions and hardness of muscle, but never to appear low on legs, nor lean and leggy.

Temperament
Even-tempered, happy and lively disposition. Always full of energy and fun to live with.

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 with well open nostrils. Wrinkles on forehead clearly defined without exaggeration. Eyes or nose never adversely affected or obscured by over nose wrinkle.

Eyes
Dark, relatively large, round in shape, soft and solicitous in expression, very lustrous, and when excited, full of fire.

Ears
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.

Mouth
Slightly undershot. Wide lower jaw with incisors almost in a straight line.

Neck
Slightly arched to resemble a crest, strong, thick with enough length to carry head proudly.

Coat
Fine, smooth, soft, short and glossy.

Colour
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.


Size
Ideal weight 6.3-8.1 kgs (14-18 lbs).

If you are purchasing a pug puppy for the first time please remember an overweight puppy leads to an overweight and unhealthy adult.


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