The History and Origin of the Pug Dog

The history and origin of the pug dog is shrouded in mystery as some believe the pug was bred at a certain time, such as the Shang dynasty in China, as others believe that it cannot be known exactly when the pug came into existence. Others believe that this dog came into existence and was bred by the Tibetan monks. What is known, however, is the path the pug took to get from China to Europe and to eventually the United States. It is a path that is filled with famous historical figures and the saving of their lives and concealment of their messages. The history of this dog is an interesting one and here is where you can read about it.

The History and Origin of the Pug Dog in English Endeavors

The pug dog became the main breed for the House of Orange when one saved the life of William, the Prince of Orange, by warning him of the approaching Spanish soldiers in 1572. Later, after William II was crowned the King of England, he was accompanied by many pugs and this breed of dog became the most popular dog to own for many generations in Europe. Also, in the mid 1800’s, the pug was brought back to England by their soldiers and were then used as showcase dogs. In 1885, the American Kennel Club recognized this breed of dog as well.

The history and origin of the pug dog in France began when Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Josephine, had her pug carry hidden messages to her husband while she was imprisoned at Les Carmes. It is now evident that throughout history the pug has been a loyal companion of people, including some that were famous. At one point, this dog was a sign of royalty, which of course made no difference to the dog. It will always be loyal to its master, and the main purpose of any pug dog is to please its owner and show him/her its undying affection. This unique companionship the pug feels for its owners can be traced back to how the royal courts kept pugs close to their sides at all times. The dog evolved into a “clingy” type of dog that wants nothing more in life than to please the people around it.

The pug has been described as (and some believe the name of the dog comes from this) “multum in parvo” which means “a lot in a small space.” There have been many times in history when the pug dog has been asked to perform feats beyond what was thought to be enough for its small frame. That did not appear to matter to the dog, for it rose to the occasion and ended up on the laps of some of the most famous people in European, Chinese, and Japanese history. The strong love that this dog shows for everyone around it is also a possible reason for the explanation of its name.

Either way one wants to look at it, it is clear that the origin and history of the pug has been that of a loyal and peaceful companion. This is due to the dog’s temperament; the pug is a very calm dog and while health concerns may steer some prospective owners away, the pug’s temperament and companionship that it provides will always be a reason that new owners pick the pug over many other potential breeds.

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