Symmetry and general appearance are decidedly square
and cobby. A lean, leggy Pug and a dog with short
legs and a long body are equally objectionable.
Size, Proportion, Substance
The Pug should be multum in parvo , and this
condensation (if the word may be used) is shown by
compactness of form, well knit proportions, and
hardness of developed muscle. Weight from 14 to 18
pounds (dog or bitch) desirable. Proportion square.
The head is large, massive, round-not apple-headed,
with no indentation of the skull . The eyes are dark
in color, very large, bold and prominent, globular
in shape, soft and solicitous in expression, very
lustrous, and, when excited, full of fire. The ears
are thin, small, soft, like black velvet. There are
two kinds-the "rose" and the "button." Preference is
given to the latter. The wrinkles are large and
deep. The muzzle is short, blunt, square, but not
upfaced. Bite -A Pug's bite should be very slightly
Neck, Topline, Body
The neck is slightly arched. It is strong, thick,
and with enough length to carry the head proudly.
The short back is level from the withers to the high
tail set. The body is short and cobby, wide in chest
and well ribbed up. The tail is curled as tightly as
possible over the hip. The double curl is
The legs are very strong, straight, of moderate
length, and are set well under. The elbows should be
directly under the withers when viewed from the
side. The shoulders are moderately laid back. The
pasterns are strong, neither steep nor down. The
feet are neither so long as the foot of the hare,
nor so round as that of the cat; well split-up toes,
and the nails black. Dewclaws are generally removed.
The strong, powerful hindquarters have moderate bend
of stifle and short hocks perpendicular to the
ground. The legs are parallel when viewed from
behind. The hindquarters are in balance with the
forequarters. The thighs and buttocks are full and
muscular. Feet as in front.
The coat is fine, smooth, soft, short and glossy,
neither hard nor woolly.
The colors are silver, apricot-fawn, or black. The
silver or apricot-fawn colors should be decided so
as to make the contrast
complete between the color and the trace and the
The markings are clearly defined. The muzzle or
mask, ears, moles on cheeks, thumb mark or diamond
on forehead, and the back trace should be as black
as possible. The mask should be black. The more
intense and well defined it is, the better. The
trace is a black line extending from the occiput to
Viewed from the front, the forelegs should be
carried well forward, showing no weakness in the
pasterns, the paws landing squarely with the central
toes straight ahead. The rear action should be
strong and free through hocks and stifles, with no
twisting or turning in or out at the joints. The
hind legs should follow in line with the front.
There is a slight natural convergence of the limbs
both fore and aft. A slight roll of the hindquarters
typifies the gait which should be free,
self-assured, and jaunty.
This is an even-tempered breed, exhibiting
stability, playfulness, great charm, dignity, and an
outgoing, loving disposition.