The pug is a small breed of dog (often known as a “toy” dog) characterised by its wrinkly face, short muzzle and curly tail. Pugs have small stocky square bodies with tightly knitted muscles with a broad, round head. They have large round eyes that have been compared to a monkey's due to their deep, expressive nature. Pugs have one of two types of ears; “button” ears, the standard size of pug ears with a folded front edge against the side of their head and the “rose” ears, which are slightly smaller. They come in a range of colours including black, fawn, silver and apricot.
The pug is known for its huge personality despite its small size. Bred as lap dogs during the Shang Dynasty at around 400 BC in Eastern China, they are tough little dogs. Even though they originated in China, the Netherlands, UK and US have also contributed towards their breed development. Before they arrived in England, the Pug was Dutch and they often arrived in England with orange ribbons around their necks to signify the official dog of the House of Orange, due to the fact that in 1572 a pug called Pompey saved the life of the Prince of Orange by alerting him to the fact that assassins were approaching.