Miniature Pugs are a breed of dog popularly known as “miniature” because they measure only 3 feet tall (1 meter) and weigh just under 4 pounds (2 kilograms). They have small heads with large eyes, long noses, short ears, and pointed teeth. Their bodies are covered with short fur, but their legs are longer than those of other breeds.
The name “pug” comes from the Latin word meaning little pig. The breed originated in China, where it was bred to work in the fields. Because of its small size, these dogs were used primarily for pulling plows and other farm equipment.
They became popular in Europe during the 18th century. There were several attempts at breeding them into larger sizes; however, none of these produced any outstanding results until Charles Darwin’s description of the Miniature Poodle in 1871. Since then, the breed has become increasingly popular.
Although many people consider the Miniature Poodle to be a smaller version of the Pug, there are some differences between them. The Miniature Poodle is usually much slimmer than its larger cousin. Also, while most pugs have dark coats, most Miniature Poodles do not.
These dogs are excellent watchdogs. They are wary of strangers and tend to bark at them. Owners will need to train them not to do this excessively, however, as they have loud, powerful barks.
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