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Our collection of Pug images features many champions and best of breed. Whether you are a specialist looking for stock images of breed examples, a designer looking for a striking picture, or you're simply a Pug fan, we're confident we'll have the image you're looking for.

Our images are from top dog photographers from all over the world.

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Pug overview

The Pug is an ancient breed originated in China with strong connections to the Buddhist religion. They were originally a companion dog to nobility and royalty.
Pugnacious as its name suggests, also independent and stubborn yet it is rarely aggressive and is very affectionate with its human family. The short coat needs only occasional grooming. 

Other known names for Pug

Chinese pug, Dutch bulldog, Dutch mastiff, Mini mastiff

Pug foreign names

Lo-sze (China), Mopshond (Dutch), Carlin (French), Mops Hund (German), Carlino (Italy), Doguillo (Spanish)



Breed Group

Toy Group

Biological data

Male: 6.3-8.1 kg.
14-18 lbs.
Female: 6.3-8.1 kg.
14-18 lbs.
Male: 12-14 inches
30-36 cm.
Female: 12-14 inches
30-36 cm.
Colours, markings and patterns
Silver, apricot, fawn or black, each clearly defined to make a complete contrast between colour, trace (black line extending from occiput to twist) and mask.
Markings clearly defined.
Muzzle or mask, ears, moles on cheeks, thumbmark or diamond on forehead and trace as black as possible.
NB. The twist is the term used for the tail.

Pug links we are happy to endorse

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Pug – Breed standard

The below links are external

Pug references and further reading

Pug Dog Club of America
Curly Tail Pug Rescue
Pug World 
Pug Dog Club
Pug Welfare and Rescue
Snuggle Pug

Please get in touch

If you are an animal photographer, an expert on Afghan Hound dogs or a breeder, we would love to hear from you. We strive to have all the latest, most helpful and accurate information on our website, but nobody is perfect, so we do ask for your feedback if we can improve our website.

Please get in touch 
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Pug colours

Below are some examples of the various colours of Pugs, colour names sometimes differ from country to country, 
Colours can vary according to lighting, whether it was taken indoors or outdoors and even the quality of the dog. 
So sadly not an exact science.

Black Pugs

AP-1NGBE7 - Black Pug in autumn leaves
Photo © Animal Photography, Sam Clark

Fawn Pugs

AP-16LE6C - Fawn Pug
Photo © Animal Photography, Tara Gregg


Pug picture ideas

Featured image

AP-1YBNYQ - two Pugs lying down on blanket
© Animal Photography, Robin Burkett

Pugs indoors

AP-5EKUB9 - cute Pug puppy, back view
© Animal Photography, Tetsu Yamazaki