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Why does my Pug Snore?

The history of the Pugs origin as a breed began in ancient China. They didn’t resemble the way they look today. Writings from 600 B.C. described dogs as “short mouthed” and came before the modern breed of today’s Pug. In around 950 A.D. Emperor Kang Hsi requested a Chinese characters dictionary referencing two descriptions for the Pug as “a dog with a short head” and “dogs with short legs.” The Japanese Spaniel, the Pekingese and the Pug were the three main founders of today’s breeds dating back to the 1300s.

Several European countries such as England, Holland, Spain and Portugal began trading with China in the late 1500s and early 1600’s. The rise of the Pug in popularity in Europe began with small dogs given as gifts when traders returned from the Orient. The three types of dogs the Chinese favored were interbred and as a result the litter of puppies produced long haired Pugs with white spots on the head.

The Pug breed had a major impact that began in 1860 when England received 2 pups from pure Chinese lines. The Pug named Click was born from Lamb and Moss. Click through his bloodline after being bred many times, helped to mix the Willoughby and Morrison lines each having breeding traits that were dependable molding the Pug of today and making them a better breed.

A servant named Wang Hou Chun who wrote the book Dogs in China and Japan in the early 1900s, worked and bred dogs in the Emperors Imperial Palace for 75 years. Using the term Lo-Sze to describe the differences between the Pekinese and Pug. The Pugs coat was always short and very supple, elastic skin. The wrinkles in the Pugs forehead were easily noticeable because of the short coat. Creating this man-made breed to look as they do is what the Pug is known for. The Pugs features are close to a Pekinese because of their history. The Chinese looking for wrinkles in specific patterns that were similar to Chinese letter characters was a priority for the Chinese.  The three wrinkles that together stood for the work “Prince” was the favorite.

Pugs weigh between 14 to 18 pounds but are still recognized as a Toy Breed in the United States. They must be in proportion to their bone structure and height making them very sturdy even though they are described by their weight.

Pugs snore loud and they also can sound raspy but this is normal for their breed. They also breathe loud when they are hot even when they are in air conditioning also normal. Keeping a fan so the air can circulate near them will help to make them breathe easier.

Pugs have elongated palates because of their short snout. Reverse sneezing happens when they get excited and makes it seem like they are in pain as they snort and gasp. This is called pharyngeal gag reflex, causing debris or fluid being caught under the palate making your Pugs breathing limited and irritating his throat. This situation looks very intimidating, but it is known that this will not cause your Pug any harm. To shorten a reverse sneezing episode, cover your Pugs nose so he starts to breathe through his mouth, as well as massage his throat bringing him relief and helping him to calm down until he gets back to normal breathing.

Owning a Pug will bring many happy years of joy, love and happiness to your life. They are very calm, dignified, act like a clown, very playful, good humored and best of all have so much love to give. The Pug is like a child and loves to always be with you. Their large expressive eyes, and their wrinkled forehead with the way they turn their head side to side will melt your heart.

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