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History of the Pug

The Pug originates from ancient China , where royalty since about 700BC bred them. Pugs were bred as companions and were pampered. They were also given to members of the court as gifts.

With the trade routes from Eastern Asia to Holland , some sailors smuggled the dogs back to the Netherlands , Great Britain and Portugal , where they quickly became popular due to their size and natural companionship. Once again, they attached themselves to nobility Pugs are great opportunists!

One legend tells how, when William the Silent invaded England , he took his Pug with him. Assassins sneaked up on him as he lay sleeping, but his Pug heard them and started barking, thereby saving his master's life.

Some famous people who owned Pugs:

  • William the Silent (1533-1584)
  • King William III (1650-1702) and Queen Mary II Stuart (1662-1694), sovereigns of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Voltaire (1694-1778), French writer and philosopher
  • William Hogarth (1697-1764), English painter and writer
  • Marquise of Pompadour (1721-1764), favourite of Louis XV, King of France
  • Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793), wife of Louis XVI, King of France
  • Josephine de Beauharnais (1763-1814), first wife of Napoleon
  • Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
  • Duke of Windsor (1894-1972), King of England

The Pug of Purest Gold

A Pug's your pal for always,
Through cloudy days or fine,
He'll lie stretched out besides you,
And curly tail untwine.

Perhaps your world's gone haywire,
And things seem far from fair,
To him it matters little,
So long as you are there.

This chubby bundle's waiting,
In failure or success,
And from his warmth of welcome,
Great wealth you can possess.

He's one of life's great treasures,
Whose value untold,
For every Pug is minted,
From fine and purest gold.

(Found on the Internet)
(Author unknown)


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