THE PUG

Illustrated Standard
(AUSTRALIAN BREED STANDARD EXTENSION)

  GENERAL APPEARANCE     CHARACTERISTICS   TEMPERAMENT     HEAD AND SKULL     EYES     EARS     MOUTH  
  NECK     FOREQUARTERS     BODY     HINDQUARTERS     FEET     TAIL     GAIT/MOVEMENT  
  COAT     COLOUR     HISTORY     ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS  



Neck



Slightly arched to resemble a crest, strong, thick with enough length to carry head proudly.

The neck should increase in breadth as it blends smoothly into the well placed shoulders. The skin on the neck should fit loosely but still be smooth and not hanging in folds except for under the chin.   The correct length of neck adds to the overall balance of the dog.




Forequarters



Legs very strong, straight, of moderate length, and well under body. Shoulders well sloped.

Seen from the front the legs must come straight down from the shoulders and the bone in keeping with the size of the dog. Slight muscling is evident on the outside of the leg but the inside of the leg must be straight and not bowed. Seen from the side the pug has the normal 90 degrees slope to the shoulderblade meeting the upper arm at a right angle which places the back of the elbow under the withers. A slight forechest is evident and the depth of chest reaches just below the elbow but not slung between the legs. The elbows should fit closely to the body and not turn in or out when standing or moving.




Body

Short and cobby, wide in chest. Ribs well sprung and carried well back. Topline level neither roached nor dipping.


Adult Male

Adult Female

Adult Male

Adult Female

Adult Male

Adult Female

Adult Male

Adult Female

Young Male

Adult Male


The body should give the impression of thickset squareness with a short back.

The body is covered with a thick skin tending to be loose therefore you will find folds of skin over the shoulders but this should NOT be overdone over the back.   Moderate loose skin over the back is a personal preference but the dog should not be fat and you should feel firm musclulation under the coat.

The underline has a very slight tapering to the rear but no obvious tuck-up. Seen from above the hips should be as wide as the shoulders.


Young Puppy





Hindquarters



Legs very strong, of moderate length, with good turn of stifle, well under body, straight and parallel when viewed from rear.

The angulation of the hind legs should match with the front and have well rounded and strong musculature in both the legs and the buttocks. When standing naturally the hind feet should be no further back than the rear hip protuburance




Feet



Neither so long as the foot of the hare, nor so round as that of the cat; well-split-up toes; the nails black.


The feet are an oval shape with thick pads.   The rear feet are slightly smaller than the front feet but otherwise they are the same.




Tail

High set, curled tightly over hip. Double curl highly desirable.

A high set tightly curled tail is a characteristic feature of the Pug. A double twist is perfection but the tail may have a single twist or one and a half twist. The standard asks for it to be carried over the hip but also is generally accepted that it can be carried on top of the back.






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Illustrated Standard prepared by Judy Horton - (All Breeds judge) for the VicJudge's website Australia
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