THE PUGIllustrated 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
Viewed from in front should rise and fall with legs well under shoulder, feet keeping directly to front, not turning in nor out. From behind action just as true. Using forelegs strongly putting them well forward with hindlegs moving freely and using stifles well. A slight unexaggerated roll of hindquarters typifies gait.
If the dog is built correctly he will move out well and drive from behind in a smooth ground covering collected trot. A slight convergence of the front and rear feet is normal at the trot.
The coat can be single or double. A Pug coat is smooth, but on some Pugs guard hairs may be present throughout the coat, but the coat should never be hard or woolly!
Colour:Silver, apricot, fawn or black. Each clearly defined, to make contrast complete between colour, trace (black line extending from occiput to tail) and mask. Markings clearly defined. Muzzle or mask, ears, moles on cheeks, thumb mark or diamond on forehead and trace as black as possible.
The Pug is either fawn or black ... (Silver is a cool fawn (blue light) and apricot is a warm fawn (warm light) or any colour in-between, but don't get bogged down on colour! )
Markings in the above standard refers only to the fawn coloured Pugs. ( black Pugs are black all over - small white marking on the chest is acceptable but not desired) The markings on fawn dogs must be clearly defined and as dark as possible.
The trace, although a characteristic like the moles and mask, is not always present. It is highly prized and should be a fine shading of dark hair from occiput to tail along the spine.
SizesIdeal weight: 6.3-8.1 kg (14-18 lbs).
The standard only mentions weight but this must be in proportion to it height and size keeping in mind that the Pug is a Toy breed. Weight may vary considerably depending on the bone density, and body structure but keep in mind that it is a lot of dog in a little space.
FaultsAny departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Notes: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.