Pug Colors

Pugs are thought to have been originated in the country of China to adorn royalty. In the 16th and 17th centuries were brought to Europe through the Neatherlands to England, and then spread to Italy, Spain, France, and throughout other European countries. Many famous royalty of many countries in Europe were owners of the Pug breed. The Pug arrived in the United State in the 19th century. The AKC recognized the breed in 1885.

The Pug Dog Club of America was founded in 1931 and the AKC recognized the club that same year.

It is widely disputed as to the origins of the non standard colors as the PDCA does not recognize the non standard colors in the show ring. These Pugs however, ARE AKC registerable. It is beleived that these non standard colors could be a result of a gene that has always existed. There is evidence of artwork and photographs of Pugs considered to be White, Brindle and Silver.

Another theory is that in developing the Pug breed, other breeds were mixed in to develop certain characteristics of the Pug standard. It is believed that in this process, non standard colors were also mixed into the gene pool.

Wherever you stand on the debate, there is no doubt that these non standard colors are 100% Pugs! And contrary to what some breeders state on their website, these dogs ARE registered with the AKC, but are not permitted to be shown in the show ring.

 

 

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Brindle is a color variation in the Pug breed. It comes in many shades, with the Fawn and Black intermixed. You can have a Silver Brindle, an Apricot Brindle or other variations of the Fawn coloration mixed with Black. There are also colorations called reverse Brindle, which is darker in appearance. They should all still have a black mask. Some recent breeding have produced the Brindle coloration along with white markings, which is evidence of the White gene.

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Variations include Apricot, Stone Fawn, Silver Fawn and Smutty Fawn

 

The Fawn color is the most common of all the pug colors and the most well known. It is the color that most people think of when they are looking for a Pug. Many people today think of the Pug in the movie "Men In Black" as an example.

The Fawn Pug can be bred to the Black, Brindle, Silver, White and back to another Fawn. Color of puppies would be determined by DNA of both parents. Example: A Fawn to Fawn breeding would most likely produce mostly Fawn puppies. A Fawn to Brindle breeding could produce both colors.

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This is the Apricot variation of the Fawn Pug

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This is the Smutty or Stone variation of the Fawn Pug

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Queen Victoria with Pugs. She owned many Pugs.

 

 

 

 

The Black Pug is the second most common Pug.

While the color is recognized by the AKC, and permitted in the show ring, it was not always so. The Black Pug at one time was killed in newborn litters, as it was considered a non desired color. As we well know, like the non standard colors, the Black colored Pug is 100% Pug dog.

The Black color can be bred with the Fawn, Brindle, Silver, White and back to Black. Puppy color depends on parents DNA.

 

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The White color is another color variation in the Pug breed. It is not albino. There is pigment in the mask and a trace down the back. It is one of the more rare colors and is briliant in person. Many White Pugs have issues with tear staining but can be corrected easily. There is no change in personality, they are just as much Pug as all of the other colors.

 

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The Silver color is a unique variation. When newborn, many breeders believe they have a Black puppy when in fact, it is Silver. Do not confuse the Silver coloration with a Silver Fawn. The Silver color looks gray with darker variations in shade.

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Credit to "Celtic Pugs", "Gamble Pugs","Pugs of Pedroia" and "Hollands Happy Pugs" for Pug Biography Photos.

 

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