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Breed Standard

Group: Toy

Appearence: Symmetry and general appearance are square and cobby. Compactness of form, well knit proportions, and hardness of developed muscle. Proportions are square. The head is large, massive, round-not apple-headed, with no indentation of the skull. The eyes are dark in color, very large, bold and prominent, globular in shape, soft and solicitous in expression, very lustrous, and, when excited, full of fire. The ears are thin, small, soft, like black velvet. There are two kinds-the "rose" and the "button." The wrinkles are large and deep.

The muzzle is short, blunt, square, but not upfaced. Bite-A Pug's bite should be very slightly undershot. Neck, Topline, Body The neck is slightly arched. It is strong, thick, and with enough length to carry the head proudly. The short back is level from the withers to the high tail set. The body is short and cobby, wide in chest and well ribbed up. The tail is curled as tightly as possible over the hip. The double curl is perfection. Forequarters The legs are very strong, straight, of moderate length, and are set well under. The elbows should be directly under the withers when viewed from the side. The shoulders are moderately laid back. The pasterns are strong, neither steep nor down. The feet are neither so long as the foot of the hare, nor so round as that of the cat; well split-up toes, and the nails black.

Weight: 14 to 18 pounds (dog or bitch).

Temperament: This is an even-tempered breed, exhibiting stability, playfulness, great charm, dignity, and an outgoing, loving disposition.

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