The pug is an ancient Chinese breed that has been around for centuries. They were likely brought to Europe in the 16th century by Dutch traders, where they quickly became a fashionable pet of the upper classes. One of the most famous owners was Queen Victoria, who owned several pugs throughout her long reign.
The American Kennel Club recognized the pug as a purebred dog in 1885 and today it remains one of the oldest breeds mentioned in AKC's stud book. This small, compact breed is known for its playful personality and loyalty to its family members. Pugs are also loved due to their flat face and bowed legs that give them an unmistakable look that many people find endearing.