Origins of the breed
The Pug’s home country is listed as China, where snub-nosed dogs have always been in favour. It is believed that the Dutch East India Company traders took Pugs from their home in China, back to the Netherlands in the 16th century, where they became very popular in court circles.When William of Orange succeeded to the English throne, his Pugs gained the attention of the aristocracy. Soon the breed gained popularity amongst the landed gentry.
The breed has maintained this popularity through to the 21st century, and is now one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide.