Pug Breed Profile

by Darren Jamieson on June 27, 2010

Also known as a mops hund or Chinese pug dog, the Pug strongly resembles a miniature mastiff with the black mask on its wrinkled face with a stocky, thickset body. A loyal and affectionate little dog who is energetic and good natured, you will have a friend for life. The Pug has uncertain origins with many believing that he dates back to 400 BC in Asia, whilst others believe that the Pug was brought back from the East by Dutch traders; which could also explain why he was once known as a Dutch mastiff. Pugs are excellent watch dogs although they don’t tend to yap excessively, which means that they will adapt well to life in an apartment or a huge mansion, they don’t mind.

Typical Pug facts

Height: Male 12 to 14 in (30 to 36 cm) female 10 to 12 in (25 to 30 cm)
Weight: Male 13 to 20 lbs (6 to 9 kg) female 13 to 18 lbs (6 to 8 kg)
Average litter size: 2 to 6 pups
Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Good with children: Yes
Kennel Club classification: Toy group

Colour of a Pug

The four colours of a Pug are black, fawn, silver and apricot. The early Pugs were usually golden or apricot until the mid nineteenth century when two strains of Pugs were introduced by (more…)

Maltese Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on April 6, 2009

The Maltese dog breed (pronounced Mall-teez) is a lively, intelligent and playful breed.  It is not as common in the UK as other long haired breeds, such as the shih tzu or the llasa apso, but nonetheless, has grown in popularity since its first introduction to the UK.

It is said that nobody ever ‘owns’ a Maltese, but rather this regal little dog owns the owner.  Its pure white coat, when grown to its fullest, adds to its glamorous appearance but even when cut short this little dog retains its regality.

When purchasing a Maltese, it is not uncommon to see breeder’s advertisements stating ‘tiny’ or ‘toy Maltese’, ‘miniature Maltese’ or other such names that may imply a smaller and cuter Maltese but these should be ignored.  Like any other breed, there are smaller and larger forms of the breed but they are no different to any other Maltese in any way.

Typical Maltese
Height: 8 – 10 inches
Weight: 6.5 – 9 lbs (3-4 kg)
Average Litter Size: Around 3 – 5 puppies
Life Expectancy: 11 – 14 years, has been known to live as long as 18 years
Good with Children: Yes if handled with care (see below)
Kennel Club Classification: Toy Group (more…)