The Pug originates from China and was bred originally as a lap dog and companion for Royalty and Buddhist monks in Tibet and were considered royalty themselves. They are one of the oldest breeds, dating back to 400 B.C. The Pug is also known by the other names of Mops and Carlin.
In the 16th century, Pugs were the traditional pet of European royalty and can be seen in many old world paintings.
In the 1500â€™s, a Pug saved the life of William, Prince of Orange by giving the alarm that the Spanish were approaching.
In the 1700â€™s, Napoleons wife Josephine had her little Pug, Fortune, smuggle notes under his collar to Napoleon while she was imprisoned in Les Carmes.
In 1860, British soldiers brought Pugs as well as Pekingese dogs from the Imperial palace in China.
In 1886, the black Pug was first seen in England after being imported from China.
In 1997, Frank the Pug (played by a trained pug named Mushu) convinced the world, and Will Smith, that he speaks English.