Tibetan Pug

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Tibet <> China -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Tibetan Pug

The Tibetan Pug is a hybrid dog. Its parent breeds are the Pug and the Tibetan Spaniel. Tibetan Pugs are small dogs, weighing no more than 7 kilos when fully grown. Friendly and affectionate, the Tibetan Pug makes an excellent companion, especially if you're looking for a lapdog. It doesn't need much grooming. He's good with children and, with early socialization, good with other pets. He can be lively and tends to bark a lot. However, this makes him an excellent watchdog. He is very sociable and enjoys being with his family. He has never met a stranger, and will make friends with most people he comes into contact with. He loves to learn tricks, and will entertain your visitors with his antics.

History of the Tibetan Pug

The Tibetan Pug is a fairly recent hybrid breed; in fact, little is known about its exact origins. However, if we study the origins of related breeds, we can learn more about the Tibetan Pug.

 

        

A little of the Tibetan Spaniel

        
The Tibetan Spaniel also has its origins in the Orient. It is thought that the Tibetan Spaniel first belonged to Buddhist monks who bred these dogs to guard the lamasery (monastery). The Tibetan Spaniel was often given as a gift to ambassadors from other countries, and so the royal courts of China and Japan obtained Tibetan Spaniels. In the 19th century, a Mrs McLaren Morris brought the first Tibetan Spaniel to England. The breed became relatively popular, but during the Second World War it almost disappeared from the region. After 1947, imports from the Orient brought the breed back to healthy numbers. In 1965, the first Tibetan Spaniel was imported to the United States. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed for the first time in 1984.
Standard of the Tibetan Spaniel

 

        

A little of the Pug

The Pug originated in the Orient, particularly China. The Pug's ancestor is thought to date back as far as the Han dynasty. Pugs were highly prized by Chinese emperors and, as a result, were often housed in luxurious homes. Some experts believe the Pug is related to China's Foo dogs. In the 1500s and 1600s, China began trading with Europe, which led to the importation of the Pug into the region. As they were highly prized in China, Pugs were also favored by royal families in Europe. In fact, a Pug is said to have alerted William of Orange to the arrival of the Spanish, saving his life. For this reason, William made the Pug the official dog of the House of Orange. Other famous Pug owners include Marie-Antoinette, Josephine Bonaparte and Queen Charlotte of England. Pugs were extremely popular in Victorian times; in fact, Queen Victoria herself owned and bred Pugs. The Pug was imported to the United States after the Civil War, and was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.
Standard of the Pug

Appearance of the Tibetan Pug

The Tibetan Pug is a small dog. It usually weighs no more than fourteen pounds as an adult. However, if its parents are slightly larger, it can weigh up to 7 kilos. His coloring will also largely depend on the coat color of his parents. It can be black, brown and white, light brown or cream. It can also be red or brindle. Its coat will be short and straight. His ears may be floppy, in which case you'll need to spend a little more time caring for them. His eyes are large and brown, and may have a tendency to pop out of their sockets. Their muzzle is generally quite short, and they may inherit the brachycephalic tendencies of the Pug's parent breed. It can also appear short and stocky like its Pug relative. Its tail may also feature the high corkscrew characteristic of the Pug's parent breed.

Temperament of the Tibetan Pug

The Tibetan Pug is a gentle, happy little dog. They get on well with most people and animals they meet. He's particularly good with children. He tends to bark a lot, which is why he's generally considered an excellent watchdog. He loves to learn tricks, and is often happiest when showing what he's learned to family and friends. They are highly intelligent and often curious about their surroundings. He can often be found following family members from room to room, just to be in the middle of family activities. He loves to play, and enjoys interacting with people and other animals. He's very affectionate; he's often referred to as a wonderful lap dog because he'll climb into your lap at the slightest opportunity. He's easily housebroken, and his propensity for learning tricks makes him easy to train in other areas too.

Needs and activities of the Tibetan Pug

The Tibetan Pug is a dog that doesn't need much activity. He loves to learn tricks and perform at all times, but is never considered hyperactive. He'll enjoy short, brisk walks around the neighborhood with you. He'll also enjoy outings to the dog park. It's important to remember that the Tibetan Pug can inherit the brachycephalic muzzle of the parent breed Pug. In this case, you'll need to keep water on hand, especially during the summer months, to keep him hydrated. This will also prevent him from getting too hot, which can be a real problem for a dog with a short muzzle. Never let the Tibetan Pug overexert himself; he may not be able to breathe properly. Invest in toys that will occupy his mind and provide physical stimulation at the same time.

Maintenance of the Tibetan Pug

The Tibetan Pug is a low-maintenance dog. Its coat is often short, silky and smooth. Brush weekly to remove dead hairs. He tends to shed more in autumn and spring, so you may need to brush him daily at these times of year. Bathe him only when necessary. His natural oils will keep his coat shiny and healthy. To prevent bad breath and tartar build-up, brush your dog's teeth two or three times a week. However, to prevent cavities, brush his teeth every day. If he has inherited protruding ears, you'll need to clean his ears with a damp cotton ball, using warm water to moisten it, every week. At this point, check for redness or odor. If either of these signs is present, your dog may be developing an ear infection. Clip his nails every two or three weeks. In general, if you hear his nails clicking on a tiled floor, it's time to trim them.

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