“Multum in parvo” is a Latin phrase that is aptly used to describe the Pug. It means “much in a little” and perfectly sums up the Pug dog breed’s vibrant personality and diminutive stature.
The Pug is a brachycephalic dog breed like the Shih Tzu and French Bulldog, which means they have broad, short skulls and flat faces that leave them predisposed to snoring, snorting and generally loud breathing. While this can certainly be cute, it does mean that they are more susceptible to respiratory distress and do not handle high temperatures very well.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Pug is considered to be an ancient dog breed and can trace its lineage back 2000 years to the emperors of China. In those days, they were a highly coveted small dog breed that could only be acquired as a gift from royalty. Understandably, they grew in popularity and the breed spread to the other continents through the years.
Today, Pug dogs can be found all over the world and some have even become famous internet sensations, like Doug the Pug. Check out our field guide for more fun facts about the Pug dog breed.