Black Pug

Black Pug Feature

Black Pug Feature

The Black Pug is an adorable and small black pet who is extremely loving and easy to train, making them great for any first time pet parent.

Pugs are full of character, which has made them a popular companion dog, especially with many royals and aristocrats who had them as pets, because of this they quickly become a symbol of the upper class.

Royals like William III, Queen Victoria, Josephine Bonaparte and Marie Antoinette all owned this dog breed.

If you are looking for a companion, or a first family dog for the kids, the Black Pug could be the dog for you.

You shouldn’t underestimate this toy breed. Their motto is “multum in parvo” meaning a lot in a little.

Read on to find out what a great pet these dogs can be!

Black Pug Breed Overview

Black Pug
Pugs were born to be companion dogs, they love to love and being loved in return.

Pugs have always been companion dogs; their interesting yet charming appearance, mixed with their affectionate personality, has made them popular throughout the decades.

Classified under the toy group, they are known for their small manageable size.

Primarily they are very family orientated with a love to please and play, but there is more to this breed than first meets the eye.

They are known for having a mischievous personality with a stubborn streak!

Breed Origin

The Black Pug is one of the world’s oldest dog breeds, with indications it dates back to 700BC.

They were worshiped in Egypt and bred as companion dogs for Tibetan Buddhists.

Almost two thousand years ago, they appeared in China, Emperors at the time believed they bought good luck and started to worship them.

In the 1500s Dutch traders brought the Pug from China to Europe, specifically to Holland and then England. This dog’s royal status continued and they became a popular choice among aristocrats and royalty in Holland, England and in France.

During the reign of William III in England in the 19th century, the Black Pug was first seen after two were brought over from the far east.

It was only after the Civil War that this breed made their first appearance in the US.

Kennel Club Recognition and Pedigree

As one of the oldest purebreds in history, major kennel clubs have long recognized this dog under the toy group.

The American Kennel Club recognized the Pug in 1885.

After the Pug Dog Club of America was founded in 1931, the World Canine Organization recognized the Pug in 1966 too.

Today many kennel clubs and organizations recognize the Black Pug:

  • Australian National Kennel Council
  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • British Kennel Club
  • New Zealand Kennel Club
  • United Kennel Club

If you’re interested in meeting other Pug parents before purchasing this dog, there are many clubs throughout America that there’s bound to be one near you.

Black Pug Info
Size 12-14″ (male) and 10-12″ (female)
Weight 13 to 30 pounds (male) and 13 to 18 pounds (female)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Breed Type Toy
Purpose Companion
Suitable For First time owners
Color Variations Black
Temperament Affectionate, Playful, Charming, Loving and Mischievous

Black Pug Puppies

Black Pug Puppies
These puppies are extremely loving and affectionate.

This cute toy breed is obviously even cuter as a puppy.

By 8 weeks they’ll start to venture away from mum and will be big enough (between 2 to 4lb) for their new forever home.

Pugs usually give birth to 4 to 6 puppies, but this can vary greatly with 1 to 9 puppies considered normal.

Black is the least popular coloring so Black Pug puppies are cheaper than fawn colored siblings. The average price for a Black Pug puppy is $500 to $800.

Their grooming needs can be a little intrusive (more on this later) so make sure you start handling your puppy from a young age and use a grooming routine.

Getting them used to their face, feet, eyes and ears being touched will help in the long run.

Growth Chart
Age Min Max
3 months 5lb 8lb
6 months 7lb 12lb
9 months 12lb 14lb
12 months 13lb 20lb

Black Pug Personality

Born to be a companion dog, these dogs have always embraced their purpose.

They love to love, and to be loved in return.

Playtime is their favorite time! You won’t be able to stop them, whether it is a game of fetch or tug-of-war, these tiny pooches are always up for playing with their family.

Once back home, their historical purpose will appear once more, perfectly happy to sit on your lap and soak up all the attention.


Characteristic Rating
Prey Drive
Social Tendencies

The Black Pug is generally a very relaxed and chilled out breed. Though training and socialization will ensure their natural easy going temperament blossoms during adulthood.

You don’t need to worry about a prey drive only a play drive!

Not the most talkative of small breeds, you may hear the occasional bark when a stranger is at the door, but nothing much more than that.

Their friendly nature can make them quite protective of their family. However, they are not in any way aggressive just curious.

Family Compatibility

Funny Pug Face
Pugs are people pleasures but do have a stubborn streak when it comes to training.

These furry friends are affection seekers and will happily receive it from family, friends or strangers of any age.

They love companionship and are very sociable so will get on well with other household pets such as cats and rabbits.

You’ll soon find out the dog park is one of their favorite places too. Not only are they good with other dogs but they also love the open space to run and play.

As a smaller breed they are more likely to be anxious, but a well-socialized pooch should have no trouble fitting into any loving home.

Black Pug Size, Appearance and Grooming

Black Pug Portrait
Black Pugs can have white markings on their chest called “mismark”.

Full Grown

By one year of age, a Black Pug will be fully-grown and is considered an adult.

As adults they can weigh up to 20 pounds, their breed standard states they should weigh between 13 to 18 pounds.

The tiny Pug is a part of the toy group category, measuring between 10 to 14 inches.


These dogs may be small, but they are stocky little pooches.

You will find some of these canines are either tall and lean, or short legged with a long body. But no matter the shape, they all have a similar appearance.

The ideal, is a symmetrical cobby body with a large apple shaped head with no indentations.

Their muzzle is short and blunt, but it shouldn’t be pointing upwards. The perfect corkscrew tail is curled over the hip in a double curl.

The flattened and shortened muzzle is not unique to the this breed, however, it is virtually impossible to mistake them for another breed.

Color Types

Black Pugs should be jet black all over, however some can have white markings on their body called ‘mismark’ (usually on their chest).

Brindle is not to be confused for black.

Brindle is a stripped pattern that combines black and brown, this coloring is not accepted in the breed standard.


They have a short straight soft coat, which probably sheds more than you might think. They are moderate shedders and will lose even more hair during the hot seasons.

Unlike fawn colored Pugs, black variations are more likely to have a single coat which does mean they will shed less than their fawn siblings.

A shiny coat is a good coat, it shows your dog is in good condition and getting all the nutrients they need.


Their short smooth coat needs minimal attention, however a weekly brush is necessary to get rid of those loose hairs and keep on top of the excessive shedding.

Bathing can be done as and when needed, ideally aim for once a month. As their eyes protrude, certain soaps and chemicals can irritate them, make sure you use a Pug friendly shampoo.

When bathing your Pug, take special care to clean in the wrinkles of their face. Much like baby rolls, bacteria and dirt can easily build up and cause infection. They can be cleaned with cotton balls or baby wipes and then properly dried afterwards.

Finally, small breeds like Pugs are prone to gum disease so brushing their teeth daily will help prevent any problems.

Pug Dog Care Guide

Black Pug Dog

These furry friends are the ideal pet for any novice owner as they have a very friendly and loving character.

Their small size and minimal exercise requirements make them great for those in apartments or houses.

Food and Dietary Requirements

Daily Food Consumption
Guide 600 calories
Cups of Kibble One Bowl of Kibble Required per Day

A toy adult dog needs 40 calories per pound of their body weight each day, this will decrease as they get older and require less energy:

  • Until 6 months old, these puppies need feeding three times a day
  • At six months these juveniles will need feeding twice a day
  • Once they are adults feeding them once a day is fine

A high quality dry food, specifically formulated for small dogs, mixed with a bit of water to moisten it, is ideal for a Pug.

Black Pug dogs only need feeding once a day as an adult, but many parents decided to split this into two smaller meals and feed them once in the morning and evening.

They can be a little greedy and as they are a smaller less active breed, so don’t be tempted to give them scraps. They can easily gain weight, which won’t help their breathing.

Exercise Requirements

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 30 to 40 minutes
Activity Level This is a medium activity dog breed

These pooches only have little legs so they don’t need intense exercise or long walks. But, they do need walking for two twenty minute walks every day.

You can try mixing up your routes every now and then to introduce them to new sounds and smells.

Pugs are very sociable so taking them to the dog park, beach or local walking paths is not a problem.

Black Pugs can easily overheat in the sun, so try walking them in the morning or evening when it’s cooler.

Their black coat means they don’t cope well in the heat either. To help them out during hot days make sure you give them plenty of water.

Getting them a full body harness will also help with their breathing as this type of harness won’t put as much pressure on their throat or airway.


Pugs are very intelligent, but they can be a little stubborn at the best of times. Once they understand what is expected of them training shouldn’t be an issue.

They are softhearted so harsh punishment will only break their spirit and make them distrusting. Lots of praise and positive reinforcement is they way to go for a happy balanced dog.

These little dogs are naturally friendly, loving to play, especially with their family! But once they have had enough play, giving them a puzzle feeder is a perfect way to keep them mentally stimulated.

Known Health Problems

Pugs are a brachycephalic breed, this means they have a shortened airway due to their flattened face.

This leads to breathing difficulties, especially whilst exercising or during high temperatures, and many associated health issues.

Because of this their flattened faces are adorable, but they cause some health issues. Make sure you do your homework on potential health problems so your Black Pug gets the best care and lives as long as possible.

Due to their skull structure they have shallower eye sockets, which gives them bulgy eyes. The condition can eventually lead to cataracts and vision loss.

Summary: Should You Get a Black Pug?

Senior Black Pug

The Black Pug makes a wonderful first pet!

Their happy personality and small size make them ideal to learn how to be a great dog parent.

These little guys are great for first time owners of all ages; they do well in city apartments as well as family homes (if you are looking for a dog to pamper and fuss over, this is the one for you).

They are not best suited to hot or humid climates because of their shortened airway and flattened face, they are much better off in cooler temperatures where they will find it easier to breath.

As they get older, their breathing will get worse and snoring will start. Investing in a pair of earplugs won’t go a miss!

But snoring is a small price to pay for such a kind hearted, loving and loyal friend. If you have experience of this breed, let us know in the comments below.

About John Woods 282 Articles
John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.


  1. We have an 8week old black pug puppy. This is our second black love pug. They love people and other dogs and cats.

  2. What would you recommend as a good pug shampoo? I rescued a pug mix July 20th. I have him on a good lamb dog food and his coat has improved greatly.

    • Thanks for your question. Do you have specific skin issues that you are hoping to tackle with a shampoo? If you are concerned about your Pug’s skin, pop to chat with your Veterinarian. If you are looking for a standard shampoo, we love the Earthbath products. Adding supplements like essential fatty acids to food can also support a dog’s coat. But always speak with your Veterinarian before adding anything new to your dog’s diet.

    • I recently adopted a 13yo black pug mix as well. I adore her! I, too, am researching food, shampoo, and care. So, I can’t answer your question, but I just wanted to share in your excitement. Merry Christmas.

  3. My second Pug is 6 years old and cost 1600.00. He breathes without problems. Chief is my second black pug. Winston my first lived 14 years. ROYAL CIANIN FOOD only and healthy treats. 20 lb

  4. Have had my first black pug since October. He is five and rehomed as the previous family had a change of circumstances.
    From your report he is a typical pug. Very very loving. Very very greedy. He has no breathing problems. Weighs 8 kilos and is quite small and dainty. He settled to our routine and way of doing things very soon after he came. He is a great joy to us with his funny quirky ways. Love him to bits.

  5. LOVE my black pug Auggie! Best dog in the entire world!!!. I am absolutely in love with him! No problems breathing, healthy happy dog. We usually go to the Pug meets. If you want some great therapy go and immerse yourself in a room full of pugs… it is heaven!

  6. Our first dog was a black pug called Molly who we lost earlier this year at age 9 years almost 10 years. She was the love of our lives and is greatly missed. They are a true joy to have as pets but do come with health issues that need lots of care and attention.

  7. I really love my three month old pup. She is a pure joy! BUT! She is very hyper and plays, chews, bites pretty much all day, between short naps. I can’t have her in my lap without getting chewed! Yes, I’ve tried all the suggested tips. The whole living room is full of toys. Question is, will she ever outgrow this?

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