• (noun): A small sturdy dog of an ancient breed originating in China, having a snub nose, wrinkled face, squarish body, short smooth hair, and curled tail.
  • (noun): A pug nose.
  • (noun): Clay ground and kneaded with water into a plastic consistency for forming bricks or pottery.
  • (noun): A machine for grinding and mixing clay.
  • (verb-transitive): To work or knead (clay) with water.
  • (verb-transitive): To fill in with clay or mortar.
  • (verb-transitive): To make soundproof by covering or packing with clay, mortar, sawdust, or felt.
  • (noun): A footprint, track, or trail, especially of an animal; a pugmark.
  • (noun): Slang A fighter, especially a boxer.

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  • (noun): small compact smooth-coated breed of Asiatic origin having a tightly curled tail and broad flat wrinkled muzzle

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The Pug is a breed of dog with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square body with well-developed muscles.
Pugs were brought from China to Europe in the sixteenth century and were popularized in Western Europe by the House of Orange of the Netherlands, and the House of Stuart. In the United Kingdom, in the nineteenth century, Queen Victoria developed a passion for pugs which she passed on to other members of the Royal family.
Pugs are known for being sociable and gentle companion dogs. The American Kennel Club describes the breed's personality as \"even-tempered and charming\". Pugs remain popular into the twenty-first century, with some famous celebrity owners. A pug was judged Best in Show at the World Dog Show in 2004.

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  • A transplanted Hollander, carried thither originally from China, seems to thrive particularly well in this part of the world; the little pug dog, or Dutch mastiff, which our English ladies were once so fond of, that poor Garrick thought it worth his while to ridicule them for it in the famous dramatic satire called Lethe, has quitted London for Padua, I perceive; where he is restored happily to his former honours, and every carriage I meet here has a _pug_ in it.

  • Blue says: doggielore: The evolutionary isolationism for a pug is stricter than that of the human races ....

  • The evolutionary isolationism for a pug is stricter than that of the human races ....

  • Her pug is the idol of her life, and she hates babies, said Rose.

  • A few feet away, shelter employee Randi Lee Knox petted a tiny dog that she called a pug mix.

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