The annual National Pug Day is celebrated on October 15. It honors one of the world’s oldest (and cutest!) dog breeds. The pug is a dog breed that has its roots in China and dates back hundreds of years. Short legs, a curled tail, and a wrinkled, short nose are some of its most distinguishing characteristics. Due to their small size and social, kind, and endearing nature, pugs are among the most popular companion dogs.
The Day’s History
The Song era of China is at least when the breed first appeared (960–1279 AD). Pugs were developed as companion animals for the royal family and maintained in opulent surroundings under the protection of troops. Pugs originated in China and subsequently moved throughout Asia before arriving in the Netherlands. A pug with the name of Pompey warned William the Silent, Prince of Orange, of approaching murderers in 1572, saving his life. Pugs were allegedly chosen as the House of Orange’s official breed after that. Some historians speculate that Pompey may have been a different breed, probably a Dutch spaniel.
Pugs later gained popularity in other European nations like Russia, England, Italy, and Spain. They were still kept as companion animals and used for military tracking and as guard dogs. Pugs were introduced to the United States in the 19th century and soon gained popularity there. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed formally in 1885.
Since then, pugs have remained a beloved breed. Because they are non-aggressive, energetic, friendly, eager to please their owners, and sturdy enough to play with kids safely, pugs are regarded as a perfect breed for families with young children.
One of the many animal holidays created by the author, animal rescuer, and pet living specialist Colleen Paige is National Pug Day. National Puppy Day, National Black Dog Day, National Pet Day, National Horse Protection Day, National Wildlife Day, and National Beach Day are among its “sister holidays.” National Dog Day, National Cat Day, and National Puppy Day are all among them.
Celebrations of The Day
In addition to recognizing how adorable pugs are and how they can make us all smile, National Pug Day was established to bring attention to the issue of pug abandonment. Due to the expensive burden of veterinary expenses (brachycephalic breeds like pugs are prone to particular health conditions), some pug owners regrettably abandon their dogs.
Adopting an adorable pug from a pug rescue is a great way to honor National Pug Day. Of course, you should only do this if you are certain that you can provide your dog with the necessary care. If you are unable to adopt, think about giving your time or money to a nearby pug rescue; they will be grateful.
If you already have a cute pug, consider getting them a treat or a new toy, and post pictures and videos of them on social media with the hashtag #NationalPugDay to let people know it’s National Pug Day.