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breed of sturdy, compact toy dogtoy dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate very small breeds of dogs kept as pets. Some are selectively bred diminutive forms of larger breeds and others are naturally small.
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 that became popular in England during the 19th cent. It stands about 11 in. (27.9 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 14 to 18 lb (6.4–8.2 kg). Its short, smooth, glossy coat is either silver or apricot fawn in color with black mask and ears. As is true of most toy dogs that have short faces and tails curled tightly over their backs, the pug probably originated in China. Traders of the Dutch East India CompanyEast India Company, Dutch,
1602–1798, chartered by the States-General of the Netherlands to expand trade and assure close relations between the government and its colonial enterprises in Asia.
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 brought specimens of the breed back to Holland from Southeast Asia and later introduced them into England, where they quickly became fashionable with the nobility. Today the pug is raised as a watchdog and pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal, fox, and tanuki also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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(also Dutch pug), a breed of small dog, similar to the bulldog, of ancient origin. The pug was imported into Holland in the late 17th century from China, its native land. It was subsequently imported into England, where its present-day strains were developed. Pugs measure 25–32 cm high at the shoulder and weigh between 2.5 and 6 kg. They are stocky and cobby animals that tend to be overweight. The short hair is silver-gray or pale yellow; the muzzle, ears, and back-trace are black. Pugs are raised by dog breeders in many countries, including the USSR.

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1. a small compact breed of dog with a smooth coat, lightly curled tail, and a short wrinkled nose
2. any of several small geometrid moths, mostly of the genus Eupithecia, with slim forewings held outstretched at rest
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"People who meet Puggy for the first time do a lot of double takes; they are in total disbelief and are amused by his unique appearance," the Telegraph quoted his new owners, from Texas, United States, Becky Stanford, as saying.
Puggy was abandoned and left a stray after he was discarded by his previous owner because of his looks.
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R: Seeing Puggy support Incubus at the then Cardiff International Arena.
The video entitled "Piggy and Puggy" shows the pair happily playing and is set to the Monkees' classic track I'm A Believer.
Puggy, the 10-year-old Pekingese from Texas, United States, has a tongue officially longer than any other dog.
WHAT A WHOPPER: Fluffy, the 24ft python, is the longest snake in captivity GOT IT LICKED: Puggy the Pekingese whose 4.5 inch tongue is the longest of any dog; and Swallow, at 33 inches the world's smallest cow, posing at home in West Yorkshire with Freddie the bull.
In 1981, Rogers invited his American pals, including Amarillo Slim Preston and Puggy Pearson, to the Emerald Isle where they could compete against their Irish cousins; and so, the Irish Poker Open was born.
She has run some solid races and I'm pleased with the way she is at the moment." Roy Kvisla, trainer of Puggy "She ran a bit too freely last time, taking on Sander Camillo for the lead before fading quite late on.
During the recent break Duval spent time with his old college coach Puggy Blackmon, who showed him the difference between the swing that took him to the top of the game and where he is now.