a piece of pug history
I thought it might be interesting for me to tell you a bit more about my ancestors and I did a bit of research on my breed and our owners..
The earliest known source of my breed’s history were ancient Chinese documents from the time of Confucius (500 B.C.).They were known as pets of
Buddhist monasteries from which their
popularity soon spread to Chinese
royalty. Emperor Ling To (168 – 190 BC), for instance, liked his pugs so much that he gave them ranks equal to his own wifes!
Eventually ending up in Europe with a little help from the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische
Compagnie, VOC) they became a favorite at various royal courts like they did in ancient China. The Dutch royal house of Orange even made them their official dog in 1572 after one specimen named Pompei saved the life of prince William of Orange.
By the 1790’s Josephine, wife of Napoleon, depended on her pug “Fortune” to carry secret messages under his
collar to her husband while she was impresoned at Les Carmes and later,
during her husband’s reign as emperor, refused to sleep in her marriage bed if Napoleon wouldn’t allow Fortune to nap there with them.
When British soldiers sacked the
Imperial Palace in Peking in 1860 they brought dogs of the pug and Pekingese type back with them to England.
All in all the pug is best described by the Latin phrase “multum in parvo” which means “a lot of dog in a small space.”
So now you know.