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Pet of the Week: This Pug Has More Likes and Followers Than You

With a line of calendars and merchandise, Doug the Pug is one influential doggo!

From Nashville, Tennessee, Doug the Pug received E! The People’s Choice Award for Animal Star in 2019.  In 2018, Forbes Magazine named him number 2 most influential pet.  His social media pages collectively have 12.5 million followers, and should we even mention his celebrity friends?  Among them are John Legend, Shakira, Billie Elish and Justine Bieber.   He has appeared in music videos, with Katy Perry in Swish Siwsh and Fall Out Boy’s Irresistible.

With a stellar resume and super popular friends, this pug’s just a little extra:

About the Breed:

Believed to have originated from China, dating back to the Han Dynasty (B.C. 206 to A.D. 200), the pug is a related to the Tibetan Mastiff. They were companions to the emperors, lived in palaces, and were guarded by soldiers. Some say that the Foo Dogs were modeled after pugs.

In the 1500s-1600s, they were began their journey to Europe via the Dutch trade, where they were given the nickname “mopshond.”  They were the official royal dogs of the House of Orange, and were depicted in paintings by the likes of William Hogarth and Goya.

Famous royals, Marie Antoinette, kept a pug, and named it Mops.  Josephine Bonaparte also had one called Fortune. Queen Victoria bred pugs, and preferred the apricot-colored ones. 

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were also known for their fondness for pugs.

These sturdy, muscular dogs are companion dogs, so they will not go around sniffing or hunting like other breeds.  They shed a lot, and may not be advisable for allergy sufferers.  These little guys snore, too.  They are ideal for apartment living, but are sensitive to heat.  If loved well, they can live up to 15 years.