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What is the Breed of the Month? 

Each month Westgate features information on a different breed of dog or cat. These articles provide historical information, as well as information on potential health concerns and preventative care measures that may benefit these different breeds.  Click on the picutre below to learn more about your favorite breed!

breed of month vJan January: Shih Tzu February: The exotic shorthair March: Great Dane April: English Bulldog May: Ragdoll June: Golden Retriever November: Scottish Fold July: King Charles August: Maine Coon September: Labrador October: Pug December: Standard Poodle

October: The Pug

pug freeHistory of the Breed
The pug is one of the oldest known breeds of dogs with its anecestory dating back to Asia 400-700BC!  Aside from the Buddhist Monks in Tibet, only Chinese royalty were allowed to own pugs.  The punishment for having one of these dogs if you weren't amongst the elite, was death. 
The pug was brought to Europe in the 16th-17th century and quickly became a favorite of European royalty.  There are many stories of intrigue scattered through European history that involve the pug. For example, William the Silent, of the House of Orange, was alerted to the presence of would-be assasins by his loyal pug.
And, when Napoleon's wife, Josephine was thrown in jail, the only visitor she was allowed was her pug, Fortune.  She sent secret messages to Napleon by hiding them in Fortune's collar.
The modern pug is a delightful little dog.  The latin phrase "multum in parvo", which means "much in little", perfectly sums up the temperment of the pug.  You get a lot of personality in a small, compact body.
Health Concerns
Preventative Care Recommendations
Keep your pug lean!  Pugs are prone to obesity, and the added weight increases stress on their already compromised respiratory tracts.
Regular Dental Cleanings: pugs are notorious for developing periodontal disease, a condition in which infection occurs around teeth, often weakening and losening the teeth. Pugs have a lot of teeth squished into a small area.  Their teeth are rotated and it is very common for there to be infection and disease under the gum line that you can't see on an awake exam.
Monitor your pug's eyes: Because pugs have prominent eyes, their eyes are more prone to injury and drying out.   Monitor for signs of squinting, discharge, or redness, and visit your veterinarian if they occur.

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