Differences and Characteristics of Fawn, Black, and Silver Pugs

The American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard lists silver, fawn and black as the three colors of the Pug breed. Yet even though the AKC standard lists three acceptable colors, the silver Pug is a rare find indeed. Fawn and black are far more common.

Pug Characteristics

Their coloring may be different but most Pugs possess similar characteristics. In general, Pugs are very sociable animals and tend to get along well with their owners, other dogs and people outside their immediate family. They're gentle and good with small children. Pugs also love attention and in fact, prefer being the center of attention. Many Pug owners will tell you their Pugs exhibit signs of jealousy when something or someone else takes center stage! Left alone too long and the Pug may begin to feel anxious so beware.

Although their faces have a somewhat serious appearance, don't let this fool you. Overall the Pug is quite cheerful. Pugs are very affectionate animals and not surprisingly, they prefer to be treated and talked to in a gentle manner. Pug owners believe strongly that you'll get more out of your Pug if you talk to it in a soft voice.

The pug's bull-like stance and serious-looking face hide the fact that this is a very friendly breed that enjoys playing and being played with. Their solid bodies begin with a nose that's pushed in rather than elongated and a short tail that curls once, sometimes twice, like a corkscrew. Best of all is the feature that's probably the Pug's most recognizable ? its lovable, wrinkled face!

Tremendously loyal, enthusiastic, and always ready to please everyone around, the Pug is not regarded as an intelligent breed. Since Pugs love people and don't bark a lot, they don't make very good watchdogs, either.

Fawn, black and silver Pugs

The fawn-colored Pug is the most common. This light yellowish-brown color sometimes takes on a more apricot tone, but even so, apricot is not considered an "official" Pug color. Fawn Pugs have black markings around their ears and covering their faces. Because the black is so prevalent on the face, it's referred to as a mask. Fawn Pugs also have a black strip called the trace running down their center backs and a diamond-shaped black mark on the forehead.

Even though black is the dominant gene, there are fewer black Pugs than fawn. Because they're entirely black, this color Pug lacks the familiar mask and markings down the back and around the ears that fawn Pugs possess. Some people believe that black Pugs are more active than Pugs of other colors, but this has yet to be proven true.

The silver Pug is so rare some people don't believe it exists. With a color said by many to resemble that of moonlight, the silver Pug is truly a sight to see. Aside from its coloring, the silver pug has black markings similar to those of fawn Pugs and a similar disposition, too.

When it comes to choosing your Pug, you'll get the same lovable characteristics whether you choose fawn, silver or black!


Debbiejoy (over 2 years ago)

Hello and thanks for including me into your group! I am brand new to this breed, although I have had dogs most of my life, and I hope you won't mind a few questions.
1. What is a traditional price for a pure-bred Pug?
2. From what I see on your site, there are only 3 colors-black, grey, and silver. So, no brindle, no brown, no white??
3. Is there a formal group devoted to Pug rescue?
4. Is there a formal group devoted to showing Pugs on a national or state/regional level?
5. Is there a toy Pug-a miniature size below the typical breed standard? For example, Poodles come in AKC recognized categories ranging from what they call "tcup" to "toy" to "standard", with vast differences in sizes. I just wondered if the same is true of Pugs?
6. Do most Pugs need to have their anal glands expressed manually?

I guess you can tell that I know very little about this breed, but I find them so captivating and I really want to learn more.

Oh-one more question-my son has two Pugs and it has been his experience that veterinarians tend to be somewhat disparaging about his choice of breed. One was downright insulting, openly questioning and criticizing his judgment in choosing Pugs. Is this common? I do know, having owned toy breeds all my life, that it's a pretty common experience to sense an open bias by vets to express an open preference for the larger breed-goldens and labs appear to be huge favorites of vets, but what a rude and unfair thing to do to a loving owner and paying customer/patient! I just wondered if this is a common experience?