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!

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