"Smutty" Pug???

Hi, I was wondering if someone can help me figure out if my pug Shelby is what experts call "smutty". None of this matters to me except I am curious. She is starting to get alot of black hairs on her forehead and on her back. Supposedly they should have a black "diamond" shape on her forehead, it looks more like a circle, lol. Supposedly for the breed standard she should have a thin black "stripe" down her back when fully grown, I see this forming on her. Also, she has random black "guard" hairs all over her back as well. I have read some articles saying too much black hair makes them "smutty", just wondering. (I have her most recent pic up on my profile). Thanks


RosienMikeysMom (over 7 years ago)

looking at your photos, shelby doesn't look smutty to me at all. smutty, to me, would have alot more black in it....almost like they were dusted with soot ...by the way, she is quite the little cutie!!!!

JanandSass (over 7 years ago)

I always thought it had to do with the face markings, but don't go by me.  One thing I do know is that there started off with two distinct lines of pug which were put together, consequently resulting in the different face markings coming out randomly, at least that's what I heard.  Need to do some research 

KatB (over 7 years ago)

I looked at your photos too. No shelby isn't Smutty. Smutty is when their is alot of black over the forehead and not just around the eyes. my china Rose is smutty. If you look at her pictures. And so is Sulynn. And the thumb mark or diamond. It's made by the wrinkles and black hair. The mark is also called the prince mark and suppose to resemble the chinese character for prince.

See how China roses black goes over the top of her face?

Angelabloom (about 7 years ago)

We were told that Odie was a smutty pug as well.  Don't care of course but we always wondered why his face was so much darker than the fawn pugs.

JanandSass (about 7 years ago)

I think the pugs with the dark faces have so much character.  They are so sweet, comical and to me they look a little stalkier than the pugs with  the dark face markings up to the eyes.  That might be my imagination  but I always thought they look more sturdy in their build. 

KatB (about 7 years ago)

My first pug Bailey wasn't smutty. Had just around the musel and eyes like jdm said. But I really like the smutty on both my puggers sulynn and rose. In shows it is not desirable. But I really like it.