QUESTION: Is having a 2 year old male pug that is 25 pounds and slender desirable by pug standard which is 14-18 pounds? I ask because I heard the ancient pugs originating from China where larger and are becoming desirable again. If so is it for showing the pug breeding the pug and or less genetic problems such as with eyes and hips and such?
ANSWER: If the breed standard calls for an adult male Pug to weigh 14 to 18 lb. and your slender adult male Pug is 25 lb then your dog is oversized. You could enter the dog in a show but the judge would probably excuse the dog from the ring ask you to leave IF he or she let you in. An oversized dog should not be bred as it will likely produce puppies that are too large also. The breed standard describes how the breed should look. Breed standards usually change slowly by voting of national breed club members and then submitting the changes to the AKC. If all of the members are currently producing dogs within the breed standard size I don’t see why they would suddenly decide to produce bigger dogs but I suppose it could happen. I know of no health benefits at this time that would come about from the breeding of larger Pugs.For more information I recommend that you contact the Pug Club of America.