The pug is one of the oldest breeds of dogs, dating back to before 400 BC! Pugs estimated existed in China at the time of Confucius, at around 700 BC. One emperor, Ling To (168-190 AD) liked them so much, that he gave these small dogs rank, the females received the same rank as his wives. He ordered that these small dogs (pugs) are to be guarded by soldiers and fed only the best meat and rice. If anyone attempted to steal one of these dogs, he or she would be sentenced to death.