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Pug fashion leading to 'longer noses and legs'

Published: 15 Jul 2012 12:02 GMT+02:00

Around 100 owners took their dogs to the third “International Pug Meeting” in Berlin on Saturday, although those in charge admitted it was more of a national meet than a global one.

“For us Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia count as abroad,” said organiser Thomas Zupan.

The muscular lap dogs are becoming popular again in Germany, according to Inge Weßling from the German Pug Club in Cologne.

“The trend is now moving towards longer noses and longer legs,” said Zupan. The older fashion for pugs to have noses that are barely visible, and very short legs, gave rise to many animals suffering breathing problems and restricted mobility.

The eagerly awaited pug race on Saturday showed just how mobile a healthy specimen can be, with the winner Emma covering 50 metres in 7.1 seconds.

The breed – known as Mops in Germany – dates back hundreds of years and originated in China, but have long been cult in Europe. Napoleon’s first wife Josephine de Beauharnais, Queen Charlotte Mecklenburg-Strelitz and William of Orange were all said to be devotees.

“A life without a Mops is possible, but makes no sense,” the late German comic Loriot said.

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Your comments about this article

13:31 July 15, 2012 by grazhdanin
so the crippled wolves will have to suffer less because they will be allowed a bit longer nose and a bit longer legs? how humane
11:27 July 16, 2012 by raandy
come on the pug is a nice small dog

we had one when I was growing up, he would not bite you no matter what you did to him, he was always friendly and glad to see ya.

He did love to eat and at an early age around 8 started to go blind, then by 9 completely blind

He was a good loyal friend.
17:04 July 16, 2012 by Englishted
I use a pug to stop the water running out of the bath .
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