Precious the “precious” Baby Pug Visited Us IN Carmichael

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This precious baby Pug packed up her favorite human and came out to our Carmichael vaccination clinic for shots. And by the way, her name is . . . . Precious! Chinese Pugs are a breed dating back to at least 3rd century China and in the intervening 1700 years they have been crossbred into many other dog lines. Initally the crossing was to produce the short and stout jaw of the bull-type dogs which were used in the blood sports of bull baiting and dog fighting. Far more commonly they have been used in crossbreeding for miniaturization of many pre-existing dog types. The ancient Chinese breeding had as one of its primary goals development of a sweet temperament and that sweet temperament is still a reliable characteristic of today’s Pugs. It is important to remember that all the brachycephalic (short faced) breeds have less cooling capacity than other breeds and therefore we need to worry more about them in the high heat of our valley summers. Pugs like Precious are a pleasant and safe breed and can be counted upon to be among the best pet dogs. – Geoffrey Antipa



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