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I don't have any puppies available at this time.  If you continue to look please take some time to read my tips to reconize scammers and puppy mills so you know how to protect yourself.  

*I do retire and re-home my adult breeding pugs to prevent over breeding.  Contact me if you're interested in an adult pug.

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*First puppy shots

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Updated October 3rd, 2021

Below is a lists the colors of pug puppies I may have available.
I specialize in rare colors of purebred pugs.

  • Black

  • Brindle

  • Reverse Brindle

  • Silver

  • Platinum Silver

  • Fawn


  • White

  • Chinchilla

  • Chocolate

Pug Colors

Do Pugs Change Color?

Have you noticed a change of color in your pug’s coat? Many have noticed that their pugs were born black, but later on became silver. Some have pugs born with fawn color, but later on gradually change into apricot. Others born solid black later manifest the appearance of a brindle. The fact is, pugs do change color as they mature. It is normal to see a pug’s coat change, to a degree, when it reaches adolescence. The most common change that could happen is the lightening of color. As mentioned, some born solid black may later on turn into silver or even bridle. Quite rare though, darkening also happens as in the case of a fawn pug that could turn into a more apricot, or orange shade.

Does Color affect Personality?

You might have heard about a pug owner saying that his black pug is more active than the fawn pug, and that the fawn pug is more docile. Others would support this statement, saying that the pug personality is directly affected by its color. There are also a number of conflicting opinions about this. While we do respect other people’s viewpoint, we want to make sure if this is true. After all, we don’t want our decisions to be influenced by mere assumptions. So, does the color of the coat really have something to do with a pugs personality? Actually, there is no scientific basis for this. It is good to remember that pugs in general are playful, friendly, and sociable. However, each pug is unique. So every pug has his own personality regardless of its color.

This breed of dog is awesome, adorable and such a good companion. Therefore, all wonderful colors of pug need the same kind of love and care that they deserve.


The AKC recognizes just 2 colors: fawn and black.This may rightly seem very limiting, considering that other colors do exist. 

As of now, fawn covers a wide range of hues that vary from very light fawn that appears to be cream to a darker fawn that is similar to tan. And a fawn coat also includes shades of apricot that range from light to dark. 

It must be noted that the AKC, which follows the guidelines set forth by the Pug Dog Club of America, used to accept both silver and apricot-fawn. 

Now, with just fawn and black as accepted colors in the US, a silver or apricot Pug will be registered as a fawn. 

Essentially, with the AKC, any color Pug other than black will be a 'fawn'. 
Though a Pug of any color can be registered, this does not mean the color is accepted in the show ring (more ahead). 
The FCI and KC allows for 4 colors for the Pug: Silver, apricot, fawn or black.

The CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) allows for 3 colors: fawn, silver-fawn or black, though this technically means even more colors, since β€˜fawn’ for a CKC Pug can mean β€˜any shade including light apricot, deep apricot to reddish gold’.

Types of Fawn

While the majority of Pugs are fawn (there are much fewer true blacks even though black is a dominant gene), there are actually many variations of this fawn coat. Other registries such as the FCI and KC make this much easier, since they accept apricot and silver as accepted coat colors. And the CKC allows distinction between fawn and sliver, by having 'silver-fawn' be an option. 

So, apricot (red undertones), silver and fawn ranging from light to dark all exist with this breed and in the US any coat that is not black will be registered as fawn, even if the coat is clearly silver or has reddish tones.

If the coat is quite clearly a silver or a deep apricot, this may be considered a fault or even a disqualification in the AKC show ring (though not in other countries). 

Fawns are not always solid, there are variances in the coat. It is not uncommon for a light cream to blend into a light apricot. The wrinkles on a Pug are also responsible for shading of color, since fur will appear darker in the creases of the fur. 

AKC Color Disqualification: Though fawn has a range of tones, the AKC does make it clear that anything other than fawn or black is a disqualification. Since there is sometimes a blurred line between silver and fawn or apricot and fawn, this can make things tricky. These colors are found all throughout the world, but in the US, show breeders focus on keeping the fawn a fawn without light or dark hues and tones.
Black Pugs

This is a wonderful uncommon color for this breed.  The coat may have an additional color (known as a marking) or it may be the very rare solid black Pug dog.

Black with Markings

This Pug puppy has a shiny black coat with a mismark color of white running down his chest.


This is one of the rarest coat colors that exists for this breed: the solid black Pug without any other markings.

Pug Breed History

Pug Life

Pugs often are described as a lot of dog in a small space. These sturdy, compact dogs are a part of the American Kennel Club's Toy group, and are known as the clowns of the canine world because they have a great sense of humor and like to show off. Originally bred to be a lap dog, the Pug thrives on human companionship.

Pugs originated in China, dating back to the Han dynasty (B.C. 206 to A.D. 200). Some historians believe they are related to the Tibetan Mastiff. They were prized by the Emperors of China and lived in luxurious accommodations, sometimes even being guarded by soldiers.
Pugs are one of three types of short-nosed dogs that are known to have been bred by the Chinese: the Lion dog, the Pekingese, and the Lo-sze, which was the ancient Pug. Some think that the famous "Foo Dogs" of China are representations of the ancient Pug. Evidence of Pug-like dogs has been found in ancient Tibet and Japan.
In the latter 1500s and early 1600s, China began trading with European countries. Reportedly, the first Pugs brought to Europe came with the Dutch traders, who named the breed Mopshond, a name still used today.
Pugs quickly became favorites of royal households throughout Europe, and even played a role in the history of many of these families. In Holland, the Pug became the official dog of the House of Orange after a Pug reportedly saved the life of William, Prince of Orange, by giving him a warning that the Spaniards were approaching in 1572. When William of Orange (later called William III) went to England in 1688 with his wife, Mary II, to take the throne from James II, they brought their Pugs with them.
It is known that black pugs existed in the 1700s because the famous artist, William Hogarth, was a Pug enthusiast. He portrayed a black Pug and many others in his famous paintings. In 1785, Goya also portrayed Pugs in his paintings.

As the Pug's popularity spread throughout Europe, it was often known by different names in different countries. In France, it was called Carlin; in Spain Dogullo; in Germany Mops; and in Italy, Caganlino.

Marie Antoinette had a Pug named Mops before she married Louis XVI at the age of 15. Another famous Frenchwoman, Josephine Bonaparte, had a Pug named Fortune. Before she married Napoleon Bonaparte, she was confined at Les Carmes prison. Since her beloved Pug was the only "visitor" she was allowed, she would conceal messages in his collar to take to her family.

In the early 1800s, Pugs were standardized as a breed with two lines becoming dominant in England. One line was called the Morrison line and, reportedly, was founded upon the royal dogs of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. The other line was developed by Lord and Lady Willoughby d'Eresby, and was founded on dogs imported from Russia or Hungary.

Pugs were first exhibited in England in 1861. The studbook began in 1871 with 66 Pugs in the first volume.

Meanwhile, in China, Pugs continued to be bred by the royal families. When the British overran the Chinese Imperial Palace in 1860, they discovered several Pugs, and brought some of the little dogs back to England with them.

Two Pugs named Lamb and Moss were brought to England. These two "pure" Chinese lines were bred and produced Click. He was an outstanding dog and was bred many times to dogs of both the Willoughby and Morrison lines. Click is credited with making Pugs a better breed overall and shaping the modern Pug as we know it today.

Pugs became very popular during the Victorian era and were featured in many paintings, postcards, and figurines of the period. Often, they were depicted wearing wide, decorative collars or large bows around their short, thick necks.

Queen Victoria had many Pugs, and also bred them. The queen preferred apricot-fawn Pugs, whereas another Pug fancier, Lady Brassey, made black Pugs fashionable after she brought some back from China in 1886.

Pugs were introduced to the United States after the Civil War, and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. At first, Pugs were very popular, but by the turn of the century, interest in the breed waned. A few dedicated breeders kept breeding and, after some years, the breed regained popularity. Founded in 1931, the Pug Dog Club of America was also recognized by the AKC that year.