The Pug or carlin or Carlino is a small, compact and muscular dog breed with a short, stocky body.
The height of the Pug generally varies between 25 and 30 cm at the withers, and its average weight is between 6 and 8 kg.
The Pug's head is large, round and massive, with a domed forehead and a short, flattened muzzle. It has large, round, expressive eyes, often dark in color, and button-shaped ears that are carried forward.
The Pug's body is short and well-proportioned, with a broad chest and nicely sprung ribs. Its back is short and straight, and its topline is generally horizontal. The Pug's tail is wrapped in a tight loop over the back.
The Pug's coat is short, smooth, shiny and dense. It can be of different colors, such as fawn, silver, apricot or black. It usually has a distinct black mask around its muzzle, which adds to its characteristic facial expression.
The Pug's face is often described as "wrinkled", with folds of skin on the forehead and around the muzzle. Its short, squat muzzle gives it an almost "anxious" or "frowning" expression, which is a distinguishing characteristic of the breed.
The Pug is known for its sociable, amiable and playful character. He is often described as a pleasant companion dog who loves human company and generally gets along well with children and other pets. The Pug is also described as intelligent, lively and curious.