Hello, My Name Is PUG (source @pawpups.id)
As a breed, the Pug has a long and interesting history. People think the pug began as an oriental dog breed in China. Some date the pug to the time of Confuscious when they were called Lo-Tze. At the time Pugs were only allowed to be kept by Tibetan Monestaries or the Chinese Royalty. Scholars think that these Royal pug origins might might be the Pekingese and their closest relative the Lion dog (an early relative of the Shih Tzu.)
The pug breed may have originated as early as 600 B.C.E but we don't really know because the crazy Emporer Chin Shih destroyed all recorded pug artifacts, and records during his reign in 255 B.C.E. The in 168 A.D the awesome Emporer Ling To took power and raised Pugs to a new level of royalty. Ling To loved his Pugs as much as his wives, serving them only the best food and having soldiers guard them around the clock.
The etymology of the word Pug is also interesting. The word pug first appeared in written English language in 1566. The word Pug origin was a term of endearment, kind of like "little cutie", and was used when talking about people. By the 1600's the word became synonymous with a courtesan and by 1664 the word Pug meant imp, sprite, demon, or monkey! Only in the 1750's did the Oxford English Dictionary recognize the word pug as meaning a "dwarf breed of dog".