According to Benjamin Twist’s amusing article “Pugs: Proof that Evolution Doesn’t Work,” a pug’s nose is “a small black cork that accidentally leaks air.” It’s an apt description, but that short snozzle is what also makes pugs so adorable.
K recently finished The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins, and the book brings up an interesting point about pugs. Says Dawkins, “an adult pug is a puppy whose face didn’t properly grow up.” Puppies need a short snout in order to nurse, a long one would get in the way and make sucking difficult. Except for pugs and a few other breeds (bulldogs, boxers, and Pekineses, for example), most dogs develop a proper snout. A pug’s stays infantile and puppy-like. Perhaps this is why I and other pugophiles find pugs so irresistible. They remind us of puppies.