298 DOGS AND ALL ABOUT THEM
The following is the standard description and points of the Maltese Club of London :
Head-Should not be too narrow, but should be of a Terrier shape, not too long, but not apple-headed. Ears-Should be long and well feathered, and hang close to the side of the head, the hair to be well mingled with the coat at the shoulders. Eyes-Should be a dark brown, with black eye rims and not too far apart. Nose-Should be pure black. Legs and Feet-Legs should be short and straight, feet round, and the pads of the feet should be black. Body and ShapeShould be short and cobby, low to the ground, and the back should be straight from the top of the shoulders to the tail. Tail and CarriageShould be well arched over the back and well feathered. Coat, Length and Texture-Should be a good length, the longer the better, of a silky texture, not in any way woolly, and should be straight. ColourIt is desirable that they should be pure white, but slight lemon marks should not count against them. Condition and Appearance-Should be of a sharp Terrier appearance, with a lively action, the coat should not be stained, but should be well groomed in every way. Size-The most approved weights should be from 4 lb. to 9 lb., the smaller the better, but it is desirable that they should not exceed 10 lb.
There seems to be no doubt that the fawn-coloured Pug enjoys the antiquity of descent that is attached to the Greyhound, the Maltese dog, and some few other venerable breeds.
Although much has been written on the origin of these dogs, nothing authentic has been discovered in connection with it. Statements have appeared from time to time to the effect that the Pug was brought into this country from Holland. In the early years of the last century it was commonly styled the Dutch Pug. But this theory does not trace the history far enough back, and it should be remembered that at that period the Dutch East India Company was in constant communication with the Far East. Others declare that Muscovy was the original home of the breed, a supposition for which there is no discernible foundation. The study of canine history receives frequent enlightenment from the study of the growth of commercial intercourse between nations, and the trend of events would lead one to the belief that the Pug had its origin in China, particularly in view of the fact that it is with that country that most of the blunt-nosed toy dogs, with tails curled over their backs, are associated.