There are many famous Pugs, from Hollywood to history books.
Pugs have played significant roles in the lives of famous men and women and kings and queens as well as in the events in history. Listed below are some of the most famous pugs of all time. Lamb and Moss are known in history as the Pugs who were stolen from the Emperor’s Palace in China. These now famous Pugs were brought to England and one of their offspring, a Pug named Click, became the forefather of many English and American lines. Other Pugs that became famous as forefathers of well-known breeding lines include Punch and Terry of the Morrison lines, and Mops and Nell of the Willoughby lines.
Pompey was owned by Prince William of Holland. According to historical tradition, it was Pompey who awakened William to warn him of the presence of Spaniards during the war with Spain, which lasted from 1571 to 1573. Since this Pug saved his life, Prince William declared the Pug as the official dog of the House of Orange.
In England, Queen Elizabeth II formed a liking to this breed and raised many Pugs in her palace. Amongst her many Pugs, her favorite was the one named Basco who lived with her from 1877 to 1892. Her other famous Pugs included Rooney, Olga, Minka, Venus, Fatima and Pedro. Jacopo, a black pug owned by Lady Brassey, was given to Queen Elizabeth II who renamed him Brassey. It was Lady Brassey who later exhibited the very first black Pug named Jack Pratt at the Maidenstone Show in 1886.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were also known to be adorers of the Pug. The Duke’s favorite among his pugs was named Diamond who was remored to have slept with him on his bed. The story goes that Diamond had run away from home but when the Duke was about to die, Diamond came and was placed at his bedside.
Aside from royalty, Pugs have also been loved by some famous people in the society. The author of the famous Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, had two pugs whose names were Punch and Missy. The famous English artist William Hogarth had a Pug named Trump. One of Hogarth’s famous works of art was a self-portrait where he was with his precious Trump. The great Italian designer, Valentino, had a pug named Oliver after which he named one of his famous lines of shirts and cardigans. Go figure!
Pugs have also become favorite pets of many celebrities. Some of the most famous pugs owned by celebrities have graced magazine covers with their owners. These include Mimi LaRue, owned by Tori Spelling (for the Modern Dog magazine), and Sid and Nancy, owned by Jessica Alba who had been on a cover for the Animal Fair magazine. There are still many other famous celebrities and famous figures in the society who also enjoyed the company and loyalty of pugs including Voltaire, George Eliot and Sir Winston Churchill. You have to admit, Pugs just have that way about them!
We’ll find them all and provide information about each and every one of these famous pugs here at Pugwear.