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Pug Colors & Patterns

Pug Dog Breed Colors

Pug is a dog breed that originates from China, with unique physical features of a short wrinkly muzzled face and curled tail.

This breed has a solid, square body with well-built muscles and a fine, silky coat that comes in many different colors.

Read on to learn about…

  • Colors— what colors Pugs come in, what they look like, as well as some “unofficial” colors that aren’t recognized by any major kennel clubs
  • Markings— not only do Pugs come in a variety of colors, but they also can have a few different patterns
  • Club recognition— Kennel clubs that recognize the Pug (and how some colors are only recognized by a few)
  • Colors & health issues— not all colors are created equally… some Pug colors are associated with a higher risk of health issues such as blindness or deafness!

1. Fawn Pugs

The most common Pug color. Usually, parts of their face will have black (referred to as a “black mask” pattern).

The Fawn color is best described as a cream-like color.

fawn pug
A Fawn Pug

Fawn Pugs are Recognized by…

2. Black Pugs

Well, this one requires no explanation… as one of the most common Pug colors, Black Pugs are recognized by all major kennel clubs across the world.

A Black Pug

Black Pugs are Recognized by…

3. Apricot Pugs

This color is very similar in shade to Fawn… but an Apricot Pug is more yellow/gold than a Fawn Pug.

An Apricot Pug

Apricot Pugs are Recognized by…

4. Silver or Silver-Fawn Pugs

A Silver Pug

Silver and Silver-Fawn are Recognized by…

Pug Price Chart

ColorPrice RangeAKC Recognized
Fawn$1,000 – $2,000Yes
Black$1,000 – $2,000Yes
Apricot$1,200 – $2,500Yes
Silver$1,500 – $3,000Yes
Brindle$1,500 – $3,000No
Blue$2,000 – $4,000No
Merle$2,500 – $5,000No
Albino$3,000 – $6,000No

Pug Patterns & Markings

These are the coat patterns of the pug breed.

  • Black masked: a black snout on top of whatever their primary coat color is
  • Panda: black and white — looks like a panda
  • Tracing: a black line that goes down their back

Different Kennel Clubs Recognize Different Colors

There exist dozens of Kennel Clubs around the world that recognize the Pug… but their breed standard varies! Pugs come in a variety of different colors depending on whether it is a purebred pug or not.

Kennel Clubs that recognize the Pug include, but aren’t limited to…

  1. American Kennel Club (AKC)
  2. Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)
  3. Cynologique Internationale (FCI)
  4. The Kennel Club (KC)

Some colors (such as Silver-Fawn) may be acceptable by the Canadian Kennel Club, but the American Kennel Club would not allow a Silver-Fawn Pug to register and/or compete.

What is a Kennel Club?

kennel club: an association of dog fanciers concerned especially with advancing the interests of one or more breeds of dogs usually by establishing standards, providing competitions, or recording pedigrees

Let’s take a look at what the following Kennel Clubs around the globe have to say about official Pug Colors.

1. American Kennel Club (AKC)

The official Pug colors that are recognized by the AKC are: black and fawn.

Pug Colors recognized by the AKC

  • Black
  • Fawn

Want to know more about Pugs? Check out the AKC’s Pug guide.

2. Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)

The CKC is the primary kennel club for purebred dogs in Canada. They currently recognize 175 breeds.

They recognize the same two Pug colors as the AKC (Fawn & Black) in addition to Silver-Fawn.

Pug Colors recognized by the CKC

  • Black
  • Fawn
  • Silver-Fawn

3. Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

The FCI is the largest kennel club in the world. They have been around since 1911 and many kennel clubs across the world are members of the FCI.

Pug Colors recognized by FCI

  • Apricot
  • Black
  • Fawn
  • Silver

4. The Kennel Club (KC)

The official kennel club of the United Kingdom, “The Kennel Club”, recognizes the same 4 colors as the FCI.

Pug Colors recognized by The Kennel Club

  • Apricot
  • Black
  • Fawn
  • Silver

Unofficial Pug Colors

These colors are not recognized by the AKC (or any other kennel clubs) as they are not what they consider to be a “purebred Pug”.

Every Pug Color

While Pugs can come in every color under the sun, it’s important to remember: if the kennel clubs above don’t recognize the color, there’s a pretty good chance the Pug is not purebred.

  1. Black & Tan
  2. Blue & Blue Fawn
  3. Brindle
  4. Chinchilla
  5. Chocolate
  6. Merle
  7. Panda
  8. Pied
  9. Pink
  10. Platinum
  11. Silver
  12. White

Woah, that’s a lot of colors! It can be confusing to know which is which…

The genetics responsible for producing the various colors, patterns, shades and combinations and the pug’s coat play a critical role.

Read on for more details about the pug breed, its colors; the official AKC recognized colors, specific health problems associated with certain colors and much more.

Why Certain Pug Colors Cause Health Issues

Like Frenchies, Pugs are also prone to their own set of health issues, with the most common being breathing issues, eye & skin problems, joint issues, and seizures.

A 2018 study from the University of Sydney determined that some dog colors might be associated with health issues.

Some Pugs may be bred for a specific color, however, this might introduce undesirable genes into the gene pool.

Merle Pugs

Though this color is attractive and loved by many, there are various health problems associated with it.

The merle gene in them is responsible for the coat pattern and associated with impairments in the ophthalmologic and auditory systems and reduced immune system effectiveness.

Merle Pug Health Issues

  • Vision impairments
  • Hearing impairments
  • Sun sensitivity
  • At-risk for skin cancer

Pink Pugs or Albino Pugs

Pink pugs are another name for albino pugs. They are prone to many different health problems because of their color and coat.

Due to the lack of pigment in their body, these dogs easily get sunburnt when outside for even short periods of time. They are highly sensitive to light.

Another health problem associated with the pink-colored pug dog is atopic dermatitis. They are also prone to blindness later in their lives.

Pink Pug Health Issues

  • All issues associated with albinism
  • Light sensitivity
  • At-risk for skin cancer as well
  • Deafness
  • Neurological issues

Exotic & Rare Pug Colors

These colors are considered “exotic” or “rare” by some people because they’re not the standard 4 colors recognized by most kennel clubs.

  • White
  • Brindle
  • Blue pugs
  • Merle
  • Chocolate
  • Panda pug
  • Black and Tan
  • Pink (albino)
  • Chinchilla
  • Pied pugs
  • Platinum

It’s important to note that Pugs that are any of the above colors are likely to be not purebred. These Pugs would be unable to register with any major kennel club & be able to compete in certain shows. (this shouldn’t matter to most people, though)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Most Common Pug Colors?

The 2 most common Pug colors are Fawn and Black. These two colors are recognized by nearly every kennel club in the world.

What Pug colors does the AKC recognize?

The AKC recognizes Pugs that are: silver, apricot-fawn with a black face mask, or all-black.