tween girl with pug

The pug has a face only a family member could love.

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Pugs, along with sloths, seahorses and baby armadillos, fall into the category of animals that are at once bizarre-looking and absolutely adorable. Though their strange faces get them teased for being the dog that chases parked cars, they're actually well-tempered, friendly and serene animals that are active enough to be fun, but still small enough not to require a 5-mile run every day.

Most importantly, pugs are patient and sturdy little guys -- the perfect set of features for a family with either small children who may not play gently, or apartment-dwellers who need to ensure their pet won't wake the neighbors with constant yapping.