Rare Color Pugs: Everything You Need to Know

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It is a good idea to keep a Pug at home, but what if the pug is of different color, a unique one like none of your friends or near person have? 

Yes, it is possible! Pugs are available in many different colors but are rare to find.

This article tries to cover most of the rare pugs that are unique to keep at home.

The 10 Rarest Pug Colors

The most common colors and types of pugs are fawn and black. The AKC (American kennel club) only recognizes these two colors, black and fawn pugs.

At the same time, there are many different variations from a fawn ranging from apricot to a light cream color.

However, these are common colors, but the following are the rarest pug colors that, if you are lucky, you will be able to find.

1. White Paws Pugs

It is one of the rare colors of pugs. A pug with white paws will likely have white on its chest, body, or face. It is normal for dogs to change colors as they get old, and some of the black markings may get darker as your pug gets older. As the pugs reach adulthood, the black mask and ears usually get darker, and as your pug enters their senior year, they also start to get grey on the face and muzzle.

2. The Thumbprint Pugs

A thumbprint pug is the dark patch area on the forehead of your pug that’s also called diamond due to its shape. A thumbprint is present when your pug is born, and puppies rarely develop these as they get older. It may get bigger or darker as the dog gets older, but rarely does it disappear as your puppy grows.

3. Trace Pugs

These are the dark lines on the back of your dog. It will usually be seen on the scruff of the neck going all the way straight from their back to tail. These lines can sometimes vary in thickness and darkness; these traces cannot be seen when your pug is young and will be prominent until it gets old. The opposite is also true. Your pug may have a trace at birth and will slowly fade as your pug starts to mature.

4. Brindle Pugs

Only about 1% of pugs brindle in colors. It is a mixture of black and light color marking that creates a stripe effect as the fawn is the most common color in pugs and the rarest color of the pugs. A brindle pug has a slightly darker appearance, the opposite of the brindle color. Instead of a light brown coat, a reverse brindle pug has a black coat with light brown markings.

5. Pink Color 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. Even for short periods, they are highly sensitive to light. 

Another problem associated with the pink pug is atopic dermatitis. They are also prone to blindness later in their lives. These dogs do not have white fur but fine hairs that appear white when all grouped. These dogs will also have ashen blue eyes.

6. Merle Pugs

Typically have a merle Chihuahua somewhere in their breeding history. These dogs have a distinctive pattern to their coat, a mottled coloring similar to that seen in Australian shepherds. This can either be fawn and black or black and whiter colored, also known PLATINUM as blue merle.

7. Panda Pugs

These pugs get their name from the markings found on their coat. These dogs have predominantly white coats with black markings generally around the eyes and ears, giving them a panda-like appearance even with one or two blue eyes.

8. Platinum Pugs

These pugs are deep and dark grey. They are even darker than fawn silver pugs and not as dark as purebred pugs. Some are very smutty fawn, or silver pugs are often passed off as platinum by unprincipled breeders.

9. Chinchilla Pugs

Are leucistic pugs with a white chinchilla color in a black pug with leucism. Since it is a recessive gene, this coloring is scarce. However, beware of anyone marketing these dogs of this color, as many health issues will likely plague these dogs.

10. Pied Pugs

Pied pugs usually have an equal amount of black or brown to white. Pied pugs puppies likely have some French bulldog or Boston terrier somewhere in their lineage.


Are pugs friendly with kids?

Pugs are cute and very kind with kids, adults, and everyone, even they like to run along with kids in the house when they cannot go outside.

Where can I find a pied pug?

It is a dog from China so we can easily buy it from China in a large variety.

Why is it better to avoid pink-colored pugs?

There are many health issues with pink pugs, so it is better to buy other cute dogs to play with.


These colors are not part of the purebred bloodline and are not accepted by any major kennel club. Purebred pugs with other dogs likely breed to achieve these colors, so you may never know what you are getting. Genetics analysis may reveal that your pub is not even a purebred dog.

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