When the long-coated Lhasa Apso and the short-coated Pug are bred, the offspring are usually born with medium-to-long fur, but with an incredible personality and and an all-around propensity to enjoy living in close quarters with people.

The Pughasa comes from breeds that used to be select and not for everyone's ownership. The Lhasa Apso, a Tibetan breed dating back as far as 800 BC, was believed to be descended from mountain wolves. It was bred to be a sentry of nobles' homes. Tibetan monks also preferred it, and trained it to raise the alarm against intruders of monasteries and places of worship. While small, the Lhasa is fearless and alert and worked effectively in tandem with larger guard dogs that would actually challenge would-be intruders.

The Pug is believed to date back as far as 400 BC, and has graced many a lap of ancient Chinese royals. Its squashed appearance and small, compact build notwithstanding, the Pug is prized for its confidence, sociability and eagerness to make friends with anyone, human or animal.

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