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Fawn Pug

Fawn is the most familiar and most popular color pugs come in. Besides black, this is the other color that the American Kennel Club (AKC) and other major breed registries recognize as the pug’s standard coat color.

Fawn Pug
Fawn Pugs
Pug Fawn Male

While the black color results from the dominant B-gene, the fawn coloration is an outcome of a recessive gene. If both the parents carry the recessive SS or fawn gene, the resultant puppy would also have a fawn coat. Interestingly many pugs with a black coat may also have the recessive SS gene instead of the B gene.

Over 66% of the pug population has a fawn body, marked with a characteristic cream coat, varying in shades from light to medium-dark, and sometimes even having orange or red undertones. In a study conducted in 2016, it was seen that over 63.1 of the pugs in the United Kingdom were fawn-colored.

Fawn Pug Puppy
Fawn Pug Dog
Fawn Colour Pug

Another striking physical feature of the fawn pug is the characteristic black melanistic mask covering the face, from its chin up to the muzzle and the region surrounding its eyes. Their ears also appear black.

Owing to their popularity, fawn pugs cost the most, ranging from $1200-$1800.

Types of Fawn Pugs

Fawn pugs do not always come in a solid coloration and may show variations, combining with other shades.

Silver Fawn Pug

Silver Fawn
This is a rare coat variation of the fawn, with silver fawn dogs sometimes registered as fawns. The color is one shade lighter than the regular fawn shade, with a grayish sheen seen on the coat. Some silver fawn dogs could display an amalgamation of too many colors, like a mix of gray with reddish-gold or light and deep apricot. The Canadian Kennel Club also recognizes the silver fawn shade as the standard breed color alongside the regular fawn.

Apricot Fawn Pug

Apricot Fawn 
The apricot fawn pugs have an orange undertone, with light fawn or white shades covering the coat. Like the silver fawn variant, the apricot fawn is also mostly registered as a fawn. Moreover, the apricot color is a recognized color, not by the AKC, but by other breed registries like the Federation Cynologique Internationale and the Kennel Club (UK).

Blue-fawn Pug

This is the rarest combination indeed and perhaps could result from recessive gene, where the black coat gets diluted to a bluish coloration. A blue-fawn dog that is not a common find is mostly a combination of the bluish and creamish shades.


Q. How do the black and fawn pugs differ?

The black pug appears all black, barring the white markings on their chest and paw, while the fawn pug has a black mask and black ears. The black variant also sheds less due to its single coat, while the fawn counterparts are comparatively higher shedders as they have a double coat.

Q. Can a black pug be bred with a fawn pug?

No, it is not recommended or acceptable, as the resultant puppies could not come off as healthy litter. Moreover, crossing the black and fawn pugs together wouldn’t bring any difference in coat texture or color.

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