Apricot Pugs: Everything you need to know, Pros and Cons!

At least 4% of pugs around the world are apricot. Since they are actually within some breed standards, it’s the rarest type of pug that’s not a part of a mix –in some cases-.

You want to get an apricot pug but don’t know how to identify one? You don’t know if your pug is apricot or not? Learn here how to tell if your pug’s coat is apricot and other interesting facts about this particular color in pugs.

  • Is your pug apricot? Many different shades are technically apricot and you might not even know!
  • You don’t know if you’re getting an apricot pug? Learn how to tell which is the right color to pick!
  • Is it safe to get an apricot pug? Learn all about their temperament and health care here!

When you finish reading, you’ll have all the required knowledge to properly spot an apricot pug. Let’s get started!

Origin of apricot-colored pugs.

The apricot color has always been a part of pug’s genes, even though some kennel clubs don’t accept such color. And the appearance of this gene in pug’s DNA is normal. According to basic genetics, coat color genes come from both parents of the dog. Black, provided by the B gene, is the most dominant gene for pug’s coats. On the other hand, apricot is a recessive gene. That means that if there’s a black gene present, the pug will be black. For apricot pugs to exist, both parents must pass the apricot gene to the pug puppies, meaning they will be apricot.

How to identify apricot pugs?

This is not an easy task! Different factors make the actual color shade to vary, being light-apricot or very dark and orangey apricot pugs to appear maybe even in the same litter. To properly identify them you’ll need to pay attention to their color and simply compare their color to a normal range of apricot. 

The most common color for pugs (because of breeder’s choice) is fawn. Fawn is very simple to be spotted, because it doesn’t vary a lot, and the only different part of their coat is the trace, which is usually darker. For your pug to be an apricot pug, you’ll need to look out for orangey-reddish shades, yellow-golden shades, and even fawn with yellow shades, which are rather hard to note. They are often in the back of the dog, and their chest can either be of the same shade, a lighter shade, or even fawn-colored.

Apricot pugs in Kennel Clubs.

Apricot coats are not accepted for pugs in most kennel clubs, with a few major exceptions. The CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) approves apricot pugs, but not directly, as they believe the apricot shade to be part of the fawn coloring. That means that all apricot pugs in Canada can easily compete in show rings if they meet the other requirements, of course. The FCI and the Kennel Club in the UK, the apricot color is also a standard color for pugs. However, for the AKC (American Kennel Club), apricot pugs are not valid as a standard.

Apricot pugs vs other colors.

Even though apricot pugs are rather normal, they are still less common than fawn pugs. According to research, the brindle pug is the least common of them all. Still, the apricot pug is no different in any way from the other colors in pugs, so their physical traits and personality outlines remain the same. They also do not suffer from any color-related illness and don’t require special treatments or care.

Price of an apricot pug.

The price for one of these peachy beautiful dogs is usually the same as the price of fawn pugs, which is on average $1500 to $2000 in America. However, some breeders can try to charge you more for them, even if you actually know that they are at least the third most common type of pugs. It happens the same with black pugs. If you come across a breeder that wants to sell you an apricot pug stating it is a special color, look for another breeder. It might cost you more than you think.


The apricot coat in pugs is a beautiful color that appeals to the eye and since it’s a pug, the dog comes with the most adequate companionship traits. You can expect great things from this apricot buddy, like great health and lovely personality outlines. However, you must follow the same guidelines while adopting or buying a pug of this color because it can also be obtained from mixes.

That’s why the proper information about the pug is necessary, and you should get it from the breeder firsthand.

Now that you know how, are you ready to start looking for a beautiful apricot pug?

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