The GAPC is a working group of volunteer members and friends dedicated to protecting and advancing the interests of the Pug breed.
1. To conduct an annual AKC sanctioned Pug Specialty Show. (GAPC 2014 Premium List)
2. To do all in our power to advance the interests of the Pug breed by encouraging good sportsmanship at dog shows and companion events under the rules of the AKC.
3. To encourage selective breeding which uses the AKC Standard as the standard of excellence by which Pugs will be bred and judged.
The American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1885. The Pug's popularity grew by leaps and bounds but then dwindled by the turn of the century. A few dedicated breeders kept the breed going and slowly the pug reappeared on the American scene. The Pug Dog Club of America was founded in 1931 and recognized by the AKC that same year. The Pug is enjoying a rather steady rate of growth in popularity at the present time. He is not so popular as to be common nor so unknown as to be rare.