What has Trump to do with dogs?

Did you know that President Trump is one of only three US Presidents not to own a pet? But, I digress, because the ‘Trump’ of the title isn’t Donald but a dog. Indeed the Trump is the beloved pug belonging to the brilliant 18th-century artist, William Hogarth

The Painter and his Pug 1745 William Hogarth 1697-1764 Purchased 1824 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N00112

The painting above famously shows the creator of ‘Marriage a la Mode’ and other works of social comment. The artist’s character was described as pugnacious, an irony which wasn’t lost on him, and perhaps why his favourite dog was included in his self-portrait.

A History of Pug Noses in Particular

But this isn’t a post about artists but about dogs. In particular, pugs…and their noses.

Take a look at Trump the pug…especially his muzzle. Remember now, Trump is p-u-g

Detail of Trump from Hogarth’s self portrait.

Now look at a modern day pug.

How did we get from there to here?

Let’s take a jog through the centuries and a visual tour of how pugs have changed with the years. We start the tour with another 18th century artist, Thomas Gainsborough, born just over two decades after Hogarth.

Gainsborough’s pug lacks a flat-face.

1802: Henry Bernard Chalon again…this time a male pug
Richard Ramsey Reinagle “Pug with cropped ears” from around 1850
1870 James Tissot: ‘Young lady with a Boat’…with a pug
1900s – a photo this time.
A photo from 1915

So why is Trump like a puggle? A puggle is part pug and part beagle. The resulting pup a longer nose…and takes us back to a dog reminiscent of the original pug. And this isn’t just a matter of passing interest, because our modern pugs have all sorts of breathing problems because of those short noses. Perhaps it’s time to be more Trump and embrace their inner puggle.

Trump – #Justsaying