When most people think of pugs they envision a Pug like Otis from the film "The Adventures of Milo and Otis".
Others may think of the alien Pug in the "Men in Black" films, Frank the Pug.
Both represent the color most people imagine when asked what a Pug looks like - the traditional fawn with a black mask.
Another color for a pug's coat is black which is also very common.
A Pug can have a black and a fawn parent and be born black or fawn - it all depends on the recessive fawn color gene being present in both parents or not.
There is also a rare coat color that I was not aware existed until recently, and they are quite a beautiful sight.
The rare coat color I'm speaking of is Brindle.
The brindle coat Pug is an unusual variation of the most common fawn, black, and silver coats.
It's difficult to pinpoint the origin of the brindle coat in Pugs, but most say it must have included the addition of another brindle dog breed into the gene pool.
Brindle can be described as "tiger striped" even though most people would say it is more subtle and patchy.
Brindle pugs come with or without a black mask but they are adorable either way.
Pugs of the brindle persuasion have created some head-scratching when it comes to exclusive dog clubs with strict guidelines.
Some brindle pugs have been accepted by the AKC, but the coat color is still not accepted by the Pug Club of Canada or the Pug Dog Club of America.
Whether fawn, black, or brindle - who cares? Pugs are beautiful creatures no matter what and any Pug is a pretty Pug! I have yet to see a brindle pug in person, but I'm sure Martini would love to meet one.
Then again Martini loves everyone she meets, so any old Pug would do!