Not noticeable on many black Pugs, but very obvious on lighter coats, is the mask.
This is the black coloring of the muzzle and is part of what sets this breed aside and lends to its amazing appearance.
It will begin under the chin and cover the entire muzzle, raise over the top of the nose and then encircle both eyes
. It is not uncommon for the black hairs to begin to thin as they circle around the eyes.
Can a Pug have mitted, white paws? It is not common however it can occur as you can see with this adorable Pug puppy. The term 'mitted' is often used with cats since it is much more common for felines to have this type of color marking. It refers to coloring that falls on the paws that is different than the body color, as if the animal is wearing mittens. As you can see, this Pug is a fawn with black mask and white markings.
The white is splashed across the chest and then appears on the front paws as if the pup dipped into paint.
Mr. Mittens, 3 months old
Photo courtesy of Suzanne