Here is another article that mentions "rough coated" pugs. http://chestofbooks.com/animals/dogs/British-Dog-Shows/The-Pug-Part-3.htmlI would say this might be legit, as the long coat gene IS in Pugs, but to me this dog looks to also have the 'bearded' gene, which is dominant and doesn't exist in Pugs that I know of . . . so probably a mix.
As an aside, though, long coat is recessive to short, and Pugs and Pekes were mixed up to and through the early 1900s. This is why the recessive gene can still be found today. There were short coated Pekes as well.
This is from a Pug forum:
"There is a coated factor in Pugs. A researcher from Michigan contacted me several years ago because she was studying coated breeds like Shepherds, Corgis and Akitas and she picked Pugs for her control since they always have short hair -- not. She found the coated gene and contacted me. Years ago a Pug litter came in to the hospital and I told them there must have been 2 sires since some looked normal and the others were Peke-like, but the owners insisted there could have only been 1 male. We got DNA for the MI study on 1 of the dogs and indeed it had the coated gene. I also sent her samples on a few of my guys who have longer hair than some but they all came back "normal"."
If you read through the thread you will find the MJ (the long coated Pug that is the subject of the thread), has her AKC certificate and is from short coated parents that both carry the recessive long coated gene.
This is a video of MJ. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUPsY28fb70
. . . and an early short coated Pekingese.
Racing-bred Afghans have even less coat on their 'patterned' areas than the show lines. The hocks and pasterns were originally supposed to be short-haired as well as the saddle. Some good pictures of dogs from racing kennels are here and here. The very long coats in the modern show lines are basically overgrown furnishings. I've heard the two types of coat called the 'Desert Type' (shorter) and 'Mountain Type' (longer).Thanks SOB. I haven't read your links yet but I will when I get back home from a dog show this evening. I do have another question, Do you think the Afghans and Salukis throwing smooth coats has any realation to the fact that they aren't fully covered in a long coat? (Saluki just has long feathering and Afghans have a short saddle on thier back) Are there any other long coat breeds that have been know to produce a smooth coat?