In 1572, the Pug was chosen as the official dog of the House of Orange in Holland, when a silver Pug named Pompey saved the life of his master, William, Prince of Orange.
On the night of September 12, 1572, a body of Alva’s Spanish troops surprised Dutch William’s camp. Upon hearing enemy soldiers, Pompey licked William’s face and barked noisily until the prince awoke. William then grabbed Pompey, and ran to safety.
To his dying day, the Prince ever afterwards kept his dog in his bedchamber. To mark the whole event and the importance of Pompey, an effigy of Willliam and his pug is carved over William’s tomb in Delft Cathedral.