“I’m attempting to locate a breeder near us, but I’m having trouble doing so could you assist us in locating a breeder in ?”
It’s a common question. Everyone wants a Pug, which is fantastic, but there are a lot of steps that need to be taken before that can happen. First and foremost, you should get some training! Check out the material on this page to learn how to locate respectable breeders and identify them when you see them (this link is still on the PugsCom site). I cannot emphasize the importance of information enough; if you don’t know what questions to ask, you will almost certainly wind up purchasing the least expensive and worst-bred puppy that you can find. If a bargain canine is what you’re after, you should go elsewhere than this website. Continue reading this article to find out whether you are on the correct path to achieving your dream of owning a friendly and well-bred Pug. Remember I DO NOT MAKE BREEDER REFERRALS. There are several connections on this page that may help you, but I ask that you continue reading.
Is the Pug the right dog for me?
People have a hard time admitting this, but they want a pug for one of the following reasons: (a) it’s really cute; (b) it’s really ugly; (c) it looks like a pit bull; (d) it’s a dog that doesn’t shed; (e) it’s a dog that isn’t hyper; and (f) it’s a dog that costs a lot of money so I can breed it and make a lot of money The only one of those justifications that even comes close to being a valid justification is reason a. The remainder of them are not accurate:
(B) If you believe a Pug is unattractive, then you won’t be satisfied having one in the next 12 to 15 years. The average Pug’s lifespan is between 12 and 15 years. They live for a very long time so that you are forced to endure comments such as “that dog is sooooo ugly” if you are unable to tolerate to hear them again.
(C) Pugs do not in any way resemble pit bulls in appearance at all. Terriers by breed, pit bulls average about 60 pounds in weight and have very long noses for their size. They also have tails that are straight. Pugs are not intended for combat, they are not designed to be aggressive, and they are NOT supposed to have the personality of a terrier.
(D) – I have no idea where or how this misconception came originated, but DOGS DO DEFECATE!! Lots. Tons. Even by the handfuls of them. And because of its very light fawn hue, it is visible on dark colors such as black, dark brown, dark green, and navy blue. You would believe that a Pug has “short” hair, but in reality, its hair can be anything from three quarters of an inch to an inch and a half long! And if you buy a black Pug, those hairs are going to show up on every light-colored garment or fabric that you own. In my experience, I’ve heard less people complain about the shedding of a black Pug over the years than I have heard about the shedding of a fawn Pug; however, BOTH COLORS SHED.
Hyper Pugs, option E. To put it another way, it seems to be a contradiction in words. However, despite their small size, Pug pups have a lot of activity. Pugs do not typically “grow up” and mature until they are around two years old, and even then, it is merely a slow down in their development at that point. If you’re searching for a dog that won’t be hyperactive, you shouldn’t acquire a Pug puppy; instead, wait until the dog is around five years old before getting one.
(F) If you even for a second believe that you can “earn money” by breeding Pugs, you’re mistaken. As a result of the heads being so much bigger than the hips of the mother, many pugs in today’s world need to have their babies delivered through caesarean section (c-section). When you combine that with the limited number of pups that are typically produced by a litter, you wind up in a position where you are losing money when you include in the cost of food, vaccinations, worming, and everything else that puppies need, not to mention the condition of the dam.
I really do want a Pug, but just a pet!
I would say that this is the second most common remark that I am exposed to. “We aren’t looking for a show dog; we simply want a Pug that will be a pleasant, healthy companion for us.” Be conscious of the fact that respectable breeders are out there working hard to produce the highest quality pups they can while you are searching for a puppy to keep as “just a pet.” This implies that in addition to having pups that are attractive and have the appearance that one would expect from a Pug, the breeder should strive to have puppies who are in the best possible health.
Imagine that you’ve found yourself in the middle of a used automobile lot, where you’re seeking for a trustworthy mode of transportation that won’t break the bank. You don’t look at the clunkers that cost $200 since that’s not your aim. And instead of looking at the $20,000 Buicks with their leather seats and wood trim, you’re searching for a $7,500 Chevrolet that doesn’t have any of the “extras” that differentiate it from a Chevrolet and make it a Buick. They are both manufactured by the same business, but only one of them has all of the bells and whistles that are available.
The situation is the same with pugs. Show dogs are like Buicks in that they have something “special” about them that distinguishes them as the “top of the line” model. Well-bred dogs may come in a variety of sizes and colors, but show dogs are like Buicks. The majority of the time, a pet will have some kind of a small defect, such as a tail that only coils once or that has a loopy curl as opposed to a tight curl. It’s possible that their eyes are a lighter shade of brown as opposed to an extremely dark brown. It’s possible that one of their ears folds in one direction while the other folds in the other direction. It doesn’t change the fact that they are a Pug in any way, and it doesn’t change the fact that they can provide you love and happiness throughout their life.
So where and how can I learn more?
Congratulations, since the fact that you have read this far indicates that you are moving in the right direction. It might be difficult to figure out who the responsible breeders are. However, there are a few organizations of breeders that you have to be aware of in this regard. In general, I would classify them as follows:
- Back Yard Breeders
People who do nothing more than put two dogs together for the sake of making money are known on the internet by the acronym BYB. As the name implies, most of the time they simply let them hang out in the backyard together. As long as they are paid in advance, it does not matter to them if the pups pass away due to health problems. They are content with their earnings regardless of whether the pups they generate survive two months or two years, therefore it is of little concern to them. They continue to breed the same two dogs over and over again as if it were no big deal even if one of their offspring causes your dog to get a genetic illness as a result of one of their breedings. After some time has passed, and the mother is no longer able to have offspring, they will abandon her in a pound or by the side of the road. These are also the people that will sell you a puppy for anywhere between $50 and $200, the majority of the time. (A word of caution on the pricing; please read here)
- Kitchen or “Love” Breeders
People who adore a certain breed and desire another puppy for themselves are common examples of people who engage in backyard breeding. Some of them refer to their canine companions as “brides and grooms” and hold weddings because they believe their canine companions are “in love.” They don’t see any ethical issues with breeding their two dogs to produce a new puppy and then selling the remainder of the puppies that are produced by the breeding. They are oblivious to the fact that their male will mate with any available female, regardless of where she is located, regardless of whether she is in the kitchen or down the street, as long as he has access to her. These owners may have had a difficult time locating a Pug in their region, and they may believe that they are doing the community a favor by producing a litter in order to make Pugs available to more people. Because their Pugs seem to be in good condition and because everyone wants one of their very own, there is no reason not to get one. These are good-hearted individuals who, in most cases, really don’t know any better and don’t understand how what they’re doing could possibly be harmful to anybody or anything. Because they have no idea what a healthy Pug should look like or how large it should be, they are unable to determine whether or not their dog has reached an unhealthy size. They almost all still retain the pedigree that was given to them when they purchased their dog, but they are clueless about what it really indicates. They’ve never seen any of the dogs that are included in the pedigree, and often they’ve never seen a Pug that looks the way it should. Simply because they have the ability to do so, they have already produced two or three litters of puppies by the time their breeding canines reach the age of five and begin to exhibit signs of any hereditary abnormalities. The price range for their puppies is probably anywhere between $300 and $500.
- Responsible Breeders
Someone who cares enough about the breed to know about it and who has a purpose in producing a litter is considered to be a responsible breeder. It is important to note, however, that a responsible breeder does not necessarily have to be a show breeder. They make an effort to get as much information as they can on the ancestors of the dogs that they want to breed. They don’t breed for the market or the money; rather, in most cases, they breed because they believe they can create a high-quality Pug and maybe retain one for themselves. Keeping this in mind, they breed in the hopes of producing a robust and healthy dog of their very own. Because the care and health testing that responsible breeders do (that they can SHOW you – never trust anyone’s “word” while you’re shopping) is costly, the price range for pups from responsible breeders is going to be somewhere in the region of $700 to $1,000. Even a conscientious breeder who performs testing runs the risk of having their dogs inherit genetic or medical issues. That in no way implies that a breeder is careless with their animals. When a problem is discovered in one of the breeder’s dogs, the breeder’s reaction will serve as a demonstration of their ethical standards. Each new dog and each new generation of dogs is a learning instrument that may be utilized for the purpose of improving subsequent generations of dogs. This is because the goal of breeding programs is to contribute to the improvement of the breed.
- Show Breeders
Show breeders may fall under any of the aforementioned categories. Simply because someone participates in shows does not make them a better or worse breeder; they are simply another one. Do not be fooled by someone who promotes pups as being “all show quality” since NO ONE can guarantee that a litter will include just show grade puppies in every single one of its puppies. Even if a dog’s ancestors were all champions, it does not always mean that the dog’s offspring will also be champions. A “display breeder” need to be investigated with the same level of diligence as any other breeder. There are many individuals with questionable morals in each of these categories; thus, you, as the BUYER, should be prepared with your own set of questions and have an idea of what you’re searching for before you make a purchase.
Links that will help
The following is a list of links to various files that have been produced to assist you in determining what steps you need to take in order to locate a reliable breeder in your region. I began with the website that I would recommend you to if you asked me for a breeder in your region, which is the Pug Dog Club of America’s Breeder Referral Service, and then I added additional websites that had fantastic material on them. Sending an email to the address [email protected] will cause you to get an email that has detailed instructions on how to locate breeders in your region, along with a map. Contrary to what some of these sites say, I personally do NOT recommend the AKCs Breeder Referral Representative Program. This is where you call a 900 number to get the names of breeders near you. The AKC DOES NOT screen these breeders and anyone can list their name there with a telephone call. Good luck in your search!