Thinking about a pug for your family?
Alternatively, how about a second Pug? (it’s crazy how often things like that occur!) Good for you!
We have a lot of affection for the breed, and we like showing them off. The breed’s unrivaled composure makes it an ideal companion for families with young children. They are a breed that may easily become addicted.
Why should you only buy from a reputable Pug breeder?
If you are looking for a high-quality puppy but are having trouble locating one right away, we highly advise you to be patient, cultivate a relationship with a reputable and ethical breeder, and wait for breeding to take place if you want to increase your chances of acquiring one. There are a lot of legitimate dog breeders out there that exhibit their dogs and are looking to further their breed. Their Pugs are going to have a better type, which means that they will seem in the manner that Pugs are intended to appear.
They will be pricey due to the fact that it is more costly to exhibit dogs and it is also more expensive to breed lower grade dogs to produce better quality dogs. They often provide a health guarantee on all of their Pugs. You may locate them by inquiring with individuals such as us, as well as by searching for breeder references on the website of the breed club (Pug Dog Club of America is the only place we list our website). There is no such thing as a pug breeder who advertises in the local newspaper or on the bulletin board at the local pet shop.
The majority of persons who produce pugs only for the purpose of selling them as pets do it for the sole purpose of making money. There is absolutely nothing wrong with breeding dogs with the intention of making a profit. However, this should not be the main reason for doing so. These individuals are doing the Pug breed a disservice by breeding lower-quality examples of the breed together. The fact that many of them breed pups that are not registered with the AKC is a significant warning indication that they are most likely violating a spay/neuter contract that they signed when they purchased their Pug.
Does purchasing a Pug from a better breeder at a higher price ensure that the dog will have a longer and healthier life? Although this is not the case, we believe that doing so improves your odds, as well as the level of assistance and follow-through that you get.
Things to look for in a reputable Pug breeder
- First and foremost, you will not find a reputable breeder in the newspaper.
- How long have they been breeding and how often do they have a litter available?
- How many breeds do they breed? (more than one is a red flag)
- How many dogs do they own or co-own?
- Are they members of a Pug dog club?
- Are all their breeding pugs registered?
- Do they show their pugs?
- Are they familiar with the Pug dog standard?
- Has any Pug in their breeding program produced puppies with a hereditary flaw?
- Have their Pugs been screened for genetic defects? (i.e.; luxating patellas, elongated palettes, hips and eyes. Remember that even if they test for these things, like eyes for example… you can test for eye problems at 2 years old and 6 months later a problem can crop up…but the important thing is if it does that they DON’T breed that dog anymore!).
- What kind of health guarantee do they offer? (Minimum of 1 year is good. Walk away if it’s only 48 or 72 hours!!) If they are confident in their bloodline’s health they will at least offer you a year genetic health guarantee. Make sure their name and signature are on this document.
- Do they require a spay/neuter contract on “pet” puppies? (A reputable breeder will require this, so if they don’t care if you breed your “pet” quality pup down the road…walk away).
- Will they be available to answer questions you may have at any time during the dog’s lifetime?
- If a situation arises in which you can no longer keep the dog, i.e.; a move, health reasons, etc… Will they take the dog back? (reputable breeders will require this as part of their contract.)
- Do they have the parents on the premises and encourage you to visit with them? Sometimes the stud dog is not available so ask for pictures.
Why do purebred dogs cost so much?
When you acquire a purebred dog, one of the nicest things about it is knowing that the puppy you brought home will grow up to look just like the dog you fell in love with on the street, in magazines, or at the shows. This is one of the best things about owning a purebred dog.
The cost of a purebred puppy may range anywhere from $1,700 to $3,500 throughout the course of its lifetime. Even if it looks like a lot, and it really is, you’re actually getting a good deal here. The production of a well-planned litter comes at a significant financial expense.
Start with health checks on both of the dog’s parents, add stud fees, transportation charges for the stud dog or shipping costs for the dam, prenatal and postnatal care costs, as well as registration fees for the litter as a whole and for each individual puppy, and the total cost may soon mount up. When an unplanned C-section, further breeding cycles, or vet-performed implants are taken into account, a breeder’s financial account is almost never in the positive (green).
Happiness is not tied to the amount of money a responsible breeder makes, but rather to the fact that they are able to place healthy, robust examples of the breeds they like with people who care deeply about them. Consider all of those pricey safeguards to be a sort of insurance, and keep in mind the work that your breeder put in the next time you see an advertisement in the newspaper that says “No questions asked”!
Where else can you get a high-quality pug?
It is possible that you may discover that a Pug from a reputable and ethical breeder is either not immediately accessible to you or out of your price range entirely. In such a situation, we strongly suggest that you get in touch with the animal shelter in your area or Seattle Pug Rescue. Both are overrun with strays and dogs that have been abandoned, many of which would make ideal companion animals.
When shopping for a new pet, you should steer clear of breeders that have a history of irresponsible breeding since, unfortunately, many of the dogs in these shelters and rescues are the result of such breeding. As long as people are willing to pay a good price for dogs produced in backyards or by designers (such as puggles), there will be a business motivation to continue producing them, and our nation will continue to have a massive issue with unwanted pets.