Where Should I Buy a Pug?

The decision to add a pug to your family has been made. You really want a puppy...What next?

Pug puppies can be very difficult to purchase, due to small litter sizes, high cesarean section and mortality rates. It is not uncommon to wait a year or more for a quality puppy. No matter where you purchase your puppy, you should be asking the following questions:

1) May I see the mother and father? One or both should be available for you to meet. If not, this may be a puppymill litter shipped in from another state. Beware of advertisements in the newspaper. Puppymill brokers will advertise in the paper and tell buyers that it is a friend's litter or relative that lives out of state, that they are trying to help out by selling the puppies.

2) How long have you been breeding/showing pugs? Can you provide a list of references of previous puppy buyers? Reputable breeders will gladly give you names of others who have purchased puppies. These people can tell you if they have had any long term health problems with their pugs.

3) What short term and long term health guarantees do you provide? Ask if they screen their breeding stock for health issues such as luxating patellas and eye disorders. If a replacement is part of the guarantee, are you required to return your pet to the breeder?

4) At what age do you sell your puppies? Critical social development in puppies is between 6 and 8 weeks. At that time they need to be with their littermates to form proper social skills. Puppies placed before 8 weeks often have problems later with housebreaking and training. It is not unusual for many breeders to keep pug puppies until 10 or 12 weeks of age before placing them in new homes.

5) Be very careful when purchasing from an internet breeder. Many of these are out of state and will gladly ship you a puppy. You cannot visit or see the parents or puppies in advance, so reference checks are extremely important in these cases. Get a copy of the guarantee in advance.

The Great Lakes Pug Club wants to see every Pug puppy have a healthy, happy life. You should feel very comfortable with your puppy's breeder and be able to visit the breeder's home to see the conditions in which your puppy is raised. If you are not able to visit, see adult pugs playing happily and ask questions (and a reputable breeder will ask just as many questions about YOU!), you may be dealing with a puppymill or broker.

Beware of Pet Store puppies as well (though we know it is hard to resist this cuties, you have no history on the puppy at all.) Health problems can and do arise, and if your pug is ill, you want to make sure that your breeder is there to help. If a puppy is not for you, or you just can't wait for a year to add a pug to your family, perhaps a rescue pug may be for you!

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