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How To Find a Pug Breeder


If you are looking for a local pug puppy breeder or if you’re trying to figure out if the one you’re talking to is reputable, you need to read this post. It’s extremely important to get your Pug puppy from a reputable breeder. Pugs, like many other pure bred dogs, are susceptible to certain disorders. Good breeders will be less likely to sell you a dog that has problems common to the breed. Therefore, you need to find a reputable breeder.

Why do certain breeders produce better Pug puppies than others?

From the Pug Dog Club of America’s Code of Ethics:

Breeders shall exercise great care when selecting stud dogs or brood bitches. Breeders shall use stock of characteristic type, exhibit soundness, stable temperament, be in good health and condition and be free of communicable diseases and serious genetic defects. Breeders do not breed just for the pet market and believe the only justifiable reason to breed is to improve the breed.

Reputable breeders generally show their Pugs in dog shows, and they are interested in winning the shows by producing better dogs. Because they’re interested in winning shows and improving the breed more than making money, they want to produce the best looking dog possible. Their stated goal is to improve the breed by selecting high quality dogs to breed. They also want to build a reputation in the dog show community for producing high quality dogs. Part of the way they improve their “line” is to work with other breeders, selectively choosing the dogs they wish to breed. If their “line” develops genetic problems, the other breeders won’t want to work with them. Nobody wants their line to develop problems.

Their picky nature benefits you. Many times, they produce more dogs than they wish to show. When this happens, they pick the best looking ones for themselves, and sell the others as ‘pets.’ Most of the time, the dogs sold as pets could easily be considered “show dogs,” but the breeder has chosen to show only one. Other times, a dog might be sold as a pet because he has a teeny-tiny problem that nobody will ever notice except the judges. For example, the puppy’s legs might be a little bit too short, or her body might be a little bit too long. She might have a splotch of white fur on her paw, while the breeders and judges want a solid color coat. Dog show standards can be very strict, and even the slightest fault can cause a dog to be ill suited for showing, but absolutely perfect for being a pet. Therefore, getting a dog as a “pet” from a “show” breeder is the best way to be sure to get a higher quality pug puppy. For more about the pug dog standard, see the Pug Dog Club of America’s Standards Page.

How to find a good pug puppy breeder?

First, you should try to find a member of the Pug Dog Club of America in your area. The PDCA has a breeder referral list. If there is not a member of the PDCA in your area, the breeder should at least be a member of the AKC. Second, your breeder should show pugs competitively in dog shows, for the reasons listed above and because breeders who show dogs will, through competition, improve their line.

What should I expect from a breeder?

  • You should be allowed to have your puppy examined by a vet.
  • You should be given instructions for care.
  • You should receive medical records.
  • Your breeder should be willing to accept the pug back should you be unable to care for the dog or should the dog have serious medical problems.
  • Your breeder should ask YOU questions. Do not be offended. Your breeder wants her puppies to go to a good home. She knows she is a good breeder, but she doesn’t know about you. Expect a lot of questions about your ability to take care of your puppy. If you are not asked questions, consider this a sign that the breeder is more interested in money than breeding quality dogs.
  • You should be allowed to visit the dogs free of charge. It is inappropriate to require a deposit in order to visit with the puppies. Breeders who do this are attempting to “hook” you into a purchase, sight-unseen. This is unethical.
  • Your breeder’s premises should be clean.
  • Your breeder should be willing to provide references.
  • Your breeder should provide legal documentation for the sale.
  • Your breeder should provide AKC registration papers and a copy of your pug’s pedigree.
  • Your breeder should require you to spay or neuter your dog. The Pug Dog Club of America’s code of ethics requires that pugs sold as “pets” be sold on the condition that the dog be spayed or neutered.
  • Your breeder should not sell pug hybrids. While Puggles, Brugs, and Pugapoos are certainly cute, you are more likely to get a higher quality dog from a breeder that does not engage in such practices, as reputable breeders are dedicated to improving the breed. Puggles, Brugs, and Pugapoos are not a breed. Creating a new breed takes decades of work. Without that work, mixing breeds can create all kinds of problems. You don’t know what you’re getting. If your breeder creates hybrid pugs, this is an indication that he is interested more in money than producing a high quality dog.

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments.

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For St. Patrick’s day, we had Martine wearing green. However, green does not signal “girl,” and she doesn’t have long hair or anything else to identify her as a little girl, so we put a little green headband bow on her. You know, “bow” means “girl.” That’s about the best we can do at this age without putting on a dress, which isn’t really your everyday practical wear as an infant.  So, “bow” it was.

Anyway, this is the headband you see on Gadget.  You see, Gadget is very cute, and putting cute things on him amplifies his natural cuteness.  It’s just so to resist doing it.  He usually doesn’t mind, although I suppose I could be persuaded to give him extra treats for putting up with letting me put stuff on him.  (Don’t tell him that, though!)


Anyway, I’m finishing up my spring break now, although it’s more like a spring “catch up” than a “break.”  Also, we will be going over to my parents’ house for Easter, so Gizmo and Gadget will get to hang out with Lexy. Speaking of Lexy, she simultaneously adores and is jealous of Martine. Lexy’s used to getting ALL the attention, and when Martine is there, my mother pays a little bit less attention to Lexy. She’s not quite as adjusted to Martine as Gizmo and Gadget are, so given a little time, she’ll adjust.

Oh, one more thing. I picked up a few Easter things for Urban Pug today, and we’re planning on another visit from the Easter Pug!!!  I can’t wait!

Gizmo uses Martine as a chin rest


Martine’s been around for 6 weeks now, and it’s hard to tell exactly how the boys really feel about her.  For sure, they aren’t hostile.  However, they definitely get a little bit less attention.  This has caused them to, ahem, act out.  Acting out, for them, involves peeing on things when we’re not looking.  They’re very passive aggressive dogs, they are.  As a result, I’ve been breaking out the mop more often.

Back to what they think.  Here’s what I see.  Gadget, when he gets close enough, will lick Martine just like he’d lick me.  He sees her as another little creature.  He doesn’t consider himself anything close to the alpha dog, so in his mind she’s either on his level or above, so no big deal.  Gizmo, on the other hand, sees himself as one pack-step higher than Gadget.  Also, Gizmo doesn’t really show all that much excitement or affection.  He snuggles, he gets excited when you get home, but that’s it.  He can’t really get excited and run up to Martine when we get home, because she’s still in a car seat.  So, I don’t really know where Gizmo stands, except for the fact that he has snuggled up with her.

He even used her as a chin rest, something he does as often as he can to the rest of his humans.

That’s what the picture above is of — Gizmo using Martine as a chin rest

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Gizmo Gets the Bottom Bunk


We have a bassinet in the bedroom for Martine to sleep in. We have ended up not using it all that much just yet, but we plan to soon. The bassinet is just a small little bed with a mobile and a basket underneath the bed for storage.

Well, the other day I was looking around and I didn’t see Gizmo anywhere. “He was just here,” I thought. I heard some rustling over in the corner of the room, but I didn’t see anything. At first. Upon closer look, I saw that Gizmo had somehow managed to get into this little storage area.

It turns out that this spot is perfect as a pug bed. So perfect, in fact, that it’s now Gizmo has claimed “bottom bunk” with Martine being left to the top bunk. Also perfect (to Gizmo) about this spot is that it’s a secret.


Last night, I got to see Gadget notice for the first time that Gizmo was even *in* there. He walked up to Gizmo, looked confused for a second, walked up to the bassinet and sniffed around, confirming that there was, in fact, a Pug in there. Then, he walked around, looking for a way to get in, but the baby swing is in the way, and he just didn’t figure out that he would have to walk around the baby swing in order so jump in.

So, for now, the bottom bunk is Gizmo’s sole domain.  I think he likes it that way.  Since the initial visit, he’s gone back in there, and every time he just gets comfortable and just looks like he’s in heaven in his “little spot.”

More Pug and Baby!


We’re continuing to adjust to living with a newborn, and so are Gizmo and Gadget. Recently, Martine has been especially fussy, and whenever she cries a whole lot, Gizmo and Gadget take cover. Gadget, especially will run and hide under our bed when she cries! He only does that when he’s sick or scared. I don’t want him to feel that way, but it is kinda cute in a certain way to see him hiding from a crying baby… Hmm.. Gizmo doesn’t call Gadget a cowardly lion for nothing!

Also, Jin from FunnyFur wanted me to let you know about Buddy Belts, which are great harnesses, especially for pugs. They are especially good at protecting dog necks. So please do check them out, and if you decide to buy one, you can use the promo code “urbanpug10” for 10 percent off.

Gizmo Watches Martine and Gadget Freaks Out


Here’s a picture I took the other day of Gizmo watching over Martine.  I had her in her car seat / stroller, sitting right next to the sofa where Gizmo likes to sit when we let him. (though we do try to keep them off the sofas in the front of the house as that’s where visitors will sit)

Gizmo hopped up there and it looked as though he was watching over Martine.  I’m not sure whether to think “protective” lookout or more like… “royalty looking over his subjects.”  Somehow I think it’s more the latter.

Anyway, one more interesting thing.  The Pugs go from being entirely indifferent to the baby to being intensely curious.  Today, Tricia was in bed, and Martine was in her car seat / stroller right next to the bed.  Now, Gadget’s usually laid back except under certain circumstances, he will just get really happy or excited and roll around and play for a few minutes, then go back to normal.  Well, tonight that happened, except I think something inside his noggin “clicked” and he realized what exactly this little thing was, because he just wanted nothing else but to look at her.

He climbed through the covers and over Tricia to try to reach where Martine was sitting, and once he got there, he just wanted to lick her head.  I mean, there’s nothing wrong with a lick or two, but this is Gadget we’re talking about, he’s a licking machine and she was sleepy.   So, we had to keep him back a little bit, but he just had this HUGELY happy expression on his face, and he wanted nothing else but to watch her!

None of his behavior was at ALL aggressive, he was just happy as could be.  It’s as if just then he realized, “wait a second, this is a new PERSON!!!!   I LOVE PEOPLE!!!!”

And yes, he loves people (when he’s not too shy to show it).

Gadget watches Martine on her Gymini


One of the baby things recommended to us was a product from a company called Tiny Love called the Gymini. Martine’s a bit too young for it right now, but we decided to put her down on it and see what she would do.


She liked the music, but didn’t really understand how to play with any of the rest of it. However, Gadget was just fascinated with watching her wiggle around, and seeing him creep up to the edge of the mat and just peek at her was just too cute of a photo opportunity to pass up.

Pug + Baby = Cute


I know what you’re thinking: “Oh no, Urban Pug has become Urban Baby w/ Pug Accessories!”

Come on! Babies are cute! Pugs are Cute! And, you can’t forget that the Fourth Rule of Cuteness is “More than one species of baby flopping around is cute.” The cuteness is multiplicative, not additive.

I promise to get back to talking more “pug” when things get settled down, but right now, the photo opportunities are endless and the results are very cute. I’ve got a series of pug + baby posts lined up, and well … maybe the theme will be out of my system, by then.

Or, maybe not?

P.S., the picture is of Gizmo and Martine lying on their backs on our bed, and I’m standing on the bed, pointing the camera down.

They’re getting along great!


Gizmo and Gadget seem to be adjusting just fine to their baby sister.  We’re trying our best to give them as much attention as we can, but it’s one thing after another all day and night right now.  I think the best approach is to lie down hugging them — that way we get some rest and they get some attention.

Today is my first day back in school after missing a few days for the birth plus the Mardi Gras holiday (monday and tuesday).  I’m trying to get my focus back, but it’s just going to take a few days to get into the routine again.  Some things are staying the same.  I get up, I take a shower, I walk the boys, we come in, they eat, I eat, I pack my books and drive to school.  Other things are changing, of course.

I think the biggest change is that I used to be able to go lock myself in a room and work.  Now my attention is split when I’m trying to do that.  I’ll try to read, but I’ve got this little thing sitting next to me moving around asking for [food / pacifier / diaper / etc].

This semester’s going to be really tough.  On the bright side, though, Martine is healthy and Gizmo and Gadget are starting to really like her!

Happy Mardi Gras 2008


Happy Mardi Gras 2008 everyone! Or, should I say, happy Marty Gras? Her Mimi (Tricia’s mother) has taken to calling her Marty.

This year, we’re laying low because of the baby business, plus Tricia’s trying to finish preparing for the Bar Exam next week. (That’s going to be rough!) Even though we’re missing out on the Mardi Gras party, we’re not really missing out because tonight there’s a party in Martine’s crib.

3:00 A.M. We’ll be there.

Gizmo and Gadget meet Martine!


Today we brought Martine home from the hospital. We were careful introducing her to Gizmo and Gadget, and so far they seem to be totally fine with her.

At first, Gizmo was super interested but Gadget not at all. However, that was probably because Gadget just didn’t realize what She was because later, Gadget became EXTREMELY interested. At the very beginning, Gadget got up close to her, and she moved.

He was totally shocked that it moved! So what did he do? He barked at her a few times. After he got used to the idea that this new thing can move, he got really curious. “What is this thing? What is it? What is it? I want to smell it! I want to check it out!”

Overall, G&G have been curious, but not aggressive at all. On only a few occasions have I had to give them a tiny nudge to not let them walk on her. (Gizmo wanted to get in the baby papasan chair with her, just like he would share a bed with us or with Gadget)

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