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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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