This page is specifically designed to help you pick a good puppy and NOT GET RIPPED OFF!! We call pugs that you see on the street that are twice the size they should be PUGZILLA’S! Buggy eyes, long noses, legs and bodies. When a breeder hasn’t given any thought to the A.K.C standard, size isn’t the only issue. Pugzilla’s can be hyper-active dogs with skin and health problems. Neurotic behaviors such as constant barking, chewing, licking and just plain behaving badly. If you buy a cheap dog, you WILL get what you pay for. The end result is that your vet will get the remainder of what you should have paid upfront for a correct pug, and much more. There is no price tag on heart break.
My Neighbors Pug Experience:
"Pearl was three times the normal size and smelled like a ferret"
She was a ‘great’ deal for $450.00. We found her from an ad in the paper. She was so cute that there was no way we could leave with out her. My dream of owning a pug would finally come true! I had searched on-line for a puppy, but the process seemed intimidating. I didn’t want to fill out a questionnaire or sign a spay/neuter contract.
My mistake: Never asking to see the AKC Pedigree. A.KC. papers are not the pedigree. The pedigree is the paper that shows you who the parents, grand-parents, etc. are, for generations back. The majority of the pedigree will have a CH. in front of every name. That stands for "champion" and it should matter to you. It is the temperament, health and looks of your new puppy. You aren't interested in showing, but you do what the culmination of generations of hard word and total commitment to producing the breed standard...and a breeder that will stand behind what they produce! The puppies below are examples of puppies that were bred with no thought to meeting the standard.
"MORE EXAMPLES OF AWFUL BREEDING! "These types of puppies are actually being sold and passed off as nice pugs! Back yard breeders count on you not knowing what to look for. These puppies are fine boned (they should be stocky), walleyed (eyes should not protrude or look off to the sides) and bat eared! We can't even imagine the vet bills that will come with these little 'cuties'. Pay $450.00 for one of these and then drop your vet a card and tell him you will be financing his next vacation! If your going to end up paying your vet hundreds of dollars later, why not pay it up front to get a beautiful healthy puppy.
The above photos are Willie and Suzie, taken with a VHS tape to show the size of an adult Pug. A standard VHS tape is 7 1/2" tall. Pugs are smallish cobby thick little dogs..not the long skinny dogs you see on the streets with little heads and noses that come out.
Beware of internet scams!
We constantly go on ‘pug breeders’ web sites to see who is now getting into pug breeding and what claims they are making via the internet. The only way they can get away with their false claims is the knowledge that you (the family seeking a new puppy) are uninformed. We will attempt to enlighten you a little. Please don’t take offense at any harsh verbiage as this is intended to help you see through current scams, and sometimes the truth hurts.
What about adorable all white pugs?
This is an adorable French Bulldog puppy..not a pug puppy! People breed french bulldogs with pugs and sell puppies as rare all white pugs. It's a scam. The other 'rare' pug colors come from mixes also. Brindle was never there to start with thousands of years ago and didn't get there by divine intervention. Frenchies are bred with pugs all the time...frenchies come in brindle...hmmm...
Pet store puppies: (AKA puppy mill) The first thing you need to do is stop clicking on the nursery pages of websites and becoming overwhelmed by how cute the puppies are. It's like going into a pet store and loosing all your brains when you see how adorable the puppies are. Really, are there any truly ugly puppies? Even the ugly ones are cute in their ugliness. Your new puppy will only remain a puppy for several months, and then it is a lifetime of living with your decision. This ‘adorable puppy’ thing works every time. Pet stores rely on it. Every ‘adorable puppy’ in a pet store has a mother in ‘deplorable conditions’ in a puppy mill. Pet stores bid on whole litters (
Back yard breeders:(hobby breeders). These are people that obtained a pug through a newspaper ad (or other means) and decided to breed it. While it might be A.K.C. registered, there never was any consideration to meeting the standard for this breed. You can’t breed junk to junk and not get junk. The typical backyard breeder gives you a hundred reasons why Elvis Pugsley and Pugtunia are the best pugs ever and why you should get a cheap puppy from them. When things go wrong in a few years, they may not be around anymore and if you got a contract with your puppy from them it would only be for a year. Think about this the same as adopting a real baby. Would you do it from someone that has a hobby adoption agency?
An A.K.C. pedigree shows the buyer how much effort went in to producing their puppy. Ask to see the pedigree and check for the
A ‘pedigree’ is your ‘pop the hood’ assurance that you’re not getting a puppy with future problems. When you get a mixed breed puppy, you don’t end up with some of the health issues a purebred can inherit. Pugs can inherit a host of problems and ‘backyard breeders’ perpetuate these problems. They have to breed junk to junk because they are unable to get better dogs. The people that have great dogs spend thousands of dollars researching pedigrees, having frozen semen flown in, improving their breeding programs and showing what they produce in the show ring. Out of every great litter produced, there may be one or two puppies that have inherited what qualities and temperament needed to continue to ‘improve’ this wonderful breed. The other puppies are sold to good homes on a spay/neuter contract. Backyard breeders don’t have access to good dogs. If you ask where they got their breeding dogs from, they will tell you ‘from a newspaper ad’ etc.
A pedigree traces the linage of the puppy for several generations past. If someone is truly breeding pugs for reasons other than money in their pocket, they will be proud to show off the puppy’s pedigree. We include one with every puppy in the ‘puppy packet’ that is sent home. Below is a copy of one of our pedigrees. The names have been blacked out due to the internet practice of stealing puppy pictures and documents etc.
On pug breeder’s web sites, we have seen the following statements.
1.) Beautiful puppies ready to show.
No they are not. The puppies are hideous examples of the breed and so are their parents. Pug ‘show breeders’ sell only on spay/neuter contracts, so where did these puppies come from. Show puppies don’t come from backyard breeder stock. Looking at the pedigree will tell it all. How many Ch’s are there? D.N.A. doesn’t lie. Please remember this includes your puppy’s health and temperament. Pure bred dogs done badly, can be far worse than a mixed breed dog.
DISASTEROUS HEALTH ISSUES CAN ARISE!!!
2.) (We love this one) ‘Working hard at eradicating the flaws in this breed’.
You are? How exactly are you doing this? Breeding your ‘male pug’ with your female does nothing more than produce puppies. No reputable breeder will ship you semen to improve your dogs. No reputable stud owner will stud to your bitches because your dogs have nothing to offer the breed in anyway. You’re trying to pay your bills with the sale of your puppies…bottom line. Why stop with pugs? You also are breeding other breeds of dogs. The only thing you are trying to eradicate is your debt load.
3.) We’ve seen pug sites that show pictures of someone else’s dogs. We actually visited a ‘kennel’ here in
Before you make a trip to visit any breeder, ask to see the litter’s pedigree. They can fax it ahead of time. Look it over before you get swept away by cheap prices and cute puppies.
4.) Beware of fake registries!!! A.K.C has set some rules that have caused unscrupulous breeders to go to other registries. These exist solely to make you feel like you’re getting a great dog, when in actuality, these are fakes, used by puppy mills, and set up by people that assume you are uninformed. Some of the initials are the same as real registries. C.K.C. is a legitimate Canadian club registry but another fake has popped up. It’s C.K.C standing for Canine Kennel Club. You can register any mutt with them. Also U.K.C.I. You can send in a photo and a check and get anything registered.
The majority of pugs seen on the internet for sale hardly resemble the breed. A friend of mine took her show pug to a pug meet-up (anyone can come with their pug for fun) and several people asked her if her dog was mixed with something else. It’s hard to tell someone that it’s ‘their’ pet that is so far from the standard that seeing the ‘real deal’ looks foreign. I know someone that has a pet store shi tzu. When shown a picture of a show shi tzu, she made the comment that she couldn’t believe they were supposed to have long hair.
The bottomline is that in order to be a member of the Pug Dog Club of America (PUGS.ORG), you must be ethical and be breeding to improve the breed. You prove that by competing in the show ring. You stand behind what you breed! Please check their breeder referal page for any breeder that you may consider using!