Now that you know the general financial cost of owning a pug, here we will take a look at very important considerations that must be taken into account when purchasing a pug puppy.
As the previous post indicated, the first thing to look out for, when assessing the quality and suitability of a pug breeder, can be summarised in the following question: how compliant is your chosen pug breeder with dog breeding legislation? Firstly, you should ascertain how many litters they breed in one year. If it is five or more, then a dog breeding license is legally required and is issued by local councils. A vet or an inspector will visit the premises and decide whether or not the dogs are housed in suitable accommodation, receive adequate food, water and bedding, get enough exercise, are transported in safe and comfortable conditions, are protected in case of fire or emergency and are protected from the spread of disease. The possession of a dog breeding license will immediately suggest that these matters are in check and you can rest assured, on these counts at least.
With these restrictions, and the high standard of upkeep required, professional and experienced pug breeders will always value quality over quantity, as opposed to backstreet dealers who will remain blinded by profit and sales. When it comes to breeding pugs and the quality vs. quantity equation, professional breeders will often have waiting lists, as their primary concern is the pug puppies’ health. So, be prepared to wait on a reputable breeder’s waiting list, and don’t be tempted to follow up an online or back-page advert promising speedy delivery. Finally, a topic to be covered in our next post at greater length, is that of the colour of your pug puppy. Breeding pug puppies for the latest fashions and trends endangers their lives and can be an indication of the possibility of serious health complications.