10 Tips for Finding a Reputable Pug Breeder


Pugs are one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. The big dogs in a small package are popular all over the world. That means that there are a lot of people breeding these lovable dogs.

First, we highly recommend checking with your local shelter to see if they have any pugs that you could adopt.

If after going that route you still decide you want to go through a breeder, it’s very important to find a reputable breeder. You will be living with your dog for the next decade, so you want to be sure that the dog is as healthy as possible and that he or she has a good temperament.

Here are a number things to look for in a breeder:

  1. It’s always a good idea to look for a breeder who belongs to their breed’s national breed club, in this case the Pug Dog Club of America. The pug breeder may also belong to other local breed clubs or all-breed kennel clubs. Involvement in these clubs usually indicates that the breeder is committed to the breed and that they keep up-to-date on health issues and other things that are important to the breed. They know their peers and their peers know them.
  2. Reputable pug breeders often compete with their dogs. If they compete with their dogs, it means that their dogs are constantly being judged against the breed standard and against other good dogs. This again solidifies their commitment to taking good care of their pugs.
  3. A reputable pug breeder will thoroughly screen you before allowing you to purchase one of their pugs. This is a very good thing and not something you should be offended by. The pug breeder just wants to make sure the person taking their little ones home will provide a loving place for the pug.
  4. A reputable pug breeder should provide a contract that spells out the terms of your sale as well as the guarantees they offer for the pug. What will they do if the dog becomes sick soon after the sale? What will they do in case of genetic health problems? It is not the breeder’s responsibility to replace the pug if he becomes sick because of something the owner does or because the dog contracts a disease when he’s two years old. However, if a dog becomes sick as the result of a genetic health problem that could be a different matter. This may not be important to you at all, but if it is, a contract is the way to go.
  5. A reputable pug breeder will require you to have a vet examine your dog or puppy within 2-3 days of taking him home. This will verify that the dog or puppy is healthy at the time you received the dog.
  6. A reputable pug breeder will give you written instruction on the care, feeding, grooming and training of your pug. You should also receive any immunization or veterinary records that the pug already has.
  7. A reputable pug breeder will want to be kept informed about your pug’s progress. They will want to be updated as your dog develops and to know about any problems.
  8. Reputable pug breeders should be able to give you good references from other people who have gotten pug puppies from them or done breedings with them.
  9. A reputable pug breeder will give you a copy of your pug’s pedigree and his registration papers (or transfer of ownership papers).
  10. A reputable pug breeder may require that you spay or neuter the pug before they give you the pug’s registration papers. The American Kennel Club allows this as long as it is spelled out in the contract.

Remember that, in many cases, good pug breeders have devoted decades to breeding their pugs. They want to make sure that each pug puppy ends up in the perfect home. They will check you out. They will sometimes place dogs with a family and waive the price just because it’s the right situation for the dog, while other times they won’t sell a pug no matter how much money you offer them. That’s what reputable pug breeders do. They are looking out for what is best for their pugs...and that’s exactly what you want.

Photo Credit: Will V.


RosienMikeysMom (about 8 years ago)

excellent article!!!! spot on when looking for a puppy. i might also add that pug rescues also have some awesome dogs for adoption, the article just mentioned to check shelters.

Mom2Pugs (about 8 years ago)

This article is spot on. One other thing I would mention is when going to see the puppies payatention to the surroundongs. Is it clean, and a home invironment. Look for indications that the puppies were raised in an interactive environment being raised as a family member so to speek. And I have to add, the best dog friends I've had were rescues. If you are thinking about a pet but are not sure if you are ready to deal witha puppy, ADOPT they are often house broken and more mature so you can skip the puppy trials! Just had to say that. LOL. :p

KatB (almost 8 years ago)

Great article! Thank you for posting it up for everyone. One of the biggest mistakes people make when looking for that sweet fur ball to add to their family, is they don't do their homework. Asking yourself, can I afford a dog? The Vet bills? Things can and do go wrong when you least expect it. Reading all you can about that breed, every little detail is important. Calling a kennel club near you, can offer lots of information about different breeds, and add things you may not read in books or on line. Talking on line in forums like this one is a great place to gather info. To get the real nitty-gritty about pugs.  You are able to discuss the breed with people who have owned them and know alot about them. Mom2Pugs is so right. If you can adopt, that is wonderful. You are giving a second chance to a dog that would have other wise had no life.  Your giving that dog a gift. And the rewards of adopting one is wonderful. Some folks think that adopting a pug you are getting unwanted baggage. Truth is there is no more than what you would go through with training and house breaking a puppy. But some folks really want a puppy to start with. So getting all the info first before going and looking for the right one is so important. Breeders are not always good breeders, and having yourself prepared, is goin to make the difference for sure. Don't just walk in and pick the first puppy you see. Pick a time that you can spend time sitting and watching the litter interact with each other can give you loads of info. on how that pup is going to act in life. And don't be afraid to ask all the questions you want. Ask to see the parent dogs. Ask about their Vet provider, such as phone, so you can call ahead to see if the parents have had proper care during and after welping. Any health problems with either parent dog. Their Vet will let lose with what they think of that breeder. So don't be afraid to ask the Vet. The breeders should know the answers, and be willing to give it up. If they don't, they aren't a good one. Take a good look around the place. If you don't like what you see, in their homes or kennels. WALK AWAY! I have walked into a dirty filthy home, and in my head, I am thinking Yuck, no way. If the home isn't clean and cared for, then the dogs aren't. I see Health problems BIG TIME!

BobBarkersMomma (almost 8 years ago)

I wish I had seen this before we got Barker. I could not possibly love him any less and im glad we chose him, but his breeder was extremely shady. She told us he was 8 weeks old but his birthdate made him out to only be 6 weeks old, thank goodness our other dog acts like to a momma to him. Then a few days we noticed he had a giant buddha belly which turned out to be roundworms. She clearly had not dewormed him like she said and this made us question if she had been immunizing him to. Basically we just restarted him on all his shots at the vet and got him dewormed by a professional. Now when we went to get his last shot the vet told us he will have to have surgery to remove a undescended testicle that our vet informed us is genetic. I have called her to alert her that her male should no longer be bred but she has not responded. In the end I wouldnt trade Barker for the world but I wish I had chosen a more reputable breeder.

drugsnotpugs (almost 5 years ago)

Pugs are a cruelly and intentionally mutated perversion of a dog. You should be ashamed for promoting this poor, suffering breed. They have trouble breathing because we took away their nose. They have the highest rates of hip dysplasia and spinal defects of any dog breed we think the double curled tail is "cute." Their eyes bug out grotesquely (and get injured and FALL OUT) because it's funny to us. This is no longer a dog. It is a fashion. Pug people are sick; they are not dog lovers. If this is actually news to anyone, please see the following:
http://pedigreedogsexposed.blogspot.com/2010/12/pugs-lets-face-it.html http://retrieverman.net/2013/08/28/the-problems-with-pugs/