How to Choose a Pug Puppy From a Breeder

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Getting a new puppy is an exciting time. Knowing how to choose the right puppy from a breeder is a great way to start a long-lasting friendship that will bring both you and your pet years of happiness together.

Start with the Right Breed

If you are looking for a playful little puppy that has a loving personality and a slightly
mischievous side, the pug may be the perfect pet for you. These dogs get along famously well as part of a loving family and will likely join in the antics with any children in the house. These toy dogs love being around their people and making them smile, whether it's through silly behavior or tender kisses. Because of their size, they are perfect dogs for apartments or smaller homes that don't have a lot of space.

Choose the Right Breeder

Choosing a reputable breeder can make all of the difference between getting a pug that will be part of your family for years or a puppy with a predisposition to particular illnesses and other health issues. Doing your research on the breeder, therefore, is just as important as doing research on the breed of dog you want.

A good way to start looking for a reliable pug breeder is to contact the Pug Club of America, Inc. through their website. Other breeds have similar national clubs, and the American Kennel Club, or AKC, recommends contacting these clubs for breeder referrals. Breeders with stellar reputations may have waiting lists, but don't let that discourage you from finding a healthy puppy.

Pick the Right Puppy

You might be asked to pick your puppy when he or she is only a few weeks old, even before it is time for the pooch to come home. Make sure you look your puppy over carefully before you decide that he or she is right for you. Here are some quick tips on what to look for:

1. Check the puppy's nose to make sure the nostrils don't close while breathing in.

2. Make sure the puppy's bottom teeth stick out farther than the top teeth in a pronounced undershot.

3. Check that the little pup's gums are a healthy pink.

4. Gently feel the top of the baby pug's head to make sure there is no soft spot.

5. Look at the puppy's eyes to make sure they are bright and clear. Pugs often have problems with ingrown eyelashes.

6. Check inside the pug's ears to make sure there are no crusty spots or ear mites. Clean ears are necessary for good health.

7. Pugs can have problems breathing, so pay close attention to how well the puppy breathes in and out.

8. Because pugs are prone to hip dysplasia, watch the puppy walking to look for any early signs.

Ask about any history of this condition in the pup's bloodline.

After You Take Your Puppy Home

Reputable breeders often have a health guarantee on puppies they sell. Take your new family member to a veterinarian as soon as possible after you get home to check for any health problems. Bring any immunization records from the breeder to make sure your puppy is up to date on all necessary shots. Most of all, enjoy your new family member and don't forget to make your new pet feel loved and welcome.

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louloudr (over 3 years ago)

Oh shut up 'drugsnotpugs' what do you even know? Nothing!! This wonderful breed is looked after by passionate and loving owners who ensure they are well looked after and cared for.. and choosing a pedigree puppy from a reputable breeder who has not mass produced litters to earn money also ensure those health risks are minimised.... go and pay your attention and place your efforts amongst the evil owners who use pets for fighting, and neglect animals... there are owners of pugs on here who have taken in a resue pug because their so called owner has mistreated them... so find a better use of your time!!!

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niketiger570 (over 3 years ago)

pugs are just cute so don't investigate a pug by what it is we just got a pug that came to us and BOOM! we have a pug

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QuiggztheRockstar (over 3 years ago)

Very informative information. At some point our "pug-love" will more than likely overwhelm us and we'll add another to our household... but that time is far in to the future. Meanwhile, I intend to keep this article and continue to due my due diligence research so that next time around we are better informed pug "adopters"!

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drugsnotpugs (over 3 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/