Before considering a Pug Puppy you should satisfy yourself that you can offer the best home that the puppy deserves and that you can answer the questions that the breeder may ask you.
Do you have the time for a puppy?
A puppy will need 4 meals a day, toilet training and socialising. Your puppy will relish in your company and will quickly develop a deep bond. Going out to work all day and having someone ‘pop’ in is quite simply not enough.
Is your house Pug Puppy ready?
If there is mischief to be found your new puppy will find it. Electrical wires are an obvious hazard, wires are a very tempting chew for little teeth and as well as being dangerous can also be very expensive. It is a great inconvenience when you find your telephone or lap top charger cabled chewed. Household cleaners and detergents should be kept out or reach Access to stairs’ should be prevented, not only can your puppy fall and cause injury, when puppies bones and joints are still developing they can be damaged by going up and down stairs.
Is Your Garden Pug Puppy Safe?
The garden should be escape proof. Have a good look around the garden and think what your puppy could run into. Low branches or twigs can cause injury to a puppy running around playing. Any plants with low thorns or spikes should be pruned. Pugs eyes are very vulnerable and a puppy could easily receive permanent damage to an eye if scratched or pierced by a thorn. Ponds and swimming pools should be securely fenced off, puppies can drown in very shallow water.
Can You Afford to Keep a Puppy?
Buying a puppy is just the start. While Pugs do not cost a lot to feed if you are unlucky and have a Pug with an eye injury or ongoing illness the Vets bills can soon mount up into the thousands.
Will a Pug Suit Your Lifestyle?
Pugs are adorable and as puppies irresistible. Your puppy will soon grow into a full grown pug. Pugs continuously shed their coats and will have a full moult twice a year. Your clothes, carpet and car will no longer be hair free. As an adult your pug will still need your company and attention, hopefully for the next 12 years plus!
Finding a Breeder
Having satisfied yourself that a Pug is for you the next step is to find a breeder. The Pug Dog Club will have a list of puppies available from breeders who have been fully paid up members for 3 years. The Kennel Club will also have a list of puppies available. Kennel Club Assured Breeders will be highlighted and you can be assured that the breeder has been vetted and approved by the Kennel Club. Have a note pad with a list of questions and make notes of the answers from each breeder you contact. Puppies should always be seen in the home with the Dam. The puppies should be active and excited to see you. It is quite normal for the Dam to be removed from the room so as not to cause her distress but you should meet her and be satisfied that she is happy, has a good temperament and is in good condition. It is normal for a mother of 8-10 week old puppies to be losing her coat. If the breeder does not own the Sire ask to see a photo of him. The breeder should supply full information on feeding, daily grooming and care and socialisation. Any puppy registered as ‘colour not recognised’ should be dismissed as this may not be a pure pug and may have future health problems, claims that these ‘rare puppies’ are more valuable are completely false. Ask if both dam and sire have undertaken relevant health checks. Up to date details of recommended health checks are available from The Pug Breed Council or www.pugdogclub.org.uk Make a note of each Breeders price for a puppy, if you find one a lot cheaper than the others there must be a reason why, equally if you find one costing a lot more because it is so “well bred” be wary.