Pugs are arguably one of the most recognizable dog breeds of all time. This charming breed dates back to at least the 14th century, when Chinese rulers bred and kept them. Their popularity has only increased since their inception, and they are now in the top 30 breeds for popularity.
Just because pugs are popular and tiny doesn’t mean that they are easy to take care of or the right dog for everyone. As with any puppy, buying a pug puppy is a huge commitment. You should consider several factors before you buy a pug puppy if you want to be a successful and happy pug owner.
Every dog you get will be slightly different from the others, even if it’s the same breed. Dogs have personalities like humans, but you can gauge some things about a dog based on its breed and early upbringing.
There are several personality traits that pugs are known for, and they are as follows:
- Easy to train
You can easily see why pugs are such popular dogs when looking at the personality traits we just mentioned. Pugs are also sensitive to human emotions and make great support pets and companions.
Do Pugs Have Inherent Health Problems?
Like many purebred dogs, pugs have some common health problems throughout the breed. Many pugs suffer from corneal ulcers and dry eyes.
They also suffer from similar breathing problems that other stump-faced dogs do. Breathing problems can worsen in hot and humid weather, so overseeing pugs in these conditions is best.
As long as you know what to look for, health problems shouldn’t be a big concern. Most of the problems we’ve discussed are easy to solve with the help of a licensed veterinarian. All dogs have the potential for health concerns, but pugs are a healthy and happy breed overall.
Where to Get a Pug Puppy
There are lots of options when you’re buying a pug puppy because of the dog’s popularity. You can always find a great breeder in your area, buy from a well-sourced and reputable pet store, or wait to see if a pug puppy happens to turn up at a local shelter.
Buying From a Breeder
Buying a pug puppy from a breeder is a solid option if you want to know the specific background of your dog. If you plan to go this route, make sure your breeder is reputable. AKC certification is always a great way to tell if a breeder is reputable, but there are other ways as well.
You can try asking friends, neighbors, and even your veterinarian they recommend as a breeder. Remember, breeders can only keep breeding if they are making money. They won’t continue making money if they deliver consistently sick or injured animals to clients. Praises about a breeder from friends and vets are great signs.
You should also ensure that you visit the breeder and see their operation in person before you commit to a puppy. Even if it’s a hefty drive, the trip will be worth ensuring a safe and loving environment for your pup for its first eight or so weeks of life.
What you want to avoid is a puppy mill or puppy farm. Even if the breeders in these places treat the puppies well, they often use the adult dogs to the point of pain and sometimes death. Home breeders who make their living elsewhere but breed dogs for the love of the breed are ideal.
Utilize Your Local Pet Store
Pet stores tend to have bad reputations because they often source dogs from puppy mills and other irresponsible breeding situations. However, because the public has started to pay attention, many pet stores have had to change their sourcing practices for the better.
You should do your research to find out where the dogs in your local store came from and pay attention to the care that owners take in keeping dogs healthy and happy. If the store is clean, enclosures are large, and their breed sourcing information is readily available, then you’re probably in a great place to buy a puppy.
Shelters and Rescues
There are plenty of shelter and rescue dogs out there that would love a great home. Even purebred puppies end up in shelters, especially when state and local agencies shut down puppy farms or pull dogs out of other unfortunate situations. You can often search local shelters for specific dog breeds and even break down those dogs by age to find that perfect pug puppy for you.
Make sure you look for a dog often if you’re going this route. Purebred dogs typically go faster than the rest in shelter environments. You should also pre-apply at your local shelter. Many shelters require stringent background checks before allowing future pet parents to adopt. Some even require home visits to ensure your home is a good fit for the dog you want.
Going with a shelter dog will often save you some money versus a breeder or pet store, but it can also be a long process waiting for the perfect pup.
Final Thoughts on Buying a Pug Puppy
Pugs need exercise and brain stimulation every day to stay healthy and non-destructive, just like most other breeds. They are easy to love, easy to train, and fun to have around. Pugs are a popular breed that has been around for centuries and aren’t going away anytime soon.
These dogs have so much to offer in their tiny bodies and make great pets for families and individuals alike. They are sweet, sensitive, and fun to have around.
Remember, you’ll at least need a dog bed, water, and food bowls, proper puppy food, a collar, and a leash before you pick up your puppy. If you have all of these things, you should feel ready to add a new four-legged member to your family.
About the author
Rachael is the co-founder and editor at Pug Facts. Owner of one elderly Pug, she’s dedicated to helping other Pug owners create healthy, happy, lives with their furry best friends.