Last Updated on September 1, 2021 by Fumipets
When choosing to bring a new puppy into your life, there are many things to consider. Before making a final choice, questions regarding a breed’s size, temperament, peculiarities, shedding habits, grooming and activity needs should all be thoroughly studied.
“How much do they cost?” is an essential question, and one of the most often asked. Purebred pups may be more expensive than mixed-breed puppies. How much can you expect to spend if you’re thinking of getting a Pug as your next four-legged friend?
What is the price of a Pug?
While some Pugs may be obtained for around $1,000, the average cost of a well-bred Pug from a reputable breeder is between $1,500 and $2,500. The price is influenced by factors such as the breeder’s reputation, as well as the colour, age, and pedigree of the pups.
Let’s take a deeper look at the different variables that influence the price of a puppy and discover how to spot a reputable breeder or locate an adopted Pug in need of a new home.
Actual Pug Prices
Many breeders like to keep price information a secret until after you’ve completed a long application form, which may make the puppy selection process very stressful. To make things simpler for you, we’ve put up a table of real breeders and their costs so you can get a sense of what to anticipate.
|Chateau du Pugs
|Fawn – $2,600 and up
Black – $2,800 and up
|Walnut Creek Kennel
|Fairy Tale Puppies
|Fawn – $1,500 and up
Black – $2,000 and up
What Factors Impact A Pug’s Price?
As you can see, the cost of a Pug varies greatly. Why, exactly, is the question?
The Reputation And Experience Of The Breeder
The finest Pug breeders have years of expertise with the breed and consistently produce pups that follow the breed standard to the letter. Their reputation should precede them if they sell high-quality, healthy pups and establish a name for themselves in the Pug community. Years of devotion and service to the breed should result in increased pricing.
New breeders, on the other hand, who are still learning the ropes and may not yet have any show wins under their belt, may be able to sell their pups at lower, more competitive rates.
Show quality Pugs must be fawn or black, according to the American Kennel Club’s Pug criteria. Colours ranging from pale cream to deep apricot may be recorded as fawn, and the word “fawn” encompasses a wide range of colours and variants.
Other colours have just lately been accessible in the last decade or so, and they are generally more expensive. Colours including blue, chocolate, and white, as well as coat patterns like merle and brindle, are becoming more popular. Generally speaking, the rarer the hue, the more costly the dog.
Tests Performed On Parents
Prior to breeding, the Pug Dog Club of America advises that prospective parent dogs undergo a series of tests. Hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, elbow dysplasia, and eye health should all be checked through an Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) assessment. It’s also a good idea to have a DNA test to see whether you’re at risk for necrotizing meningoencephalitis or pyruvate kinase deficiency.
Any Pug breeder that really cares about the breed will do these tests on all of their breeding pups and make the findings publicly accessible. Because health testing is not cheap, litters resulting from adequately screened parents are typically pricier.
Pedigree Of Puppy
A Pug with a remarkable amount of show wins and titles from its parents, grandparents, and beyond will command a higher premium than one with decent, but not championship, genetics.
Show Quality Versus Pet Quality
The typical costs mentioned here are for pet Pugs alone. Show-quality dogs of any breed are much more costly than canines intended just for companionship. For a show-quality Pug, expect to spend upwards of $4,000.
In general, the more costly a puppy is, the closer it is to 2 – 3 months of age. If a puppy is not sold within this time period, the price is often lowered.
When a breeder retires from breeding, some, but not all, of their elder Pugs will be sold. These older Pugs make excellent companions and are typically considerably less costly than a puppy that has just been weaned.
Many of the top Pug breeders will only breed their dogs if they want to produce fresh show prospects. Puppies that aren’t near show quality will be available for purchase as pets. Because they aren’t trying to make as much money as possible, supply is limited, but the quality is excellent – as is the price.
What Should You Look For In A Good Breeder?
Responsible, high-quality breeders will all fulfil the same basic requirements and, most importantly, will always prioritise the welfare of their pups. Here’s what you should look for in a reputable breeder:
- All of the dogs are well-cared for, sociable, and live with the breeder’s family in their home.
- The facilities are spotless, odour-free, large, and welcoming.
- The public has access to the documentation of health checks.
- You’ll need to sign a contract outlining your responsibilities.
- Takes the time to educate you about the breed and how to care for your puppy.
- Questions are asked to see whether you can provide the dog with a loving, permanent home.
- Glowing client testimonials.
- Participation in at least some breed events and membership in breed groups.
- The puppies’ early socialisation has already begun.
Typical Red Flags
When chatting with or meeting a Pug breeder, if you see any of the following, it’s a sign of a bad breeder, and you should definitely search elsewhere.
- A resistance or unwillingness to let you visit their house, see their other dogs or see the living quarters of the pups.
- There are a lot of dogs on the grounds, and some of them are hostile, sick, or afraid of humans.
- The transaction does not need any documentation.
- Before breeding, no genetic testing or health screenings are done, or the breeder refuses to disclose test findings.
Where To Buy A Pug
Of course, a simple internet search for Pug breeders in your state will reveal your local choices, but if you’re looking for top-notch, authorised breeders, the Pug Dog Club of America and the AKC Marketplace are worth looking into.
PuppyFind.com, Breeders.net, and Next Day Pets are some other places to look for local breeders. Pug groups on popular social media platforms like Facebook may often connect you with a reliable breeder in your region.
Can I Adopt A Rescued Pug?
Absolutely! There are numerous Pug rescue organisations throughout the nation, in addition to all-breed adoption sites like Adopt-a-Pet.com, Petfinder, and Rescue Me! There are also many all-breed adoption sites like Adopt-a-Pet.com, Petfinder, and Rescue Me!
The Pug Dog Club of America has a large list of Pug rescue groups from all across the country. Also, contact the DFW Pug Rescue Club, which is a big organisation that saves Pugs from all across the United States.
Adoption fees usually range from $150 to $400 and fall well short of paying the expenses of a normal rescue. Consider making a donation to one of the organisations to help them continue to save Pug lives.
What Is The Pug’s Life Expectancy?
A Pug may live for 12 to 15 years on average. Guarantee that your Pug receives optimum nutrition, goes to the vet for a complete check-up on a regular basis, gets frequent brief periods of activity, and is showered with love and attention on a daily basis to help ensure that he lives a high-quality life long into his senior years.
Are Pugs Good Family Dogs?
Yes. Pugs are affectionate, lively, even-tempered, and frequently amusing small dogs that readily connect with all family members. They have a lot of personality and are renowned for being kind and friendly with youngsters. They aren’t as fragile as other toy breeds, and when they’re not snoozing, they’ll be ready to play.