How to Pick a Pug Puppy for a Pet
Part of the Pugs For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Before you select a Pug to share your household, do some research into the breed and know what to look for in a healthy puppy. Pugs can live 12-15 years, so you'll want to choose carefully before making a commitment to your new family member.
Here are some general guidelines you can use when choosing your pet Pug:
Check out Pugs from a reputable rescue organization or visit a breeder referred by the Pug Dog Club of America, your veterinarian, or other Pug owner. These breeders have a good reputation; otherwise, they wouldn’t be referred.
Ask to see the puppy’s parents or at least the mother and other relatives. They should be friendly and healthy-looking.
Look at the conditions the puppy is being raised in. They should be clean, cheerful, and well lit.
Observe the litter playing. Don’t pick the shyest puppy or the bully. The best one is somewhere in the middle of these two types, because (s)he’ll be the most agreeable.
Check the puppy’s eyes. They should be bright and shining and clear of any discharges.
Look at the Pug’s nose. It should be free from discharge, and breathing should be easy.
Feel the coat. It should be silky and smooth without any bald patches.
Watch how the puppy moves. (S)he should walk or run without limping.