Backyard-bred puppies are usually sold for a fraction of the cost of a reputable breeder’s puppies, and buyers get exactly what they pay for. Amateur or backyard breeders are those individuals who own a female Pug, locate a male Pug owner in the neighbourhood, and negotiate a mating between those two dogs. Many of these breeders have little knowledge of the Pug breed standard and lack experience with record-keeping, pedigrees, breeding techniques, and whelping procedures. These breeders likely do not know either of their adult Pug dogs susceptibility to PDE (Pug Dog Encephalitis), PK Def (Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency) PK (Pigmentary Keratitis), Legg-Perthes, or other hereditary diseases thus creating higher probability of a fatal or disabling disease being passed on to the puppies.
It takes time, money and dedication to breed Pugs. A breeder sacrifices personal interests, finances, time, friendships, and holidays to breed reputably. A reputable breeder is a member of a National Kennel Club such as CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) or AKC (American Kennel Club), etc. and adheres to the ‘Clubs’ Code of Practise and Code of Ethics principles.
Before breeding, your Pug should participate in shows to ensure they meet or exceed breed Conformation Standards by fully completing its Championship. Before breeding, your Pug should also be tested for potential eye, orthopedic, respiratory, and various other health problems common to the Pug breed. Your Pug may be over 2 years old by the time it is ready to be bred and its health tests are fully completed. If there are any unfavourable health results, your Pug may have to be pulled from your breeding program and be spayed or neutered.
When your Pug is ready to breed, you will either have to pay a stud fee or make breeding arrangements with another breeder. Pugs can produce small litters so you may have a lot of money invested in a litter of only 2-3 puppies. Please also note that many moms cannot birth puppies on their own and may require a caesarian section. It is not uncommon to lose a mother Pug during a caesarian section and even if natural whelping occurs, some Pugs are just not very good moms. In either of these situations you must be there around the clock for the first three to four weeks to make sure the puppies stay warm, are fed every two hours, and kept clean. Then there are vet check-ups for the mom and for all the puppies. By the time puppies are ready to go to their new home, it may have cost you somewhere in the neighbourhood of $4,000 for one litter.
See more about Pug Breeding at: http://www.Pugman.com/Pug%20Information/Breeding.htm
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