Central Florida Pug Rescue/BREEDERS VS. RESCUES

Central Florida Pug Rescue

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Well, it is Saturday night and I am scrolling through pug rescue sites and came across this and wanted to share it:

Breeder vs Rescue
If you are still set on purchasing a pug puppy, please learn about the best place to find a puppy. Where not to buy a puppy? Any pet store and any ad in the paper. Both of these are only selling puppies for profit – and quite a profit they will make! All (yes, all) puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills in the Midwest. Even the $1500 pugs in the pet store in the mall, where they swear they come from “reputable breeders” in reality come from the puppy mills in the Midwest. Ask them to see the AKC papers and you will most probably see the breeders listed from MO, AR, OK or even PA. These are commercial kennels who only churn out puppy after puppy of all breeds and sell them to brokers for anywhere from $200 – $500 for the pet store to mark them up to $1500.
What kind of guarantee will the pet store give you? 24 hours? What about genetic problems? The problems today with the pug breed, as it becomes more and more popular, is the genetic problems we are seeing bred down in the breed. The commercial kennels and even the back yard breeders don’t care about these problems. They don’t guarantee a puppy from genetic problems for life. A reputable breeder will. The pet stores will give you a year guarantee… but – they will only give you another puppy if something is wrong – not fix the puppy you may have already had for 3 – 6 months and become attached to!

Backyard Breeders
Backyard Breeders are typically people who have more than one breed of dog whom they breed litter after litter, sell the puppies at 6 – 7 weeks and don’t care who they sell to as long as they have the cash to pay for the dog. They may give a 24 hour health guarantee, which is nothing. They don’t care if two weeks from now your pug has health problems – they have their money and you have your unhealthy dog. They give no consideration which adults they are breeding. If one has a genetic problem, so be it, ‘not all the puppies will have it’. They are only in the dog business to make a quick buck. You will see these “breeders” advertised in the paper for $200 – $400.

Kitchen Breeders
Kitchen Breeders are typically people who have a pure bred dog, maybe two, and think, ‘Hey, why not breed my dogs? There are so many people out there who want them.’ These are well meaning people who may not know any better. They may have gotten their first pug from a pet store – hence a puppy mill – and who knows what may be wrong with him/her. Genetic problems don’t show up until the pug is at least a year old if not 2 years old. By this time, the kitchen breeder has already bred his or her pug and the problems continue. If you run into an irresponsible breeder, please take down as much information as you can and call the Department of Agriculture at 404-656-4914 to report your findings and concerns.

Responsible Breeders
Responsible Breeders are breeders who care what genetics they are breeding down the line. They know exactly who the sire and dam are and their genetic make up for numerous previous generations . The dogs they have bred have been tested and certified for their eyes and hips. Not just looked at by a vet to say “he or she is healthy and looks good, go ahead and breed”. X-rays have been done for their hips and knees, testing has been done on their eyes to guarantee a healthy dog from genetic problems for the rest of it’s life. A pug puppy will be more expensive from a responsible breeder as they put more money into the puppies with the testing, lineage tracing etc.

Reputable Breeders
So…. how to find a reputable breeder? It’s not easy, and most have waiting list a year or so long. You can start with the Pug Dog Club of America Breeder Referral List or the Pug Dog Club Pug Clubs. When going to any breeder – remember, the breeder should interview you, the potential owner, not just holding the puppy out to you in one hand and getting your cash in the other.

Pug Rescue
Now…. about rescuing a pug!! Yes, while we typically have a waiting list and we rarely get in puppies, rescue is still a great way to adopt a pug! When a pug comes into our care, everything is done to make sure they are healthy before they leave us. They will be spayed/neutered (even if they are puppies), current on their shots and heartworm negative before they leave us. Think about it, if you buy a puppy you then have to do all the above to your puppy, which is a tremendous amount of money. When you adopt from us – it’s done! Another thing to consider since most genetic problems show up between 6 months to 2 years, most of our pugs have been through this stage in their life already and should not have any genetic problems in the future. (The genetic problems I am referring to here are: Pug Dog Encephalitis, liver shunts, luxatting patella, and juvenile cataracts to name a few). Granted, we can never guarantee a pug for life, but with a puppy, especially from in irresponsible breeder, you are taking a risk when you purchase.

While we do get the healthy, 2 year old housebroken females, we also get the 12 year olds dumped in the shelters. Another wonderful thing about pugs is – they adapt to new environments extremely well. With their “happy go lucky” attitude and their love for life and attention, they do very well in their new homes and will attach to the new family very quickly – even after a few days!

If you are seriously interest in adopting an adult pug, please fill out an application to be put on our waiting list. When will you be able to adopt a pug? We have no idea when a pug may come in and while our list is not first come, first serve, we do look at applicants in a dated order and will call or email you immediately if a pug matches your application. Of course, if you only want a housebroken female under one year of age, you’re wait will be a lot longer.

Link to Central Florida Pug Rescue: http://www.centralfloridapugrescue.org/v2/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=20&Itemid=20

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