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    Hey, I have a question about pugs. I have always wanted one, but the price tag just isn't something I can afford on my part time wage. Anyway, my question is why are pugs so expensive? I know some breeds are more expensive, but I was wondering why pugs in particular are so expensive? I thought it might be because being a small dog they only have small litters, making the demand high. Any thoughts?

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    I believe one reason is that pugs have been bred to have such big heads and small hips that many pups cannot be birthed naturally, and must be delivered via c-section which is of course very expensive. There are pug rescue organisations if you are interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    Hey, I have a question about pugs. I have always wanted one, but the price tag just isn't something I can afford on my part time wage. Anyway, my question is why are pugs so expensive? I know some breeds are more expensive, but I was wondering why pugs in particular are so expensive? I thought it might be because being a small dog they only have small litters, making the demand high. Any thoughts?

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    Pugs are expensive because they are popular and when a breed is popular prices go up. If Pugs went out of fashion tomorrow there would be a huge drop in price.

    When I was still breeding and showing Pugs (I still have a 17 year old bitch from the last litter I bred) I kept my prices at what I considered an affordable amount. Pugs were not a common breed then and few litters were being bred. I usually chaged $350 for a show pup while some breeders charged around $500.

    The average Pug litter is around 4 - 5 pups but much larger litters are not uncommon. I've known a number of bitches who produced 8 or 9 and two who managed 11.

    Despite what many people believe the majority of Pugs whelp naturally. The owner does have to be present during whelping as flat faced breeds often have difficulty opening the little package the pup arrives in (senior moment, can't remember the proper term) and severing the cord. However I know of a few Pug bitches who whelped early and did it all on their own much to their owner's surprise.

    One of the forum members Anne runs a Pug Rescue in Sydney. You will find rescues in other states by doing a google search.

    If you live in Victoria you should be able to buy a nice pup from a good breeder for around $1200. It sounds a lot but when you think the dog will be with you for at least 12 years it's not really very much at all.

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    puggerup,

    they would be more expensive than your average shelter dog - yes? What about the pug rescue dogs? Are they about the same as the average shelter dog or closer to the breeder puppy price?

    Personally I think the outlay on purchase is next to nothing compared to the "running costs". So if the outlay seems expensive, maybe get a gold fish?

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    I'm not actually getting a pug, my mother doesn't want one. I know in the long run they're not that expensive I was just quite surprised when I noticed the price tag.

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    The price tag may well be higher for a pup from a less reputable source. With the popularity in pugs there can be too many breeding for commercial and profit reasons...

    Rescue pugs should cost about as much as any rescue dog, but there can be a waiting list and some have special needs so the adoption process is pretty in depth and well scrutinised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    Shelter dogs are all the same price aren't they?

    buying a puppy from a reputable breeder costs around $1200 for most non working breeds.

    Nope Pugger,shelter dog prices are very inconsistant, from $50 to upwards of $500 .
    I guess the 'average' price would be around $250/300.

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