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    Default Thinking of getting a pug

    Hey guys I'm looking for some advice.

    My girlfriend and I are thinking of getting a pug puppy, the pup will live with me for the first few months, I have a large house and backyard and family are always home to help look after it and train it, then when we find a suitable place my girlfriend and I will be moving so I have a few questions.

    Home alone:
    From about 6 months onwards the pup will be home alone from 9-5, is this going to be a problem? we will have a place with a 4x4 courtyard and the dog will be free to roam between the courtyard and house. My girlfriend is a morning person (up at 5am every day) so the dog will be walked in the mornings and then probably again in the afternoons.

    The breeder:
    I've been looking around at where to buy them and it seems there are official breeders who sell with papers etc and then there are trading post litters. I'd like to have a pure bred dog because the family already has a pug, we know and love the breed. Do people on trading post often say pure bred pug and then it turns out to have 1/4 or 1/8th something else in it? What are the main concerns with buying off trading post breeders. If there are no problems with picking one up off the trading post I'd love to save a bit of money.

    Any other general advice will be appreciated cheers

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    Avoid the Trading Post

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    Off the trading post they could be "pure"but not bred for health. temprament etc. Also the parents of pups could be treated horribly. Google puppy mills or puppy farms.

    If you go to a registered breeder often they generally make sure the genetic lines of the pups are as healthy as possible, they usually start training the dog for you and they will give you good advice about the breed

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    It's possible a good ANKC registered breeder will be selling puppies on the trading post. They seem to think it's a good idea to give "the public" a good alternative to the puppy farms (horror stories) and back yard breeders (no health testing).

    Anything you see that says "pure bred" or "registered" is not likely to be an ANKC puppy. Purebred means that two dogs that look similar (if you're lucky) have been put together. There's no record keeping or family history of the dogs in most cases. Registered (on the trading post or gumtree) usually means a big puppy farm that is registered with the local council. There are no rules about making sure the dogs get enough people time or time with their mum and litter mates to be good pets. And the health standards are barely adequate and sometimes not enforced, and there are no requirements to make sure health testing is carried out on the parent dogs before pairing them to avoid genetic disasters.

    If you want an ANKC pug - you can try these breeders.

    Try to meet both parent dogs beforehand and the breeders - pug shows or dog shows where there will be pugs are a good way of doing this. And a breeder is more comfortable homing a puppy with someone they've had a chance to meet and they know likes their dogs.

    Pug Breeders, Australia

    What to look for in a breeder:
    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    What the breeder is looking for from you.
    Puppy buyer etiquette | Ruffly Speaking

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    Thanks heaps for the responses guys, the last thing I want to do is support bad practices in dog breeding and or potentially get a dog that is likely to be bred with known health issues. So in summarising what you guys have said:

    1. Try to buy something ANKC registered
    2. Avoid anyone that says 'pure bred' or 'registered'

    In terms of my other questions, does anyone have any experience with pugs and leaving them at home during a work day?

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    I don't know about leaving dogs at home all day alone. A lot of dogs have to cope with this. As best I can tell from owners of pugs who occasionally post here, the main problem with an unattended pug is they get really really stupidly hungry...

    And will eat things that are not dog food. Like pebble mulch in the back yard.

    Which can be expensive at the vet.

    Being a fairly paranoid sort, I left my dog in a crate when I had to go out and do stuff like shopping or work. That way there was a limited space for her to get into trouble. She always completely shredded the paper in there, but she didn't make a mess. These days, she's quite a bit better, and she just goes to sleep on the couch till I get back. Which is what most dogs do when their owners are out unless they have a very large space to roam or another dog to play with.

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