Does This Pug Puppy Look Healthy? Should I Buy It?

I have found this advert and when I contacted her she said she will sell the pug for £700 and together they are £900.

http://www.gumtree.com/p/pets/pug-puppies-for-sale/90908643

She said one of them is 12 weeks and the other they do not know because the pet said it’s younger than it actually is (that’s what she said and it has confused me).
Don’t shove shelters down my throat either, they don’t have pugs.

They don’t KNOW how old one of their two puppies is??? RUN AWAY as fast as you can. Plus those dogs have no papers (read: bred by puppy mill or backyard greeder who has done NO health tests on the parents-and pugs have a HUGE amount of health problems). Why would you spend all that money on a dog who might not even be purebred?

I gather you’re in UK? Contact the Pug Club ( http://www.pugdogclub.org.uk/ ) and get a puppy from a responsible breeder who does the proper health tests on his/her breeding stock, and gives a written guarantee for the health of the puppy. If you’re willing to consider a slightly older dog, there might be some breeders who will reduce the price on a returned dog (first home didn’t work out), or perhaps they have a youngster that didn’t turn out the quality they’d hoped and it will be available now to a pet home.

18 Responses to “Does This Pug Puppy Look Healthy? Should I Buy It?”

  1. Valley B says:

    Adopt don’t Shop! there are tons of purebreds in shelters that need loving homes. and they are normally less expensive.
    Good luck on your puppy hunt!
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  2. Kirsten Dammie says:

    You should go visit them first to see in person if they are healthy or not. They may look healthy in the picture, but its a picture! It could be fake too, you never know. Look at the vet records for them as well, and see if they have the vet papers for each puppy.

    I wonder what shelter you have been too, I am pretty sure all shelters have at least 1 or more pugs in it!
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  3. !There is no cure for ignorance!call a vet! says:

    If they had come from a Reputable breeder there contract would of stated they were returned so they must come from BYB and in that case i would not pay £700 for a pug that came from a BYB.
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  4. kd says:

    First of all the thought of buying a dog like this is heartbreaking. I don’t believe the story about this person moving etc. Buying dogs like this only encourages BYB and more often than not, they are sick or inbred or both. You can get this same type of dog from a shelter or rescue. And you would be saving a life.
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  5. Elmoknowswhereyoulive says:

    It would be better if you looked for another pug from a reputable breeder, less health and behavioral issues in the long run.
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  6. Helen Rempel says:

    They don’t KNOW how old one of their two puppies is??? RUN AWAY as fast as you can. Plus those dogs have no papers (read: bred by puppy mill or backyard greeder who has done NO health tests on the parents-and pugs have a HUGE amount of health problems). Why would you spend all that money on a dog who might not even be purebred?

    I gather you’re in UK? Contact the Pug Club ( http://www.pugdogclub.org.uk/ ) and get a puppy from a responsible breeder who does the proper health tests on his/her breeding stock, and gives a written guarantee for the health of the puppy. If you’re willing to consider a slightly older dog, there might be some breeders who will reduce the price on a returned dog (first home didn’t work out), or perhaps they have a youngster that didn’t turn out the quality they’d hoped and it will be available now to a pet home.
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  7. Rocky says:

    Be very carefull about buying 2 puppies at the same time as unless they are going to be looked after by 2 separate people in your household and spend alot of time apart this can create serious problems where they identify with each other more than anyone else. this means they have to eat apart, sleep apart go for separate walks etc etc. it does have some pros but also some serious cons if not done properly.
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  8. Roni says:

    I know nothing at all about the Pugs in the UK but here in the States we have Pug Rescues and often you can find puppies there. Usually when you get a dog from a Rescue they have their shots and are neutered or spayed. If you have Rescues in the UK that would be where I would start my search. It sounds as though the woman who wants to sell the two puppies to you is not being up front. There could be a big issue with the puppies. The woman could be running a puppy mill and cross breeding. It is very wise to buy an expensive dog from a reputable breeder. Good luck.
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  9. Amanda B says:

    UH.. that is a lot of money on 2 dogs that have no papers, and even one of them not sure how old?

    Puppy scams are often full of odd language poor grammer, or incorect terms.. may be one..

    I would stay away from them.. if you are set on a pug.. please.. for that kind of money you can do a little searching and find a good reptuable breeder where you can go personally meet, and see the dam and often other relitves..to ensure you actually get a pug, a dog that will mature as expected, have the personality and temperment you want.. yeh thoes pup "look" like pugs now.. but you have no idea what they will grow into.. and if that is not your concern.. then why pay so much when you could find a dog with a look.. at the shelter?.. there are plenty of "pugs" or pug like dogs in the shelters.. perhaps not right now or today.. but they are there..

    Go local and direct to a GOOD breeder.. if you are looking for a specific breed.. not just some dog someone has.. keep in mind good breeders require dogs come back to them and do not allow someone to just sell them off if they cannot keep them.. or even search for a breed specific resuce..

    Not shoving shelters.. however.. if papers, the breeder,if they really are that breed vs just kind of look like it as puppies..and knowing the real age.. does not matter to you..then why buy anyhow?
    and why pay so much for them?
    Good luck..
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  10. ~M|ssy~ says:

    Honestly they look poorly bred. I would keep searching. It also said they are registered but they don’t have any registration papers…so that is a red flag right there….
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  11. Shaina says:

    I don’t know which shelters you were looking in but ALL the shelters near me have purebred pugs and pug crosses
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  12. CanineTruth says:

    BYB dogs are worth a shelter adoption fee, no more. About half the price this person is asking for - less, even. These dogs came from a highly questionable source (IE they came from a piss poor breeder) so you can almost expect them to be unhealthy in some way, maybe even unstable temperament-wise.

    And health cannot be determined just by looking at them, especially just by looking at a picture. You need to see them in person and the person selling them should be willing to obtain a written veterinary report deeming them free of illness, parasites, etc. But genetic health (which is just as important) cannot be determined until two years of age and must be done through specific specialized testing, and these pups’ parents where not tested before being bred so no hint there.

    Personally, i wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole. For the same price you could find a RESPONSIBLE breeder you KNOW is selling healthy stock.
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  13. Lorraine says:

    I agree that we just don’t get pugs in shelters before I go on.

    However - I wouldn’t trust this advert at all. First of all, if this person is moving to France then she surely would of known about it in the last 4 weeks which is how long she would of had the puppies. Don’t believe that for a start. She could easily take them with her to France and rehoming them is not even necessary.

    I wouldn’t of even looked at something like Gumtree. NO decent seller puts pups on there.

    If the puppies themselves came from good breeders then they would of been on contract to go back to the breeder.

    What happens with the byb’s in the UK (don’t know about elsewhere) is that they search the internet for how much certain breeds are going for and they assume they can all sell at the same. Unfortunately what they don’t realise and what a lot of buyers then don’t realise, is that the decent breeder would have put A LOT of money and time into her pups, even taking weeks off work to care for them, along with the health screening of parents, correct equipment and plenty of veterinary visits.

    I wouldn’t. You could be faced with heavy veterinary bills further down the line.
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  14. Dog Dude ????q? says:

    Well when buying a new puppy you should do a check up,
    1. Is it friendly
    2.Does it have clean buttocks
    3.Check eyes for ”gunk”
    4.Check is nose wet
    5.Check smell of breath
    6.Temperament and health of parents and other family
    7.Only buy a dog you really want

    If all of the above are checked you should buy the puppy
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  15. roxana banos says:

    respectfully i ask that you please please, check this site. http://www.shelterpetproject. com(you can search by breed, age, and size), i am sure they will have alot of pugs. the dogs will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.
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  16. G'hound says:

    Looks like a BYB ‘fence’ operation to me, but that doesn’t mean the puppies are unhealthy or will have health issues; just that they are more likely to: say 90% chance of them being OK from a proper breeder and 50% chance of these working out OK. If you got them the first thing you’d have to do is take them to the vet before you got them home. You would need to put it in writing that the sale is dependent upon a vet certifying that they appear to be in good health.
    Personally I wouldn’t even consider a puppy unless I could see the parents.
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  17. Kornelia Zielniewska says:

    I thinck they do look not bad however they have no paper so 1. you dont know is it a purebred pug and you wont even see their parents and i thinck 700 is too less for a heathly pug my one costed alot more and is fine know so i prefer to find another one, anyway i thinck they might be underwieght or if they sneeze alot they can have a breath infection
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    Hekped a vet and have a pug my own(expiriece)

  18. Kiana Shea says:

    The pug puppy actually does look healthy
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