Puppy selection (part 1)
Choosing a puppy is no less important than choosing a life partner. Despite its amusement, a pug is not a living toy, but a friend for many years.
Acquiring a dog should not be a momentary desire. This is a very serious step, which must be carefully thought out and balanced. This step is comparable to the adoption of a child.
Know: a pug is a child who will never grow up!And how pleasant and comfortable your coexistence of long 10-14 years will be with him (namely, such an average pug life expectancy) is influenced by 2 factors:
1. The correct breed choice.
Does the pug match your inner self? (a pug is not just a breed, it is a state of mind!)
Does the pug fit your style and lifestyle?
2. The choice of the breeder (that’s how lucky).
After all, it was the breeder who planned the mating. And no less important is how competently he approached this issue.
It was on his conscience that the quality of the maintenance, feeding, and veterinary care of his dogs. But, as you know, the baby’s immunity is laid back in the womb.
A real breeder, not a “divorcee,” for whom “out of hand – out of mind”, will become your mentor, and will help throughout the life of the dog. After all, at first you will have a sea of questions on feeding, care and much more.
He will rejoice at your successes, and upset at your failures. And even after many years, he may not remember what your name is (if you do not communicate closely), you will forgive, but he will remember the puppy by all means, as soon as you name his nickname. After all, he remembers him as yet a helpless lump that fits in the palm of his hand.
Believe me, with each puppy you give back a piece of your heart. No matter how arrogant it may sound.
Having affirmed your desire to acquire a pug puppy, you need to decide which class of dog you need.
– The pet class is just a pet, not for show careers and tribal work. Such a puppy has some exterior flaws, however, in no way affecting its health.
As a rule, a pet puppy is cheaper than more promising brothers and sisters.
– The breeding class is suitable for breeding.
Dogs of this class may well participate in exhibitions and receive positive marks. Breed dogs, when correctly selected, often give birth to future “stars”, because they have good ancestors and come from stable breeding lines.
– Show class – these are dogs that are close to ideal.
They shine at exhibitions. The cost of such dogs is the highest.
Do not assume that the acquisition of a show-class puppy will give you a 100% guarantee of future victories. Growing puppies may vary slightly. (In particular, bite, muzzle volume may change).
Therefore, a less risky option is to acquire a puppy older than 8 months, when you can already see how the dog formed. (However, as practice shows, in well-established nurseries, puppies rarely sit up to this age.)
A breeder who has been dealing with his favorite breed for more than one year, already at 1.5 months of age, can say which puppies show hope for victory in exhibitions.
The key to success will be proper care and education, which you will have to take care of.
No matter what class of puppy you need, when you visit a breeder, you should have a positive opinion about him.
At a conscientious breeder, all dogs should look groomed, happy and pleasant in communication.
Most likely, the mother of the puppies will not look as presentable as in the photo. But after all, she gave the kids too much health, strength and has not yet managed to fully recover physiologically. After weaning from puppies, bitches are usually moulted. But in any case, the mother of the puppies should not look exhausted. It should be clean with a clear look.
The room in which the dogs live must be spacious and clean. A special place for puppies and their mother must certainly be equipped in it.
Little puppies are insanely charming and funny. Why not get confused and make the right choice?
First of all, pay attention to the appearance and activity of the little pug dog:
– A healthy puppy should look strong and plump in appearance. Inquisitive.
– The puppy should stand firmly on its feet. Movement must be free. The kid should not be limp.
– The eyes should be dark, clear, shiny. There should be no discharge in the corners of the eyes and from the nose.
– The nose should be cold and moist. Breathing is free.
– The ears should be clean, without brown discharge, redness and odorless.
– The coat is clean and shiny. No food residue or excrement adhering to it.
– There should not be rashes, scratches or bald spots on the skin.
And there shouldn’t be any fleas! (if there are fleas, most likely there will be worms)