A comprehensive cost breakdown and explanation

If you’re interested in bringing a pug puppy into your family, one of the most important questions you need to have answered is, “How much does a pug puppy actually cost?”

In this article, we’ll break down all the important (but often overlooked) details and considerations to help you make the best decision possible for you and your family.  Read on; your new companion awaits!

Table of Contents:

  1. The true cost of a pug puppy
  2. Typical prices of initial shots and vet fees
  3. Starting items and costs
  4. Factoring in the chance of a healthy pug
  5. Buying vs. adopting a pug
  6. Buying an older pug vs a pug puppy
  7. How a pug puppy pays you back
  8. What to look for in a pug breeder
  9. Buying a pug from us

The True Cost of a Pug Puppy

If you take a look online, you’ll find there’s a wide range of prices for pug puppies. For example, some are as low as $300 while some are $2,000 and beyond. (This can also range and vary based on your region and cost of living.)

At first glace, it looks like a huge difference — the high-end is over 6-times more expensive than the low end. But here’s the truth you need to consider when looking for a pup prices:

All pug puppies cost roughly the same when you factor in all the hidden costs.

Let’s say you a find a pug puppy at a super rock bottom price. Those pug puppies, however, rarely come with all the necessary veterinarian assurances like a nose-to-tail checkup, dewormings, or vaccinations.

Instead, you will have to take care of (and pay for) all those necessary services and procedures, which can add a big cost to the original price.

Another thing to consider is that cheaper puppies often come from parents who were forced to breed more often, which means they could be at higher risk of health problems that could rack up HUGE medical bills over the course of their lifetime.

On the other end, purchasing a puppy from highly experienced, trustworthy breeders with healthy parents and vet-signed health certifications might cost you more initially…

But chances are there are fewer expenses down the road. That’s why, regardless of the starting price, the odds are everything will even out in the end.

Typical Prices of Initial Shots and Vet Fees

Puppies need a lot of care to make sure they grow up to be strong, healthy adults. Here are some of the basic vaccinations you’ll need to give your dog, according to the American Kennel Club, within the first year:

      • You’ll need a full physical exam. This can cost between $50 – 100, depending on your area
      • You’ll need core vaccines. The first one is called DAPPV (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza). This is given 3 times, which means the total cost can be about $60 – 100.
      • The second core vaccine is for rabies. This costs about $10 – 20.
      • There are also non-core vaccines, which are still very important and highly recommended: Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Canine Influenza, and Lyme disease. Each of these require multiple vaccines, which makes the total cost anywhere from $100 – 200.
      • You’ll need heartworm preventives, which can cost anywhere from $35 – 100 for a 6-month supply
      • You might need de-wormings, which can cost roughly $10 each
      • AKC-registration is also a good idea. Their most basic one is $34.99.
Full physical exam $50-100
DAPPV vaccine (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza) $60-100
Rabies vaccine $10-20
Recommended vaccines: Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Canine Influenza, Lyme Disease $100-200
Heartworm preventatives $70-200 (1-year supply)
De-wormings $10 each
AKC registration $35+
Total $335-665

Since puppies are usually purchased during their first few months, you’ll still need to take care of some of these vaccinations and boosters no matter who you purchase from.

But it’s usually better to look for a pup who’s already had its first round of vaccinations, health checks, and AKC paperwork from the breeder so you know you’re getting a healthy dog.

This can also save you time and money since breeders usually incorporate these costs into the price of your puppy (and because they work closely with local vets, might pay lower prices than you would on your own).

Starting Items and Costs

To provide a happy and loving home to your puppy, you need to have plenty of items and supplies ready!

Here’s a quick list of things you need (with average expenses per year):

Food $300-700
Beds $20-60
Pug Sherpa bags $30-60
Crates $20-80
Toys $50-150
Bowls $10-40
Grooming Products or Services $75-500
Dental Products $10-30
Collars and Leashes $25-75
Total $540-1695

These prices, of course, can range depending on the quality and luxury you want to provide for your pug puppy.

Factoring in the Chances of a Healthy Pug

All puppies require love, care, and attention to ensure it grows up healthy and strong and pugs are no different.

It’s critical to regularly take your pug to the veterinarian to get health checks and necessary vaccinations. It’s also critical to make sure they get plenty of exercise, get good food, get regular groomings and teeth cleanings, and stay in a safe and comfortable environment.

At the same time, one of the best ways to ensure you raise a healthy, happy, and strong pug is to make sure you buy one that’s already healthy and has a healthy and strong bloodline. That way, your pug puppy has a great start and a lower risk of genetic diseases.

Buying vs. Adopting a Pug

This is a common question for new dog owners: Should you buy or adopt? What exactly is the difference between the two and which one is the best choice for you?

Adopting generally refers to getting a dog from a shelter or rescue versus buying, which refers more to buying a dog directly from a breeder or owner.

While there are a few sacrifices you have to make, adopting is generally cheaper upfront: You might expect to pay $300–500 plus fees for a pug.

With that said, you also have to consider that shelters and rescues have a much more limited selection. You may find that the only pugs available have defects, are much older than desired, or require special medical care for instance.

Another downside is that adopted pugs generally have a higher risk of health and temperament problems, especially with rescue dogs. The reality is you don’t know as much about their background than you would from a reputable breeder. And bringing home a dog who doesn’t socialize well can cause lots of headaches down the road.

While more expensive, buying a dog from a reputable breeder reduces those risks. Reputable breeders raise puppies in a happy, healthy, and loving environment. They also take care to raise only a few litters a year from parents with strong, healthy ancestry.

(Keep reading to learn more about how to pick a reputable breeder)

Buying an Older Pug vs. a Puppy

With puppies, there’s nothing like them — they’re incredibly cute, energetic, adorable, and can melt your heart when they gaze in your eyes.

Puppies do take serious effort and dedication to raise right. You’ll have to teach them, mold their behavior, keep them out of trouble, and help them become happy and healthy adults. But if you’re up to the challenge, having a puppy that grows up with your family is an experience like no other.

With an adult dog, they usually have their personality, behavior, and temperament quite established. This can make them more independent, but if they have previous issues, it might be difficult to overcome them and teach new habits.

How a Pug Pays You Back

“Happiness is a warm puppy”

— Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts

It wouldn’t be fair to talk about all the expenses without talking about how a pug puppy pays you back in countless, heartwarming ways.

Pugs are known for being close companions who enjoy spending their time by your side. They’re also typically very sociable, easygoing, and intelligent.

But they can also benefit you! It’s often said that dog owners have lower blood pressure than non-dog owners. From Harvard Medical School’s website:

“Several studies have shown that dog owners have lower blood pressure than non-owners — probably because their pets have a calming effect on them and because dog owners tend to get more exercise. The power of touch also appears to be an important part of this ‘pet effect.’ Several studies show that blood pressure goes down when a person pets a dog.”

You’ll find that a pug can make one of the best friends you’ll ever have. Just imagine creating countless new, magical memories with a pug puppy and forming a bond that will grow for years to come.

The question now is: How do you find a “reputable” breeder that you can trust?

What to Look for in a Pug Breeder

Some people say you should never buy a dog online, but that just isn’t true anymore.

The key, however, is understanding how to recognize breeders who truly know what they’re doing versus the ones who aren’t. Unfortunately, with so many people searching for dogs online nowadays, there are plenty of aggregator websites and puppy mills who are trying to profit on the industry without caring for their pups.

That’s why it’s critical to do your homework and ensure you’re getting a trustworthy breeder. Here are some key things to look for:

  • Breeders should ALWAYS let you visit the facilities to meet and play with your pups in person. If they refuse or want to “meet you at a place halfway,” that’s a red flag.
  • Breeders should socialize with their puppies at an almost daily basis. It’s even better if the breeders are small families who have children who also play and socialize with the pups. This helps the pugs develop good temperament and comfort with people — that way, when you take them home, they transition well to your home without the horror stories you might hear from others.
  • When you see a dog you like, the breeder should be able to provide extensive paperwork that prove the tremendous health checks they’ve performed (ideally signed by a veterinarian) and registration from credible organizations like the American Kennel Club.
  • Breeders should be able to show you their parents and their background. If they can’t or they don’t have at least one of the parents available, that’s not a good sign.
  • If you’re shopping online, good breeders not only have tons of photos and information on the dogs, but they also have videos so you can see the pup running around and enjoying themselves.
  • A good breeder always stands by their dogs. Unfortunately, many breeders fail here because they don’t want to be “on the hook” if something goes wrong that they could’ve avoided with better care. Sure, it is your responsibility to take care of your new puppy’s health, but if there’s something you can’t control (like a genetic problem), a good breeder should have your back. As a rule of thumb, look for breeders who offer a health guarantee.

Buying a Pug Puppy From Us

By now, you have a pretty good idea of what to consider with purchasing a pug puppy. It can seem daunting to do everything by yourself — but at MyPugPuppies, we take care of everything for you.

Unlike the big aggregator sites who scour the internet to list puppies with huge markups, MyPugPuppies is a network of small, independent breeders dedicated to raising the standards of pug breeding.

The puppies we sell are raised by us on our own farms, rather than sourced from puppy mills. We socialize with each puppy daily and our kids love to play with them too — that way, you’re getting a pug puppy who has great temperament and behavior.

You are always welcome to come by to meet and play with our puppies, see their parents, talk to our breeders, and see our surroundings for yourself.

Each of our pups also come with dewormings, health checks, and AKC paperwork so you don’t have to worry about them. Also, since our pups usually find their new homes by 8 – 10 weeks old, they’ve already had the first round of all their necessary vaccinations to save you time and money.

Our pug puppies come with a one-year genetic health guarantee! That’s how confident we are in taking every precaution to ensure that your puppy is healthy and well-nurtured before it goes home with you.

You can see pictures and videos of all our puppies here. Whether you need us to professionally transport your favorite puppy right to your door, or want to visit our farms in Ohio to pick out your new puppy in-person, we’ve got you covered!