Aw that’s so sad about your first pug :(
You’re very right about it depending on the dog. Not all are the same.
Thank you for you input about your own experience owning a pug! Adopting or buying a pug really isn’t something that should be done on a whim, especially if you don’t have the financial means.
For those that don’t know, MPRV stands for Mops-Pekingesen-Rassehund-Verband. They are a German group that breeds to a new standard for Pugs and Pekinese that strives for the elongation of the face, eyes that are well set into the socket, a slightly larger frame, and they don’t inbreed. Their goal is to achieve a look similar to what these dogs looked like in the 1900’s and at the turn of the century. In doing this, the dogs will have improved breathing and less health issues.
I’ve done a bit of research on the MPRV group and I think they’re going a step in the right direction. There will always be a question of ethics surrounding dog breeding, and should humans really be playing God with these animals. But the MPRV’s main goal is to improve the health of these dogs, and I’m okay with that. Most of the negative opinions I’ve read on MPRV have been based solely on the fact that they (the people in disagreeance) would rather have a smushed faced pug with trouble breathing and a myriad of health issues than have a slightly larger pug with a slightly longer snout and less breathing issues and health problems.
What do you guys think about this? Would you like to see this movement become more prominent in the US?
Pugs, adopted or not, purebred or not, are prone to a wide variety of health issues, and require more medical care than other dog breeds. It varies with each Pug, but more likely than not you’re going to be spending a decent amount of money on vet bills. I found this article that might be helpful to you. It sort of outlines how much you should expect to spend on your Pug. Hope this helps!
Pugs are one of the most inbred dog breeds. The signature purebred “pug look” comes from intensive inbreeding spanning generations. That means pugs deemed “perfect specimens” are mated with other closely related perfect specimens, such as parents or siblings, in order to successfully achieve the aesthetically appealing look that lots of pug lovers look for when they want to buy. The majority of inbred pugs don’t survive past puppy age, and the ones that do survive go on to endure lots of health complications, all for the sake of their cute smushed faces. Honestly, it’s ethically horrifying. That’s why I always always always recommend adopting first. I have a link in my side bar to a list of all the pug rescues in the US (and a few international) by state.
Also, as a lot of you know, I love mixed breed pugs! Not only are they so adorable, but the mixing of certain breeds with Pugs allows for the elongation of the face, ensuring easier breathing. All mixed breed dogs have a lot less health issues than purebreds.
Please don’t think that I’m condemning those of you who have bought purebred Pugs from breeders. Seriously, I’m not here to judge you, those purebreds deserve loving homes too. I was simply asked my opinion on a situation, and I gave it.
Thank you anon, for this question.
Oh my gosh yes I love puggles!