Pug Price – How Much is That Doggy in the Window?
by Jessi Larson
Cute, compact and a little bit clownish, the Pug is a beloved dog breed with distinct features and a charismatic personality. If you’re looking into this dog breed, one of the first things on your mind is likely the Pug price.
It’s a good question, and one that you should fully understand before committing to a new pet.
First, there’s the initial cost of purchasing a Pug. Then there’s all the other expenses that go along with dog ownership, from food, treats and supplies to vet bills, training and grooming.
No matter what the Pug price is, owners of this breed will tell you it’s well worth it. After all, who could resist that sweet, squishy face?
The initial Pug price
The Pug price can vary greatly. On the average end of the spectrum, expect to pay between $600-$1,500. At this price range, the dog will likely have papers but won’t be of show quality or have breeding rights.
A Pug with superior lineage will range anywhere from $1,900 up to $6,000, depending on the pedigree. Although you’re paying much more, it could be worth it knowing the dog comes from an excellent line.
According to NextDayPets, the median price of a Pug is $1,022.50.
Of course, you can always adopt a Pug. Pet adoption usually ranges from $350-$550 AND it includes registrations and vaccinations. You’ll certainly save money, and better yet, you’re providing a wonderful home for a dog who really needs one.
The cost of feeding a Pug
Weighing a mere 14-18 pounds, the Pug is a petite pup with a decent-sized appetite. According to experts, Pug puppies need about a cup of food a day. That increases to 1 1/2 cups when they’re fully grown.
On average, quality dog food is about $2-$3 per pound. Say you get a 30-pound bag for $55. That’s approximately 120 cups of dog food. If an adult Pug eats 1 1/2 cups per day, that means the 30-pound bag would provide 80 days of food. So that’s almost three months of food for only $55.
Ultimately, it’s safe to say the cost of food likely won’t be an issue when looking at the full Pug price.
You’ll also want to stock up on treats, which run between $5-$10 a bag.
How much are vet expenses?
On average, Pugs have a solid lifespan of 12-15 years. During this time, however, they are prone to major health issues like Pug Dog Encephalitis and canine hip dysplasia.
More minor conditions include elongated palate, patellar luxation, Legg-Perthes disease, entropion, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, hemivertebra, stenotic nares, obesity and skin infections.
Of all the conditions above, obesity and skin infections are the easiest to prevent. Pugs do put on weight easily, which isn’t good for their already-stout frame. Keeping a Pug at a healthy weight will prevent further health issues.
As for skin infections, the folds on the Pug’s face are what give it a cute, wrinkly appearance. But you also have to make sure you clean these pockets regularly, otherwise your pup could be at risk for skin irritations or infections.
According to Embrace Pet Insurance, the most common serious issues for the Pug and the cost to treat them are:
- Portosystemic Shunts – $2,000-$6,000
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease – $1,000-$3,000
- Entropion – $300-$1,500
- Arachnoid Cysts – $4,500-$10,000
- Fold Dermatitis – $300-$2,500
- Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis – $1,500-$4,000
Also, if you don’t have plans to breed your pup, make sure you get them spayed or neutered right away. That costs anywhere from $250-$500.
Vet bills are unavoidable, but if you take care of your dog’s health overall, you can greatly reduce the money spent on medical expenses.
Consider other costs as you factor out the Pug price
Overall, the Pug is a pretty low maintenance dog. Their coat sheds, so you don’t have to worry about grooming other than nail trims and baths, both of which you can do at home for a fraction of the cost.
It’s always a good idea to invest in training upfront so you have a well-behaved, well-mannered pup. Fortunately, this breed is a people pleaser and quick to learn, so a group training session and some work at home will be plenty.
Another thing to think about in the Pug price is the cost of supplies. To start, dogs need a collar, leash, some toys, water and food bowls, a brush and a bed. To help new dog owners, we’ve compiled a shopping list that notes everything you’ll need for your new bundle of fur.
Your first temptation might be to run to the pet store and buy everything in sight for your new furbaby, but for the sake of your pocketbook, resist the temptation. In reality, your dog doesn’t need a million new toys, collars for every day of the week or the fanciest dog bed you can find. Buy the basics at first, and then you’ll slowly find out what your dog likes and needs.
In a survey, the American Pet Products Association found that it costs $1,641 per year on average to take care of a dog, between veterinary care, food, treats, boarding, grooming, vitamins and toys. If you can afford the initial Pug price plus the ongoing expenses, go for it!
Why should you get a Pug?
Believe it or not, the Pug has been a popular pet for over 2,000 years. Its history dates back to the emperors of ancient China, who apparently had a preference for flat-faced toy dogs. The Pekingese, Shih Tzu and Pug were all bred specifically for this reason.
Physically, the Pug is a sturdy, compact dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. Without a doubt, it’s one of the most identifiable dog breeds out there.
Personality wise, dogs don’t get much better than this. Bred to be a companion, the Pug is gentle, calm and caring, with a fun and social personality that’s perfect for single owners and large families alike.
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