Purebred pugs come in two colors: fawn, and black. "Off" colors such as white (albino), brindle, blue merle, blue-eyed, fluffy dogs are NOT pugs and are produced via mixed breeding and as such may introduce health issues that do not occur in the breed. Words like "designer", "rare", "exotic", "boutique breeds" are just euphemisms for mutts. Don't be fooled and don't allow these willfully ignorant and greedy breeders to con you and destroy the beloved pug breed which has survived since the time of Confucius. Only support preservation breeders who adhere to breed standard.
If you are reading this, you probably love pugs or know someone who does. Yet, there are unethical breeders (who have the gall to call themselves "breeders with integrity") who are destroying the pug breed. It is important to educate people so that these breeders do not con anyone into being a part of eliminating this amazing breed from this earth.
This incredible breed has survived most likely since the time of Confucius.
It has survived OVER 2,000 years!
This breed has survived since 500 BC (before Christ) because actual breeders with integrity adhered to a standard and ONLY bred pugs that met the standard. These preservation breeders (who actually are breeders with integrity) only bred pugs who looked like pugs and not chihuahuas .... pugs who were black or fawn with a black mask and not blue, spotted, fluffy, or blue-eyed pugs. They did not breed mutts, they bred pugs.
This is what it takes to preserve a breed from the time of Confucius to the 21st century but when puppy buyers support unethical breeders who do not care about the breed, and purchase off-colors like white or brindle or blue merle or even 'fluffy' mutts called pugs, then these puppy buyers are being swindled, paying a ton of money for a mutt, and ALSO helping to ELMINATE this amazing, ancient breed from the face of this earth.
What if dalmation breeders had decided to start producing dogs without any spots at all?
Or dalmations with short legs? Or dalmations with long hair? Or reversing the dots? Or, lord forbid, blue merle dalmations?
It's no longer a dalmation! It has become a mutt. Do you see the point yet?
If you are a true pug lover, support only preservation breeders and be a part in preserving this amazing breed.
When a puppy buyer supports a breeder who purposefully breeds against the breed standard, they are helping to destroy the breed. Yes, oopsies happen (and you might be surprised how many dogs in animal shelters -- even big dogs -- have pug in their DNA!) but rescue is an entirely different subject. This blog post is addressing the swindler breeders who are purposefully breeding and promoting "rare" and "exotic" mutts which they call pugs, then charging 3 and 4 times as much for these mutts, introducing a host of health problems, and ultimately trying to destroy the pug breed.
When naive puppy buyers fall for these unethical breeders' schemes, they are a part of this destruction of the pug breed. Help to educate your friends so they are not swindled. Help educate your friends to ONLY support preservation breeders and help save the pug breed. It's as simple as sharing a link to the breed standard with them! (But you might also want to point out the increased risk of so many health problems they'll be dealing with, or the fact that they're helping these swindlers destroy the pug breed.)
If you want to add more color, just invest in tutus and fancy attire, or earn them some fancy ribbons and titles . . . . . don't destroy an ancient breed that has been around since the time of Confucius.
Amy - Concert pianist, composer, lecturer, teacher, adjudicator, pug lover, dog trainer, soap and candle maker, owner Unique Boutique for Pet Owners, and co-owner Pickwick Pugs along with her husband, Dr. Jeff McLelland, concert organist, music director, and awesome care giver of the grumble.