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Choosing a Pug Puppy

With any luck, and usually a whole lot of effort, you find yourself at a good, reputable breeder from whom to buy a Pug puppy. The only major decision left to make now is which puppy to buy? You could very well find yourself looking at 3, 4 or maybe even 6 different pups, and they’re all cute, adorable and capable of making you say “awwwe” with just a wag of the tail, or look in the eyes.
Many people who have talked about this subject, say that when they chose their Pug pup, the pup actually chose them. Sometimes this happens...A pup will walk right up to a potential owner, curl up in her lap, lick him or do something else that immediately answers the question. When this happens, you know this is the Pug for you. But what if it doesn’t happen? To help you along in deciding which Pug pup to take home, here are a few little tips to keep in mind:

Three Types of Puppies

The Curious Investigator:
A puppy that runs right over to you as you’re visiting the breeders and trying to decide which one take home fits into this group. They are well-adjusted puppies are curious about everything…they’re curious about things that move, new things, things they haven’t seen, heard or smelled before. This type of curious investigation is a good sign that the puppy is healthy, though it’s not a guarantee. These dogs are ideal for homes with children or even other pets because they won’t run or hide in fear prodding children, or other resident pets.

The Timid and Cautious:
A puppy that either approaches something new (such as a potential owner) with caution, or one that backs away in fear fits into this group. Timid, Bashful Introverts are curious about things, but they don’t rush in to investigate. These Pups will check you out eventually, but they have to make sure you’re all right, and then approach with caution. These dogs are ideal for homes without children and other pets. They’ll do better, and adjust faster with less to be cautious about. An experienced dog owner can make these timid little dogs thrive in no time.

The Shy and Fearful:
A puppy that simply runs for cover at the sight or sound of something unfamiliar. These pups won’t check you out, but instead run and hide…under a couch, into a crate, or someplace else. This type of behavior is a sure sign of a poorly adjusted puppy that didn’t get enough attention from the breeder during the socialization process. Does this mean the Shy and Fearful puppy should be passed over? No. These puppies need and deserve love as well, and in fact, they need more of it. They need to be helped along by an owner who has lots of time and patience to spend nurturing it. If you’re interested in getting two Pugs at once, then a shy and fearful pup is a great choice as it will do better with another Pug in the house. If you’re a stay at home mother or father (without kids, and without other pets), if you’re retired, or semi-retired, these dogs will be great for you, and you’ll be great for them!

All Pugs Need and Deserve Homes and Love
If you’re wondering which puppies get purchased first, second and third, the answer shouldn’t surprise you…The Curious Investigator gets picked first, the Timid and Cautious gets picked second, and the Shy and Fearful gets picked last. It’s only natural that the puppies that run right up to potential buyers to say hello get taken home quickly.

But it’s important to say here that all Pugs need and deserve good homes and love. If your home has no children, or they’re off in college, or married, please consider taking home a Shy puppy, or a Cautious puppy…They make great companions and wonderful pets too. The appropriate match between Pug puppy and Pug Owner is a two-way street that does indeed work both ways.

In the perfect Pug world, potential owners will not only consider which Pug is best for them, but also whether they are best for a particular Pug…The PugVillage has included this closing statement in the hopes that we move a bit closer to that perfect Pug world.

Photo of Scooby submitted by pug forum member 518dark-rose.