Pug Dog  Club of Maryland, Inc.

     Founded 1959


This page is to help you when you are looking for your new puppy. This is just my opinion to what I think is a fair way to purchase a puppy for the Buyer as well as the Breeder.        

                                                                                                     By Maureen Kline

The first words of advice is if any Breeder is willing to let you come see and hold a newborn, or young puppy, run do not walk!! They are only interested in the sale!! This is very up-setting to the Dam and it's not safe for the puppies!

What Questions Should I ask?

1. Do you have the parents to the puppies, and can I see them ?

Some times the breeder may not own the Sire. But they should have a picture of him. Many breeders breed their dogs to dogs that are in other states, and use chilled or frozen semen that is shipped in.

2. Can I see your Kennel?

3. Can I see your puppy room?

This may not be available to see if they have a new litter, because new moms may become upset.

4. How many litters has the dam had? And how old is she now?

I stop breeding my girls by 5 years of age or before. If they say she is 8 years or older beware! This again can vary in the different breeds. But not by much!

5. Have there been any health screenings performed on the parents or puppies?

If so they should have a certificate with the results.

6. Does the Breeder belong to any breed clubs? Or do they participate in any dog events? If they belong to breed clubs they can help with resolving a problem.

Deposits on a puppy!

1. Make sure there is a contract which states what your rights are as well as the breeder's, and all fees and the info of the Sire and the Dam listed within the contract.

2. Deposits on a unborn litter is not a good idea. People that take a deposit on a unborn litter must need the money!

3. The deposit fee should be about 20% of the purchase fee..(little more or less)

4. If the puppy is found to be unsound before you pick it up, you should have the choice of a refund or another puppy if available.

Puppy Warranties

1. Most states do not offer any protection for the Buyer. Before you buy a puppy, check your state laws.

2. Make sure that your breeder gives you a written contract on their warranty, do not just take their word for it.

3. When you take your puppy to the Veterinarian for its first visit which should be as soon as possible. If there is a health problem the puppy needs to be returned. ( yes there needs to be a statement from the Vet not just a bill and the breeder should be allowed a second opinion) If they don't offer you a refund but just a replacement puppy when available. That is not right! Why should they keep your money and make you wait! They should offer you a choice of your money back or a replacement puppy.

4. Contracts that only give you a very short period of time for coverage on your puppy health is no good. Not every thing shows up at that early of an age.  A Breeder should stand behind their puppies longer than that.

Its hard to say what's a fair amount of time to cover a puppy. Nothing under 6 months but a year to two years is fair.

When you pick up your puppy!

1. No puppy should be sold before 8 weeks of age, that's the law.

2. A good Breeder should hold onto their puppies until at least 10 weeks of age or longer.

3. The Breeder should have your AKC registration papers for you when the puppy is picked up. The American Kennel Club is very fast in getting the puppy papers back to the Breeder. If they do not have the registration papers, they need to give you the name and numbers of the parents. You can confirm with AKC, if the papers are in the process or if the parents are valid. I would do that before picking up the puppy.

4. The Breeder should have a record of what shots and any other treatment that the puppy has had. It can be from a Veterinarian or the Breeder them selves. ( Many Breeders do their own vaccinations ) You should also be supplied with food that the puppy is on to take home.

Again this is just a guideline to help you. There may be some things above that a Breeder may not fit the criteria, as even myself! But if there is too many things that do not fit in the box, be careful. And some times you just have to trust your own judgment. :-)