The “Mops” dog, with a short snout, was discovered in China in the 600’s BC and was brought to the European continent by merchants from Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, or England. In the Netherlands, they were given the name Mopshond, from which it then became today’s Pug.
Pugs are often described as large puppies in a small body. These robust and compact puppies are part of the American Dog Club’s group of toy dogs and are known as the clowns of the canine world because they have a well-developed sense of humor and love “to boast”.
How much does a pug cost?
If you are thinking about purchasing a pug then you should budget anywhere between $620 and $1,950 with an average cost of $1,180 for a Pug puppy. You are going to spend around $2,800 in the first year and then, around $1,100 each year (or $92/month). During the lifetime of a Pug, you will spend around $16,250, including the supplies, food, treats, licenses, training costs, microchipping, grooming costs, medical expenses.
Some other costs, not included here, may refer to neuter/spay procedures, pet insurance, dog boarding, and dog walking. Taking into consideration these costs as well you will spend anywhere between $66,500 and $132,200, with an average cost of $97,500, if you own a Pug for around 14 years.
As with everything you purchase, the higher costs will apply to high-end products and services, while the cheaper products and services will fall in the lower range category.
In this article, we are going to break the costs into more categories so you can have a better understanding of how much you should budget in order to own a Pug.
The cost of a Pug puppy
According to more than 600 online ads, the price of a Pug puppy would be anywhere between $620 and $1,950, with an average cost of $1,180. For a purebred puppy with documents, you could pay even $10,000. In the table below you will find the average cost of a newborn Pug puppy of up to 6 months old.
Factors affecting the cost of a Pug puppy
According to veterinarian Leslie Brooks, breeding Pug dogs should be tested or evaluated for the next conditions before breeding and during their breeding period: Pug dog encephalitis (DNA test), annual eye examination done by an ophthalmologist, and patellar luxation. Also, the buyer should ask the breeder about what health screening tests have been performed.
The cost of a Pug puppy will vary for the same breed as it depends on many factors like the following:
There are breeders who are members of a kennel club and one of the most famous is the American Kennel Club (AKC). The cost of a Pug will increase if it is AKC registered.
Mixed or purebred
In most cases, purebred dogs will be more expensive compared to mixed breeds.
Costs tend to be lower for the older dogs because most people prefer to buy a Pug as young as possible. For instance, an 8-week old puppy will be more expensive than a 6 month old one.
Bloodline and breeder’s reputation
The costs will be much higher if the parents of a puppy are show-quality dogs from a reputable breeder. This is because the breeders spend more taking care of their breeding dogs.
Breed popularity in the buyer’s location
The price of a Pug puppy will be greatly affected by the local supply and demand. For instance, in the big cities where people don’t have very much living space, small dogs are very popular, while in colder climates where hunting is popular, other breeds are in demand. It is recommended to get informed about how much does a Pug cost in different locations, but also to visit the breeder’s location before purchasing the dog.
Health screening and medical expenses
Reputable breeders will maintain their dog’s health in good condition and will permanently test and evaluate their health at a vet clinic and this will result in a higher cost but will reduce the risk of buying a sick dog.
Coat color and marking
Trends regarding the coat color of a dog are changing very often and when most people are interested in a specific color then the cost of the Pug puppy will increase. However, purebred dogs are accepted by kennel clubs only if they have a specific color. Also, the most expensive puppies are the ones with rare colors.
Training and socialization
There are breeders who choose to train the dogs before selling and this increases their value. Though it will save you money as you will not have to pay any more for dog training.
Supplies costs for a Pug
As you welcome your new puppy or dog into the family, there are a few supplies to help things go smoothly. Expect to spend anywhere between $155 and $655 for supplies in the first year and $60 to $265 per year in the following period.
In the table below you will find the average costs of the supplies needed to own a Pug.
|Supplies Prices||Average Cost
|Dog Collars (x2)||$20||$5 – $40|
|Food & Water Bowls||$15||$5 – $20|
|ID Tag with Phone Number||$10||$5 – $20|
|Leash||$10||$5 – $20|
|Dog Crate (24″ or 30″)||$40||$20 – $80|
|Dog Bed (24″ or 30″)||$35||$15 – $65|
|Pooper Scooper||$20||$10 – $30|
|Plastic Poop Bags (900-1080)||$55||$15 – $110|
|Stains and Odors Removal Spray||$10||$5 – $20|
|House Training Pads (75-100)||$25||$15 – $45|
|First-Aid Kit||$30||$15 – $50|
|Toys||$30||$15 – $50|
|Shampoo||$10||$5 – $20|
|Brush||$15||$5 – $45|
|Tooth-brushing Kit||$10||$5 – $15|
|Toenail Clippers||$10||$5 – $20|
These costs will depend on the location, the place you purchase them from, and their quality as well.
They are not easy dogs to train because they have a strong personality, they are stubborn, intelligent, and independent. However, because they love to please their owners, the dogs comply and respond to certain commands learned in training. Moreover, because it is a food-loving breed, they know that they will receive delicious rewards whenever they are obedient.
Plan on spending anywhere between $155 and $210 for five hours (1 hour per week for 5 weeks) for basic obedience training. In general, Pugs don’t need individual training and it is recommended to group train them instead.
In order to keep your Pug healthy, you should expect to spend around $600 (plus a one-time fee of $60 to $310 for neutering/spaying the dog) in the first year of life and almost $470 each year after that, depending on the place where you are living.
According to the vet Leslie Brooks, in the first year of life, a Pug should have at least three vet visits and each one costs anywhere between $70 and $175.
Besides the basic check-up, a flea and heartworm prevention treatment is recommended which will result in a cost of $55 to $110.
Moreover, you should plan on spending on some extra vaccines to prevent some diseases such as:
- Lyme, that costs $60 to $80 for two doses;
- influenza, that costs $75 to $95 for two doses;
- leptospirosis, which costs $25 to $30.
Adult Pugs will need at least one vet check-up every year and this would cost anywhere between $130 and $270, depending on the geographical location and the clinic. For the heartworm and flea prevention medications you will pay anywhere between $60 and $160 each. Also, for the fecal examination, you will spend $40 to $55 and for the annual vaccine booster shots, anywhere between $15 and $50 each.
The Pug dog breed is a breed that has quite a few health conditions compared to other breeds. Among the diseases that can occur in this breed are the following:
- Pug encephalitis is a unique disease in the Pug dog, which manifests as an inflammation of the brain. There is no test or treatment for this disease. It occurs mainly in young dogs, manifesting itself in the form of fainting, blindness, coma.
- Hip dysplasia and shoulder dysplasia, most often occur with the aging of dogs of this breed. It is best to find out if the dog’s parents have suffered or are suffering from such a disease.
- Cheyletiella Dermatitis (Dandruff) is a skin condition that is caused by a small tick. If you see a lot of dandruff, especially in the middle of the back, contact your veterinarian and be careful because it is a contagious condition for the rest of the animals in the house.
- Progressive retinal atrophy is an eye disease that involves gradual damage to the retina. At the beginning of the disease, the dogs lose their night vision, and as the disease worsens, they also lose their sight during the day.
- Patellar dislocation is a movement of two articulated bones, located behind the knee and causing a loss of contact surface. In small breeds, this dislocation occurs in the form of a deformity of the tibia or femur. The dog will start limping and depending on the severity it may need surgery.
- Cataracts usually appear at the age of 1 or 2 years, and it is also known as juvenile cataracts. It usually does not lead to blindness, but it is recommended that animals with this condition not be allowed to have offspring.
- Gastric dilation/torsion or “volvulus syndrome” is characterized by rapid accumulation of air in the stomach or stomach misalignment. This means that the stomach keeps swelling and no longer allows food to flow through it.
In the table below you will find the costs associated with some of the most common health problems that a Pug may have.
|Health Problem||Treatment Cost Estimate||Likelihood|
|Pug Dog Encephalitis & Seizures||$1,100 – $3,400||Medium|
|Eye Problems||$120 – $1,300||High|
|Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)||$70 – $250 per month||High|
|Collapsing Trachea||$300 – $4,900||High|
|Patellar Luxation||$340 – $2,400||High|
|Brachycephalic Syndrome||$300 – $3,200||High|
Dog health insurance
If you want to make budgeting much easier consider enrolling your Pug in a health insurance plan. According to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s latest State of the Industry Report, the average annual cost for accident plans is only around $200, while for the accident and illness plans you will have to pay around $570.
A less active Pug or Mops requires 400 calories a day to receive the required dose of energy, while a specimen that maintains a moderate level of physical activity needs a higher caloric intake, of around 500 calories.
If your Pug develops a hyperactive behavior the required calorie baggage reaches the impressive figure of 775 calories and in some cases even more. Of course, no two dogs are alike. Pay attention to the right amount of food for your dog depending on his activity level. If you notice that he never finishes his portions or that he starts to gain weight, he definitely needs a reduction in the number of calories offered daily.
In the table below you will find the average cost of dog food from some of the most popular brands.
|Adult Food Brands||Quantity per Bag||Number of Bags / Year||Unit Price||Total Price|
|Purina One – Smart Blend||40 lb.||3||$45||$130|
|Purina – Dog Chow||50 lb.||2||$25||$50|
|Blue Buffalo – Adult||30 lb.||4||$49||$200|
|Pedigree – Adult||50 lb.||2||$28||$55|
If you want to take your dog to a salon for a professional dog grooming that includes teeth brushing, nail trimming, ear and eye cleaning styling, and brushing, plan on spending anywhere between $40 and $60 per session.
What are the extra costs?
There are some extra costs you need to consider when owning a Pug such as the licenses, microchipping, dog walking, and boarding. In the table below you will find the average costs of each of these.
|Additional Costs||Range||Average Cost|
|Microchip||$25 – $50||$40|
|License||$10 – $20||$15|
|Dog Boarding (per day)||$25 – $85||$40|
|Dog Walking (per walk)||$15-$30||$20|
Important things to consider
Even when they are not stressed and do not have any medical problems that cause them to lose their excessive hair, Pugs still shed more than other dog breeds. Make sure you have a good vacuum cleaner and stock up on animal hair adhesive rollers.
Wrinkles are one of the most adorable features of a pug, but they can be very difficult to “maintain”. They need to be cleaned DAILY or whenever they get dirty (they are like deep pockets where food scraps, water, or dirt from outside are collected).
You need to make sure that these wrinkles on his face are always dry and clean, otherwise, they risk becoming inflamed, infected, and catching a very unpleasant odor. It’s more than enough if you clean them every morning with a damp towel, each fold of skin.
The pug constantly makes all kinds of noises, especially when sleeping. You’ll have to get used to the “Symphony of a Pug” and maybe during the day it won’t bother you so much, but if you’re the kind of person who wakes up from sleep at the slightest noise, you may need earplugs.
How can I save money?
If you want to save money when planning to own a Pug then adopting one would be much more affordable as the adoption fees are only between $55 and $510.
You can save money on dog supplies such as harnesses, door gates, or dog clothing by checking out second-hand stores.