Too Cute Pug
*Frequently Asked Questions*
Do you ship?
Certainly. Shipping is done through the airlines. You must be able to pick up from the airport. Any breeder or seller that claims they ship to your door is a scam. You cannot ship puppies to peoples doors. Shipping can only be done when the temperature is safe for the puppies. Delta has the temps listed on their regulations page regarding shipping of pets. Typically we can ship all year long. But sometimes we have to wait a few weeks for the temperature to be within the guidelines. Shipping costs $450. This pays for the kennel, travel health certificate, airfare, and our gas to and from the airport.
How old do the puppies have to be to come home?
The puppies must be 9 weeks old to come home. However we prefer to keep them until 12 weeks old so we can get a second set of shots in them before going home. Puppies are not safe against Parvo until at least the 4th set of shots however! You must kep your baby indoors and away from public places until it's immune system has matured! Shots do not PREVENT parvo! They only build an immunity to it so when your baby comes in contact it does not die. The shots are not in full effect until the final series. It is imperative that you protect your baby from possible exposure until it receives it's final series of shots! You are welcome to take your baby home at 9 weeks (after 1st set of shots) but will be given strict protocol to follow to keep your baby safe until you give it the final set. If you wait until the 12 weeks to take it home we will give a guarantee against Parvo, with the stipulation you bring your baby to the vet and have it checked within 48 hours of bringing your baby home. I can ONLY guarantee your baby comes home to you clean of parvo. I cannot control where you take your puppy from there, and possible exposure once it leaves here. Keep it safe! Puppies need to be vaccinated before they come home. Parvo and Distemper are life threatening diseases. We do not want anyone to ever endure that. We like to make sure our babies are given 2 sets of shots prior to the babies going home to help ensure their health and safety. By 9 weeks old they are also eating well on their own and are ready mentally for the big change of going to a new home away from mom and their siblings. But to be safe from Parvo ALL sets of shots are needed. I cannot stress this enough. You are not just bringing home your new family member. You are also bringing home my baby. I care greatly about their health and safety.
Can we come see the puppies? Visit?
This is a topic that often confuses new puppy owners. It sounds so innocent, the idea of coming to pick out in person, or play with, visit, and bond with the puppies before they can come home. But is is not as innocent as some may think. We do not allow people into our home to pick out or visit or play with our puppies. And yes, we do have people ask to simply let their kids come play with the puppies without any desire to take one home. This will never happen. Why? First of all, when the babies are 1-3 weeks old, they want nothing to do with people. They cannot see or hear. Any touch they feel leads them to think that mom is there with them, and they wake to search for food. In these first weeks all the babies want to do is sleep, and eat. If they are touched or handled and mom is no there to feed them while they are being disturbed, they get highly stressed out and will cry until mom is given to them. There is no reason to put them through this. Secondly, what people do not think about, is mom. Mom dogs are protective of the babies. By no means will they allow for strangers to come in and be anywhere near the babies. Sometimes to the point they will even attack a stranger. Not only would we not put mom through this, we cannot be liable for someone getting bitten. Even the sweetest most social pug will protect her babies from strangers without hesitation. Thirdly, our families are paying good money for these babies. And they trust us with the babies health and well being. When you allow people to visit and play with the puppies, you also allow possible diseases to come in contact with the babies. Say they went to a pet store, or a walk in the park, or pet the neighbors dog, or a stray dog pottied in their own front yard, and they stepped in it without knowing. Parvo and Distemper area huge threat. They are contracted by coming into contact with non vaccinated dogs, and those dogs saliva and feces. They are so easy to come in contact without knowing it. So when we allow people to come see the puppies, we are allowing the possible contact of deadly diseases that the puppies are still too young to be vaccinated for. And now we have put EVERYONES puppies at risk simply to satisfy someones desire to touch or see the puppies before it's time to come home. Rest assured, your baby will be safe from these dangers. LASTY, we are a family. Not a pet shop. Not a store. I have 3 kids and a husband. The last thing I want to do is make my family feel like their home is a pet store, with people coming in and interrupting their personal space. On top of that, we don't know who you are. Anyone can say they are an innocent person who just wants a puppy. When in fact they are a criminal looking to rob you and your family. I will always keep my family safe. For all these reasons above, we do not allow visitors. Eight weeks goes by quickly. And at that time, your baby will be ready to meet you mentally, and safe from risk of diseases. To make this time go by easier, I make a strong effort to take pictures of everyones babies weekly and send them out with updates so you can watch your baby grow and develope.
AKC Registered? Breeding rights? What is Limited AKC?
All of our puppies are AKC purebred, and come with "limited" AKC registration papers. Limited means they can be registered with the AKC. But are not given breeding rights. Meaning if you ever breed the puppy, you cannot register the litter with AKC. Breeding rights can be given out to those who we approve of after speaking to you about your plans, and experience. Only to puppies we see potential for breeding, and feel comfortable with the owners abilities to be there for the care needed, will be granted breeding rights. Breeding rights are an additional $300 fee.
What all does the puppy come with and what does it mean?
All of our puppies come with limited AKC registration, up to date shots with shots, and deworming done. Limited AKC as answered above, means AKC registered without breeding rights given. Breeding rights can be discussed if desired and we see the puppy fit, for an additional fee. First and second shots are given because first shots alone will not prevent parvo and distemper. They are only a start to the puppies immunities to the diseases. Second shots boost the immunities a bit more but not enough to save your baby if it comes in contact with Parvo. This is why we still highly recommend you keep your baby at home and away from outside animals and public places where outside animals go. Just because it has been given these shots does not mean it is immune to Parvo. They are young and still building immune systems. Parvo will still make them very sick, and possibly kill them. The 3rd set "should" allow them to overcome the illness. But why risk having your baby go through that? Keep it indoors until it's final set of shots. You will need to continue with remaining shots, 3 weeks from the time you bring your baby home, to continue to ensure it's safety from these diseases. It will still need a 4th set and boosters, at the discretion of your vet. Puppies should be kept indoors and away from pet stores, parks, and other places where unvaccinated dogs frequent, until you have given the 4th set, to ensure complete safety. Dew Claws are sometimes removed for the safety of the animal. Dewclaws serve no purpose and often get snagged on things and rip off, causing the dog much uneeded pain and bleeding. Lastly deworming. Deworming is needed in all puppies before and after going home. Puppies are usually born with roundworms which they obtain from mom before they are even born. Your dog will pick up worms regularly when they go outside to potty. Thus you will need to have a deworm routine every few months. Babies can often also contract Coccidia. It is triggered through stress, often the stress of going to a new home. This is an EASY and inexpensive treatment using a product called Albon, which can be obtained through your vet. It isn't a bad idea to have it checked for Cocci, and treated to help make the transition home an easier one.
Please visit here to read AKC's explanation of dew claw removal for those who would like to read more.
How long have you been breeding pugs?
I have been breeding pugs since 2009. I started with a simple pair of non AKC registered pugs that I loved to peices. But saw the many health issues that came with these pugs. Tinker and Conner were their names. They were my best friends. Tinker was huge, and it became evident to me that perhaps she was not a purebred pug. This was when I began doing more research on breed registrees and how important it was to only breed AKC dogs. As they are the only true registry that ensures your pug will be "pure" pug. Tinker did not live a long pug life. She had many issues she developed. This may or may not had been prevented if I had chosen an AKC pug. As pugs are known for their health issues. Conner had very buggy eyes (another thing I am trying very hard to delete from the pug breed on my end). Eventually he had to have one removed. He also developed spinal issues around 4 years of age. Both were loyal pugs I kept until they parted their ways of natural causes. But I ceased breeding them shortly into my beginings as I wanted to work on improving the breed so others would not have to suffer seeing their beloved pugs go through what I saw mine go through. I then began with a very nice pair of AKC purebred fawn pugs. Soon learning more about the rare colored pugs. I was lucky enough to be one of the first in the USA to obtain the rare colors. Starting with a beautiful Blue pug. I was in love. But I could tell that people had worked so hard to bring back the rare colors, that they had not done much in the way of trying to improve the body appearance of the rare colors. They tended to be more leggy, (as pugs were before we turned them into a wrinkly pile of mush) and thinner. I soon after obtained my first White pug. She happened to also carry the brindle gene. I have worked over the years to do nothing but try to improve the rare colored pugs appearance and health. It is amazing how many years must be put in to make a difference. But the difference is so clear from where I began. The coats are thicker. The eyes are no longer buggy. The bodies are stockier. The pugs are smaller. And the breathing is getting better. Less puppies with breathing issues! I have made great strides in finding the very best pugs I can out there to help improve the breed. I've spent far more on my pugs than I ever charge for my puppies. I do not just work on the rare colors. I also work with the standard colors for those interested in showing. I make sure for those looking to show that I do in fact breed pugs that have no rare colors in the background and come from great champion bloodlines. I've made great strides through the years. And I'm excited to see what can be done in the next decade as well. All of our pugs are family. I am not a kennel. My dogs are not confined to cages. They are indoor dogs. They are snuggled and played with and sleep in my, and my kids beds at night. All of our puppies sleep right at the foot of my own bed, where I can ensure they are safe at all hours. And believe me I get NO sleep when there are puppies. I awaken at every whimper and keep a flashlight on my bed stand to check on them each time. Typically every 10 minutes, for the first 3 weeks of their life. Pug moms have tendency to lay on their babies and smother them. So I keep them close, and get no sleep, to ensure their safety at all hours. Everyone is treated as family here. This is also why I do not grant breeding rights to just anyone. Pugs are not like most breeds, who can care for their babies without much help. Pugs have high tendency to need help during birthing, very often needing help re positioning the baby internally, and even C sections. They require someone to be there for the first 2 weeks of their lives, day and night, to ensure mom doesn't lay on them, and they don't get pushed away from the rest of the litter. Pug moms do not pick up their babies and move them like most breeds do. There are often many complications in birthing and those first few weeks of life. Breeding pugs is not for everyone.
What do you guarantee against?
THIS ONLY APPLIES IF YOU WAIT UNTIL THE PUPPY IS 12 WEEKS OLD AND WE HAVE GIVEN THE 2nd SET OF SHOTS! IF YOU TAKE YOUR BABY BEFORE 12 WEEKS THERE IS NO GUARANTEE.
We have a 48 hour guarantee against Parvo and Distemper. The main killers in puppies which are preventable via vaccinations. We only guarantee against this for 48 hours after going home, and have the baby checked for parvo within that 48 hours. WE CANNOT MAKE A GUARANTEE AFTER THAT OR IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR BABY CHECKED WITHIN 48 HOURS. REASON BEING, I CAN ONLY GUARANTEE THAT I HAVE KEPT YOUR ABBY SAFE AND IT IS GOING HOME TO YOU FREE AND CLEAR OF PARVO. I CANNOT GUARANTEE WHAT YOU EXPOSE IT TO ONCE IT LEAVES HERE. SHOTS ONLY BUILD AN IMMUNITY TO PARVO. THEY DO NOT PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING. THEY ARE NOT SAFE FROM PARVO UNTIL THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS MATURED AND THE FINAL SET HAS BEEN GIVEN. I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO KEEP YOUR BABY SAFE INDOORS. SAN ANTONIO ESPECIALLY HAS AN EXTREMELY HIGH PARVO RATE! AS TEMPTING AS IT IS TO SHOW YOUR NEW BABY OFF IN PUBLIC, DONT RISK IT! You must show proof from your vet stating the puppy has the disease and contracted it within the 48 hours of going home. We have never NEVER had a puppy come down with parvo, to date. And I am confident we never will so long as you keep your baby safe and up to date. We do NOT guarantee against fleas. Or things that cannot be vaccinated for. Such as Giardia, Coccidia, mites, and worms. We do however do our best to keep our puppies safe from these things and will not send a sick puppy home. All of our puppies are kept indoors, in our home, in a room sectioned off strictly for the puppies and moms in our home. If any puppy contracts Cocci or Giardia while in our care, we will keep the puppy until it is treated and healthy again. These are all common ailments that are easilly picked up by the mother when she uses the bathroom, and brought back to the babies. All we can do is keep things CLEAN to best prevent it. We will always help you if your baby contracts these things while in your care! Your babies are still our babies. And we want to keep them healthy and safe even after they go home. If your baby gets sick please always contact me and I will do my best to help. Even if you feel at fault. We do not guarantee against the unknown. Nor things that are common ailments within the breed. If you have done your research, you know what you may be in for with pug ownership. Breathing ailments are common. Your pug will most likely snore...likely while wide awake and staring at you. This may start as a puppy or it may happen later in it's life. Eye injuries tend to occur easily in the breed. Always take care around the eyes. Keep wrinkles clean, especially above the nose. Pinched nostrils are common. If your puppy has trouble breathing through it's nose due to pinched nostrils, we recommend having surgery when your vet states it is old enough. It is a very simple and relatively cheap procedure where they snip a bit of the nose off each side of the nostrils to open up the holes so your baby can breathe easy again. We cannot prevent collapsed trachea sadly. This is another common ailment, that usually does not really become obvious or troublesome for a pug until it is older. Rest assured, most pugs with trachea issues still live a long happy life. We do not guarantee against cancer, encephalitis, oral papilloma, warts, mange mites, or liver, enlarged heart, or other internal or immune system issues the pug developes in it's life . We do not guarantee against worms, Cocci, Giardia, or others ailments puppies commonly pick up. We do our best to prevent them. These are things that are easy to treat if they occur. Keeping your puppy on a flea and he worm medicine, as well as regular deworming schedual is important. Your pug is your child. When a pug developes a problem, there is no one to blame in these cases. You do your best as a pug parent to love your pug and care for it in any way possible. All of these possible health issues come with the breed. However we are working our hardest as breeders, to remove these health issues from the breed. We do not breed any pugs that have any health issues whatsoever. We aim to produce the healthiest babies possible, and keep them healthy even after they go home. If you ever have a concern or something go wrong after your baby goes home, CONTACT US! We are always here to help! Never hesitate if you think something is wrong. Please do so immediately. Do not wait it out. We are always here and typically able!
What happens if our baby dies or gets sick before it comes home?
If something goes wrong on our end, and a puppy dies at our home, we will either refund your deposit, or replace the puppy with one from our next litter, that matches the color and gender of the one you had picked out. If there are no upcoming litters, and you do not want to wait for one, we will simply refund the deposit. Typically the only time a baby dies in our care, is if the mother accidentally lays on it, and we don't see it in time to save it. It happens so quickly. If a baby gets sick in our care and it is treatable, we will simply keep the puppy until it is better before sending it home. If it is sick with something untreatable that is life threatening, we will offer to refund or replace. We have only once had something like this happen, where it turned out a puppy had a cleft pallete. As it turned out, the awaiting owner had a child with a cleft pallete. And this puppy was a blessing in disguise for their family. They opted to keep the puppy, and instead we simply discounted the puppy greatly. The pug still lives today. Both the puppy and the child have had surgery to correct the clefts and love each other very much! This was an amazing story for us as much as them. This has been the only incident where a puppy was ill with something untreatable in our care. If a puppy gets sick with something common like cocci or giardia within 30 days of going home, and you are nearby, we ask that you send the baby back home so we can treat it. We will give you tips on how to prevent it as well. This will save you a lot of time, worry, and money. If you are not nearby, we will tell you how to treat it and prevent it. We have many tips on dealing with common ailments in puppies and even adult dogs. So please always feel free to ask if you have a concern or question. We've helped so many people that did not even own a puppy from us, that had issues. I've saved more puppies and dogs than I can count at this point. I've even saved a bulldog puppy that the vet wanted to put to sleep and I told the owner not to. The vet said there was nothing that could be done. He was clueless why her puppy was having the issues. And it was going to die. She sent her baby home with me. I worked out the issues as best I could, and worked with that puppy for 2 months (yes, a long time. This puppy had pneumonia on top of whatever was causing it to asperate). 2 months later, I sent that puppy home to her. And much to her, and her vets surprise, it was completely healthy and no longer had the issue. And to this day, she is a big beautiful English Bulldog living with her family, now 5 years old. Again, I have worked many years on understanding what it takes to keep and make a puppy healthy. I do everything possible to send home healthy babies. And will continue to do everything I can to help you keep your puppy healthy after it goes home.
Do you have references? How do I know I won't be scammed?
Yes! Of course I can provide references. And I would ask that anyone who buys from me, also allows themselves to be a reference as well. I've been doing this many years. Therefor I've built up a great list of references. My reputation depends on it! Many of the references from the last few years can also be found on facebook, where they also post regular updates of the pugs they bought from me in the past. Facebook has made things much easier in this regard.
If ever you would require references, feel free to contact me!
I have heard a great deal of people emailing and calling me interested in a puppy. But they are hesitant because they had been scammed in the past. Usually these scams are easy to spot if you know what to look for. References are a must! If anyone ever offers to ship to your door, it IS a scam! You cannot ship to someones door. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Free or extremely cheap pug puppy, and you only have to pay it's shipping? It's a scam. If they offer to send YOU money, and you send some back to pay shipping or whatever? It's a scam. Is the pug puppy really cheap? Unregistered? Does it look thin? It is likely sick with parvo or other deadly diseases, or something that needs treated ASAP. A good breeder will take that puppy back and treat it. Someone selling a cheap puppy on Craigslist is not going to take that puppy back, or treat it for it's ailments. And that puppy has likely never had a single shot. Many people buy into cheap pugs because they are cheap. Simply to be heart broken when it dies soon after coming home. It is hard for our families, and for us breeders, when there are these thieves out there. So I do everything I can to show you my reputation as a breeder, and commit myself to the health of your baby. I have recently created a facebook page as well. This is just in it's beginnings however. My other main page is available, and has all my current pug owners who facebook, on it. But I post so many non pug related things, I wanted to create a page just for my pugs. So I will be working on sending over people from my main page, to the new one, for new owners to get to know them, and keep up with my pug posts as well.
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Why do the puppies cost so much? I just want a pet!
Boy where do I begin? You don't just want a pet. You want a Pug. If you are looking for a cheaper puppy, there are plenty of mixed breeds out there looking for homes as well as shelter puppies. You are asking specifically for a purebred pug however. And with this comes a higher cost. The Pug breed is not an easy one to breed. Many times artificial insemination is required for them to produce puppies. C Sections are common to birth the pug puppies. This is a huge cost on the breeder. In order for a good breeder to obtain pugs that are free of health issues, it costs us a great deal of money to purchase such a high quality pug. I personally have paid upwards of $2,000-$3000 for my pugs, and had them shipped from various states. I was very particular in the pugs I obtained with breeding intent, so I could be certain my pug families would be getting health pugs rather than health riddled pugs. Let me ask you this. If you were to buy a car for $5000, work on that car for 2 years to improve it, then resell that car, would you be OK with selling it for $500? Even $1000? You put in far more money on the car you felt was worth it, and spent those years improving it. You certainly would not just give it away. The same concept goes for anything you work hard on and invested in. Now to take in account for the hours I put in. People think of puppies as an easy task. Most dogs can have puppies and raise them up with little effort or help from a human. They carry the babies around, nurse them, and are over all not needing any help. But this is not true with pugs. Sadly pugs seem to lack the ability and even instinct to carry their babies. They lack the instinct to avoid laying on the babies, suffocating them. They lack the instinct to push the babies up to their bodies to show them where the milk is. In general they really do stink at being moms. But they do love their babies! They just lack the know hows. This is where the breeder must come into play if they want to avoid babies dying. This is where it becomes labor intensive. The moms are constantly moving about and laying on the babies at all hours day and night. The only way to avoid babies being suffocated is to watch them non stop for the first 3 weeks of their life. It is usually also needed to help them find the nipples for the first week at least. I keep my babies right next to my bed where I can see and hear them all night. I awaken every 10 minutes aproximately to a baby that has wound up under mom being smooshed, or is on the other side of mom or the bed, and can't find it's way back to the milk and other babies for warmth. When a baby is laid on, it only takes a matter of minutes for it to die. So for the first 3 weeks I am getting little to no sleep, tending to the babies 24/7. If you had a job that worked these hours, you would certainly expect overtime. To ask a breeder, who goes through all it takes to keep babies healthy and alive, and who spent a great deal more on their own pugs, than they are asking for their puppies, to reduce cost simply because you only see it as a pet, is not taking these things under consideration. Our pugs are our pets too. But we understand what was required to bring us our healthy pugs. And what cost comes with such efforts.