Pugs: Prices, breed information and insurance costs
Pugs cost around $3,000 in Australia but their health problems can be an expensive add-on.
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How much do Pugs cost?
We found Pug prices to hover around $2,500 to $4,000 in Australia.
However, you might be able to find cheaper prices if you can get a rescue. Always make sure that you're purchasing from a registered breeder.
To get these costs, we looked at over 30 prices from breeders across Australia on sites such as Gumtree, Pets for Homes and Trading Post.
How much does pet insurance cost for a Pug?
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Dr Sam Kovac: Frequently asked questions about Pugs
"Sometimes people see them and think that they're badly behaved but they would have to be the number one cheekiest pet that we see at Southern Cross vet. And that's why we love them. They're always happy. Pugs never seem to be in a bad mood and they're always doing something. They're busy dogs – they always like to be kept occupied. Some people think this can be bad behaviour, when they're really just looking for more fun and the next adventure."
"Like other flat-faced or brachycephalic breeds, Pugs really suffer with their breathing on hot days and after a large romp at the park. They have elongated soft palates, squished in nostrils and very small larynxes. Thankfully, there's a minimally invasive surgery that we do at Southern Cross Vet to open up the airways and correct the anatomical problems long term.
With the soft palate issue, they can swallow a lot more air in a syndrome called Aerophagia. This can lead to flatulence which can be pretty awkward when friends come over but harmless.
They're also prone to getting inflammatory bowel disease and sometimes have very sensitive stomachs. Focusing on a diet that's low in allergens and right for the particular Pug that you've got, needs to be a priority. They can also suffer with spinal problems and floating kneecaps called MPL. All of these are easily surgically correctable.
Bronchitis and dog asthma is actually a real thing and Pugs would have to be up in the top 10 list of breeds that suffer from asthma most commonly."
"Pugs are not commonly aggressive. They're happy-go-lucky, friendly dogs with a really outgoing disposition. They're not aggressive. They're not on the list of breeds that we often see at Southern Cross vet who have been attacked at the park or who attack other dogs.
They do sometimes get into trouble though because they can't signal too well to other breeds. Their tails don't move so much because they're most often quite curly and their ears are folded over so they can't really signal to other dogs how they're feeling. Other dogs can be intimidated by them or find them a bit scary or weird."
"Being quite an unhealthy or higher risk breed of having health problems in my opinion, a Pug should be going to the vet at least quarterly for a check-up. Like with most things in life, in veterinary medicine, prevention is always better than cure and that's no more important in any other breed than a Pug."
Dr Sam Kovac, a Sydney-based general practice vet, believes in extending the lifespan of animals through ground-breaking treatments. He founded Southern Cross Vet, with clinics in St Peters, Bellevue Hill and Surry Hills.
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