Some people are wondering about cost because they are considering if breeding will be a profitable venture for them. The answer is not black and white…It has a lot of gray areas and will depend on quite a few elements.
To start a breeding program, one must have money to slowly acquire high quality dogs. If a person is planning on home breeding one should have, on average, 4 females and 2 males. They should be show quality and with the rights to breed, of course. This means that the price will be between $4000 to $8000 to begin with.
Then, one must understand that the price of ownership is not cheap. Here are some of the items and expenses that one will have when owning Pugs for breeding:
Veterinarian costs –
For puppies there are shots, de-worming and health checkups. In regard to dams, many female Pugs have narrow hips and the puppies have large heads….This means that for each pregnancy there will always be a chance that the dam will need a C-section which is quite expensive. For adults, pre-breeding health checks must be done to look for hip dysplasia and other genetic disease or conditions that can be passed down.
This will include everything from playpens, crates for traveling, doggie beds, toys and chews, food and water bowls, dental care products, grooming products including shampoo, conditioner, brushes, nail trimmers, cleaning supplies etc. If you need to feed a newborn (mother rejects puppy
or is experiencing trouble producing milk) you will need puppy milk replacement formula, syringes, bottles, etc.
Keep in mind that many supplies will need to be replaced every month to every few years.
Home cooking is highly recommended for individual Pugs, however most breeders - for the sake of keeping prices low enough to compete- will purchase manufactured dog food in bulk.