Tips and Questions to Ask Your Breeder

In order to make people more aware of what to look for when buying a puggle, we are starting this page and asking anyone who has any advice for people currently looking to buy a puggle to please e-mail stef686@hotmail.com. We are trying to help people out in any way we can and are asking everyone to help out because everyone who has bought a puggle from us knows how hard it can be trying to find the right place…

The number one thing to look at when buying a dog from anywhere is the breeder so do some research. Put the breeders name into a google or yahoo search and see what comes up. Put their address in the search. This will show you complaints against the breeder.

Another thing to look at is the breeding facility. If a breeder is not willing to let you come to their house and see the mother dogs, there’s obviously something there they don’t want you to see.

Questions To Ask Your Breeder

  1. Ask for References. At least 10 over a year old.
    We can provide as many as you like.
  2. Ask if puggles are the only dog they breed.
    We are mainly a puggle breeder and have pugs and beagles maybe twice a year each.
  3. Ask to see the parents and papers and if they are opposed to DNA testing.
    Our dogs are all akc registered.
  4. Ask for the name of the food they feed their dogs.
    We use onlyBlack Gold chicken and rice formula made in America. But we recomend you use Blue Buffalo because it is easier to perchace. You should only buy dog food and treats that are made in AMERICA….
  5. Are your dogs home raised or kennel raised and can you see the facilities?
    Our puppies are all born in our home and raised here. When the weather is nice out, they get a chance to run around in our yard which is in a couple pictures throughout the site.
  6. Any guarantee offered with the puppy.
    Only a reputable breeder who knows they are selling you a healthy puppy will offer this.  Any genetic problem (For example, liver or heart defects. Not any disease/problem a puppy may have gotten outside of our care such as injuries, worms, sickness. Our puppies are wormed and guaranteed free of sickness when they leave our home.) will be taken care of by giving you a new puppy or we will give you you’re money back and you can still keep the puppy. This is pending our own vet exam your puppy.
  7. Ask what size beagles they use.
    We use a 13 inch beagle so on average they have 4-6 puppies which keeps our puppies size down to 15-25 pounds. Many places will use a 35-45 pound beagle which could be a 14-16 inch beagle so they can have 10-12 puppies per litter and their puppies can get up to 45 pounds..
  8. Will the breeder ship the dog?
    If a breeder is willing to ship a puppy, they do not care about your puppy. It’s a dollar bill to them. I know it seems easier to just have the puppy shipped to you but check out the statistics for puppies (not dogs) dying or catching diseases on planes. Puppies are so much more susceptible to diseases because their bodies haven’t built up immunity to them yet.
    I am sorry but we are completely against shipping puppies because we’ve raised these guys since they were born and they mean a lot to us so if anything ever happened to one, we’d be pretty upset. Especially since that’s preventable.  We offer a service where we will meet you up to 300 miles away.  The charge is $1 per mile.

On the same note…

Other breeders/puppy mills are posting information stating that there is no danger in shipping your puppy. I’ve talked to too many people who have lost their puppy after it was shipped to them. Anyone who ships a 3-5 pound puppy has no feeling at all for the little guy. I do not care if you take excellent care of your puppies, when they are put in a cargo hold with dozens of other puppies that may be coughing and sneezing, that puppy is now in danger of catching whatever the other dogs have. Some of your most dangerous diseases a puppy can catch are from airborne contaminates. Not to mention the stress this little puppy has to endure from the long plane ride which will make the puppy more susceptible to anything in the air. I, as a concerned breeder, will not take any chances with my puppies. I do not care if the chance of loss is low, I won’t risk it. I feel sorry for the people I have turned down but my puppies mean too much to me. I personally sleep in the same area as my puppies. I have missed weddings, vacations and other events because a mother is giving birth and I won’t risk losing a puppy. I am the first person these puppies see when they first open their eyes. Their first weeks are the most crucial in developing a puppies personality and you will see how loving and trusting all my dogs are by just one visit.

The mother dogs have complete freedom to roam around my house and yard as the new dog door gives us a rest from opening the door all the time. No puppy mill can give their dogs the kind of attention I give my dogs. So before you buy your puppy, think about the kind of home you would like it to come from. Also I would like to put to rest a few things about puggles. There is no such thing as a pocket puggle. There are the runts of the litter but they are scarce. If your breeder says otherwise, ask for references and pictures of these pocket puggles. Of course they’re going to give you a number and the person on the other line is going to say their dog is only 8 pounds. Guess what, you just called the breeder’s friend or neighbor. Unless they can give you 10 legitimate references who will send you pictures of their dogs, chances are they’re lying.

Second Generation Puggles are not a true puggle. Yes, two puggles have bred together but there is no true way to tell what these puppies will look like. You will get variations of a puggle. In size, appearance, and color. A true puggle is with a male pug and a female beagle. Another thing is puppy mills sell to each other as to get the cheapest dog and the biggest one so they will get the most puppies. These dogs all come from the same line and will pass on the same genetic defects to their puppies. Mills do not care what your puppy looks like or what genetic defects it may carry. They have your money and they’re just interested in numbers and selling as many dogs as possible.

More information on puppy mills can be found on this website: http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty Just follow the link and click on “puppy mills.” You will be surprised what you find out. When you go to a prospective breeder and the puppy looks a mess, do not buy this puppy because you feel sorry for it. This is what they are counting on. Report this place and put them out of business so more puppies don’t have to suffer. Until concerned buyers take a stand and stop this cycle of animal cruelty, it will continue to happen.

On one final note, if you call us, we will never call you back and push you into buying a puppy unless you ask us to unlike puppy mills who will keep calling and bad mouthing honest private breeders because they need every sale they can get. We would rather you do the research and make the decision yourself because this is a new addition to your family. So please take care and do your research before you decide where to buy your puppy. Any questions, call or email us anytime.