For a long time now, there has been a continuing debate on whether or not it is ethical to either own or breed purebred pugs. This is because their genetics and anatomy put them at risk of so many diseases and such discomfort throughout their lives. While it is not illegal to breed a pug, it is frowned upon by many regulating authorities all over the world. Ownership on the other hand is a completely different story.
Let us look at it in one of two ways. If there is a pug already in existence in a shelter that needs a loving home, it would be ok to own it. After all, they are already here and need a good home so why not. You just have to be prepared for all the effort it takes to adopt, love and raise these frail fur babies.
However, if you want one for the aesthetics and plan to order from a breeder, you are probably not making the best decision. This is because you would be creating a market for harmful breeding that does no favors to the little doggies.
If you really must have a pug, we suggest that you go for a mixed breed like a retro pug. These are mixed with long snout breeds to create healthier versions of the little, wrinkled beauties. With retro pugs in particular, you could actually increase the dog’s life expectancy to up to 16 years. The best part is that they do not have to suffer many, if any at all, of the complications of brachycephaly.