I’ve never met a pug I didn’t like. Than again I’ve never met a pug I didn’t feel a whee bit sorry for. It’s no big secret that I believe most breeders to be little more then greeders with very little regard for dogs themselves. I’m not saying they’re not nice people or they don’t love their breed and their dogs. I am saying that when they breed for “show” or fashion and not functionality as well they subject dogs to some pretty horrendous health issues and at the very least health risks. On the whole almost every breeder I’ve ever met is seriously wanting in knowledge that is essential to breeding a good dog.
A few do grasp the importance of genetics, socialization and other mandatory bits of knowledge required to breed a good dog. A good breeder would not involve themselves in producing the dog you see to the left. Cute yes but look past the cute to see how horribly mutilated the dog’s skull is and how that might impair normal living.
One (of many) of the victims of irresponsible breeding are the Brachycephalic dogs of which the Pug is an example. These are the breeds that have purposefully been deformed through selective breeding. The normal snout found on other breeds is gone or nearly gone resulting in dire health consequences. Susceptibility to over heating, breathing difficulty, dental problems to name a few.
When left to evolution animals bodies become tailored to suit survival in their environment. In this case breeders (greeders) have chosen through selective breeding to satisfy some inexplicable desire to produce dogs that can’t breath, exercise or eat normally. If one were to take a healthy dog and purposefully impare its ability to do those things there would be charges of cruelty.
How bad is it? Pretty bad when they actually have to design a food around a canine deformity. Pug Specific Food Made By Royal Canin