Pug breeder here, I thought I'd share some info for you and anyone else considering a purebred dog. For any breed, please take the time to find a reputable breeder who you trust. Some breeders are ethical, responsible and breed for health. One can absolutely have healthy pugs. Fuck shitty breeders and puppy mills. When choosing a kennel to adopt from, definitely do your research. Ask questions. AKC registration or similar papers and titles are not enough. Study the pedigree, ask about back generations and make sure the pups were free-whelped whenever possible and that the majority of pups fare well. Go see the dam (and sire, if on-site). If the breeder does not let you meet the parents (at least mom), welcome you to visit their home or kennel, or have recommendations available from others who have adopted puppies from them, be wary. We do not do AI nor force breedings (yes some breeders will strap a bitch in place and force her to be bred to whatever stud they please, and AI is becoming more and more popular). If our dam does not accept a sire, there will be no puppies. We breed pugs because we are passionate about bettering the breed. We are very small-scale and aren't in it for the money. It's one's responsibility, if one is bringing new life into the world, to be good stewards of every pup. Every puppy born to our home is welcome for life, if their owner needs to re-home the dog for any reason we will always take them back. We keep in touch with the families and are always available to answer questions and share knowledge. Each puppy is placed with great care.
Pugs are sensitive and become very attached and need their people. They are not a good breed if you work a lot or are otherwise away from home for long periods of time.
Never, ever, adopt a puppy who is under 8 weeks of age if a large breed, and for toy breeds, current research suggests that pups should be with mom longer. We keep pups for 12 weeks and allow families to visit as often as they like post-week 8. Puppies, even if fully weaned, need their to be with mom and siblings for learning proper socialization and developmental skills. Letting pups go too soon is detrimental to the puppy's mental health. A good breeder will know this. If someone tries to sell you a puppy too early, they are irresponsible!
Hope this helps you anons wanting purebreds.