How Much Does a Pug Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

A pug is a small, stocky dog with a round head and square-shaped muzzle.

The pug is considered to have ties to the Pekingese and Shi Tzu, but there’s no clear date as to when the Pug was introduced due to the lack of records available.

The pug was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the mid-1880s.

sad pug by hannahkrajewski, on Flickr
sad pug” (CC BY 2.0) by  hannahkrajewski

How much does a pug cost?

On average, a pug puppy is going to cost anywhere from $650 to as much as $1,500 for a high-quality dog.  The price will depend on the dog’s history, age, color, quality, the geographical location, breeder, and what is included with the initial adoption.  A purebred pug registered with the AKC and a great bloodline can cost much more than a pug that doesn’t meet the AKC standards.

A teacup pug, which isn’t a pug, per se, can cost about $2,500 if you were able to find one; however, a teacup pug, as mentioned, isn’t considered a pug but rather a mix between a pug and another smaller breed.

We researched a handful of breeders online and included the prices we received inside the table below:

LocationPrice Quoted
Albuquerque, NM$900 (AKC w/ starter pack)
Baltimore, MD$250 at local rescue
Chicago, IL$500 (no papers)
Cleveland, OH$1,000
Columbus, OH$1,300 (AKC registered w/ microchip and shipping)
Dallas, TX$950 (AKC registered w/ champion bloodline)
Indianapolis, IN$750
Kansas City, MO$850 (AKC paperwork)
Lexington, KY$750
Lubbock, TX$150 at local rescue
Mesa, AZ$650
Minnesota, MN$950 (show quality w/ AKC paperwork)
Modesto, CA$1,400 (AKC w/ shipping)
Orange County, CA$1,300 (AKC)
Orlando, FL$250 at local rescue gropu (3 years old)
Portland, OR$600
Tulsa, OK$300 at local rescue group says the average pug can cost anywhere from $800 from a reputable breeder to as much as $1,500 from a well-known highly reputable breeder, but in the end, the costs will greatly depend on your geographical location and the quality of the dog.

At, for example, there were 300+ listings at the time of this writing, with prices ranging from $500 to as much as $1,800.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable breeders should always include registration paperwork, up-to-date vaccinations, a health certification from a licensed vet and health guarantee.  Although optional, some breeders will include genetic testing, microchip and/or deworming.

What are the extra costs?

If the dog has to be shipped via an airline or by car, you will more than likely have to spend an additional $100 to $300.

Dog food, treats, toys, grooming supplies, veterinarian visits and medication all need to be budgeted for.  The average pug, even when healthy, can easily cost $75+ per month or up to $1,000 annually.  Highly rated pug dog food, for instance, can cost close to $35 for a 10-pound bag.  These costs can be much higher if you have never owned a dog before.

Tips to know:

Pugs are commonly fawn or black in color.  Although some people say that a black pug is more active than its fawn-colored counterpart, there is actually a little personality difference between the two colors.  The AKC only accepts fawn, silver fawn, black and apricot-fawn coats.

Common characteristics, as explained by their owners, can include stubbornness, snorting, wheezing, slowness to learn commands and/or heavy shedding.

On average, as long as healthy, pugs live up to 12 years, but with the proper care and nutrition, they can live well beyond these years.

Being a small dog, pugs can do quite well inside an apartment since they don’t require a lot of room to run around and exercise.  Like a cat, pugs can sleep up to 16 hours a day.

Known to be extremely gentle and passive, pugs are an amazing choice for younger children.

Pugs, even though they may bark, usually won’t unless they are taught to do so.

As for shedding, pugs are known to be the worst in the shedding category.  Since most pugs have a double coat, the undercoat continues to always grow, pushing the top coat out, leaving it all over the place.

How can I save money?

Pugs are quite common at local rescue groups or adoption centers.  Even though the dog may be older, it’s going to save you a lot of money; plus, you’re going to be able to offer the dog a forever home and help an organization that can probably use your donation.  If you don’t mind adopting and saving a dog’s life, consider checking one near you. offers an easy-to-use search engine to find adoptable pets in your area.

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Average Reported Cost: $2150

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Jason (Central islip,  New York) paid $1500 and said:

    The pug is not that expensive here in central Islip I paid 1500 dollars for it.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Kevin C paid $2800 and said: said:

    Pup arrived with a parasite and respiratory infection. Waiting on papers from AKC to verify sire, dam, and breeder and conversation with breeder. Pup does appear to be exceptional in appearance and is remarkably quick to learn, with an affectionate, loveable and fun personality. Was it worth almost $3600 with the vet bill of $800? Answer pending further information. Having fallen in love with him, we’ll absolutely keep him, even if our suspicion of overpricing is verified.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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