How Much Do Pugs Cost? Let’s Talk Pug Prices

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Want to add a pug to your family? Let's talk all about pug prices. Here's how much a pug will cost you. Welcome to the pug club!

Want to add a pug to your family? Welcome to the pug club. But how much do pugs cost?

If you’re wondering how much it costs to buy a pug, you’ve come to the right place!

Pugs are such funny and lovable little dogs. They’re incredibly versatile, and great for both children and seniors, in apartments or houses, and in the country or city. 

Their good looks, charm and loyalty make them very popular, so getting a pug won’t come cheap. Here’s what you need to know about pug prices before you take the plunge. 

Related: 10 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Pug

Want to add a pug to your family? Let's talk all about pug prices. Here's how much a pug will cost you. Welcome to the pug club!


The following information regards prices in the United States. If you’re located in another country – sorry! 

So, how much are pugs? 

The cost of a pug depends on:

There are three factors that go into the pug price:

  1. Location – prices can vary from state to state.
  2. Dog pedigree – did the puppy’s uncle win Westminster? If so, he’ll cost more! Puppies from champion lines (“show quality”) cost more than puppies who are “pet quality.” 
  3. Time of year – late spring and winter holidays tend to be busy puppy buying seasons. 

A pug puppy looks at the camera.

How much do pugs cost if…

  • I rescue my pug from a reputable rescue?
  • I buy a pug from a reputable breeder?
  • I want a specific color pug?

How much do pugs cost if I rescue my pug from a reputable rescue?

Adopting a pug is often the cheapest route to take if you’re looking for a pug – plus, you’ll be saving a life!

Prices usually range from $150 to $500.

Some rescues charge a flat fee to adopt a pug, while others vary in price and depend on factors like the pug’s age (puppies will cost more than seniors). 

If you’re looking to adopt, check out this complete list of pug rescues in the United States.

How much do pugs cost if I buy a pug from a reputable breeder?

If you are buying a purebred pug from registered parents you can expect to pay anywhere from about  $1,200 – 2,500. If your pug comes from a champion line and is show quality, they can cost even more. 

The price will depend on many factors, such as the quality of the dog’s pedigree and the area of the country. 

Can you pay less for a pug from a reputable breeder?

Actually, yes.

Sometimes breeders may have adult dogs to place in good, loving homes after they’ve retired from the show ring or breeding. These retired pugs are usually spayed or neutered and cared for as beloved pets. In many cases, they are still only a few years old and get placed for free or for a small fee.

Some breeders may list these dogs on their website, while others may just keep them as pets until the right home comes along. If you have a breeder in mind, but sure to ask them. 

A black pug puppy looks up.

How much do pugs cost if I want a specific pug color?

According to the American Kennel Club, pugs come in three colors:

  1. Silver.
  2. Apricot-fawn, with a black face mask.
  3. Black. 

However, some may breed “exotic” colors, like white, brindle, panda or caramel. 

Exotic colors may cost more, and they’re often harder to come by. 

Why you should never buy a pug puppy from a backyard breeder:

If you search for “pug puppy for sale” in Google, you’re bound to find plenty of Craigslist posts and cheap listings for pug puppies costing $200 – $600 a pop. 

Your eyes may bulge with excitement. A brand new pug puppy for less than $1,000? It sounds too good to be true! But that’s because, it is. 

These puppies are sold by backyard breeders. 

Backyard breeders are amateur breeders who breed dogs in substandard and unethical ways.  

They often do not provide proper care to the animals they’re breeding, in part because their emphasis is on money and not the animals’ wellbeing. 

Sure, you’ll save money initially by buying from a backyard breeder, but you’re far more likely to get a sick puppy that you’ll need to spend tons of money on at the vet. Plus, you’ll be supporting a terrible business that abuses dogs. It’s a lose-lose situation. 

So skip the cheap puppy ads and Craigslist posts and focus on finding a reputable breeder. Need help weeding out the bad guys? Check out our guide on How To Find A Reputable Pug Breeder.

If you're new to the pug life, then you might be surprised to learn that pugs shed an insane amount. Here are tips to help manage pug shedding. 

The extra cost of getting a pug:

The price you pay to own a pug is just the beginning.

After that comes other expenses, like vaccines, check-ups, food, supplies, pet insurance, training and more. 

You’ll be spending not just money, but a lot of quality time with your new pug. They’ll require constant care and training – puppies can’t potty train themselves! 

The bottom line: getting a pug is a serious time and financial investment, but it’s more than worth it because pug love is priceless!

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4 Comments on “How Much Do Pugs Cost? Let’s Talk Pug Prices”

  1. Kleiner is a 1 1/2 year old black pug. I got him from a breeder in Illinois. I found this site seeking dog food recipes for my pug. I have him on a high grade dry food but there are still the concerns of quality control and all the ingredients I cannot pronounce, if you can’t pronounce it it probably shouldn’t be in your dog’s food much less your own. I like your suggestions for other things in the dogs diet besides just the home made foods. I would really like to have portions information. I know the homemade food for an adult pug is 1 1/2 cups per feeding twice a day. But what about portion sizes for the other things could you send information to me for portions and other supplements. I research the suggested Nupro Nutri-Pet All Natural Supplement for Dogs, I found it conflicting that the supplement has garlic in it. Garlic is toxic to dogs and even a small amount to some dogs can be fatal. Thank you for any feedback that you can supply.
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  2. So I have had several pugs.. the first pug I got was a stud retiree he was about 5 when i got him..he was a lump of sugar i loved him so much.. i paid 120.00 for him. the next one I got was a rescue from Salt Lake City he was fawn. he was 65.00 he was about 8 when i got him. After him I got a black pug puppy my first puppy ever at 44 years old Mason. he is not papered but really a good looking pug on the larger side at 27# i paid 800 for him. he was worth every penny. I then in December of 2019 got another black pug Marley He could have been papered akc he was 10 mos old when i got him he is 14# soak n wet.. tiny little bundle of love. The breeder is a friend and she sells them for 1200 i got marley for 600. hes the littlest guy ever.. so that is my history for the 2 I have now i paid 1400.

  3. Hi I purchased my baby girl a black pug through a breeder for 1400.00 as I was driving to pick her up the breeder called me to say my pug Shirley has a mass on her inner right eye yes I immediately called her vet to be so I took my chances because I was emotionally invested turns out Shirley also had a hernia. I should had done more homework I just trusted this lady turns out Shirley was the 4th litter not good. End of story my babygirl gets neutered and lump on eye removed this coming Tuesday.

  4. I’m in Metro Detroit, and my first Pug puppy was 600.00 10 years ago. Turned out to be a backyard breeder/puppy mill situation, which I saw once I got there. The woman was waiting outside with him, and he was so sad looking, I couldn’t leave him there. He was also very very sick with all kinds of things. By the time we got him well, I was at least a couple thousand dollars in. I love my Rupert more than anything, he was totally worth it. I recently got another black pug (Roman) from a reputable breeder for 1000.00. I’d been looking for a year and got really lucky. A lot of breeders have wait lists, it’s a good idea to get on a couple as soon as you decide to get a pug.

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