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How Many Pups Can A Pug Have?

Pug puppies sitting side by side on a white fur rug on a white background

Pugs do have puppies. Ever since this dog breed came into existence, it has been able to reproduce and create more dogs. The only difference is the number of puppies they can have at one time.

The average is between 4 and 6 but some mothers give birth to only 1 or 2, while other mothers give birth to 8 or 9 little pugs. If you are curious how many your Pug will give birth to, you should wait till near the end of the pregnancy and have the vet do an ultra-sound test on the mother.

Or you can have an x-ray done. Either way, you will be able to count the number of babies that are due to arrive any day.

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Can Pugs Have Normal Births?

It is possible but it is also a rare event. One of the reasons it is rare is that the Pug puppies’ heads are too large for the birth canal. This physical feature can cause complications for the mother.

The usual method for Pugs to give birth is through a C-section. This method is determined by having an ultra-sound or an x-ray done prior to the birth of those puppies.

This is the preferred method if you want the mother and her puppies to survive the birth experience. The cost of a C-section varies between vet clinics and animal hospitals. The price can range between $500 and $2000 but that is better than seeing your beloved pet and her babies die during puppy birth.

However, there are risks involved with a C-section. The anesthesia can have a negative effect on those puppies. Then, they may get cut during the incision. This accidental cut can cause the puppies to bleed to death if not caught in time.

Finally, if the tools used are not sterile, then your Pug and her babies may get an infection and die. The good news is that the survival rate for the mother in a C-section birth is 99%. The puppies’ survival rate is a bit lower at 90% approx.

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How Long Is A Pug Pregnancy?

Adult pug licking a baby pug

The Pug dog breed is not that much different from other dog breeds. Their pregnancies last the standard 53 to 63 days depending on certain factors. The size and health of the mother are two of those factors which may alter the timetable somewhat.

The birth process comes in 3 stages. The first stage is when the mother loses her appetite, be restless, and may vomit. This is all being done at the time the uterus begins to contract.

This stage lasts about 12 to 24 hours. The second stage is the actual birthing of the puppies. The mother will have her babies between 30 and 60-minute intervals giving everyone time to clean the pup and get it moving.

The final stage is when the placenta shows up. This happens generally when the last puppy is born. There are some difficulties that may arise if you have your Pug give birth at home.

If you are not ready for these difficulties, then it is advisable that you let the vet handle the birthing process for you.

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What Is The Best Age To Breed A Pug?

Pug parents sitting outdoors with pug puppies

The ages of both the male and the females are a bit different. The female should go through about 3 heat cycles before they get pregnant. This gives your mother-to-be a chance to fully develop physically and get ready for the rigors of puppy birth.

This puts the female at about the age of 18 months. On the other, the male reaches sexual maturity at about 12 to 15 months. That is when you should start to use your male dog as a breeder.

After your female has had her first litter, let her wait one season before breeding her again. This gives her a chance to recover from the previous litter. If your female is 6 years old or older, then it is time to stop her from having more puppies.

The ideal number of litters in a female’s life is 4. The males do not face these restrictions.

Some Final Words

Black pug sitting in dead grass with pug puppies

While a Pug can have up to 9 puppies at a time, it is best to wish for a lower number of puppies. That way your female stands a better chance of surviving the pregnancy and bringing you more litters as the years pass.

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