Our History

   Welcome to our website, we are located in Virginia and branches in GA and Texas, USA, dedicated to the pug breeding since 2007. Members of The Greater Atlanta Pug Club, Birmingham Obedience Training Club, and the Pug Dog Club of America. We are a small (29 people Community) hobby/show kennel located outside of Hampton, VA.

    My husband and I both have full time jobs as Vets. Our involvement with pugs and dogs as a hobby and passion but not a means of income. Costs of showing, testing, and caring for our dogs is worth it for us however because we have a passion for pugs and believe strongly in doing everything we can to keep this breed healthy, thriving, and vibrant. As a member of the AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. program, We are committed to improving the health and well-being of purebred pugs. We believe that overall health, sound temperament, and sociability are just as important as outward looks when meeting breed standard. Only exceptional pugs who have met the "breed standard" in looks, personality, and passed all health-screening tests are included in our breeding program. Since our canine crew -- rescues and show pugs alike - live with us in our home, we are able to truly evaluate temperament and sociability. Pugs should be jolly, bright, inquisitive, and anxious to please, learn, and love. Having been involved in dog rescue for many years, we understand first-hand the importance of sound temperament and sociability which involves nature (genetic component and pedigree) as well as nurture (socialization and training). 

Membership in the AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. program involves:

HEALTH: We must certify that our breeding stock is health tested in accordance with the recommendations of the National Pug Dog Club of America. The Pug Dog Club of America supports the CHIC registry (Canine Health Information Center) and recommends all dogs used for breeding and exhibition be screened for health issues. To that end, the Pug Dog Club of America recommends the following tests:

-Hip Dysplasia - OFA Evaluation
-Patellar Luxation - OFA Evaluation
-OFA or CERF Eye Examination - annually by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist
-Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) - DNA test for Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis
-Elbow Dysplasia (Optional) - OFA Evaluation
-Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKD) (Optional) - DNA based PKD test results from an approved lab
-Serum Bile Acid Test (Optional) - PDCA recommends Bile Acid testing for puppies. Typically a 1-2 hour post-prandial Bile Acid is run at 9-10 weeks of age. If it is elevated, then a repeat test is performed using both fasting and post-prandial samples .

   Additionally, though not required, we also follow the European Pug Dog Council's recommendation to screen for:

-Hemivertebrae (HV)
-Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)
Cardiac Evaluation

EDUCATION: We promise to pursue AKC provided or AKC approved continuing breeder education so that we stay educated on the best breeding practices, including advances in canine health.

ACCOUNTABILITY: We agree to comply with the AKC Care and Conditions Policy, including inspections by the AKC, and promises to share with AKC health testing and continuing education documentation.

RESPONSIBILITY: We accept responsibility for the health and well-being of the puppies we produce and for complying with all laws regarding the ownership and maintenance of dogs.

TRADITION: We uphold the AKC’s tradition of breeding purebred dogs that are happy and healthy.

It is important to note that, despite all the tests and preventative measures, it is impossible to predict what mother nature might intend for any given living creature and what the future might hold for any given pug puppy. The pug breed in general often deals with hip dysplasia, elongated soft palates, PDE, PK, other eye problems, and other issues. Testing helps weed-out potential problems but tests can not assure a 100% guarantee of perfect health for life. Buying from a reputable, conscientious breeder does not guarantee perfect health for life, therefore it is important to research all of the challenges you may face when owning a pug. A good starting source is the Pug Dog Club of America. You might also speak with a vet who has dealt with pugs to learn what you might possibly expect throughout a pug’s lifetime. There is a reason our longtime vet said, partly in jest, "I've always wanted to own a pug, but they're just too expensive!" He owns and breeds Vizslas, but all breeds and all living creatures will have their own, unique challenges as well as those universal challenges such as bacteria, viruses, accidents, and just the exciting act of staying alive while living a full and fulfilled life. Go to available puppies to see what we have ready for you.