I am looking for a pure bred pug as a pet. The local shelters only have older pugs. The shelters in other states that have baby pugs charge $400 for them. The price and the travel distance make adopting a rescued pug not an option for me. I suppose the shelters, like pet shops, charge what the market will bare. I'll probably buy a pure bred pug from a local breeder and pay $1000. I never thought I'd spend that much for a pet dog (never owned a pet), but I guess I'll be living with my pug for the next ten years or so; I guess it's a good investment.