I am quite distraught about the young Pugs dying of PDE. This terrible disease has to be rooted out of the Pug population and the only way to do this is to ensure that when buying your puppy you ask questions. You MUST ask the breeder if there is any incidence of PDE in their line. If you dog has died of this disease you MUST tell your breeder, I know they may not be interested but you will have done your bit to inform so that they cannot say that they were not told (put this in writing) it is harder to wriggle out of things if it is in writing. Contact the breed clubs, you will find these online and tell them your story, they may be able to help you find a breeder who has a clean line. There are three diseases that I know about that are prevalent in Pugs, PDE which is being found in America, not a problem in Europe that I know about. Hemivertibrae, and Hip Dysplasia. Now breeders should be checking for that latter, though the incidence is small in Pugs it does happen and though it is checked in larger breeds I have not yet found a breeder in UK checking for this, someone else may know better and I would be happy to know.
As someone who loves Pugs and wants to see healthy and happy dogs and I know everyone here is the same. We must do something to stop these thing happening.
I know that when I was looking for my puppy I had informed myself about the things I needed to know before purchasing him and I made my breeder aware that I knew the problems. I was very lucky with her, she asked me the right questions and I know I can go back to her. I spent the months waiting on Hektor, building a relationship with her. I learned another thing too. Never contact a breeder who has a ready supply of puppies, expect to wait for your puppy, a good breeder will often have a waiting list for puppies.
That's my rant over.