Epivir Puggles are a hybrid breed that are the result of crossing a Pug and a Beagle; two purebred dogs. Epivir A Puggle is a moderate sized dog that is considered excellent family pets. Epivir They have the playful and docile lap dog qualities of the Pug and the energy and hunting instincts of the Beagle.
Epivir The Puggle is an exceptionally friendly breed that gets a long well with children and thrives on human companionship. Epivir They have plenty of energy and can be quite hyperactive at times – a trait they inherit from both their parents.
Epivir Most Puggles are a perfect mix of Pug and Beagle and will warm the hearts of anyone looking for an energetic, epivir outdoor loving lapdog.
Epivir Puggles History
Epivir Puggles have an extremely short history, epivir and very little is known about when the first cross breed took place or why. Epivir What is known is that that Puggle breed originated in America, epivir and a Wisconsin Puggle breeder known as Wallace Havens was the first to register a Puggle litter with the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC). Epivir Havens is also credited with giving the breed its name.
Epivir The Puggle, epivir like all hybrid dogs, epivir are bred in different ways. Epivir For instance, epivir Puggles may be bred as follows:
- Pug – Beagle
- Pug – Puggle
- Beagle – Puggle
- Puggle – Puggle
Epivir The different combinations produce different characteristics in the dogs. Epivir For instance, epivir certain coat color or other physical features may be different, epivir and the temperaments may vary as well depending on how many Beagle traits there is in the dog compared to Pug or vice versa. Epivir Therefore, epivir it’s a good idea to ask a Puggle breeder how they choose to breed their dogs and why.
Epivir It is interesting to note that even though Puggles are hybrid dogs, epivir they actually sell more than both their purebred parents. Epivir The main reason why these dogs sell for so much is because they are considered “Designer Dogs”. Epivir Designer dogs are different hybrid breeds like the Puggle that have become extremely popular.
Epivir Puggles – Charming Companions
Epivir Puggles are incredibly loving and friendly dogs. Epivir They love to be in the laps of their master and fellow family members, epivir just as they love to be outdoors running and enjoy the fresh air. Epivir Due to their incredibly social and affectionate nature, epivir the Puggle is considered an excellent family pet and is wonderful with both children and other family pets.
Epivir Keep in mind that although they are affectionate, epivir and Puggles can look serious when calm and quiet, epivir they are not ideal guard dogs and will welcome virtually any stranger into their home. Epivir That being said, epivir they are quite the watchdog and love to bark to say “hello” or to alert their family to strangers. Epivir Aside from barking, epivir you should also be warned that a Puggle may have also inherited the howling trait from their Beagle genes. Epivir You may find howling cute at first, epivir but it is a noise that will quickly irritate you and your neighbors.
Epivir Puggles are a relatively intelligent breed. Epivir That being said, epivir they can be difficult to train, epivir especially when it comes to housebreaking. Epivir However, epivir the Puggle is a clown at heart and easily catches on to tricks and adopts certain behaviors that bring out their true character.
Epivir The average Puggle stands about 13-15 inches at the shoulders and is approximately 15-30 pounds. Epivir Some Puggles may actually be bred smaller by combining a pug with a smaller Beagle. Epivir This Puggle breed is known as a “Pocket Puggle”, epivir and they only differ from the regular Puggle variety in that they are slightly smaller in size, epivir typically by 10 pounds.
Epivir As far as health is concerned, epivir Puggles are sensitive to extreme climates and are susceptible to overheating and catching colds just like their Pug ancestors. Epivir The Puggle can still develop snoring and other breathing problems such as wheezing, epivir even though their muzzle is slightly longer than a Pug. Epivir Breathing problems can develop from vigorous exercise, epivir which the average Puggle tends to enjoy due to their Beagle heritage. Epivir Therefore, epivir you need to make sure that your Puggle doesn’t overexert yourself.
Epivir Puggles also enjoy eating and have hearty appetites. Epivir Care needs to be taken to ensure that this breed doesn’t overeat, epivir as obesity can become a health concern. Epivir Other health risks include ear infections and cherry eye. Epivir Nevertheless, epivir despite their health issues, epivir the Puggle can generally live a healthy life of 14 years or more.
Epivir Puggles do require a sufficient amount of exercise on a daily basis in order to keep them trim and happy. Epivir They love to play and should be taken on walks (twice daily for 15 – 20 minutes) weather permitting.
Epivir Grooming a Puggle is easy as they are considered a low maintenance dog. Epivir They only need an occasional bath ( A few times per year), epivir as rubbing their coat with a damp towel and giving it a brush on a regular basis (few times per week) keeps their coat glossy and clean. Epivir Although the Puggle does not have as many wrinkles as a Pug, epivir their wrinkles and face still need to be wiped daily to ensure they are clean. Epivir You also need to check and clean their ears once a week to avoid infection.
Epivir Puggles shed quite a bit, epivir especially during spring. Epivir Therefore, epivir they are not a hypoallergenic dog and will leave hair around the home wherever they go.
Epivir You need to keep all of the above information in mind if you are considering making a Puggle a part of your family.