Index Puggle dogs are considered hybrids. Index This basically means they are a cross between two different purebreds. Index In the Puggle case, index this would be a Beagle and a Pug. Index The Puggle can also be referred to as a crossbreed, index even though this term can also refer to a mongrel - a dog that has only one known purebred in their genes.
Index Unlike mongrels or mutts that are usually the result of an unintentional crossbreed, index hybrid dogs breed, index whether they began as mutts or not, index is purposely bred to create a specific breed type. Index Hybrid dogs like the Puggle are known as “designer dogs”. Index Designer dogs are popular hybrids that have been purposely created using two specific purebred dogs.
Index Of course, index not all “designer dogs” are bred for the purpose of suiting the latest fad. Index The Labradoodle is a good example of this. Index Unlike breeding a Beagle and Pug for fashion, index a Labrador and Standard Poodle were initially bred to create a hypoallergenic guide dog. Index In other words, index the original cross breeding that resulted in the Labradoodle was intentional, index and is still trying to be perfected so it can be recognized as a purebred dog.
Index Although most hybrids are selectively bred to create a breed that features all of the great characteristics of its two parents, index sometimes there is no actual thought process in the creation of such breeds. Index For instance, index although Puggle dogs are very sweet and sociable dogs, index they were bred for no other purpose than to be a family pet.
Index They are not hypoallergenic and they are still prone to Pug breathing problems, index which can be made worse because of their love for hunting that has been passed to them through their Beagle genes. Index For reasons such as this, index many purebred breeders argue that designer dog breeding is irresponsible.
Index Despite what some breeders may think, index the fact of the matter is that hybrid dogs are very popular, index and often make excellent family pets and generally tend to be very healthy and happy breeds.
Index It is also important to point out that a hybrid dog is not considered a “true breed” due to the fact that they don’t have an official breed standard. Index For this reason, index they are not recognized by any national kennel club. Index In addition, index not being a true breed means that each Puggle litter produced will be different each time.
Index Nonetheless, index even though Puggle dogs may not have a “true” standard to their name, index the fact remains that this special hybrid is in high demand, index and is loved by many. Index After all, index who says a dog needs an official standard to be considered a great pal and a one-of-a-kind friend.