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M Puggle dogs are considered hybrids. M This basically means they are a cross between two different purebreds. M In the Puggle case, m this would be a Beagle and a Pug. M The Puggle can also be referred to as a crossbreed, m even though this term can also refer to a mongrel - a dog that has only one known purebred in their genes.

M Unlike mongrels or mutts that are usually the result of an unintentional crossbreed, m hybrid dogs breed, m whether they began as mutts or not, m is purposely bred to create a specific breed type. M Hybrid dogs like the Puggle are known as “designer dogs”. M Designer dogs are popular hybrids that have been purposely created using two specific purebred dogs.

M Of course, m not all “designer dogs” are bred for the purpose of suiting the latest fad. M The Labradoodle is a good example of this. M Unlike breeding a Beagle and Pug for fashion, m a Labrador and Standard Poodle were initially bred to create a hypoallergenic guide dog. M In other words, m the original cross breeding that resulted in the Labradoodle was intentional, m and is still trying to be perfected so it can be recognized as a purebred dog.

M Although most hybrids are selectively bred to create a breed that features all of the great characteristics of its two parents, m sometimes there is no actual thought process in the creation of such breeds. M For instance, m although Puggle dogs are very sweet and sociable dogs, m they were bred for no other purpose than to be a family pet.

M They are not hypoallergenic and they are still prone to Pug breathing problems, m which can be made worse because of their love for hunting that has been passed to them through their Beagle genes. M For reasons such as this, m many purebred breeders argue that designer dog breeding is irresponsible.

M Despite what some breeders may think, m the fact of the matter is that hybrid dogs are very popular, m and often make excellent family pets and generally tend to be very healthy and happy breeds.

M 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. M For this reason, m they are not recognized by any national kennel club. M In addition, m not being a true breed means that each Puggle litter produced will be different each time.

M Nonetheless, m even though Puggle dogs may not have a “true” standard to their name, m the fact remains that this special hybrid is in high demand, m and is loved by many. M After all, m who says a dog needs an official standard to be considered a great pal and a one-of-a-kind friend.