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