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