Puggle Dogs – Are Designer Dogs Worth the Hype?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding Reputable Puggle Breeders

Puggle breeders need to be carefully scrutinized before you make the decision to buy a pup from their litter. Even though the Puggle does not have a breed standard, this doesn’t mean you should trust every Puggle Breeder out there. Not everyone has good breeding ethics, and for some, all they care about is the money they’ll make off the sales of a popular breed.

Here is what you need to find out before you settle on just any Puggle breeder –

  • Does the breeder sell his/her Puggles privately, or do they sell to pet shops? A breeder that is willing to sell the dogs they breed to pet shops is only in the breeding business for money.
  • Does the breeder breed more than Puggles? If Puggle breeders are breeding more than one type of dog other than a Beagle or Pug (aside from the Puggle) or if they have only ever bred Puggles, you should take your business elsewhere. A reputable breeder interested in breeding hybrids should first be experienced with properly breeding a purebred dog. Furthermore, a breeder who has bred either Pugs of Beagles previously, has a good idea of what type of temperaments to expect.
  • Ask to see the sire and dam of the litter. A good breeder will show you both or either the sire and dam of the litter. They should also show you a detailed pedigree of both dogs. Even though Puggles are only hybrid dogs, a breeder with a pedigree of the purebred parents is a sign of a responsible breeder.
  • Is the breeder willing to give up the pup before 8 weeks? Puggle breeders should not allow a Puggle puppy to be taken sooner than 8 weeks of age. A puppy offered before this age has not been allowed sufficient time to be weaned from his/her mother. This can cause social and development issues in the dog.
  • There should always be a guarantee – Only a reputable breeder would provide you with a contract and written guarantee for the dog. The guarantee usually states that if something should happen with the dog’s health, etc. they will take the Puggle back and offer you a new one or give you your money back. Essentially, a good breeder would rather take the dog back than see harm come to it.
  • The breeder should be registered – Even though the Puggle is a hybrid breed not recognized by any of the national kennel clubs, reputable Puggle Breeders will have their Puggles registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), or the Hybrid Club of their nation. Note: The ACHC only registers individual Puggles that have purebread parents.

Finally, make sure you visit the breeder in person and get to know the pups before you make any decisions. In addition, make sure the premise in which the breeder is raising the pups is a clean and happy environment.