Puggle Rescue Information

Money contributions to a Puggle rescue are always a great way to help volunteers with expenses and make a difference in a Puggle’s world. So many rescued dogs are in need of Vet care, and all require the basic necessities of life – food, water and shelter – all of which costs money.

Although you may wish you could do more for a rescue aside from donating money, understand that providing such funds are greatly appreciated by the rescue. Every donation made to a good animal rescue goes toward caring for the dogs, and helping them find new loving homes.

However, did you know that you might be able to double the funds you donate to the Puggle rescue? Many employers will actually match charitable donations made by their employees. This doesn’t only mean matching money you may have donated, but also if you sponsor or adopt a dog.

This particular type of unique charitable donation matching is known as a Corporate Matching Gift program. Most companies who participate in this program will match dollar for dollar when it comes to the charitable contribution made by their employee.

Of course, not every company will offer the corporate matching gift program, so you will need to find out if your’s does. To learn if the business you work for is involved in the program, contact your employer’s Personal Department or Human Resources to find out more. If you discover that the company you work for does offer this charity program, simply ask for the proper form so you can fill it out and have you donation matched. If they don’t offer the program, there’s no harm in asking them if they would be interested in doing so.

Aside from corporate matching gifts (or if the business you work for doesn’t provide this option), there is nothing wrong with asking your fellow co-workers if they would be interested in making a small donation to the Puggle Rescue with you. Remember, every little bit helps, and there is no harm in asking. Just make sure you don’t hassle those who aren’t interested. A donation is a gift from the heart, it shouldn’t be forced.

All About Puggles

Puggles are a hybrid breed that are the result of crossing a Pug and a Beagle; two purebred dogs. A Puggle is a moderate sized dog that is considered excellent family pets. They have the playful and docile lap dog qualities of the Pug and the energy and hunting instincts of the Beagle.

The Puggle is an exceptionally friendly breed that gets a long well with children and thrives on human companionship. They have plenty of energy and can be quite hyperactive at times – a trait they inherit from both their parents.

Most Puggles are a perfect mix of Pug and Beagle and will warm the hearts of anyone looking for an energetic, outdoor loving lapdog.

Puggles History

 Puggles have an extremely short history, and very little is known about when the first cross breed took place or why. What is known is that that Puggle breed originated in America, and a Wisconsin Puggle breeder known as Wallace Havens was the first to register a Puggle litter with the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC). Havens is also credited with giving the breed its name.

The Puggle, like all hybrid dogs, are bred in different ways. For instance, Puggles may be bred as follows:

  • Pug – Beagle
  • Pug – Puggle
  • Beagle – Puggle
  • Puggle – Puggle

The different combinations produce different characteristics in the dogs. For instance, certain coat color or other physical features may be different, and the temperaments may vary as well depending on how many Beagle traits there is in the dog compared to Pug or vice versa. Therefore, it’s a good idea to ask a Puggle breeder how they choose to breed their dogs and why.

It is interesting to note that even though Puggles are hybrid dogs, they actually sell more than both their purebred parents. The main reason why these dogs sell for so much is because they are considered “Designer Dogs”. Designer dogs are different hybrid breeds like the Puggle that have become extremely popular.

Puggles – Charming Companions

Puggles are incredibly loving and friendly dogs. They love to be in the laps of their master and fellow family members, just as they love to be outdoors running and enjoy the fresh air. Due to their incredibly social and affectionate nature, the Puggle is considered an excellent family pet and is wonderful with both children and other family pets.

Keep in mind that although they are affectionate, and Puggles can look serious when calm and quiet, they are not ideal guard dogs and will welcome virtually any stranger into their home. That being said, they are quite the watchdog and love to bark to say “hello” or to alert their family to strangers. Aside from barking, you should also be warned that a Puggle may have also inherited the howling trait from their Beagle genes. You may find howling cute at first, but it is a noise that will quickly irritate you and your neighbors.

Puggles are a relatively intelligent breed. That being said, they can be difficult to train, especially when it comes to housebreaking. However, the Puggle is a clown at heart and easily catches on to tricks and adopts certain behaviors that bring out their true character.

The average Puggle stands about 13-15 inches at the shoulders and is approximately 15-30 pounds. Some Puggles may actually be bred smaller by combining a pug with a smaller Beagle. This Puggle breed is known as a “Pocket Puggle”, and they only differ from the regular Puggle variety in that they are slightly smaller in size, typically by 10 pounds.

As far as health is concerned, Puggles are sensitive to extreme climates and are susceptible to overheating and catching colds just like their Pug ancestors. The Puggle can still develop snoring and other breathing problems such as wheezing, even though their muzzle is slightly longer than a Pug. Breathing problems can develop from vigorous exercise, which the average Puggle tends to enjoy due to their Beagle heritage. Therefore, you need to make sure that your Puggle doesn’t overexert yourself.

Puggles also enjoy eating and have hearty appetites. Care needs to be taken to ensure that this breed doesn’t overeat, as obesity can become a health concern. Other health risks include ear infections and cherry eye. Nevertheless, despite their health issues, the Puggle can generally live a healthy life of 14 years or more.

Puggles do require a sufficient amount of exercise on a daily basis in order to keep them trim and happy. They love to play and should be taken on walks (twice daily for 15 – 20 minutes) weather permitting.

Grooming a Puggle is easy as they are considered a low maintenance dog. They only need an occasional bath ( A few times per year), 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. Although the Puggle does not have as many wrinkles as a Pug, their wrinkles and face still need to be wiped daily to ensure they are clean. You also need to check and clean their ears once a week to avoid infection.

Puggles shed quite a bit, especially during spring. Therefore, they are not a hypoallergenic dog and will leave hair around the home wherever they go.

You need to keep all of the above information in mind if you are considering making a Puggle a part of your family.

Puggle Training Tips

Did you know that there is more than just a standard collar you can use for Puggle training? Different collars are designed to have diverse effects on a dog. For instance, while one collar may be used to guide your dog, another may be used for restraining him/her, while still another may be used to discourage the development of negative behaviors.

The following is a list of training collars that can be used for dog training, but are not the ideal choice for training a Puggle –

Prong Collar – This is a collar comprised of metal prongs that are linked together. When pressure is applied to the collar with the leash, the dog receives a slight pinch on their neck. This pinch doesn’t hurt the dog, as it has been designed to replicate the effect the mother dog’s teeth would have on her pup as she picked him/her up by the scruff of the neck. There is a correct way to apply the prong collar, which should be learned before being used on a dog.

The prong collar is not recommended for dogs that have a tendency to pull on the leash, and is a little extreme for Puggle training as they are only small dogs.

Head Halters – This type of collar is designed to fit on your dog’s head and is meant to restrain the movements of your pet. The theory for this collar is that if the owner can control the dog’s head, the body must follow the resulting movement. When the leash is pulled, the halter closes the dog’s mouth and restrains his/her head.

This is another collar that is not necessary for Puggle training as Puggles are not aggressive dogs and are not prone to lunging and biting.

Electronic Collar – Just as the name implies, an electronic collar is designed to give the dog harmless shocks when he/she is exhibiting behaviors the owner disapproves of. However, these collars have adjustable settings, and if the setting is too high, you can hurt the dog. Therefore, this type of collar should only be used by experienced trainers and really isn’t necessary for a Puggle.

As you can see, the above dog collars are too harsh for training a small dog like a Puggle. Therefore, the fact remains that when it comes to Puggle training, a standard, durable leather or nylon collar or harness are perfect for training and keeping your dog under control.

Puggle Care – 10 Hazards To Be Aware of…

Good Puggle care is about making sure your home is a safe and happy environment for your dog. Dogs have a naturally curious and mischievous nature. In other words, they will get into anything and everything if given half the chance. The following are 10 items that you may have around your home which are hazardous to your dog’s health –

  • Antifreeze – Antifreeze tastes like a sweet treat to your dog, and will be very appealing to him/her. Although vital to your vehicle in the winter, antifreeze is incredibly poisonous to dogs and can kill them. Signs to watch for in your dog include: vomiting, lethargy, stumbling and seizures. Should you suspect that your dog has ingested antifreeze call your vet immediately.

Make sure you store antifreeze on a high shelf or in a locked cupboard to avoid spills or the chance of your dog getting into it.

  • Bleach – Household bleach is extremely toxic to dogs and can lead to death if ingested. Signs of bleach poisoning including vomiting, excessive drooling, and stomach pain. If you suspect or know your dog has ingested bleach, as part of your Puggle care you should not induce vomiting – call the vet immediately.

Store bleach in a locked cupboard or high shelf for safety.

  • Chocolate – Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains obromine. Chocolate can kill dogs if ingested in small or large amounts. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, excessive urination and activity, and can lead to seizures. Call your vet immediately if you suspect your Puggle has ingested chocolate.

Make sure chocolate candies are where your dog can’t reach them, especially when you have guests over for the holidays.

  • Detergent – There are a variety of household detergents and other chemicals that are incredibly toxic to dogs. You are responsible for Puggle care and, therefore, need to ensure that fabric softener, clothing and dish detergent, bathroom cleaners, etc. are kept in a safe place far from your dog’s reach. The following are the signs and symptoms that may occur if your dog is suffering from chemical poisoning: Excessive drooling, vomiting, lethargy, muscle weakness, mouth burns, and even a coma. Contact your Vet right away and do not induce vomiting.
  • Fruit pits and seeds – The pits and seeds of most fruits are actually toxic to dogs. Excessive drooling, vomiting and lethargy are the common symptoms exhibited by dogs that have been poisoned by fruit pits and/or seeds. Your dog should be taken to the Vet right away.

Do not leave the garbage lying around where your dog can get at it, and keep fruit out of your dog’s reach.

  • House plants – Many of the lovely plants you have in your home can actually be deadly to your dog. Some toxic plants include aloe, ferns, lilies and ivy. If your dog has ingested a toxic plant, the following are symptoms to watch for: vomiting and a stimulated nervous system. Be sure to contact your Vet right away.

Make sure you find out if your plants are harmful to your pet. Keep those that are not out of his/her reach. However, if you do have plants that are toxic to dogs, the best Puggle care you can employ is to rid your house of such plants.

  • Mothballs – Moth balls are pure poison to dogs. This shouldn’t surprise you considering the fact that moth balls contain insecticide. A dog that ingests a moth ball will likely have symptoms of vomiting and seizures. Your dog needs immediate veterinary care if you suspect or saw him/her ingest a moth ball. Do not induce vomiting and rush them to the Vet right away as moth balls can result in liver failure.

If you use moth balls, get rid of them for your dog’s safety.

  • MouthwashThe product you love that gives you minty fresh breath doesn’t provide your dog with the same benefits. Most mouthwashes actually have an ingredient known as boric acid in them. Boric acid is extremely toxic to dogs and when ingested, leads to symptoms including excessive drooling, vomiting, seizures and coma. Your dog should be taken to his/her Vet right away if you suspect or know that this poisoning has occurring. Note: Boric acid can also be found in denture cleaner and contact lens solution.  

Keep mouthwash and other Boric acid items out of reach for best Puggle care.

  • Tylenol – Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be quite deadly to dogs. This drug is particularly toxic to dogs because canines do not have the necessary liver enzymes to break it down. Symptoms of Tylenol toxicity including: excessive drooling, lethargy and stomach pain. Call your Vet right away.

Keep Tylenol and all medication in a proper medicine cabinet well out of your dog’s reach.

  • Watch batteries – It only takes 12 hours for an ingested watch battery to kill your dog. Swallowing a watch battery can result in a fatal stomach ulceration. Any alkaline battery produces this same effect and symptoms include: excessive drooling, loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting. See your vet for immediate Puggle care if you suspect your dog has swallowed a battery.

Keep all batteries in a safe, secure location far from the reach of your Puggle.