Puggle Puppies – A Closer Look

Puggle puppies are very small and wrinkly. Their appearance is almost a perfect mix of Beagle and Pug, as is their temperament. Due to the fact that the Puggle is a hybrid and not a true breed, they have no set standard. This isn’t a huge issue, as most breed standards have been created as a guide for those interested in showing and registering their dog. On the other hand, the breed standard is also an ideal way for a potential dog owner to ensure the puppy they are interested in is healthy and comes from a quality breed line.

Therefore, since there is no standard for Puggles, and litters can be different depending on how the dogs are crossbred, you’ll need to inspect your Puggle puppies by keeping the following information in mind:

Temperament – Puggles are very outgoing and social. Puppies should not shy away or fear social interaction with humans. They are naturally playful, and should not be aggressive.

Appearance – The standard Puggle pup has a long body that is thick and stocky, closely resembling a Beagle. Their backs are level and extend into a long tail that is thick at the base and than tapers off. The tail is carried high over the back and often has a curl to it.

The legs of Puggle puppies are short. The front legs are well muscled and straight, while the back legs are well muscled with a well-bent stifle. The paws of the Puggle are quite large but not un-proportioned to the legs. The feet should face forward and not turn in or out.

The face of a Puggle is wrinkly like a Pug’s and they have large, round dark brown eyes. The eyes are very alert and expressive. The ears of the Puggle are large and floppy like a Beagle.

The snout is longer than a Pug’s, but shorter than a Beagle’s, and the nose is black and features large nostrils. The teeth of a puggle should form a complete and perfect scissor bite with the front teeth slightly overlapping the bottom teeth.

Although some Puggles may be multicolored with black and tan or tri-colored (black, tan, white) markings similar to a Beagle, the vast majorities of Puggle puppies are fawn in color. However, despite the coat color, all Puggles should have black masks similar to Pugs. Aside from the coloring, the coat should be smooth and short.

Health – Healthy Puggle puppies should have:

  • White teeth and pink gums
  • Clean ears that do not smell or leak discharge
  • A cool damp or dry nose without discharge
  • Clear eyes with an alert expression. There should be no gunk seeping from the eyes, or caked around them.
  • There walk should be free of a limp
  • Tail should be held high and not drooping low or carried between the legs
  • Coat should be full -there should be no missing patches of fur

Purebred background check – Make sure you check out the breed standard for both the Pug and Beagle before you consider owning a Puggle. Knowing the good and bad traits associated with both breeds will give you an idea of what to expect from you dog. Remember, dogs resort back to their natural roots, and since Puggle puppies have two different natural roots inbred in them, you’ll likely end up with mixed traits of both breeds.

Getting Better Puggle Puppy Behavior

One of the first things you will notice about your Puggle puppy is that his/her behaviors are not fully developed. This means that what he/she learns in the first few months in your care is critical to their overall development. Therefore, you need to know how to encourage acceptable behavior so your puppy knows his/her place in your family. Encouragement is harnessed through training, socialization, and – believe it or not – exercise.

That’s right, providing your dog with sufficient exercise actually helps you gain control over your pet, and makes the teaching process all the more tolerable. It has been found that dogs that are not provided the ideal amount of exercise recommended for their breed are prone to destructive behaviors such as destroying property and digging. Dogs were not bred to be idle and will find other ways to release their energy if you don’t provide them with a positive outlet.

A Puggle puppy that has been allowed to release their energy on a regular basis will be easier to control, and is more apt to listen and cooperate during training, as they won’t have any pent up energy making them feel anxious, frustrated and distracted.

Although exercising your dog is good for his/her health, helps improve training, and makes for an all around happy dog, many owners find it difficult to find the time to provide the dog with the exercise they need. Busy and irregular work schedules, fatigue, and space limitations can create problems. However, these obstacles can and need to be overcome if you want a happy dog with a first class behavior.

The following are some helpful tips you can apply to ensure your Puggle puppy is receiving the exercise he/she needs.

  • Know the exercise your dog needs – First, find out how much exercise your dog requires daily. This includes walks and playtime. Remember, the younger the dog, the more energy he/she has and needs to burn. A Puggle puppy requires one – two hours of energy burning fun per day.

This doesn’t mean your dog should be taken on long one hour walks, nor does it mean you should provide your dog with two hours of exercise all at once. Split the time up evenly between different activities. For instance, two twenty minute walks, 10 minute run around in the yard, and an hour and ten minutes of play time. Remember, you don’t need to vigorously exercise your dog, if he/she’s moving, they’re burning energy.

  • Walk – Take the time to go for a nice walk. You may not be able to take your Puggle on a nice long walk everyday, but you need to make the effort to make your walk last longer than the time it takes for your dog to eliminate. Walking is a great way for both you and your Puggle puppy to get exercise. Best of all, walking also gives you time to bond.
  • Play fetch – If you’ve had a long day and you just want to relax, why not sit down in a comfy chair, grab your Puggle’s favorite toy and play a good game of fetch. Your Puggle will enjoy the attention, he/she will get their exercise, and you can relax.
  • Indoor treadmill – If you can walk the treadmill, so can your dog… provided he/she’s been trained properly first. Training your dog how to walk on a treadmill allows him/her to exercise as they would normally on a walk. This is a particularly good idea for those who have limited yard space or have busy schedules and cannot always take their dogs on nice walks. If you are interested in teaching your Puggle puppy how to walk on a treadmill, speak to you vet first.