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.

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.

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.