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 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 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.