The Puggle is a unique cross of two of the best breeds of the world — the Pug and the Beagle, and perhaps one of the cutest designer breed anyone can have.
The Puggle is half Beagle and half Poodle in its appearance. It takes after the Pug regarding its wrinkled look, while most of them have inherited the Beagle’s long muzzle, hanging ears and a curved tail.
|Other names||Beagle-Pug mix|
|Coat||Double coat (short and smooth)- Undercoat: short, dense; topcoat: slightly long|
|Color||Red, fawn, lemon, black, tan (with some having a black face mask like the Pug)|
|Average lifespan||10 to 15 years|
|Size (How big do they get)||Small|
|Height||7 to 15 inches|
|Weight||15 to 30 lbs|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Outgoing, affectionate, friendly, playful, sometimes stubborn|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Sensitivity to extreme climatic conditions (cannot withstand excessive heat, cold or humidity)|
|Do they bark||Moderate to high (like the Beagle)|
|Shedding (Does it shed)||Moderate to high|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||ACHC, DBR, DRA, DDKC, IDCR|
While Puggles are small-sized mixes of the Beagle and Pug, Pocket Puggles are the miniature versions of the latter, weighing below 15 pounds and having a height less than 10 inches. Pocket Puggles are however undesirable as they have higher chances of inheriting a lot of genetic defects.
Originating in the 1980s, Wallace Havens, a Wisconsin breeder was said to be officially responsible for its creation. However, much before Havens, some other breeders had also experimented in developing this unique breed. Havens registered these dogs the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club). Though no major clubs like the AKC, CKC, and UKC recognizes it.
Gentle, friendly, smart, sweet, and affectionate— these are the traits that define a Puggle, which it rightly inherits from its Beagle and Pug parents. They are the perfect cuddle dogs one could ask for, loving to hop into their owner’s lap and snuggle to bed with him. This trait could perhaps trigger separation anxiety in them as they cannot withstand being left alone for prolonged periods.
However, it also follows its parent’s footsteps in terms of stubbornness and may get extremely headstrong and independent at times.
If it takes to the Beagle’s side, then letting out a bark as well as a howl would be one of its characteristic traits. However, they do not excel to be effective watchdogs as their Beagle parent. Puggles are friendly with babies and even older children, emerging as the perfect playmate the little ones could ask for.
They are also known to coexist well with dogs, especially when brought up with them, but could derive the Pug’s possessive trait and be a little jealous when another house canine is sitting on his master’s lap, and getting pampered. Their interactions with cats are a little unpredictable, as they could display the Beagle’s chasing instinct and get after the smaller pets.
Despite their cute disposition and high intelligence level, their stubborn nature could pose challenges while training. The master should be firm and even introduce positive reinforcement techniques.
While selecting a dog food for the Puggle, make sure you go for the ones that contain essential nutrients like Vitamin C, E, fats, and amino acids. Blue Buffalo, Tate of the Wild and Royal Canin are few of the good brands of dog food that you can select for your pet Puggle. A homemade diet comprising of boiled vegetables and meat may also be added to its dog food in measured amounts, but always speak to the veterinarian before doing so. You should take special care in your Puggle’s diet as they tend to get obese which in turn could trigger problems like respiratory distress and hip dysplasia.
You should feed a full-grown Puggle about one to one and a half cup of dry dog food regularly, twice or thrice in a day.