Puggle puppies are an energetic and playful hybrid breed of dog that is perfect for people living in apartments. They are a cross between a male purebred pug and a female purebred beagle.
Looking like a miniature Mastiff, their foreheads are wrinkled like a pug, but their ears are floppy, tails long, and faces short, which are traits of a beagle.
Pugs have been known to have respiratory problems due to their short snouts. Puggles inherit the longer nose of the beagle, which allows for better breathing and fewer nasal health problems.
They were first bred in Wisconsin during the late 1980’s by breeder Wallace Havens. He was the first person to coin the name “puggle.”
How Young are Puggle Puppies from Breeders?
Breeders who care about the health of their pups won’t sell puppies until they’re 8 weeks old and fully weaned from their beagle moms. By then they should have had their first check up and vaccinations at the vet.
Is it Easy to Take Care of a Puggle Puppy?
- Puggle puppies need regular brushing as their coats while short, do shed.
- Train your puppy early on to expect regular teeth brushings, baths once a month, and weekly brushings.
- They need short walks as exercise, and love to play in a backyard or a park.
- They have a stubborn streak so consistent firm training, but not scolding, is needed to help your puppy grow into an obedient full grown Puggle.
This breed is known for his intelligence and playfulness. As puppies they are quick to learn new skills and blend into new environments. They get along well with children and fit in easily with other house pets. If trained properly early on, your dog will be not show behaviour problems after the first year, and you will be proud of the adult dog you have helped him become.
They are sweet dogs, but teaching your puppy at a young age is important to keep them from bad habits like barking and howling, or wandering off when they are curious. They will also dig up your backyard if you do not train them not to.
Socializing your dog by exposing him to many different situations early in his life will help him to deal with new people and animals that come along later. Sounds and sights will not cause your puggle anxiety if you introduce them into his life as a young dog. This treatment will help form your his personality into a happy, well-balanced dog.
Puggles and Children
Half of the puggle breed is created from the pug, a dog known for its laid back temperament. The other half is from the beagle which can be described as a bit hyper. It is important to bring out the Pug part of your dog, especially if you are bringing it into a family with children and other pets.
While this breed is generally a non-aggressive, loving dog that gets along well with all ages of children, it’s important to teach children, not just your new puppy, how to react in play situations. Children should be shown how to approach and handle a puppy correctly, being careful not to maul, upset, or pull the dogs ears or tail. This will help keep nipping and barking to a minimum.
Puggles and Other Pets
Your puppy and other pets will usually be able to find their own common ground just by interacting with each other. Puggles and cats get along just fine if they are introduced at the puppy stage. Your dog’s beagle half may come out briefly as he chases smaller animals around, but it will go away soon enough as the other pets teach him how to behave with them.
Why is a Beagle Usually the Puggles Mother?
In most cases the mother is a beagle simply because beagles, being a larger breed, have fewer problems when giving birth. Dog breeders purposely choose the beagle to be the mother so that birthing is more successful. In some cases however, the mother can be a pug. The resulting pup is the same and still has 50% of its traits from the pug and 50% from the beagle.
Bad Puggle Characteristics
Puggle puppies can be cute and cuddly but it is important to realize that your puppy may display the worst parts his beagle and pug parents as a full grown puggle, such as:
- respiratory problems (trouble breathing) is a pug trait
- howling is a beagle trait
- wandering away is a Beagle trait
- hip dysplasia (thigh bone not fitting into the hip joint) is from both pug and beagle
- stubbornness is from both pug and beagle
Some other traits of each parent:
- Wanderlust – Beagles were bred as hunting dogs and have this behaviour hard-wired into them. As a result, they can`t be left alone since they will investigate even the smallest noise or movement.
- Exercise – Beagles have a high, almost hyper metabolism and need a lot of exercise. Many beagle owners that live in apartments have chubby beagles that have health problems because of the extra weight. Owners simply don`t exercise them enough. Beagles are better suited to owners who have a backyard for their Beagle to run around and burn off calories.
- Stubbornness – Beagles can be tricky to train. If a beagle owner trains their dog with food rewards as motivation, their beagle will learn to only obey if the owner has food in their hand.
- Garbage eaters – Beagles like to root around in garbage cans. This might be related to their keen sense of smell.
On the other hand, beagles have many good traits too:
- They are a peaceful good-natured dog
- They have a short easy to care for coat
- They are a mid to small sized dog that enjoys running around
- Stubbornness – not as bad as a Beagle, they spend most of their day sleeping rather than getting into any real behaviour trouble.
- Gassy – Pugs fart a lot! It can be embarrassing around company in your home.
- Pug sounds — Pugs have an odd-sounding bark, as well as grunts and snorts.
- Jealous of other animals – Pugs get along ok with other animals, except when the other animals are getting attention from you.
Pug good traits:
- They`re cool looking, a bit like a clown, and playful like a clown, and the way they turn their heads sideways is amusing
- Small short dogs, need little exercise
- Soft coat that is easy to groom
- Happy but calm when meeting new people
Puggle Life Expectancy and Other Puggle Information
Hybrids like puggles are thought to have fewer health problems than purebreds. There are approximately 350 known diseases in all purebreds and with each generation of inbreeding, more and more dogs inherit diseases from their parents.
Hybrid or “designer” dogs help to dilute the gene pool. Hybrid offspring of many different purebreds have this trait called “hybrid vigor.”
As a result, while they may not necessarily live longer than their purebred parents, they may have fewer diseases throughout their lives, live a happier life, and create fewer vet bills for their owners.
Some Puggle Diseases:
- Hip Dysplasia – hereditary, causes the thighbone to fit improperly into the hip joint. Causes discomfort leading to pain and possible lameness later in life.
- Patellar Luxation – another bone disease, the kneecap doesn’t line up properly. Can lead to painful arthritis and lameness.
- Epilepsy – can be hereditary and cause seizures. Is incurable, but can be managed with medication.
- Stenotic Nares – this is from the Pug parent. A short snout and pinched nostrils that can cause the dog to have difficulty breathing. Managing your dog’s obesity and limiting exercise in hot weather is a way to manage this. Also removing his collar and using only a leash can help him to breathe better.
- Hypothyroidism – thyroid hormone deficiency causing obesity, infertility, coarse hair and tough dark skin. Can be managed through lifelong daily medication.
- Cherry Eye – the dog’s eyelid bulges out and looks red. Can be corrected by surgery.
Puggle Size and Weight
Puggle adults will top off at about 15 inches tall and a range of 18 to 30 pounds. The toy puggle varieties (sometimes called a pocket puggle, teacup puggle, or miniature puggle) grow to less than 13 inches tall and their weight is in the 8 to 18 pound range as an adult.
Puggle Coat and Puggle Grooming
This breed actually has 2 coats, a long topcoat growing over a short but thick undercoat.
Common colors of a puggles coat are tan, beige, or fawn. It is less common to find black puggle puppies. Some may have reddish and yellowish coats, but again they are difficult to find and will probably cost more because of their uniqueness. A small percentage of puggle puppies are born with a black mask over their faces which may or may not grow out.
Shedding is a problem for puggle owners, as it is with owners of the puggles parent beagle and pug. A quick weekly brushing is required to keep the fur and dander to a minimum. Bathing can be tricky and is needed once a month to get rid of the dirt build up in the folds of your dog’s skin and around his muzzle. Consistent bathing will keep skin infections away as their wrinkly skin can sometimes hide scratches and cuts and even help them to get infected since they are in dark moist areas of skin.
If you see any discharge or redness in your dog’s eyes, clean them right away with water and cloth. Eye drops from the vet can stop eye infections from getting worse.
Puggle Dental Hygiene
You should brush your dogs teeth at least three times a week to keep tartar from building up and to remove stuck on food that can cause decay.
Puggle Nail Care
If he’s clicking his nails on the wood floor, it’s time to trim his nails. A couple times a month is good. Do this to keep his feet in shape as well as to keep him from scratching you when you pick him up!
The earlier in your puppies life that you start a regular hygiene regimen, the easier it will be on you. Your dog will get use to the needed treatment and not run and hide when you bring out the brush. Vet exams will be easier because your pup will be used to being handled.
What to Feed a Puggle?
Feed your new dog twice a day, and depending on your their weight, a half cup to one and a half cups of high-quality dog food is recommended. Don’t cringe at the higher prices of quality dog food. Instead think about your pets health and well being, and the lower vet bills you’ll have by raising a healthy dog. Obesity is a major problem in dogs and is caused by lack of exercise and low-quality dog food.
Puggle Obesity Problems
If your dog shows traits of his beagle mother, always running around and a bit hyper, then feed him more. If he’s a couch potato like his Pug father, then feed him less. Always go by how his body weight goes. If you can’t feel his ribs with your hands around his waist, then he’s probably overweight. If he’s gaining a few pounds, feed him less.
They love to eat and will take advantage of your generosity if you keep putting food in front of them.
Where to put Your Puggles Bed
Puggles are not guard dogs and are not loners. They love people and need to sleep indoors with the family. This is part of what makes them a good apartment dog. Their bed can be placed by the apartment entrance or in the kitchen, even under a table, and they’ll be content.
Puggle Puppy Mills
Unfortunately, disreputable breeders, namely puppy mill operators, are in the business also. You can usually find a puggle for sale at these puppy mills, but odds are they will be in ill health and not checked by a veterinarian before you get it. They run unhealthy breeding facilities, treat their animals poorly, and put sick dogs into the breeding market, while at the same time overcharging for these dogs.
Puggle Breeder or Puggle Rescue?
You don’t have to be a victim of a puppy mill. If you want to buy from a breeder, buy a puggle from a reputable breeder who has been around for a while and has a good reputation. Either that or adopt one from a local rescue. Puggle popularity is at a high and rescue dogs can be found.
Rescues care about the animals they take in, and are more likely to let you adopt a healthy puggle that costs less than any breeder will charge you. You may not get a puppy, because rescue dogs are usually older. Adult dogs are more likely to show up at rescues than puppies, but they need your love too! So do a good thing and consider adopting from a rescue.
How to Choose a Reputable Puggle Breeder
If you buy one as a puppy from a breeder, you are likely to pay at least $500 and possibly as high as $2000. This depends on the reputation of the breeder, the current waiting list, and the time of year (spring, and Christmas are the most popular time for puppy adoption, so prices go up).
Don’t waste your money by not doing your homework. Follow these recommendations:
- Buy your dog from a breeder who has done a first vet check-up and given your dog the proper vaccinations. More money may be lost down the road if your dog hasn’t been screened for diseases common to Pugs and Beagles.
- Avoid breeders who are trying to make a quick buck by rushing or telling you that they’re going fast.
- If you have other pets, ask your vet for a referral to a reputable breeder.
- Take your time and research online breeders. Some have been around for years. Other less reputable online breeders may have just sprung up.
- Ask the breeder for references of past happy customers. Some online breeders put testimonials and original letters from happy owners right on their site. They will have many puggle pics from customers who proudly want to show off their healthy dog.
These are usually always less expensive, and the dog that you adopt will be just as healthy as it would be from a breeder.
These options involve getting your dog from a puggle shelter or animal rescue organization.
A little research is needed to find them but here are a few tips:
- Go to your local humane society or city run animal shelter. You might be surprised to find a puggle there but they do get put up for adoption.
- Attend a dog show and you will get all the help you need finding a great dog.
- Ask your vet, they treat all sorts of dogs and they have great connections to rescue and no-kill animal shelters that may have what you are looking for. Many have monthly newsletters they publish on pet blogs.
- Use social media such as Facebook. Post a question to your Facebook friends, you’ll get lots of advice.
- Use other online sources – pet forums or just a Google search can turn up sources of local pet adoption.
Once you find a rescue, you’ll want to go there and ask questions, almost like you are interviewing them. You’re trying to determine if they are reputable and if you’ll get a healthy puggle. Here are a few questions to ask:
- How often do you take in dogs?
- What condition are they generally in when they come in? (to determine if they are sickly)
- Do you require adopters to sign a contract? (If they say yes, this is actually a good thing. It shows that they are committed to finding pets good homes and not just trying to get rid of sick animals)
- What are the fees involved in pet Adoption? (Most rescues are non-profit. If they charge, they could be a puppy mill).
- How old is this dog? Is he housetrained? What are his health problems? (These questions will help determine if the rescue knows where they got the animal from. Was it a stray or was it turned in by an owner that may have taken good care of it?)
- Has the dog ever bitten anyone? What is his personality like? (To find out if the dog was turned in because he was difficult to train, or a nuisance pet).
- Is there anything else I should know about this animal? (This is a great question to ask because if they actually answer with something specific, it shows they care and don’t want to adopt the puggle out to just anyone)
When adopting, a contract is a great thing to have to sign. It shows that the rescue actually wants to find a good home for the dog. The contract should state that they will take back the dog if your adoption doesn’t work out. So both you and the rescue are covered.