The Puggle: A Complete Guide

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The Puggle is a strong and healthy little dog with an energetic spirit, a sense of humor, and an eagerness to please.

On the downside: the Puggle has the potential to be stubborn, selectively deaf, uncooperative, and just not that into you.

The Puggle is a mix between the Beagle and Pug. He’s become quite popular among dog owners because of his adorable looks and fun-loving personality.

He gets along with kids and other dogs and can make a great family companion. Just know that the Puggle may enjoy barking.

Although he’s intelligent and loving, he’s not always eager to please when it comes to training. The Puggle is active. He’s not content to laze around the house.

He plays energetically indoors and outdoors. Expect to give him at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.

He’s a good walking companion, but he’s not the best choice if you want a jogging partner. Agility training is a good way to direct your fun-loving Puggle’s need for speed.

Being a social dog, the Puggle gets along well with everyone. He usually enjoys being with children and is not aggressive toward other dogs.

Puggles will bark to let you know when someone comes to the door. But given their friendly nature, they’re not guard dogs.

Puggle Puppies – Before You Buy…

A light brown Puggle being held by its owner
The Puggle is so cuddly.

What Price are Puggle Puppies?

The price of Puggle puppies is anywhere between $750 to $1,000.

How to Find Reputable Puggle Breeders?

Reputable Labrador Breeders do not put advertisements in the classified ads of newspapers or the internet.

You will not find a well-bred puppy in pet shops, flea markets, or auction sites.

Most reputable breeders will have a private website to showcase their dogs, tell about themselves, their history with the breed, why they breed, and so on.

A reputable breeder will also join some kind of venue with their dogs. These venues can be classified as hunting tests, field trials, conformation shows, or performance events.

Reputable breeders will make sure that before any dog is bred, they are correct in temperament, conformation, and trainability.

They should also have passed all the required health clearances before breeding.

3 Little-Known Facts About Puggle Puppies

  1. The Puggle first appeared on the scene in the USA in the 1980s. It’s the result of crossing a Pug with a Beagle.
  2. Puggles have taken on many traits of the parent breeds. But how a Puggle puppy will turn out is truly just luck of the draw because it’s still a young breed.
  3. Some Puggles can look more like a Pug and others more like a Beagle, with some being a lovely mixture of the two.

What’s constant is the fact that they boast kind and affectionate natures, making them one of the most popular crossbreeds today.

Physical Traits of the Puggle

A Puggle walking towards you
The Puggle is playful, determined, and happy.

Puggles can inherit the physical traits of either of their parent breeds, namely the Beagle or the Pug.

Some Puggle puppies have adorable wrinkly faces like a Pug, whereas other puppies in the same litter have a longer nose and look more like a Beagle.

Most Puggles tend to have Pug-like faces.

The only real difference is the length of their nose, which means they are less at risk of suffering from breathing issues associated with brachycephalic breeds like the Pug.

They also usually inherit the very endearing and expressive eyes of both parent breeds.

They have quite thick set, compact bodies and shortish legs, with good shoulders and firm, level backs.

Their loins are nicely muscled and well-rounded which adds to their compact appearance. Their ears tend to droop down, and their tails curl over their backs.

When it comes to their coat, Puggles usually have short, straight coats that lie close to the body.

The colors of the coat are commonly black, lemon and white, black and tan, apricot and tan, and light fawn to dark fawn.

Puggles have masks around their eyes, ears, and on their backs. These can be varying shades. Some of them can also have multi-colored patches in their coats much like the Beagle.

How Big is a Full-Grown Puggle?

Most Puggles are 13 to 15 inches in height and usually weigh 18 to 30 pounds.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Puggle?

The life expectancy of the Puggle is 10 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Puggle

An adult Puggle sitting on a rug
The Puggle has a low-maintenance coat.

Puggles are playful and energetic little dogs. They are warm and welcoming to visitors and strangers alike.

Although they love to have fun, Puggles are some of the best cuddlers in the world.

They’ll quickly jump onto the sofa and snooze on your lap, but he also expects you to pet him while he dozes off!

Puggles crave attention and make wonderful companions for families in apartments or large estates alike.

Barking and howling seem to be a major complaint of those who own Puggles.

These behaviors usually occur when he is left alone and is believed to be the result of a lack of exercise or separation anxiety.

Digging is also a problem within this hybrid breed.

Puggles are very intelligent and moderately easy to train. They do tend to be stubborn, so the training sessions must be fun and interesting.

Puggles are food-oriented, so training sessions will be more productive if yummy treats are used as rewards.

Plenty of praise will also work wonderfully because they love to make their humans proud and happy. Always use positive training methods when working with Puggles in obedience.

The Puggle’s Diet

One of the favorite things that Puggles enjoy doing is eating. They absolutely love to eat. Unfortunately, they will consume so much food that they easily become overweight and unhealthy.

Puggles should be fed high-quality dry kibble. Make sure to feed him only the recommended amount as stated on the package.

The meals can be broken down into two or three smaller portions so that he can eat several times throughout the day. Puggles should never be free-fed.

How Much Exercise Does a Puggle Need?

Puggles need a good dose of daily exercise because of their active and energetic nature.

They like going on brisk walks around the neighborhood to check out the sights, smells, and sounds. A fenced yard will give him plenty of space to play and run without worrying about him getting hurt.

As much as you want to let him roam free, he should not be exercised off the leash because he has the Beagle’s chase instincts.

He could just run without looking and get hit by passing cars or pedestrians or get lost in the crowd.

During inclement weather, the Puggle will be more than happy to play games indoors to burn off his energy.

Without proper exercise, the Puggle tends to howl, and he will do so very loudly. This could be a problem for you and your neighbors as well.

Ensuring that your Puggle has plenty of exercise is a much better thing than paying fines or being known as the family with the annoying dog!

Puggle Health and Conditions

Puggles are generally healthy because they are a result of crossbreeding.

However, there are some health issues that they are predisposed to because of the parent dogs, such as patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, cherry eye, hypothyroidism, and epilepsy.

Stenotic nares are also a major problem that causes the inability to breathe.

My Final Thoughts on the PuggleA small Puggle dog

Lively and full of spunk, the Puggle is a fun-loving little clown. He’ll run around and play like a puppy well into his adult years.

His perky attitude and spark of enthusiasm will keep the family laughing day after day.

The Puggle’s low maintenance coat and ability to get his exercise indoors make him the perfect dog for city dwellers.

He still enjoys running around outside, so dog parks are a great option as well. A Puggle’s temperament will include some common traits of Beagles and Pugs and some unknowns.

They are inquisitive little adventurers and are very loyal and loving to their humans. Fans of Puggles describe them as playful, determined, and happy.

Their detractors say that where their Pug and Beagle sides clash, they become confused and ill-disciplined.

The Puggle can be a cute and cuddly lovebug. Before you fall in love with that adorable wrinkled face, know that you could end up with a dog that displays at least one of the worst characteristics of the Pug and the Beagle.

This includes the respiratory problems of the Pug, the stubbornness of the Pug and the Beagle, the tendency to wander and howl of the Beagle, as well as hip dysplasia and eye problems of both parent dogs.

If you’re willing to welcome whatever surprises this little dog brings, you’re sure to enjoy life with him.

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