The Puggle is the love child of a Beagle and a Pug. The dam must always be a Beagle and not the other way around due to the health complications of a larger sire mating a smaller female. Female pugs are too little to carry and deliver a litter of chunky puppies.
Anyway, this designer pooch also goes by the monikers Bug, Buggle, and Peagle. US breeder Wallace Havens introduced the Pug and Beagle mix in the 1980s. Subsequently, he registered the crossbreed with the American Canine Hybrid Club. Puggles aren’t recognized yet as a formal breed by the American Kennel Club. But since their popularity grows each day, we are sure this crossbreed will achieve its official recognition.
While Puggles are notable for their sunny disposition, there is much more to their charm and playful nature. If you are thinking of adopting one soon, you better take a look at these facts and see if a Puggle is right for you!
What Does a Puggle Look Like?
The beauty of getting a designer dog is that you get a boxful of mystery! You will never know how your puppy Puggle will look like when he is fully grown. Some fur-babies will have a wrinkled Pug-like face, whereas other pups in the same litter will have a longer snout and droopier ears like a Beagle. Take note that Puggles with a shorter nose are at a higher risk of suffering from respiratory issues linked with brachycephalic breeds. Additionally, these pooches have screw tails just like the Pug. Puggles also inherit the expressive eyes of both their parent breeds.
Size and Weight
All Puggles have stocky bodies and stubby legs, as well as level shoulders and backs. They also have nicely muscled loins, which complement their compact physique. Puggles can reach a full height between 7 to 14 inches at the withers. That aside, the healthy weight for a Puggle ranges between 6.8 to 14 kilograms.
Coat and Color
Puggles sport shiny, short, straight coats. Some of these cuties are apricot, black, fawn, and tan. They may also have a black mask around their nose.
Many factors affect a dog’s personality, and the guesswork is harder when it comes to a designer dog, such as the Pug and Beagle mix. But one thing is for sure — Puggles crave for attention and cuddles!
Puggles love to hang around with their pet parents. They are quick to jump and nestle on your lap, whether you are bingeing on movies inside the house or contemplating about your life in the coffee shop. Likewise, he expects you to caress him until he drifts off to dreamland.
Moreover, Puggles can get along well with children and other dogs within the family circle. They will see them as their equal pack brothers/sisters. And so, expect your Puggle to demand a fair amount of love and attention from you. But come home smelling of unfamiliar dogs, and you will see a grumpier and crinklier face!
Puggles are smart pooches, and so, they are a breeze to train, right? Not! Before you fall in love with the Puggle, take note that you could end up with a pooch that displays one or two of the worst characteristics of its parent breeds. Pugs are notably stubborn, so it should come as no surprise that Puggles are just as hard headed. They will quickly lose interest in training, as there are many other things they would like to do instead. Lastly, they get a kick out of chasing things. So, never let your pooch play off-leash, especially if you have a cat or a smaller pet.
Lifespan & Health Concerns
Puggles can give 15 years of sunshine to your life, given that you take good care of your pooch. Unfortunately, this playful little clown is prone to several health problems due to its parents’ genes.
Cherry eyes – Eye problems are common in Pugs, particularly cherry eyes. It is a condition in which the tear-producing gland swells to a bright red mass. If left untreated, this condition can cause complications later on.
Stenotic nares - How would you feel if someone pinched your nostrils, forcing you to breathe through your mouth? That’s how a Puggle feels with stenotic nares. Often surgery is necessary to correct the malformation of your dog’s nose.
Ear infection - Puggles, particularly those with long ears, are predisposed to ear infections. The shape of their ears traps too much moisture; hence, it leads to the formation of yeast and bacteria. Therefore, you should keep your pooch’s ears clean and dry to mitigate infection.Advertisement
Obesity - Puggles are gluttonous! These voracious eaters will eat anything delicious, even if it goes beyond healthy food balance and nutritional value. Because they can eat so much, obesity is likely to become a problem. The loving solution is to put your porky Puggle on a proper diet.
Ideally, you should feed an adult Puggle between 500 to 700 calories a day. Puppies, on the other hand, have higher calorie requirements ranging from 1,100 to 1,400 calories each day. These calories should strike the right balance between carbs, proteins, and healthy fats. As responsible pet parents, we should equip ourselves with the basic knowledge of proper canine nutrition. Likewise, it is wise to consult your vet to find the right nutritional balance for your pooch.
Puggles sport a short coat, but surprisingly, they shed a lot! Hence, regular brushing is mandatory. Spend at least five minutes twice a week grooming your pooch’s coat using a soft-bristle brush. Besides, this activity will help you bond with your Puggle. Grooming your Puggle should also include providing baths and cleaning ears. Puggles are prone to ear infections as much as their floppy-eared parents.
Puggles have low exercise requirements, but that doesn’t mean you should only walk them once in a blue moon. Besides, you need to satiate their curious minds as well. A trip around the neighborhood is fine for your pooch as long as you bring water, because that smooshy face will be asking for a drink every now and then. Also, avoid going outside during the hottest parts of the day. Puggles are prone to heatstroke because of their anatomy.
The lively and spunky Puggle will keep the family laughing every day. These playful little clowns have low exercise needs, so they make suitable pets for city dwellers and busy owners. Puggles are inquisitive adventurers, so having a fenced yard is a plus. They will run around and play like a puppy well into adulthood. So, are you willing to welcome whatever surprise the Puggle brings?
While it is easy to fall in love with the perky attitude of the Puggle, there are many things you need to pay attention to as a responsible owner. While you don’t have to be a famous celebrity to get a Puggle, these cuties cost between $700 to $1,000 a pup. That aside, these cuddly lovebugs tend to inherit the health problems of their parent breeds. Simply put, you need to prepare yourself financially before you adopt one.
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- Morgan Andrews (July 14, 2015) Puggles - The Owner's Guide from Puppy to Old Age - Choosing, Caring for, Grooming, Health, Training and Understanding Your Puggle Dog or Puppy