The Puggle is a mixed breed between two sweet-looking dogs – the Pug and the Beagle. This is a popular mixed breed dog due to its cute appearance and its fun-loving persona. This dog is one of the calmest mixed breed dogs and it gets along with dogs and other animals and children, which is why this animal makes a great family pet.
This designer mix-bred dog has distinctive features from both its parents. Just like its Pug parent it has wrinkles, however, it has a longer muzzle and it usually takes the tail and the ears of its Beagle parent. Its look that is similar to that of a miniature Mastiff made it a popular family dog ever since it was first bred in the 90’s.
The Puggle dog has a double coat that is short and smooth. Its undercoat tends to be shorter and denser that the topcoat which is slightly longer. Depending on its parentage will depend on its coat color and it comes in a range of standard colors and a few more interesting ones such as, red, tan, fawn, black, particolor, or even lemon. It is not uncommon for a Puggle to have a black face mask with a different colored coat as well.
This is an easy dog to keep as it is not very active and most of the time it is happy to lie in its spot at home.
The average Puggle measures 13-15 inches in height and weighs between 18-30 pounds. However, there is the toy variation as well which approximately measures 13 inches or less in height and weighs anywhere between 8-17 pounds.
Puggle Health Problems:
There is less chance of your Puggle getting sick due to its mixed breed status; however, it is possible for them to inherit genetic health problems from their parents. A Puggle is less inclined to
suffer from respiratory problems like a standard Pug due to it inheriting a longer nose from its Beagle parent.
The most common genetic health problem a Puggle could have is hip dysplasia. If you notice any signs of lameness or discomfort with the dog’s rear legs, it is a good idea to get it checked out at the vet. Another health problem of the Puggle could be hypothyroidism which could cause obesity, infertility, and lack of energy if not treated. Hypothyroidism in a dog cannot be cured, but it can be treated with the continued use of medicine.
Make sure your dog comes from a reputable breeder that does not start breeding its dogs until they have reached their full maturity.
The Puggle is generally a sweet dog that can easily adapt and fit into routine family life. It is friendly and excellent with children and due to its playful nature it likes to spend a lot of time with people. It is a dog that loves attention and if it is not shown regular love, it could begin to get into mischief and cause a few behavioral problems. Typical behavioral problems of the Puggle if it is bored can include barking, whimpering, howling, wandering, and/or digging.
Puggle Grooming and Exercise:
If you exercise your dog enough, they will not become unruly. Walk your Puggle a few times a day for approximately 20 minutes. They enjoy play time a lot and if you play with them enough, this could suffice as one exercise session. Just like its parent Beagle, the Puggle has the tendency to ignore commands from its master, especially when they’ve picked up the scent of another dog or something equally as interesting.
Both the Puggle’s parents shed their hair which is why it important to brush your dog often to get rid of any of its excess hair. Do not over-bathe your dog and wash only when necessary. Because the Puggle often has folds in its skin, be sure to wash between the folds to keep it free of dirt and moisture to avoid any kind of infection or unpleasant smells. It is a good idea to check the eyes of your Puggle on a regular basis to make sure that they are clean and free of any dirt, irritation, or discharge.
Because Puggles like to play and can have that stubborn streak, so it is always a good idea to start grooming your dog when they are a puppy so they get used to the process. While grooming it, touch its paws often so they become accustomed to it, because dogs, especially Puggles can sensitive when it comes to their feet – this will also make it easier for any veterinarian visits in the future.
Although Puggles are usually highly intelligent dogs, they can also be very stubborn which often makes it difficult to train them. When training them, it is recommended to use positive reinforcement methods such as offering them dog food treats, play time, and of course praise.
Puggle Suitability and Living Conditions:
Puggles love people and this is why they are not suitable to be an outside dog; they need to live indoors with their family. As long as the Puggle is kept as an indoor pet and gets the recommended exercise, they’ll be able to adapt to all kinds of living environments which includes living in an apartment.