Puggle dog breed is the result of cross breeding of a male Pug and a female Beagle. Thus, it is a hybrid breed originally created by U.S. breeders. Puggle dogs are usually small in size and have a smooth, short haired coat. They are often referred to as “designer dogs” or “designer mutts”. Although, major kennel clubs do not recognize this breed of dogs as it is a mixed breed.
These lap dogs have a great sense of smell just like Beagles. Like Beagles, even Puggles tend to howl in excitement. These curious dogs are very friendly and playful in temperament. They get along well with small children and other pets in the house. They tend to immensely enjoy their little social gatherings in dog parks.
Puggle dogs have a thick, athletic and a bit longer body as compared to Beagles. Unlike Pugs, they have a comparatively longer muzzle which helps them handle activities more effectively without frequent breathing difficulties.
The breed is characterized by typically short and stubby legs. The curled tale resembles that of a Pug. They have drooping ears and a deeply wrinkled forehead. The large, round eyes are quite expressive. A female Puggle is generally smaller and less muscular as compared to a male Puggle.
Color: They are usually black, fawn, golden, white or black in color. Some Puggles may be tri colored too.
Height: The average Puggle height ranges between 12 to 15 inches.
Weight: Weight ranging between 15 to 30 pounds is considered healthy depending on the size of the dog.
As Puggle is a hybrid breed, it has an expanded gene pool. Thus, this breed has relatively less genetic problems when compared to the parent breeds, that is, Pug and Beagle. The characteristic snoring problem of Pugs is eliminated by this cross breeding.
Still, they are susceptible to skin infections, eye problems (like Cherry Eye), respiratory problems, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Luxating Patellas, back ailments and other related ailments. These dogs should not be exposed to extreme temperatures as they are susceptible to heat intolerance and common cold. The diet should be particularly taken care of by proper planning and avoiding table scraps and sweet foods.
Life Expectancy: The average lifespan for Puggles is 10 to 15 years.
Litter Size: The average litter size for Puggle breed is around 3 to 7 puppies.
These cute and cuddly dogs require minimal grooming. The short and straight hair need to be brushed with the help of a firm rubber brush on a weekly basis to remove loose hair and maintain the coat in perfect condition. Their double coat consists of a dense undercoat and a smooth and slightly longer outer coat. The breed is an average shedder. Besides, occasional baths are more than sufficient for them. Proper care should be taken to regularly clean their large, drooping ears on a weekly basis to remove dead skin and avoid infections.
Plus, the eyes and wrinkles on the forehead also require to be cleaned on a regular basis. Nail trimming activity should also be conducted on a more or less regular basis. Many owners neglect their beloved dogs’ dental health which results in dental problems such as bad breath, pain tooth decay, gum diseases etc. Therefore, it is essential to brush your Puggle’s teeth at least two times in a week.
Puggle dogs are generally gently, sweet, cheerful, sociable, easy going, intelligent, playful and loving in temperament. They are energetic and active but not hyperactive. Puggle dogs yearn for human attention and can go to any extent to please their owners. These affectionate dogs are not aggressive or insecure.
They are always eager to welcome guest, whether invited or uninvited ones. Thus, Puggle dogs should not be entrusted with guard dog duties. So, they are easy to train. Like, Beagles, even Puggles have an inclination towards digging holes in the garden.
Make sure you take your Puggle out for frequents walks at dog parks where your beloved pet can socialize with other dogs. This is good for the dog’s physical as well as mental health. A small fenced yard with sufficient place for running and playing helps to fulfill the need for physical activity of the dog. On the downside, these dogs could be quite stubborn at times and difficult to housebreak.