At a glance
A Puggle is a popular “designer dog” or hybrid, which is the result of breeding a pug with a beagle.
- Names – Puggle
- Group – not recognized
- Size – small
- Life expectancy – average of 13 years; range of 10 – 15 years
- Cost of ownership – medium
- Ease of ownership – low
- Aggressive tendency – low
- Amount of Exercise – medium
- Amount of Grooming – low
- Ease of Training – low
- Obedience level – medium
- Suitable for Children – high
- Amount of Care Required – low
- Susceptibility to Health Problems – medium
Puggles are a crossbreed, which means the physical appearance of the breed is hard to define compared to that of a purebred dog, since it is difficult to ascertain what attributes will be inherited from which parent. A large number of Puggles are reported as fawn colored with wrinkled black masks similar to Pugs, while the Beagle part, on the other hand, is responsible for the longer body, slightly increased size, and longer nose and floppy ears. They may also have an underbite and a tail with a length comparable to that of Beagles, only curled like that of a Pug.
- Bitch: 15 lbs to 20 lbs
- Dog: 15 lbs to 20 lbs
- Bitch: 13 in to 15 in
- Dog: 13 in to 15 in
- Color – Fawn is the most common. Other colors are tan, black, white, or tri-colored
- Coat – dense, short and coarse in texture
- Shedding – medium
- Allergies – medium
- Causes Allergies – medium
Puggles’ personalities are a blend of Pug and Beagle. They can be sweet-tempered, playful, social, and affectionate but most definitely are energetic and intelligent. A Puggle is a great companion dog, capable of “listening” to his owner, although in other matters he can be stubborn. Their curiosity and strong interest in intriguing scents can also occupy their attention.
- Separation Anxiety – medium
- Barking tendency – medium
- Aggressive tendency – low
- Compatibility with other animals – medium
- Suitable for children – high
- Watchdog suitability – high
As pets, Puggles have the calm yet bouncy ‘lap dog’ qualities often associated with Pugs, mixed with the outdoor-oriented tendencies linked to the hunting characteristics of a Beagle. Puggles are small to mid-sized canines that are great companion dogs and many Puggle owners consider their charm to be one of their best features. Their playful attitude, however, makes training a real challenge and some Puggles have a mind of their own and are easily distracted by interesting scents, a trait they get from Beagles, which the breeder of the dog may miss screening out. Their size, Pug-traits and overall good looks make them a favorite among apartment dwellers. Nevertheless, Pugs need slightly more exercise and attention than the typical small dog. The hybrid varies from dog to dog in terms of how often they bark (if they do bark at all, since some may be less prone if they take after their Pug parent). A few dogs even bay, which is the trademark noise that Beagles make in the excitement of a hunt.
The Puggle has a tendency to be stubborn and may be hard to housebreak. The crate training method works best. Socialization and obedience, when started at a young age, cancels the need to employ harsh or heavy-handed methods later on (which the Puggle will resent anyway). This hybrid can be trained to follow a variety of basic of commands, are good listeners and like to please.
- Obedience – medium
While the Puggle is considered a sweet tempered breed, it remains to be seen how exactly the dog can possess the lap dog qualities of the Pug and the hunting instincts and athleticism of the Beagle. A fenced-in yard will be an appreciated treat for these busy-bodies or, if you live in the city, it is highly recommended that they receive a few long walks per day. However, an owner needs to carefully observe the dog during exercise or activity, since his exuberance may get the better of his not-so-sporty frame. Lastly, owners need to be aware that a Puggle can also overheat or tire easily, so the dog will require adequate shade and water when outside.
- Energy – medium
- Amount required – 20 – 30 minutes daily (I.E. a long daily walk and playtime). As well as some wide space to romp around in for an hour or so once a week
The physical make-up of Puggles makes them easy to groom. Their regular care revolves around occasional baths, nail clippings, tooth brushings and ear cleanings. Like purebred Pugs, Puggles will also need their eyes cleaned of discharge, which stains their facial wrinkles and around their eyes, as their tear ducts tend to create excessive discharge. A warm washcloth is usually enough for cleaning.
A Puggle’s diet is a lot like that of a Pug or a Beagle. Puggle owners can simply give their dog one or two cups of quality commercial dry kibble every day. That said, quantities should be slightly adjusted according to the activity level of the canine. The pet also must have access to fresh drinking water at all times. On the other hand, dog owners who prefer to cook meals instead of giving dry kibble will find muscled meat has excellent protein for a Puggle’s diet and adding some dried vegetables rounds up a nutritional meal.
For a dog between 4 and 5 months, the dog can be given 3 small meals a day. From 8 months onwards, 2 main meals should be enough. Some adult Puggles are satisfied with 1 meal a day, while others prefer 2 meals. As always, owners need to be careful not to overfeed as this is a rather insatiable dog.
First of all, Puggles are not like other designer dogs that are hypoallergenic. Instead, Puggles are regular shedders. In order to prevent spending hours cleaning up dog hair around your home, it is highly recommended that you brush a Puggle with a fur-removing brush (e.g. Furminator) once a week for 5-10 minutes.
- Ease of grooming – high
- Amount of grooming – medium
Ideally, a Puggle breeder’s goal is to continue a life-long breeding program which focuses on selecting the better Beagle traits of a longer nose and calmer temperament in an effort to alleviate the breathing problems of the short-snouted Pug. Without this careful selection, there is not much sense in breeding Puggles.
The worse that could happen in a Puggle breeding program is for a breeder to make the mistake of not conducting the necessary research and breeding Puggles with short noses and a hunting instinct. This could prove to be a disastrous combination, as the dog will have a desire to be outdoors to run and hunt without having the necessary physical structure to accommodate such a desire. The Puggle is a dog with huge potential, but it is not for everyone to breed.
When a purebred is bred with a different purebred breed, the littermates definitely do not come out looking the same. A seeming exception, however, is a significant number of first generation Puggles turn out fawn with a black mask. Nevertheless, it is false to believe that consistency can be achieved from breeding a purebred to a different breed of purebred.
- Litter size – average of 4; range of 3 to 7
- Puppy cost – average of $550; range of $450 to $600
Contrary to popular belief, the Puggle is not necessarily disease-free compared to its parent breeds. Both Beagles and Pugs may pass on to their Puggle offspring a variety of concerns like cherry eye, epilepsy, skin infections, luxating patellas, back ailments, and other genetic disorders.
Puggles also occasionally get hip dysplasia from one of the parents. Furthermore, Puggles can suffer from the respiratory ailments commonly found in Pugs, which might be problematic when combined with the Beagle’s higher levels of energy. Lastly, Puggles are often intolerant of extreme temperatures.
- Life expectancy – average of 13 years; range of 10 – 15 years
- Susceptibility to illness – medium
- Common health problems – Respiratory problems brought about by the Pug’s short muzzle, entropion, Pug dog encephalitis, cherry eye, epilepsy, lameness
The Puggle is an unforgettable character who loves pleasing others and being the center of attention. They are perfect pets in homes with children because of their love for play and affection and they also do well with other pets, such as dogs and cats. These handsome looking dogs can sometimes be a difficult student to train, as they are willful at times and are easily distracted by scent. Puggle owners may also find it interesting that there is less chance of the Puggle snoring, wheezing, or snorting compared to their Pug cousins.
Those interested in acquiring Puggles need to be aware that a Puggle is not a purebred dog and there is currently no recognizable registry for them. This is important to know especially when some breeders try to lure in a customer by claiming they breed purebred Puggles.
- Living conditions – Puggles do well with apartment living but require daily outdoor walks and the occasional free romp in a wide secure space. Security is important since a Puggle will try to escape and follow any scent that catches his interest.
- Good with Children – They get along wonderfully with children who usually adore their lap-dog qualities. Nonetheless, the pups are always ready for a wrestling match or tug of war.
Puggles originated in the U.S. State of Wisconsin. Breeder, Wallace Havens, is credited with coining the word “Puggle” and is also the first to register his Puggle with the American Canine Hybrid Club. Commercially bred Puggles started gaining widespread popularity in 2000. At present, the American Hybrid Canine Association reported that Puggles are the most popular hybrid, based on the 500 litters per month the group registers.
The AKC, the UKC, the NKC, The CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) and Continental Kennel Clubs currently do not acknowledge Puggles as a breed. Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America offers a registry for sterile Puggles.
- County or origin – United States
- Group – not recognized by AKC, KC
Did you know…
- Famous Puggle dog owners include –
- Uma Thurman
- Jake Gyllenhaal
- Sly Stallone
- Julianne Moore
- James Gandolfini
- Caution must be exercised when reading about Pocket Puggles or Teacup Puggles. These physically unstable pets are either dwarf specimens (the results of heavy inbreeding, which causes many health problems or problems waiting to happen) or the result of breeding Puggles with toy terriers.