A Puggle is a crossbreed, designer dog. It has been bred for the purposes of showcasing it in various pageants. It is a mixture of a Pug and a Beagle, but has become widely popular in recent years. The dog has a very cute appearance and loveable manner, but has a tendency to bark all too often.
Nevertheless, it is used as a family dog and a companion and people all around the world see it as a perfect pet.
Puggle History & Origins
The Puggle is a fairly young type of a breed. They were first crossbred in 1980s by a breeder named Wallace Havens. He was also the person who thought of the name for the breed and also registered it at the American Canine Hybrid Club. Crossbreeding was popular at the time and there were a lot of other people who wanted to created different breeds and make something new.
Reaching the 2000s, the Puggle became a popular dog as a lot of people wanted to own something distinctive. Today, their main purpose is to be a family pet but a lot of them keep them as designer dogs. A Puggle is not recognized by any Kennel Club officially and they are still only known for being a hybrid dog.
Characteristics & Temperament
A Puggle is a sweet, playful and intelligent dog. They really enjoy running around, playing and jumping. They are at their best when they are with other people. It is really easy to befriend them and they do not mind hanging around with other dogs, other animals and particularly with kids. Due to their small size they are a great pet for your child. But some behavioral problems might potentially avert you from keeping it inside an apartment. These dogs are prone to barking and howling. Making a lot of noise will probably bother the neighbors. Also, when they are agitated they like digging.
But a Puggle is very easy to train. They are great to keep and can be learned to behave very quickly. You do not have to be an expert to teach them good manners. In order to do so you have to introduce them to a lot of new experiences when they are small pups. Try to socialize them and give them a lot of room to develop that way.
Puggle Appearance, Colors, Size
A Puggle inherits the characteristics of both of their parent breeds. They are relatively smaller dogs and grow to a height of 8 to 15 inches and weigh somewhere between 15 to 40 pounds.
They can come in a variety of colors and it mostly depends on the parent breeds. The most frequent single colored dogs are tan, fawn, or black. Although some people assume that there are mixed variants as well, this is not the case.
Some dogs have a short nose like a Pug, while others have a longer one the same like a Beagle. Since this is a hybrid breed, the main reason they are not really accepted by any Kennel club is because they do not have completely established characteristics. They are affected by both sides they are crossbred from.
Based on the research that has been done, a Puggle is susceptible to all of the diseases and conditions that its parent breeds are. The estimated lifespan for a Puggle is between 10 and 15 years. Some of the conditions which the dog may suffer from include cherry eye, which is a conditions that most Puggs suffer from. But what causes greater concern is progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disease.
Besides this the Puggle can suffer from hip dysplasia, have environmental allergies, respiratory problems depending on their snouts like reverse sneezing,
Puggle Grooming & Shedding
A Puggle will shed its fur in the same manner as its parent breeds do. They are nog big shedders but they do require certain maintenance. What you have to consider is brushing the fur carefully. This is necessary a few times a week. During shedding periods you should do it on a daily basis. You can also wipe the dog off with a moist cloth. Since they have short fur, they are not going to give you so much trouble when grooming them.
But one of the main things to consider is whipping and cleaning the folds. This is where dirt can get stuck and will in some cases cause infections. This is highly dangerous for a small dog like this so checking for it will help protect it. Frequent baths are not necessary and they can use an occasional one. Besides this you have to clip their nails and care for their dental hygiene.
Price and Breeders
The Puggle has gotten to a point where its popularity has rose immensely compared to when they started. The breed is a highly popular one and breeders have already spread almost everywhere. If you find a quality breeder chances are that you are going to spend between 300 and go all the way to a 1,000 dollars for a single pup. But a Puggle is a dog which deserves and holds its price.
With the rise of popularity of the Puggle, so have rescue groups become more aware of these type of dogs. This is the purpose of Saint’s Puggle Rescue as it is an organization that allows you to get a Puggle and rescue it. If you are interested in adopting, contact this organization and you will learn more on how you can do that.