Puggle is a cross breed dog; the pug and the beagle. Puggles have become very popular today and are often considered as a ‘designer’ dog breed. The first ever puggle was bred in the 1980s in Wisconsion, USA. Puggles are in fact one of the most popular cross breeds, and loved by many celebrities. Some of the famous puggle owners include some of Hollywood’s big names, such as Uma Thurman, Sylvester Stallone, Julianne Moore and James Gandolfini aka Tony Soprano (RIP). As well as the breed’s lovely appearances, puggles have such lovely characteristics, which makes a puggle perfect for all sorts of dog owners.
As with any other pug cross breeds, it is hard to state exactly what puggles will look like. Some of the shared common features of the puggle include:
- Short hair
- Straight hair
- Dark or black mask (of the pug!)
Puggles can vary in colour including, fawn, white, brown and black (although quite rare). A puggle can also be a mix of these colours.
As with its parent breeds, the pug and beagle, puggles are relatively small and considered as lap dogs. Although the sizes of the breed can vary, they are often slightly bigger and less chunky than the pug, and slightly smaller than the beagle.
Cost of Buying a Puggle
As with any dog breeds, whether pure or cross breeds, the prices of puggles can greatly differ. Furthermore, puggles typically do not cost more than the parent breeds. We have seen puggles for sale, with the prices ranging from £500 ($750 US approx.) to £1,000 ($1,500 US approx.). The factors that could affect the prices of puggles include the breeders and where they are located. What we always recommend is that don’t decide which puggle to buy purely based on the price, in other words, don’t just go for the cheapest options). When you visit the puggle breeder, make sure you ask to see the parents of the puggle puppy. Carrying out lots of research and preparing a wide range of questions to ask can help you determine the quality of the breeder and what’s more the quality of the Puggle.
Puggle Characteristics and Temperaments
Puggles are great family dogs. Puggles are energetic and very loving, suitable for all types of family with / without small children or other dogs. As a companion dog, the puggle can live in a house of all sizes. Unlike some pugs, it is often that puggle enjoy long walks and are less of ‘couch potatoes’. Puggles take a lot of features from the parent breed of the pug, they can shadow their owners a lot, meaning following you around everywhere you go. So if you are after a new family member, rather than a ‘pet’, a puggle may be the perfect option for you.
Puggle Training – Are puggles hard to train?
Generally, puggles are not the easiest dog breed when it comes to training, as they can be very stubborn, very much like pugs and beagles. Having said this, it is completely possible to train beagles properly with consistency. Furthermore, with the puggle being very much food orientated, using can make your job much easier, for example, by giving your puggle’s regular kibble every time he/she does a trick or simply potty in one spot outside.
Puggle Puppy Health
Select your veterinarian
If you don’t already have a veterinarian, you should select one before you get your Puggle puppy. Get recommendations from people you know and feel are responsible pet owners. Ask them if they visit the vet regularly and how long they’ve been seeing that particular vet, so you know that they have an ongoing relationship with the vet and that they care enough to take their pet(s) for regular visits. Ask several people for recommendations and don’t be hesitant about going to the vet’s office to check it out and interview the staff and the vet. You don’t want to take up a lot of their time, but you do want to select a vet you feel is competent and caring.
You should take your Puggle to the vet within 72 hours of bringing him or her home from the breeder. A reputable breeder will have had the puppy thoroughly examined prior to selling it. This examination is to acquaint you and the vet with your new family member and provide a second set of eyes and hands to ensure that the puppy is healthy.
Your vet should be willing to accept the health certificate and immunization record provided by the breeder. Although another complete exam is warranted, another set of shots is not. If your vet insists, then you should reconsider your choice of vet.
If your vet offers microchip ID implants, this would be an excellent time to get one. Spaying or neutering should also be discussed. Many breeders have spay/neuter requirements as part of the purchase contract; you should not plan on breeding your puppy unless purchased as a breeder and agreed upon with the selling breeder. Your puppy will recover quickly from any of these procedures, so the sooner it’s done, the better.
Keeping your Puggle puppy healthy
Protect your new Puggle puppy when you go to the vet’s office. Keep him or her in a crate or carrier until you’re in the exam room. Sick animals are in and out of the waiting room and even the cleanest of offices can’t keep up. Letting your Puggle puppy out on the floor may expose him or her to germs that are more dangerous to a puppy than to a full-grown dog. Do not allow other people in the waiting room to touch the puppy. More sterile precautions are taken by the vet and staff in the exam rooms and of course, you will need to uncrate your puppy for the vet to conduct the exam.
Discuss with your vet the schedule for shots and routine health checkups for your Puggle puppy, as well as any possible concerns you may have.
The breeder will have given you a feeding schedule and let you know what kind of food your puppy is used to eating. You should discuss this with the vet, as well. If you are unable to find the same kind of food in your area, ask the vet for recommendations and tips on changing the Puggle puppy to a new kind of food.
Exercising your Puggle
Giving a dog – especially a high-energy pugglepuppy – exercise will make them easier to train. Puggles are high-energy dogs, but they are also intelligent. The beagle in them is inquisitive and eager to learn.
Puggles that have been exercised are more likely to listen and obey. Walking also gives you the opportunity to spend time with your Puggle. If you have children, dog walking can become a fun and relaxing way for the entire family – including your pet – to get some exercise and spend time together, benefiting everyone!
Exercise will also help you keep your Puggle from using excess energy in the pursuit of destructive behaviors. A dog that is frustrated and has too much pent-up energy will dig, chew and destroy until they become a nuisance, not a valued and lovable member of the family.
Puggles need regular exercise to keep them from getting overweight and lethargic. Even if you have a large yard, where the dog is free to run, it quickly becomes boring. Most yards are not large enough to provide the kind of exercise a dog needs on its own. Don’t think that a large yard substitutes for human interaction! You can tire your dog out by playing fetch, but you still need to go out and play fetch until the dog is too tired to continue. This, however, is not a substitute for walking. Walking socializes a dog to you and the neighborhood in which you live. It familiarizes your Puggle with the sights and smells of people and other animals in the neighborhood.
Below you will find puggle adult and puppy pictures. Please let us know if you are a puggle owner with lots of awesome pics and would like to share them with us. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The picture on the left below is Leo, the fawn puggle (Six years old in the picture). He’s a “total dreamboat of a dog, and the biggest people pleaser (slash food beggar) in all the land.” The one on the right is Layna, a eight year old black puggle. These two puggles’ owner Vanessa says “They’re both rescues. She’s managed to pick up a lot of good habits over the year and a half we’ve been together. Puggles are great students and never say no to something food motivated! They’re both the snuggliest and like to burrow under the blankets; it’s not uncommon to roll over in the middle of the night to find Layna tucked under the covers with her head on a pillow.” Thanks Vanessa for sharing these awesome pics of your puggles with us!
Spaghetti, the 4 year old Puggle from Pennsylvania, USA.
Taco the Puggle – is “the happiest Puggle!”
You may see advertisements for Pocket Puggles, Mini Puggles or Toy Puggles. Since Puggles are not a recognized breed, the size of the dog is not defined and there are no classifications for “mini” or “toy” sizes. Typically, people are referring to a smaller-sized dog.
Buyers seeking smaller Puggles (in the size range most people would be thinking of when using the terms “pocket,” “mini” or “toy”) should be aware that a Puggle smaller than approximately 12 inches and weighing 18 pounds may experience health issues due to the smaller size and may be the result of inappropriate breeding. They may be the (unhealthy) runt of a litter and experience lifelong health issues as a result. There is also a possibility that dogs sold as “Pocket Puggles” are not actually a Beagle/Pug mix, but a rat terrier/Pug mix.
Puggles are typically bred from a female Beagle and a male Pug, because the Beagle is the larger of the two breeds. The health issues of both breeds are usually offset by the expanded gene pool and characteristics of one breed balancing out the deficits characteristics in the other breed. This is one reason Puggles are a popular “designer” breed of dog (aside from the fact that they’re darn cute). Attempting to obtain a smaller dog from both these breeds would likely result in reintroduction of the genetic deficits inherent in each individual breed and therefore is discouraged in the responsible Puggle breeder community.
Before you buy a dog from a breeder claiming to have “Pocket Puggles,” make sure you ask detailed questions. Although your Puggle will not have a registration, the parents should. You have every right to ask for details about the parents, their registration and their size to make sure you are getting a genuine Puggle. Prospective buyers of dogs advertised as “Pocket Puggles” should also inquire about the general health of the breeding couple and ask to see pictures.
In short, there is no such thing, really, as a “Pocket Puggle.” You may buy a dog advertised to be a “Pocket Puggle,” only to find it’s no smaller than any other Puggle.
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