Puggle (dog)

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The appearance of a Puggle varies.
Country of origin
United States
Classification and breed standards
Not recognized by any major kennel club

A puggle is a crossbreed between two breeds of dogs, a pug and a beagle.


[edit] Appearance

Puggles tend to be between 20 - 35 pounds, and 10–15 inches at the shoulders. While colors vary, and there are completely black as well as multicolored puggles, the vast majority are fawn colored with wrinkled black masks (similar to pugs), but with the longer body, slightly increased size, and longer nose and floppy ears associated with beagles. Because puggles are a crossbreed, the appearance of the breed is less predictable than that of a purebred dog, since there is a decreased ability to predict which attributes will be inherited from which parent. Puggles have a tail the length of a Beagle, but it is slightly curled like a Pug. Puggles can look a lot like a beagle and not like a pug at all. They can also look like a pug and not any beagle in it.

[edit] Health

A sleeping puggle.
A sleeping puggle.

Because of longer legs, more room in the skull for the eyes, and less effusive wrinkles, puggles in general avoid many difficulties with eyes, joints, and skin wrinkles common to pugs; however, they may have more problems than typical beagles. While pugs are particularly susceptible to heat stroke, the longer nasal cavity of the puggle makes the breed more tolerant to the heat, and less likely to overheat while running in the summer. Conversely, their nasal cavities are likely to be shorter and less efficient than those of beagles, which could be a problem if the dog also inherited the beagle's propensity to run, especially for long periods.

A common eye infection is cherry eye, from the beagle side of the family. Another malady that may afflict the puggle - which is common in many dogs with floppy ears - is ear infections.

In regards to their fur, puggles can be known to shed small, light-colored hair.

There is controversy about the wisdom of breeding beagles and pugs together. Proponents of puggles cite the argument of "hybrid vigor". Dogs with greater genetic variation are often not as susceptible to certain breed specific illnesses and defects.

Critics of puggles cite that beagles were bred with longer muzzles to effectively pant and cool themselves while hunting. They point out that pugs were bred mostly for companionship, and an aesthetically flat face that makes panting and cooling difficult. It is widely known that Pugs are susceptible to heat exhaustion and dehydration.

There is concern that crossing the two breeds could result in a puppy with an internal drive to run and hunt like its beagle parent, but is not physically equipped to pant and cool itself well like its pug parent, thus creating a puppy more likely to suffer from heat-related illness.

[edit] Temperament

A Puggle at 9 weeks old.
A Puggle at 9 weeks old.

As pets, puggles have the mild mannered yet playful "lap dog" qualities often associated with pugs, mixed with the more energetic tendencies typical of the hunting qualities of a beagle. A cheerful clown who loves to play but then quickly tires for a short nap, puggles are mid-sized dogs that make excellent housepets, and many puggle owners testify to their winning personality as one of their strongest points. Their playful disposition, however, makes them a bit slow to train and some can be extremely hyper, a trait they share with both pugs and beagles. They retain the friendly, laid-back disposition of both breeds, but while their size makes them perfect for apartments, they need a bit more exercise and attention than some traditional apartment dogs (pugs included). Like most dogs, puggles also bark, and vary widely as to how often they bark. In addition, after they eat, they tend to have alot of gas. They happen to love to chew "UGG" boots, and they think of them as teddy bears. Some inherit the odd, nasal baying of beagles, a mix of a baying hound and the cooing of a pigeon (some say sounding like Gizmo from the movie Gremlins). That said, their barking is much more easy to deal with than most beagles, and many puggles are barely vocal at all. Puggles can be stubborn at times but it is rare.

  • It should be noted that while the above Temperament qualities are what is hoped for in the cross-breeding of a pug and beagle, since the puggle is a hybrid (and therefore not a true breed) there is no guarantee that the above traits will hold true in any particular puppy. Also, since the puggle is a hybrid, it is ill-advised to breed two puggles together as the resulting litter will bear little resemblance to its parents.

[edit] Miscellaneous

  • A smaller version of the puggle is also available called the "pocket puggle." A pocket puggle is the result of a small beagle and pug mating or a mix between a rat terrier and pug. This puggle is about 10 pounds lighter at maturity, but it is assumed to have the same traits as a regular puggle. However it is important to keep in mind that because it is a mix between a rat terrier and a pug, it would have traits of the rat terrier instead of the beagle.
  • Puggles are mixed breed dogs, and are not eligible for registration with any major kennel club. The AKC, the UKC, the NKC, The CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) and Continental Kennel Clubs do not recognize puggles as a breed. Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America offers a registry for sterile puggles. Puggles are terrific athletes, and enjoy field trials, agility trials and obedience. Some clubs offer these events to mixed breed dogs.

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