A puggle is a cross between a pug and a beagle. As it is a crossbreed between two popular show-dogs, it is known as a designer dog. Wallace Havens first bred and named a puggle in the 1990s. It is one of the most popular breeds of dogs today, and is owned by many celebrities.
Puggles are not recognized by the American Kennel Club as they are not purebred dogs. However, they are registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club. Although people claim that puggles are superior breed dogs and are specially bred under observation, they are considered as mutt. Puggles, are nonetheless, one of the most loved pet dog breeds in the world.
Full grown puggles usually stand 10-15 inches tall, and weigh between 15-30 pounds. Their life span is for 10-15 years. They come in a variety of colors, ranging from black, brown, fawn, white, or even multicolored. They have short hair, and do not shed as much as other breeds of dogs. Just like their parent breeds, i.e., pug and beagle, puggles also have short legs, drooping ears, thickset body, and a smooth and shiny coat. They have large, dark, and prominent eyes and a black muzzle. They usually have a curled tail.
Puggles are energetic and intelligent. They are gentle, lovable, affectionate, and get along well with people, especially children. They require a lot of attention. Puggles are independent (may not always be ready to please you), and can also be, at times, mischievous. They are constantly in need of activity and are happy with frequent playtime, running, and outings. Therefore, they are called ideal pets for a family.
Now, it is essential to note here that not all puggles display a sweet playful temperament. The nature of a crossbreed depends entirely on the type of genes he has inherited from his parents. Therefore, they may, sometimes, display traits completely similar to one parent, while in other cases, they may have a mixture of the two. You may even come across a proud, non-cooperative, and hard-to-train puggle.
Puggles are not guard dogs and will rarely show aggression. They are energetic and are hardly found to laze around. However, as they suffer from breathing problems, make sure that you do not let them undertake strenuous physical activity.
Training puggles can sometimes be challenging. Although they are playful, they can be stubborn at times. Positive reinforcement, a lot of patience, and persistence is required to train them. If not trained properly, they can be excessively stubborn and disobedient. Puggles bark less frequently as compared to other breed of dogs, but, they tend to howl. They tend to howl a lot when left alone for a long time.
Daily exercise or physical activity is necessary for puppies as well as full grown puggles. They are known as low-maintenance dogs as they hardly require any special treatment. They require the regular maintenance as bath, nail clipping, etc.
Many puggles are found to suffer from stenotic nares (or pinched nostrils), and may suffer from noisy breathing, snorting, snoring, etc. They are also sensitive to extreme heat and cold, and hence, should be protected form it. They are prone to colds and wheezing. You can consult the vet and have a diet plan drawn for your puggle.
Puggles love attention and should not be left alone for long. It is not recommended to put them outdoors or in a lonely place. They love adoration, show them love and they will return it.
Because of their sweet temper and playful nature, puggles are good to have around. If you are thinking of buying one, do not hesitate as they will be ideal pets for your family. Lastly, it is recommended to make a thorough research on the health conditions of the pet before buying one.
* Disclaimer: Dogs belonging to a single breed do not exhibit perfectly similar characteristics. Those mentioned above are general characteristics.