Breed Introduction: Puggle Dog
The Puggle is a mix between the Beagle and Pug dog breeds. He has become fairly popular, thanks to his fun-loving personality and cute looks. He gets along with kids and other dogs, and can make a great family companion. Just be aware that Puggle may enjoy barking! Although puggles are intelligent and loving, they are not always eager to please when it comes to training.
Neither the Pug nor the Beagle is especially known for ease of training, and both breeds can be stubborn. Use positive reinforcement techniques such as treats, play, and praise, and keep training sessions short and sweet. Being a social dog, the Puggle gets along well with everyone. He usually enjoys the company of children and isn’t known for aggression toward other dogs. Puggles will bark to let you know when someone comes to the door, but given their friendly nature, they are not guard dogs. Some are howlers, a trait inherited from their Beagle parent.
The Puggle is the result of an accidental cross breeding between a Pug and a Beagle, probably sometime in the 1990s. The breed has become very popular; thanks to its novelty, sweet nature, and cute looks. There are no breed clubs for the Puggle, and no efforts to make him a recognized breed. Most litters are the result of first generation breeding between Beagles and Pugs, but there have been a few breeding of Puggles to Puggles.
Most Puggles are 13 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 18 to 30 pounds. Toy-size Puggles are usually less than 13 inches tall and weigh 8 to 17 pounds.
The Puggle is a sweet, intelligent dog who can fit easily into family life. They can be playful and cuddly and enjoy spending time with the people in their lives. Puggles usually get along well with everyone, including kids and other pets.
Puggles are people-lovers and should live indoors with the family, not outside. So long as they are indoor dogs and get enough exercise, they can adapt to any living situation, including apartments. Some even have a tendency to howl, a trait they inherit from their Beagle parent. Puggles are intelligent but can be stubborn. They respond best to training that uses positive reinforcement techniques such as food rewards, play, and praise.
Puggles enjoy their meals and are prone to obesity. Keep your Puggle in good shape by measuring his food and feeding him twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time.
The Puggle has a short, smooth, double coat. The undercoat is short and dense, covered by a slightly longer topcoat. Colours include fawn, red, tan, lemon, black, or any of those colours with white. Some Puggles have black masks on the face.