A Puggle is a cross between a Pug and a Beagle. While we at Dogster laugh at the idea of a “designer dog,” we have to admit that this particular mix is popular enough to deserve a profile all its own. In fact, every Thursday we’ll be profiling popular mix-up pups like the Puggle — see last week’s Labradoodle write-up, for example. And now, let’s talk Puggles:
Puggles show characteristics from both the Beagle parent and the Pug parent, sometimes more one than the other. They tend to be active dogs who need plenty of walks — but you should be prepared to say “Heel!” often, as their hound heritage will make them pick up many scents along the way. Puggles are extremely loving companions and are good with families. They have a good sense of humor, perhaps because of their somewhat comical faces.
Puggles have a low-maintenance coat and require little grooming. Their ears and eyes do need to be cleaned frequently. They are happy in an apartment as long as they get their walks and tend to get along with strangers and other animals.
Puggles are adaptable dogs but turn up their stubby noses at training. They can also be big barkers, inherited from their Beagle side. Starting obedience training as early as possible and practicing with them often will help.
Puggles have become very popular very quickly, which means checking out breeders thoroughly before purchasing one. But it also means Puggle rescue groups can be found, unlike many other hybrids. Though it helps to have a puppy you can mold, Puggles are very intelligent, and older dogs can be trained.
Like many crossbreeds and mixed breeds, Puggles tend to be healthier than their purebred parents. They can have a disorder called cherry eye, where the third eyelid becomes visible, and may inherit the Pug’s tendency to reverse-sneeze, an annoying but not dangerous disorder. Puggles may also suffer from epilepsy. They can have a long lifespan, up to around 15 years.
Puggles can range quite a bit in weight, depending on how much Pug and how much Beagle emerges. They tend to be between 18 and 30 pounds. The colors vary, but typically a Puggle has a light tan coat with folded ears and a black muzzle.
These small dogs have faces with character, slightly wrinkled and wizened. They tend to have the large, liquid Beagle eyes and a snout shortened by the Pug. To look into a Puggle’s face is to see a bit of Buddha.
Dogster readers: Do you have a Puggle in your life? Tell us what they’re like to live with.