Another revolution made by breeders in the world of designer dog breeds is the Puggle which is a result of a cross between a Pug and the Beagle. However, this designer breed was not an outcome of a deliberate attempt. The Puggles were brought in to this world accidently somewhere in early 1980s and these dogs were commercially sold from 2000.
Since then, Puggles have become very popular and have a very sweet nature with cute looks. Most people adopt only the first generation dogs as standardization is not yet made in these dogs (i.e. they are not yet registered with the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, the Canadian Kennel Club and others).
Puggle – At a glance
The following list of general and physical characteristics will help you to get familiarized with your Puggles: –
• Breed type: Mix breed (they share 50% characteristics from their male parent – the Pug and 50% characteristics from their female parent – the Beagle or vice versa). This designer breed is registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, International Designer Canine Registry, Dog Registry of America, Inc., Designer Dogs Kennel Club and others (however no standardization is made yet).
• Height: Males have an average height of about 13 to 16 inches and females have an average height of about 12 to 15 inches at the shoulder.
• Weight: Males weigh about 11 to 17 pounds whereas females weigh about 8 to 14 pounds at an average.
• Life Span: Depending on the generation, Puggles can have an average life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.
• Available coat colors: Since no standardization is made yet, coat colors can be available based on demands. Common colors include red, tan, fawn, beige, black, lemon, white, parti- color and others.
• They have a double coat. The under coat is dense and short whereas the upper coat is long and smooth.
Temperament and Personality traits
People love puggles (and vice versa) and are good indoor pets. These are not backyard dogs and hence they should never be left alone. Give them enough time and play with them regularly so that they don’t develop any sort of mental illness.
Puggles can get well along with children and other pets. They are children at heart and will love company of small children. However, never leave your children totally unsupervised with these dogs.
Puggles are intelligent. However, much like beagles, these dogs can sometime be stubborn. Positive reinforcement techniques such as rewarding them with food and praise can make smoother training sessions. These dogs also have a tendency to follow up a particular scent and are motion sensitive.
Feeding habits and Nutrition
The dog food that you give to your Puggles should be approved by AAFCO. Your puggles should be fed with 1 to 1 ½ cups of premium quality dry dog food. Brands that you can always trust are Acana, Purina, Hills, Dr. Tim’s, and Pedigree dry dog food. Occasionally you can feed your puggles with some light snacks such as stocks, chews and kibbles. Never feed them with human food or food that contains cheese, avocado, resins, chocolates, sweets, apple core, alcohols and stuff like that.
These dogs should also be fed with few dietary supplements. Whatever supplement you feed him, should first be checked and reviewed by a dog nutritionist or a vet. Give him the supplement that he is deficient of and that which is not a part of his daily diet.
Health and Immunization
Puggles can be affected by several diseases such as: –
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: – which causes extreme pain in hip and elbow joints respectively and may also lead to conditions such as arthritis.
Stenotic Nares: – In this condition, your puggles will have a pinched nose (which is a congenital disorder). This disorder/ syndrome will cause difficulty in breathing. Symptoms include: – blue gums, exercise intolerance, obesity, noisy breathing and others.
Hypothyroidism: – which is a deficiency of the thyroid hormone and can cause infertility, mental dullness, obesity, lack of energy, skin becomes dark and dull etc…
Patlellar luxation: – or slipped sniffles in which there is dislocation in the Patella and the dog may lame and cripple.
Other diseases includes: – Epilepsy, Cherry Eye Syndrome, Diabetes, Fits and Seizures, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cataract and others.
A daily 20 to 25 minutes’ walk will otherwise keep puggles healthy and free from diseases. Those puggles live a longer life that is a result of cross between a puggle and a puggle.
Puggles should be immunized at regular intervals so that they are protected from various diseases caused by dangerous viruses. Some mandatory vaccines for this breed includes: – Parvovirus, Rabies, Distemper, Coronavirus, Hepatitis A and B, Influenza and Parainfluenza vaccines. Inject annual booster shots from experienced vets.
Care and Grooming
These dogs are above average shedders and just like their parent breeds; the Puggles will require a lot of care. You have to brush him daily so that all dead hair on his coat can be removed. Bathe him at least once a week with a mild shampoo such as the oatmeal shampoo which will keep his coat soft and shiny.
Cut his toe nails at least once a month if they don’t wear them out naturally and brush his teeth using a soft bristle brush at least four times a week.
It is also important that you clean his ears with a soft cotton ball that is soaked in a pH balanced ear cleanser. Make sure you don’t poke his ear canals while cleaning as this could lead to permanent hearing impairment.
While you are grooming, check for any signs of redness, discharge, erythema, rashes, sores, blisters or other allergic reactions and seek medical help if needed.
Adopt or rescue a Puggle according to the guidelines set by several organizations that give them recognition (such as those mentioned above). Adopt a pet from a reputable breeder and make sure you take a pup that is at least from the third generation and the one who is resistant to diseases.