About the Puggle
The Puggle is a hybrid dog that is made up of a combination of two different purebreeds. It's a cross between the Beagle and the Pug. We've found the best method for understanding the characteristics of the Puggle is to read both of its ancestors descriptions taking note of their temperaments, size and general look.
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The Puggle is a crossbreed between a Pug and a Beagle. In the last few years this breed has become extremely popular, particularly since they were showcased on the CBS Evening News in 2005. Although they are technically mixed breeds, they are often referred to as designer breeds or hybrids. Generally, a Puggle will have a coat that is short-haired and smooth. Colors for the Puggle tend to vary and may include black and tan. Some Puggles will sometimes have a white patch that is present on the chest. The most common coat color for the Puggle is tan with black markings. Most Puggles will have a muzzle that is longer than that of a Pug. Puggles will also usually have a body that is stout, with short legs. The ears are typically droopy and the forehead will usually be wrinkled. The weight and size of a Puggle can vary because it may take after either the Pug or the Beagle or even both. Smaller Puggles do tend to be more expensive.
The character of a Puggle will often vary as well as the dog may take on or more traits from both parents. Many Puggles take on some of the best features of both breeds and are consequently good with children and other dogs and are known to be social, playful, sweet and intelligent. There are some Puggles that may inherit the tendency to howl from their Beagle parent while there are also some Puggles that inherit a stubborn streak from the Pug. Prospective owners should be aware that Beagles are scent hounds and are hunters. As a result, it is possible that a Puggle may also inherit this trait as well. This means that the Puggle may need to be well supervised while playing outside because it may catch a scent and want to give chase. Puggles can stubborn during training. Puggles are very hyperactive and can be very frisky sometimes.
Though it's true Puggle can have a stubborn streak, they are often eager to please and will learn well if given rewards of food or attention. Food works best to reinforce good behavior such as going potty outside and tricks. A time out works well to discourage bad behavior such as chewing or digging. Puggles are big chewers so always have appropriate things for them to chew to keep them from chewing inappropriate things.
Generally, the Puggle is considered to be a rather healthy dog and at its best will not suffer from health problems that may be apparent with either of the parent dogs of this breed. Prospective owners who are concerned about possible health issues may wish to investigate the parentage of the dog to make sure there are no serious health concerns and take the dog in for regular check-ups.
The Puggle is typically more short haired but the coat may have a tendency to have some length to it and curl. Puggles with a short coat will only need minimal brushing and will only need to be bathed when necessary. A Puggle with a longer coat will need more maintenance in order to keep the coat healthy and prevent it from becoming matted. The Puggle is typically energetic and lively and will need to play and get exercise on a daily basis. For the most part, this dog will be able to get its exercise on its own. The wrinkles or creases on the Puggle’s face may need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
The Puggle will usually do well in both indoor as well as outdoor environments. If the Puggle is to live indoors, it will usually remain active on its own and will not need a large yard, especially if the owner takes the dog out for walks. A Puggle that lives outside will need a yard that is of a moderate size. Training is usually a good idea for the Puggle, especially for one that has somewhat of a stubborn streak. Long haired Puggles will need a home in which the family is devoted to the maintenance that is required to keep the coat in good condition. A fence is a good idea for a Puggle that will live outside to prevent the dog from possible catching a scent and running off, which may be an issue if the dog inherited its tracking abilities from the Beagle parent. Puggles will do well in homes with people of all ages, including the elderly and children.
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