Puggle Breed Information: Pug Beagle Mix Facts, Traits & More

The Puggle is a designer dog, whose parents are the Beagle and Pug. He is a great crossbreed who is both adorably cute and funny to be around. He is much healthier than his purebred Pug parent, but unfortunately it is also likely that he will inherit the flat Brachycephalic face. However, as long as he is closely monitored during exercise it does not seem to be as problematic for him as it is with the purebred Pug.

He also inherits some of the best traits of the Beagle, meaning that he will generally be great with kids and an overall fun dog for your family.  As with any smaller breed, you’ll need to be a little more gentle with the pug beagle mix as a puppy, but as he grows, you’ll be sure to have a medium-sized pup that’s easy to play with and be around.

His parents have created a perfect puppy product, and he is proving to be a popular designer dog across the world. So, without further ado, let’s jump straight into the life of a Puggle, and discover whether this guy would suit you and your lifestyle.

Parent Breeds

Designer dogs are causing a stir in the canine world, with opinions split between supporting them and opposing them. Not only do they give dog owners a greater choice with the opportunity to combine two fantastic dogs into one, but it also increases their genetic diversity which means that they often benefit from being healthier. This process, known as hybrid vigor, whilst scientifically proven to be beneficial and true, is contested by purebred fans who detest the idea of mixing pedigree dogs. They are often unfairly described as expensive mongrels by haters, but fortunately this scaremongering tactic is slowly being dismissed, and designer dogs are slowly but surely becoming accepted in the canine world.

Realistically, the only negative surrounding the notion of crossbreeding is that you can never be certain that the designer pup is going to inherit certain traits, and as such it is a bit of a gamble as to what traits the pup is going to inherit. However, as they are slowly becoming more accepted and celebrated, second generation pups are being born from two Puggle parents, which means that they are more likely to be born with certain traits. If this is something that is more appealing to you, then be sure to work with a breeder with second generation puppies. Let’s take a brief look at the Puggle’s parents in order to understand him a little better.

Pug Overview

The Pug originates from the ancient lands of China and he was a firm favorite of the Royal Chinese families. It wasn’t until Dutch travelers were gifted a pair of Pugs from Chinese Royalty, that he travelled around the world and became popular with the masses from across the globe.

In 2019, the American Kennel Club (AKC) ranked the Pug as the 28th most popular dog breed in America. He is part of the Toy Group, and he is described as charming, mischievous and loving, and this is where the Puggle gets his cheeky side from.  Pugs are also popular designer dog parents, often mixed with other breeds like the Chug or the Hug.

Beagle Overview

The Beagle originated from England in the 16th Century, although his ancestors are believed to originate from around 55 B.C. They are part of the Hound Group, and are best known for their skillful noses in the hunting arena, chasing rabbits, foxes and other small mammals.

In 2019, the AKC ranked the Beagle as the 6th most popular dog breed in America. He is described as friendly, curious and merry, and this is where the Puggle gets his happy-go-lucky attitude from. Some other popular designer dogs with a beagle parent include the Beagle Boxer mix, Beagle Shepherd mix, and the Doxle.

The Puggle

Wallace Havens, who was fascinated with cross breeding dogs, created the Puggle during one of his many experiments that he conducted during the 1970s in Wisconsin. This accidental cross soon became notoriously famous when celebrities such as Jake Gyllenhaal and Kelly Osborne became the proud owners of the breed. Soon after that, almost one in every four litters registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club was said to be a Puggle litter.

The pug beagle mix is not recognized by a kennel club, however, he is registrable with the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR). With our fascination of miniaturizing things comes miniature pups and there are now Pocket Puggles and Teacup Puggles on the scene too, however, in this article we are going to stick with the standard Puggle. So, without any more hesitation, let’s take a closer look at the beagle pug mix in all his glory.

Temperament

The Pug beagle mix is a delightful little chap who packs a lot of personality into an average sized dog. They are very happy and sociable, and love to be around their human pack, so you will most certainly find yourself spending a lot of time with this guy. If you don’t think that this is going to be possible, then it is advised that you find yourself a less needy breed. If you do find the right balance, however, then this guy is as loyal as a dove and this sweet little shadow will do anything to please you.

He is, however, quite a mischievous little creature and often finds himself getting up to all sorts of naughty things.  He is very intelligent and inquisitive, so once he has his explorer hat on there is no stopping him. You need to ensure that all the food cupboards are locked, all doors are shut, and all holes in the fence are secured. With the Pugs inquisitiveness and the Beagle’s impressive nose, if he smells something on the other side of the fence, he is going to try his hardest to escape, so you really do need your wits about you. For this reason, it is suggested not to let the Puggle of the lead because he will run for the hills and beyond.

Size & Appearance

The pug beagle mix will measure, on average, between 10 and 15 inches tall, and he will weigh between 15 and 30 pounds. This compact canine is proportionate in his build, except for his face.

His head is typically the shape of the Pug, with his squashed and flat muzzle, however, he will often inherit the Beagles ears, which are large drop down triangles that fall down way past his jawline. He will often have the wrinkled face of the Pug too, and he may find himself with an underbite with his teeth poking out of his lips. He tends to have the body of the Beagle, with his longer legs, but with the Pug’s curly pig-like tail.

Coat & Colors

The Puggle’s coat is double layered to protect him from the cold elements, and it is short and smooth to the touch. Whilst they do have a short coat they are known to be moderate to high shedders, and as such they are not suited to families with dog allergies, for they are certainly not hypoallergenic.

His coat will take the color of solid tan, rich brown or fawn. Typically they will be a singular solid color, and will have the black mask of the Pug, but they will not have the sporadic markings of the Beagle.

Exercise Requirements & Living Conditions

The only downside to this particular designer dog is that he has inherited the high energy of the Beagle, but with the Brachycephalic face of the Pug, and this can lead to a difficult and frustrating combination for both the dog and his owner. Imagine having the urge to run a marathon every day, but with a plastic bag strapped to your face, and this is a real concern of this breed. Nonetheless, the beagle pug mix is an energetic pup who needs around 45 minutes of exercise every day, just be sure to keep a close eye on him.

Because the Puggle is a compact dog he is suited to a more compact home, be that a house or an apartment. He is quite an adaptable guy, so as long as his exercise needs are met then he will happily live in an apartment, and he is often found with city dwellers. However, with the Pug’s barking tendencies and the Beagles howling tendencies, it is important that you don’t live in a home where there are noise restriction levels, otherwise you may find yourself in trouble with the neighbors. With that being said, this is only really an issue if you leave the Pug beagle mix alone for too long, so just don’t do it!

The Puggle is suited to homes with children of all ages. He is big enough not to be mishandled by young children, but not big enough to squash them, so the Puggle is the perfect match for families with children of any age. He is also known to be great with other animals unless he inherits his Beagle parents hunting traits, but as long as he is socialized well as a young pup and exposed to smaller animals such as rabbits, then he should be suited to multi-pet household, just be sure to carry out a controlled pre-meet first.

Training

Both of his parents are stubborn as hell, and unfortunately the Puggle is no different. Everything is done on Puggle time, so don’t expect him to join you on a training session if he rolled out of the wrong side of his crate that morning. With that being said, when he is up for a training session then he is quite intelligent and is quick to pick up commands when he wants to. For this reason, it is important to keep training sessions fun and short, otherwise you are likely to lose his interest.

Early socialization is key to ensure that he grows up into a well-mannered pup, and as with every other dog, reward-based training is the most effective way to train him. The Puggle is obsessed with anything edible, so be sure to use this to your advantage and reward him with small treats during the training sessions.

Health

The Puggle is a generally healthy dog who enjoys an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. The Beagle is a healthier dog than the Pug, and so the Puggle is a healthy alternative to the Pug breed.

There aren’t any Puggle breed standards, and as such there aren’t any guidelines related to his health. Therefore, the best way to determine what the Puggle may be predisposed to is to look at the recommended health tests for both of his parents. Both of his parents suffer with Hip Dysplasia, which is the abnormal formation of the hip joint, so be sure to look out for signs of painful walking. His parents also both suffer with a variety of eye conditions, particularly the Pug, so cleansing and monitoring his eyes are very important. Epilepsy is also prominent in the breeds, and so if you suspect he is having a seizure take him to the Veterinarian immediately, so be sure to read up on Pug Dog Encephalitis. The beagle pug mix is also prone to a number of skin allergies, such as skin fold dermatitis which can be quite painful for him.

As outlined above, the Puggle is likely to inherit the Brachycephalic face of the Pug, and this can cause a number of health issues. Not only does it leave him unable to breathe properly, but it also causes difficulty for his heat regulation. So, on a hot day, be sure to closely monitor the Puggle, and if he appears to be struggling, immediately calm and cool him down with a cold damp towel placed over him. If it is too hot then either stick to early and late walking when it is much cooler, or simply don’t walk him at all. Thankfully, however, he will have a slightly longer muzzle than the average Pug thanks to the Beagle influence, so these symptoms will be slightly alleviated.

Nutrition

The Puggle will consume between 1 and 1 ½ cups of food every day. The pug beagle mix will do well on high quality kibble that is specifically designed for smaller dogs, but if you are in any doubt about what to feed him then speak to your Veterinarian.

Both of his parents are known to pile on the pounds easily and become obese, so be careful to monitor his treat intake, as well as making sure that all food is secured in kitchen cupboards, or at least kept out of paws reach. Unfortunately, if he can see it, he will probably get it, and the Puggle will nibble on anything and everything in sight.

Grooming

The grooming needs of the Puggle are relatively simple. A twice weekly brush will keep his short and shiny coat healthy and will ensure that any dead hairs will be picked up rather than finding itself on your clothes. Because of his propensity to skin allergies it is important to use grooming products that are specifically designed for dogs with sensitive skin. If he has a wrinkly face, then be sure to cleanse his folds with a cotton wall ball and specialized Pug products.

Be sure to keep his eyes clean too, and to rinse them with water if you can see any dirt in them. It is also important to regularly check his large floppy ears, as they can often become infected with dirt and a build-up of wax.

Puppies

The average cost of a pug beagle mix puppy is between $600 and $800 from a reputable breeder, and if someone is selling a Puggle for much less or a lot more than this, then see that as a warning sign that something is wrong!

With first generation litters, the mother is always the Beagle and the father is always the Pug for health and safety reasons surrounding their size.

As Family Pets

  •  The Puggle is an energetic and crazy guy who will entertain the whole family.
  • He is excitable, particularly with his random bursts of energy.
  • He will need around 45 minutes of exercise every day to remove excess energy.
  • He should be placed with a moderately active family who can guarantee this.
  • He is an adaptable dog who will do well in an apartment or a house environment.
  • The Puggle is the perfect size for both smaller and older children.
  • He would also fit in well with a multi-pet household as long as he socialized early.
  • Despite his short coat he is a moderate shedder, which means he’s not hypoallergenic.
  • It is likely that the pug beagle mix will be a barker or a howler.
  • Neighbors of accommodations with noise restrictions may not appreciate a bored Puggle resident.
  • He is very affectionate and will require a daily dose of cuddles and attention from his family.
  • The Puggle needs a patient master who will not give up on his training.
  • He needs an observant owner who will ensure that anything edible is locked away.
  • If allowed, this little guy will eat you out of house and home if allowed.

Finding A Puggle Breeder

Because the Puggle was such a popular breed in the early 2000s there are plenty of breeders around, and the easiest and quickest way to find them is to search online. Whilst results will appear on the first page, this does not mean that they are all reputable, so be sure to complete your own research on them before meeting them in person.

Unscrupulous puppy mills love to jump on the latest puppy trends simply to make a quick buck, especially smaller dogs who are easier to house and lump together. So, be wary of unethical Puggle breeders because there are undoubtedly a lot out there. Reading reviews and meeting both them and the dogs in person will give you a sense as to whether they are genuine or not.

Alternatively, you could always ask the Facebook Puggle Community for recommendations, and with over 38,000 followers there are sure to be people out there who can advise you on reputable breeders in your area.

Rescue & Shelters

The best way to find a Puggle up for adoption is to visit either your local rescue center, or to visit rescue centers that dedicate their time to specific breeds. The Pug Dog Club of America list Pug rescue centers state by state, as does the AKC who lists centers for both the Pug and the Beagle.

Again, social media is a great tool for doggy lovers across the world, and there is also a dedicated Puggle Rescue Facebook page, so be sure to check that out too.

Final Thoughts

The Puggle is adorable and fun, and he is a lot of dog in a small package. He would fit with just about any family, with younger or older children, and with most other animals. He just loves to be with his human pack, and so long as you can provide him with his basic exercise needs he will shower you with love and appreciation every single day.So, if you are happy with a Puggle that loves to snuggle, then this guy might just be your perfect match!

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