pug·gle (pŭg'gle) n. a small mixed breed of dog created by mating a pug and beagle; thereby producing an energetic hound having: a thickset body; a short-haired, smooth coat of fawn, tan, and black coloring; a deeply wrinkled forehead; short legs; a curled tail; and drooping ears.
The history of the Puggle originates back to the 1980s when U.S. breeders began experimenting in creating new dog crosses. After 20 years, in early 2005, the Puggle gained great popularity among families across the U.S. because of their wonderful personality and appearance. Much of the popularity of the Puggle can be linked back to both news and magazine articles. The Puggle is currently the most popular crossbreed ever, and a must have in many peoples' eyes.
Puggles tend to be between 15 and 30 pounds as an adult, and stand 10 to 15 inches at the shoulders. Puggles are similar in size to their parent breeds, the Pug and Beagle. Puggles can be considered lap dogs because of their relatively small size and demeanor. The head of a first generation Puggle can vary in size and shape. Some Puggles have larger, fuller heads, while others have thinner, smaller heads. Male Puggles are often larger and more muscular then female Puggles.
The coat of a Puggle consists of short, straight, smooth hairs. Puggles come in a wide range of colors. Fawn or tan Puggles with a black mask are by far the most common, but some Puggles are born all black, white, or tri-colored. The second generation Puggle can consist of black, white, fawn, or multi-colored coats. Fawn Puggles can have a varying degree of black on the face. Some have a full black mask whiles others have smaller areas of black.
Puggles are very sweet-tempered and playful. They are energetic, intelligent, and affectionate. A Puggle is a great companion and will bond with you quickly. Puggles like to be in close contact and will follow you around the house. They are also very curious dogs that love to smell new things and find new places to go. They have a great sense of smell and will track scents like the beagle. Puggles are always happy to see you when you return from being away. A proud Puggle will at times prance. To say a Puggle is a social dog is an understatement. They love meeting new dogs at the dog parks or while out on a walk in the neighborhood. Puggles are very friendly and get along with most people. They are good around children, young adults, adults, as well as seniors. Puggles also do good around other pets and around a second or third Puggle.
Puggles have an easy-care coat that is short and requires minimal grooming. It is advised to brush the coat weekly to remove excess, loose hair. A more frequent brushing can occur if you find excess hair on your clothes or furniture. Bathing can be kept to a minimum, usually once a month, to avoid dry, itchy skin. A Puggle should have their teeth brushed to prevent the buildup of plaque over time. Puggles enjoy a brisk, 15-30 minute, daily walk. Walking is a great way to release energy that your Puggle has stored up. Puggles also love to have an area that they can run and play. A fenced in yard or frequent visits to a dog park can be both good for a Puggles' mental and physical health. Regular vet checks and immunizations are necessary to keep you Puggle in good health.
Puggles have a good amount of energy and love to play. They enjoy going on long, brisk walks and running around in small, fenced in areas. It can be beneficial to a Puggles' behavior to make sure they are getting enough exercise. Daily activity in the form of walk or play can prevent boredom and bad destructive behavior. Unlike Pugs, the Puggle has a longer snout and can handle more activity. Still take care in extreme weather, cold or hot, that it is not over done and they have plenty of water.
Puggles are fairly easy to train as they are intelligent and treat motivated. Puggles can learn all basic commands including: sit, down, stay, settle, off, take it, leave it, fetch, roll over, give me paw, and come. More advanced skills can be taught and require additional training. Puggles can learn agility courses as they like to perform. Potty training can be challenging at times. The best way to train a Puggle is with reward and repetition as they sometimes can be stubborn.
Most Puggles do bark just like any other dog breed. Some Puggles are very quiet. Young Puggle puppies may bark when they are left alone in their crates. Adding a warm water bottle or stuffed animal may help to relax a new pet Puggle. Puggles are also social and may bark when they hear or see someone at the door. They just want to say hello so you will come over and pet them.
Puggles do shed moderately. Their short hair and smaller size seem to minimize the problem. It is advised to brush your Puggle weekly to remove excess, loose hair.
A Puggle is not a hypoallergenic dog. Both parent breeds are also not hypoallergenic dogs. If you are allergic to a Pug or Beagle you may be allegic to a Puggle.
Some Puggles will howl on occasion. They can inherit this trait from the beagle. A Puggle may howl if they become over excited.
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