Puggle: Is This Mischievous Dog Right For You?

The Puggle is a crossbreed between a Beagle and a Pug.

They have the floppy ears and playful personality of a Beagle, but a Pugs funny wrinkly face and affectionate nature.

This pooch is quickly turning into one of the most popular hybrid dogs in the US.

It does not take very much to keep them happy and healthy.

Are you ready to open up your heart to one of these fury little friends? Keep reading to learn more about these special little guys…

Puggle Puppies

What is a Puggle? (Overview)

A Puggle comes from crossing a Beagle with a Pug.

With no official breed recognition, they are simply classified as a mixed-breed.

These dogs were bred specifically for their appearance and for companionship. They are friendly, playful and make the perfect lap dog. However, they can be quite difficult to train.

A Puggle that is more Beagle will be active, but stubborn. One that is more Pug will crave attention and cuddles, but can be bossy.

They are easy to care for and do not need much beyond the basic needs of most dogs. Training is the most difficult part of Puggle care.

  • Overview: Hybrid (Pug/Beagle).
  • Purpose: Companionship.
  • Weight: 15-30 pounds.
  • Size: 8-15 inches.
  • Temperament: Friendly, Playful and Affectionate.

Pug Beagle Mix Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Ideal companion and family dog.
  • Fits in to almost any home.
  • Great for families with kids.
  • Easy to care for.
  • Good for first time owners.

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to train.
  • Susceptible to genetic issues.
  • Beagles known for unpredictable temperaments.

Puggle Appearance

Pug Beagle Mix

As this breed has no official standard, your pup’s appearance can vary a lot.

However you can expect their body to be short and stocky with long legs.

Their face is wrinkled and droops slightly around the eyes and muzzle. The eyes are always dark, and should be expressive and inquisitive. Pug Beagle Mixes have a white belly and black markings around the nose, muzzle and eyes.

The tail should curl upward, with slightly longer fur than on the rest of the body.

Height and Weight

The breed typically stands up to 15 inches, however Toy Puggles or those with more Pug-like bodies may be only 8-12 inches high.

You can expect males to weigh between 20-30 pounds, and females weigh anywhere from 15-20 pounds.

Colors

Your Puggle’s color will depend on the colors of its parents.

They can be any combination of tan, reddish brown, black and white.

Beagle Puggles are darker colored and have more black markings, while those with more Pug in them are lighter. Their chests and bellies are always white or cream.

Coat

The coat is a short double coat, which offers extra protection against the cold.

Outer coats are short, fine fur, while the inner coat resembles wool or down.

Their coat appears wrinkly around the face and the legs. You won’t need to trim it as it will grow and shed naturally.

6 Fun Facts About The Beagle Pug Mix

  1. American born and bred, the Puggle’s origins can be traced to the state of Wisconsin.
  2. They can snore quite loudly when all wrapped up in a deep sleep.
  3. The breed originated in the 1980s and has experienced a surge in popularity through the early 2000s.
  4. They are one of the most popular hybrid dogs in the US.
  5. Other nicknames include Buggle or Peagle.
  6. They can let out a mighty howl and may even bay at the moon.

Puggle Personality and Temperament

A Pug Beagle Mix

The Puggle is the perfect mix of a playful hound and a lovable lap pet. They love to be pet and cuddled and don’t like to be ignored.

These extremely sociable little guys just love to spend time with their best friends. Their puppy-like playfulness extends well into their adult years.

They are real people pleasers and they are eager to get along. These friendly faces will fit in to any family that showers them with the love and attention.

If you are looking for a yard dog this is not the dog for you – they prefer the comforts of home.

  • Their love for games and activities is a credit to their Beagle side. Those with Beagle tendencies can be very active and rambunctious. This also gives them their high hunting instinct, so be careful around cats and smaller dogs.
  • Those with Pug tendencies will want to spend more time cuddling than playing. They will happily curl up beside your pillow or on your lap.

Unwanted barking is one of the most common behavior problems for the breed. Without the right training, they will bark at anything and everything.

They will bark and howl for attention if left alone or locked up in another room.

If something is unfamiliar to them, they will want to tell you all about it. It takes a lot of patience to teach them when they should and should not bark.

Is The Puggle A Good Family Dog?

The Puggle was specially bred to be one of the very best family dogs around.

They will want to get to know everyone in your household, and make an excellent choice for a child’s first puppy.

Caring for a Puggle

Puggle

This breed is extremely easy to care for, making them great for first timers.

Children of all ages can learn to care for one, and owners of all skill levels will find them quite easy to manage.

Their diet, hygiene and grooming requirements are not too complex, keep reading to learn more…

Exercise Requirements

Puggles have a moderate activity level.

Walk yours at least twice a day for 15 minutes at a time. A quick romp through their favorite park or a walk around the yard will do. If they spot a bird or a squirrel, their hunting instinct may kick in. For this reason, they should only be walked on their leash.

Like most other dogs, Pug Beagle mixes enjoy games of fetch and catch.

Games of chase, or hide and seek with toys will stimulate their intelligence and hunting instinct.

  • Number of Walks Per Day: 2.
  • Total Exercise Needed Per Day: 30 Minutes.

Grooming and Shedding

Like most double coated dogs, these guys shed.

Your dog will shed more frequently during the spring and fall, as their summer and winter coats begin growing in.

A weekly brush with a curry comb will do outside of season. During shedding season, you will need to brush them at least three times a week.

When your dogs been digging in the yard, check their facial wrinkles for any trapped dirt. This can cause an infection if it’s not cleaned up.

Their nails should be trimmed every month, and their teeth should be brushed regularly. Dental treats and feeds can help a dog that does not like the toothbrush very much.

Puggle out on a walk

Feeding and Diet

These small dogs only need 2 meals of high quality kibble a day.

When buying food from the supermarket, make sure raw ingredients are the first thing listed.

They don’t need wet food, but can be given raw meat in moderation. Their food should have a mix of protein, fat and carbs that allows them to get a little bit of everything. Watch carb intake carefully, as small breeds need less carbs than others.

Calories Per Day:Cups of Kibble Per Day:
6001.5

Known Health Problems

  • Puggles bred for the Pugs flat face may become brachycephalic. This means that their shortened airways can cause severe breathing difficulty.
  • Hip dysplasia is a common problem that affects many smaller dog breeds. This painful joint deformity impairs mobility and can lead to arthritis.
  • Hypothyroidism is a hormone deficiency inherited from the Beagles side. This condition lowers their metabolism and increases the possibility of obesity.

How Long Does A Puggle Live?

If you keep them happy and healthy, you can expect your Puggle to live for 12-15 years.

How Much Does A Puggle Cost?

The average cost of a Puggle is about $500.

How to Train a Puggle

Before training your Puggle it is important to know that this breed can be stubborn and will attempt to outsmart you – this makes them quite difficult to train.

No matter how frustrating training can be, patience and positive reinforcement is always the key.

Your dog is smart enough to pick up on your attitude and will know if you are upset with them. Never raise your voice, or physically punish your puppy during training. Locking them up in a room for time out is not a good idea either.

Instead praise and reward good behavior. Reward them with cuddles and favorite games much more than you reward them with treats.

Don’t go overboard on training and supplement this with 10-15 minutes of downtime and regular play.

Socialization and obedience training should begin at around 2-3 months old.

Obedience is the most difficult aspect of training this breed. A game of fetch is a great way to stimulate your pups hunting instinct while teaching it how to follow directions.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size:10-15 inches.
Weight:15-30lb.
Lifespan:12-15 years/
Coat:Short double coat.
Color:Tan, brown, white and black.
Do They Shed:Yes.
Temperament:Sociable, playful, affectionate and stubborn.
Intelligence:Very alert and intelligent.
Socialization:Friendly and sociable with humans.
Destructive Behavior:Yes, if left alone they can howl and chew.
People Skills:Gets along with everybody.
Good with Children:Yes.
Activity Levels:Moderate.

Summary

The Puggle is great for just about anyone looking for a new furry family member. Whether you live on your own or with a big family, these fun little friends have a lot to offer.

If you are adopting your first dog or looking for a puppy, a Puggle may be the perfect start.

They are friendly, funny and always up for a cuddle or a nice long nap on your lap.

This pooch is easy to care for, and easy to please. Consider opening up your home and heart to this wrinkly little face.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below…

Things to Consider:

Puggle dogs are extremely popular hybrid dogs in the United States. Puggles are pug and beagle mixes; they are small dogs with a playful personality and sweet-tempered nature. 

When looking for a new furry companion, there are lots of things to consider. Below are some of the main factors that affect a dog owners decision on which pup to buy;

Price 

Puggles are designer dogs, and a puggle puppy can cost you anywhere from $1000 to $2000 per pup. It is your responsibility to make sure you are purchasing your dog from a reputable and responsible breeder, as unfortunately, there are far too many puppy farms farming this breed of dog. 

If you love puggles, but do not want to spend an extortionate amount of money on a puppy, adopting a puggle from a shelter or rescue group is an option. It is highly unlikely that you will find a puggle puppy in a shelter, as most of the puggles found in shelters are older. 

You must take into consideration the yearly or monthly cost of owning a puggle. Below is some information and rough estimates of how much puggle ownership could cost you;

Food

Puggles do not eat a lot as they are small dogs, but they must eat only high-quality kibble, and should never eat more than the recommended amount. Weekly food costs can reach $18 depending on the food you get. 

Medical Insurance 

Monthly medical bills for puggles are estimated at about $35 per month. This could be higher if your dog is elderly or has serious health issues. 

Toys and Dog Sitters/Walkers

Puggles love to play, so what better present to buy your fur baby than a soft toy or ball? Toys and dental chews can come to $20 or more every month; this is due to the puggle chewing through the toy and needing a replacement.

These dogs do not like being alone for longer than 8 hours. This may seem like a long time, but think about your commute to and from the office, your working hours, and busy social schedule; you are probably out of the house for longer every day, right?

Dog sitting and walking services are available all over the United States, although they are not cheap. Dog sitter/walker bills can get out of control, and you may find yourself with a monthly bill of $1000 without realizing it. 

Maintenance 

Health problems are not uncommon in puggles; here are some of the health issues your puggle may have:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy 
  • Cherry eye 
  • Epilepsy 
  • Hypothyroidism 
  • Stenotic nares 

If your pup has any of the above health problems, their monthly insurance costs may be higher. 

Grooming 

Puggles have double coats. They have smooth, soft and short coats that are therapeutic to stroke. You may not need to take them to a professional groomer every month, but there are important grooming steps to perform at home for your dog’s comfort, as well as your own. 

1.Brushing 

You should brush your puggles coat at least once per week with a stiff brush. As you do so, you should check for any fleas or skin allergies. 

2. Bathing 

Your puggle will only need to bathe once every month. Do not use human shampoo on your puggle, and make sure you rinse the soap off your pup thoroughly. Try and avoid getting the puggle’s ears, eyes, and nose wet during bath time. 

3. Ear Care

Gently wipe down your puggle’s ears. Do not attempt to remove wax or discharge as you may cause your dog discomfort. Take your dog to the vet if you notice excess dirt build up in your pup’s ears. 

4. Nail Care 

Dogs’ nails are a little tricky to cut due to the positioning of the quick. The quick is a sensitive blood vessel in your dog’s nails. If your dog’s nails get too long, they may split and be very uncomfortable. 

5. Dental Hygiene 

It is common that dogs with poor dental hygiene have more serious health issues in the future. Brush your puggles teeth using a special dog toothbrush and toothpaste weekly. 

Responsibilities 

Puggles are highly energetic and have high activity levels. It is your responsibility to take them on two or three 15 minute walks per day. Plenty of playtime at home is also important as puggles that do not release their energy can become mischievous and badly behaved. These dogs do not need a lot of exercises, which is why 15 minutes is long enough to be out and about; however, they count on the walk to give them mental stimulation. 

Commitment 

Regardless of whether you buy your puggle when they are just a  few weeks old, or if you rescue them from a shelter, they are amazing companion dogs. These family dogs are super friendly dogs and a good idea for families with small children. 

Allergies 

Food allergies may occur in puggles; this can cause skin irritation, infection, or sickness. The only way to treat this is by conducting a food illumination to discover what your dog is allergic to. 

FAQ

Q: Is a puggle a good dog?

A: They are great dogs to have and certainly will brighten up your mood. 

 

Q: What is the life expectancy of a puggle dog?

A: Puggles are expected to live for about 14 years. 

 

Q: Are puggles easy to house train?

A: House training your puggle may be challenging at first, but with persistence, your puggle will be house trained in no time. 

 

Q: Can puggles be left alone?

A: Yes; however, you shouldn’t leave them alone for longer than 8 hours at a time. 

 

Q: What do puggles usually die from?

A: Puggles usually die from health issues related to old age.

 

Q: Do puggles suffer from separation anxiety?

A: Just like any dog, puggles suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for a long period of time. 

 

Thomas Woods Face Portrait
Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.

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