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Brace yourself! We have a lot of ground to cover for the adorable Puggle.
During my research, I noticed a lot of questions about this Pug Beagle Mix from the online community.
You may have heard of this breed by the following names:
- Beagle & Pug Mix
- Puggle Dog
- And of course, the irresistible Puggle puppies
This dog’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, possibly due to its winning temperament and the movie I Love You, Man in which one of the main characters has a pet Puggle.
But just because you see this mix everywhere, don’t rush into buying one.
Crossbreeds can be highly unpredictable, which is why I wrote this article to go over the pros and cons of the Puggle.
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Quick Overview Of The Pug
The Pug is a small dog with a long history in Chinese royalty.
Recognized for its black muzzle, curled tail, and short snout, this dog has become a fan favorite for its charming personality.
The Pug is generally playful, docile, and intelligent, although stubborn at times which could make it harder to train.
Don’t rush into buying a Pug if you’re worried about paying for medical bills, as this purebred comes with a pair of serious health concerns.
The worst ones are hip dysplasia and Pug Dog Encephalitis (an inflammatory disease that attacks the autoimmune disease).
Minor health concerns include:
- Breathing difficulties
- Cherry eye
- Collapsed lungs
A full-grown Pug can reach a height of 10 – 12 inches (25 – 30 cm) and a weight of 14 – 18 pounds (6 – 8 kg).
Their life expectancy ranges from 10 – 14 years.
Basic Facts About The Beagle
OK, onto the next parent breed.
The Beagle is recognized for its floppy ears and tri-colored coat in brown, black, and white.
It’s the eight-most popular dog bred by registrations and has appeared in movies such as Cats & Dogs, Shiloh, and Underdog.
With such a winning personality, it’s obvious to understand why.
The Beagle’s temperament is gentle, sweet-natured, and intelligent — but don’t confuse a smart dog for one that’s easy to train.
This dog also has an independent streak that allows it to think for itself, follow its own nose, and ignore your commands.
A full-grown Beagle can reach a height of 13 – 15 inches (33 – 41 cm) and a weight of 20 – 24 pounds (9 – 11 kg).
In comparison to the Pug, the Beagle is a much healthier dog, but it stills has some illnesses to watch out for.
The most common ones are the cherry eye, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and patellar luxation (bad kneecaps).
The Beagle can live to 12 – 15 years.
What Does A Puggle Look Like?
Drum roll, please…now we can finally talk about the Puggle!
Keep in mind that all predictions and expectations about Puggle are based on its parent breeds, so nothing should come as too big of a surprise.
This breed typically carries the floppy ears of a Beagle, and the black muzzle and curled tail of the Pug. (Floppy ears seem to be a common feature among Beagle mixes. Take a look at the Beabull.)
Some owners have noticed that their Puggle has an overbite or an underbite.
Its coat color is a blend of black, brown, and white.
A full-grown Puggle weighs between 18 – 30 pounds and reaches a height of 13 – 15 inches.
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This Pug-Beagle mix can live between 10 – 15 years.
During this time, your female Puggle will go into heat. The average cycle of a female Pug is 2 – 3 weeks and begins as early as 4 – 6 months.
If you want to see what Puggle puppies look and sound like right after birth, check out this video! They’re pretty loud!
Differences Between A Puggle And A Pug
If given the choice between a purebred Pug and its Puggle cousin, which breed is the right decision?
Realize that the Puggle is slightly bigger in height and weight than the Pug by a couple of inches due to the Beagle genes.
Another thing to consider is your stance on designer dogs and intentional cross-breeding.
Some dog lovers say it’s unethical and would rather stay away from breeds created by man.
On the other hand, the main purpose of cross-breeding is to eliminate certain health issues, which may suggest that the Puggle can live longer than the Pug.
It is not a bullet-proof fact that crossbreeds are healthier than purebreds, and vice versa. Each case should be analyzed independently.
Wait A Minute, There’s A Pocket Puggle, Too?
OK, hopefully, this isn’t getting too confusing… but the Pocket Puggle is also a real thing.
Think of it as a Mini Puggle with a maximum height of 13 inches (8 cm) and a weight range of 8 – 17 pounds (4- 8 kg).
Be careful when shopping for Pocket Puggles, though, as many stem from irresponsible breeding habits such as using small and unhealthy dogs in the gene pool.
Pocket Puggles may also be a gimmick dog sellers use to bring in more money at puppy mills.
They choose their smallest Puggle and market it as “pocket-sized,” when in fact, there’s no difference.
History Of The Puggle
The Puggle was first bred in the 1980s by a man named Wallace Havens from Wisconsin.
It was shortly after that Puggle was registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club, and by the early 2000s, Puggles were being sold commercially.
Most designer dogs have a purpose; a reason for being bred.
In the Puggle’s case, it was to decrease the number of health illnesses in the Pug and to be a great companion dog.
And just in case you needed an additional holiday to celebrate, October 15 is National Pug Day.
What’s Incredible About A Puggle?
Come on, if a dog breed has its own special day, it’s got to be a good boy (or girl).
From what we know about the Pug and Beagle, the Puggle is predicted to have a fun-loving, affectionate, and intelligent temperament.
Like the Beagle, it should be a great family dog that gets along well with kids, strangers, and adults.
As for other pets, we’ll get to that later.
The Puggle is adaptable, which means it can live in a small apartment or big mansion in most climates.
Many owners say this breed is a great option for first-time dog buyers thanks to its resilient personality and forgiving attitude.
Another bonus: the Puggle hardly drools.
I also noticed many people were interested in using Puggle as a service dog and wondered if it were possible.
Technically speaking, any dog can be trained to help humans. There is no “best breed,” but some are naturally better choices.
The likelihood of a top service dog depends on six main things and how well it can meet in the middle of all of them.
- Activity level
- If it can assist you
- Coat type
- Owner’s lifestyle
It’s rare to see a service Pug, but Beagles have often been used as therapy dogs because they’re friendly, entertaining, and active.
What’s Bad About Owning a Puggle?
If this mix sounds too good to be true, then keep on reading.
There are some downsides to owning a Puggle.
Firstly, it may enjoy excessive barking, yapping, or howling (out of boredom or separation anxiety), which comes from the Beagle side and being a Hound dog.
As Elvis once said, “you ain’t nothing but a Hound dog. Crying all the time.”
The Puggle is a naturally noisy dog with its short snout. It may snore and wheeze, so consider keeping its bed away from yours at night if you want proper rest.
The Beagle’s independence suggests it’s not eager to please and carries a high level of “wanderlust potential.”
Meaning, your Puggle may wander off on its own to follow a scent. It’s good practice to keep your Beagle Pug mix on a leash or in a fenced area at all times.
Bred to be a companion dog, the Puggle does not do well on its own for long periods of time as it may result in anxiety or sadness.
It craves human attention and would much rather be inside with you than playing outdoors all day.
It’s not the most outdoorsy dog.
Beagles also have a high prey-drive that cannot be unlearned.
It’s in their nature to chase and kill small animals, so families with cats, rodents, or birds should choose a different breed.
As for Pugs, they have been known to show signs of aggression if not socialized properly. This includes biting and acting territorial.
You may want to invest in a muzzle if this occurs.
The Puggle can do well with other dogs as long as you take the time to introduce them and monitor their behavior.
All of these cons could show themselves in the Pug & Beagle mix.
Health Concerns To Look Out For
Before we get into this, just know that certain illnesses can affect many dog breeds. Not just the Puggle.
For example, some owners noticed their dog has urinary problems, itchy skin, arthritis, or joint pain.
These are common issues, especially in old age, that are not limited to Puggles.
I could write out a whole list of medical concerns your Puggle may experience in its lifetime, but it would save us a lot of time to only focus on the serious and breed-specific ones.
As mentioned before, Pug Dog Encephalitis is a big concern as it causes brain seizures and uncontrollable shaking that may lead to death.
Legg-Calve-Perthes disease requires immediate attention (and in most cases surgery) as it reduces the blood flow to the thigh bone.
You’ll be able to tell if your Puggle has this if it’s limping or can’t make big movements with its legs (such as jumping onto furniture).
I hate the C-word, but Pugs are prone to cancer. They can grow mast cell tumors that affect the immune system.
Beagles, unfortunately, also rank in the top four breeds that are sensitive to cancer.
For these life-threatening illnesses, consider pet insurance for cheaper medical bills.
It’s not uncommon for dogs to eat poop as a sign of stress-eating, but if it persists, take your Puggle to the vet. It may have diabetes, hypothyroidism, or internal parasites.
Eating grass isn’t that big of a deal. Your Puggle may have momentary digestive issues and feel the need to throw up to feel better.
Lastly, what about all that licking? Pugs are naturally heavy lickers because they’re so affectionate, but there are ways to change that.
You can establish a “no-lick” command or spend more time with your Puggle.
Dogs often lick to relieve themselves from stress, anxiety, or boredom when their owners are away for a long time.
Caring For A Puggle
Let’s start with grooming. The Puggle sheds (not considered “hypoallergenic”) and needs weekly brushing to help maintain their undercoat.
Many owners give their Puggles haircuts in the summer by shaving them or cutting the fur close to the body. This should keep the shedding under control.
Its skin folds and wrinkles need to be checked regularly for allergies, infections, and bad odors that come from natural body oils and the humidity.
If you Puggle skinks, it needs a bath.
Brush its teeth 2 – 3 times a week and check the eyes for redness and discharge.
As for training, the stubbornness of the Pug and the independence of the Beagle could give you a hard time in this department.
To help keep the attention of your Puggle, use treats as positive reinforcement and maintain a consistent training schedule.
The Puggle is a relatively low-energy dog that only requires 15 minute walks twice a day. That being said, it may have sudden bursts of hyperactivity. You know, the zoomies.
The Pug Beagle mix requires more mental stimulation than physical, so provide it with lots of toys and a fenced yard for when the zoomies kick in.
Fair warning: do not leave your Puggle outside for long periods of time in the summer. The Pug is prone to overheat and is sensitive to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold.
Swimming is another hot topic that came up during my research.
Here’s the deal: Beagles are natural swimmers who do not need to be taught. Meanwhile, purebred Pugs cannot swim. At all.
If you want to bring your Beagle Pug mix in the pool, proceed with caution because there’s no guarantee that it can or can’t sustain itself.
For feeding, give your Puggle 1 – 1 ½ cups of food every day, divided into two meals.
The Pug is prone to obesity so measure each scoop exactly. If you want to check for signs of being overweight, place your thumbs against its spine and feel for ribs.
You should be able to feel them easily without pressing down — but you should never be able to see them.
If you sense your Puggle is overweight, put it on a diet. Here’s a list of lean food products to help it shed some pounds the healthy way:
- Whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa)
- Boiled pasta (no sauce)
Where Can I Get A Puggle?
OK, I promise we’re getting close to the end. That’s a lot of information at once.
Now that you’re familiar with the pros and cons of the Puggle, it’s up to you to decide if this mix is the best choice.
From what I’ve seen online, the cost of a Puggle puppy depends on where you shop.
Adoption websites list them for as low as $300, whereas breeder groups list them for $1000.
Other Pug Mixes You Might Like
If you can’t find a Puggle on those breeder and adoption websites, then how about a different Pug mix?
During my research, I noticed many people were into the Chug (Chihuahua/Pug Mix). We’ve also got the
- Hug (Husky/Pug Mix)
- Frug (French Bulldog/Pug Mix)
- Daug (Dachshund/Pug Mix)
- Pom-A-Pug (Pomeranian/Pug Mix)
Final Thoughts On The Puggle
Time to wrap this up! By now you should know if the Pug and Beagle Mix is right for you.
If you’re financially responsible enough to attend to its medical needs, spend a lot of time at home, and don’t mind putting in extra effort for training, the Puggle is a good choice.
However, if you’re always on the go and live with smaller animals, pick a different breed.
Comment below if you think the Puggle is your dream dog!