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The Puggle

A recently-developed, increasingly popular designer dog breed, the Puggle gains lots of new fans every day, thanks to its adorable appearance and playful nature.

These dogs are particularly compatible with children. So, if you have young kids and want to find a dog that they can spend hours with, the Puggle is ideal. This breed can also get along with older people, but tends to prefer the like-minded, fun-loving nature of younger humans. The Puggle also easily makes friends with other dogs and is simply an easygoing breed.

These dogs are conveniently small in stature and can come in a huge range of colors and forms. This variety is a common attribute of crossbreeds, as each individual pup’s appearance will depend on his parents.

Even the snout of the Puggle can vary in length and size. Pugs traditionally have short snouts which cause breathing problems; some Puggles will be fortunate enough to inherit a more Beagle-like snout and have fewer respiratory concerns as a result of this. The attitude and personality of these dogs tend to be a nice mix between their parental breeds. Puggles often have the playful and curious nature of a Beagle, combined with the friendly and people-loving aspects of a Pug. This helps to make them very well-suited for roles as therapy dogs and a great companion dog.

The breed is also blessed with having plenty of intelligence, but do tend to have a mind of their own. Prospective owners should be ready for a bit of hard-work and extra effort when it comes to teaching these dogs tricks and commands.

Puggle History

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The Puggle

Like many other designer dogs, the Puggle is a very recent addition to the canine world. As one can discern from the name of this breed, the Pug is made from a cross between a Pug and a Beagle. It was developed in the United States, more specifically the state of Wisconsin in the early 1980s, by a man named Wallace Havens.

Other people had tried to cross Pugs and Beagles before, but the breed didn’t really take off until Havens started to work on it. It was in the 1980s that a variety of designer dogs started to appear, with canines becoming more common as household pets and less common as hunting partners and working dogs.

With such high levels of demand for family companions, breeders started to experiment to develop new breeds of dog that would be perfectly-suited for life in a family home. The Puggle is one example of such a creation. Pugs are known for their cute appearance and affectionate nature, while Beagles are also revered for their charming looks and inquisitive personalities.

The idea behind the Puggle was to combine all of these great characteristics into one single dog. Havens was successful, with his dogs quickly gaining plenty of popularity with owners of all ages and backgrounds.

Today’s Puggle

The Puggle, like many of its crossbreed brethren, is not officially recognized by any of the major organizations or clubs around the world. Unlike with certain designer dogs, no real concerted efforts are yet being made to help the Puggle pursue official status. This means that multi-generational breeding techniques are not really in use by Puggle breeders at the moment, so most Puggles you see in the world are the direct result of a cross between a Pug and Beagle. This can lead to some complications from time to time, as not every Pup will have the desired characteristics of its parents. Fortunately, most Puggles are excellent companions and the breed is very popular in modern times.

This breed offers a variety of advantages that help to entice prospective owners. For one, the Puggle doesn’t have very strict of extreme exercise requirements, needing little more than a short walk each day. The Puggle also doesn’t need too much grooming and is quite a hardy dog in general. It’s also quite unique, which is something that certain owners appreciate. Pugs and Beagles are two very popular dog breeds throughout the world, so it’s no surprise that the Puggle is also doing well. These dogs are finding many homes as pets and can also be used as therapy dogs due to their warm nature.

Grooming a Puggle

The Puggle doesn’t need too much grooming. Owners are encouraged to brush or comb the dog on a weekly basis to remove any knots or tangles. Bathing is only recommended in situations when the dog is exceptionally dirty. After a bath, it’s very important for owners to ensure that the Puggle is completely dry. If any moisture becomes trapped between the folds of the dog’s skin, this can lead to infections or bacterial growth. Owners should also pay attention to the dog’s ears and eyes for any dirt.

Puggle Personality

Like a lot of designer dogs, Puggles are all about the family. They have been developed with human companionship in mind and can adapt perfectly to almost any home. They love spending time with people of all ages, but special mention has to be given to the way they interact with children. These dogs really love kids and can play them with for hours on end. They may be small, but they’re quite stocky and strong, so there’s not too much of a risk of them accidentally being injured by a child either. All of this helps to make them very well-suited to families.

The Puggle is an intelligent dog, but may tend to have a mind of its own from time to time. This trait is usually inherited from the Beagle side of the parentage and can be a bit of an obstacle for training. Owners need to be firm but fair with a Puggle, using plenty of rewards and variation to encourage the dog to learn and obey. With a bit of time and patience, it’s perfectly possible to train a very obedient and well-behaved Puggle. Early socialization will also greatly help this dog to learn more about people and other animals.

Puggles get along well with other dogs and don’t tend to take much interest in cats or other animals. This means that they can usually be quite safely introduced to homes that contain other pets, but human supervision is still recommended to begin with. It also needs to be emphasized that Puggles need attention. If they are left alone or ignored, these dogs can become sad and bored. This sort of miserable mood can make the dog indulge in destructive behavior or develop certain bad habits like barking and digging.

Living With A Puggle

A Puggle is not the sort of dog that can live outside. They are made to spend as much time as possible around people and are quite active around the home. Due to their small size, they can thrive in apartments or small homes as long as they have enough exercise each day. They adapt quite well to urban or rural life, and aren’t affected too severely by hot or cold climates. Owners who live in warm regions should still take special precautions though; Puggles can struggle to breathe and may get excessively hot on sunny days. They should therefore be provided with fresh water at all times.

It’s also worth pointing out that these dogs may bark quite a lot, so if you live in a building with noise limitations, this might not be the breed for you. Finally, Puggles may inherit their Beagle parent’s tendency to track down scents, so they should always be walked on a leash to prevent them from wandering away.

Exercising Puggles

Puggles are quite active dogs. This means that they need a good amount of exercise each day, but owners do need to take special care. Due to the Puggle’s short snout and common breathing problems, the animal can easily wear itself out through too much physical activity. Owners are encouraged to take their Puggle for one or two short, brisk walks per day. You should also schedule various playtime sessions with the dog each day to prevent boredom from setting in. Puggles and young children will certainly benefit from playing together too.

Puggle Health Concerns

The average lifespan of a Puggle is around 12.5 years, but it’s certainly not uncommon to find individuals who live much longer than that. Crossbreeds like the Puggle often have a better chance of living long, healthy lives than purebred dogs, but this isn’t always the case. This breed is not immune to health disorders. Here are a couple of examples for owners to look out for:

Cherry Eye

If you take your dog to a veterinary clinic, you might also hear this condition under its medical name of “eyelid protrusion”. Dogs actually have a third eyelid, which can swell up in certain individuals, leading to cherry eye. The condition earned its name due to the fact that a large, pink mass, not dissimilar in appearance to a cherry, begins to form in the corner of the dog’s eye. This can cause impaired vision along with moderate irritation for the affected animal.

Without treatment, this condition can become worse and actually cause the third eyelid to become misaligned, which leads to additional medical difficulties. It is therefore important to visit a veterinarian as soon as you notice the first signs of this issue. A vet will be able to offer different treatment methods, including medication and surgery, to fix the problem.

Stenotic Nares

You might also know this condition under the common name of “pinched nostrils”. Pugs are famous for their short snouts and heavy breathing sounds. Puggles can inherit this problem from one of their parents and struggle with a myriad of respiratory difficulties. This condition comes with many direct and indirect symptoms. The direct symptoms include noisy breathing, snoring and slurping sounds. Indirectly, due to breathing difficulties, the animal may struggle to get enough exercise each day. This can therefore lead to weight gain, which increases the animal’s risk of cancer or heart problems. Breathing blockages can also result in a lack of oxygen being delivered around the Puggle’s body. This can manifest itself in the form of fatigue, exhaustion, depressive behavior and blue gums.

It’s important to speak to a vet about this condition and learn more about your options.