Designer Dogs: The Puggle

A new trend has begun in the dog world and many have referred to it as an emergence of designer dogs. In fact, designer dogs can be more expensive than purebreds due to the increased demand for them. The popularity of designer dogs has soared over the last few years, and the puggle is only one of several types of designer dogs.

A puggle is a cross between a pug and a beagle that exhibits some of the characteristics of each breed and yet seems to eliminate some of the more annoying characteristics of each. The typical pug is not very athletic. He is easy going, portrays a calm demeanor, and does not show any signs of insecurity. He does not become overexcited, nor does he circle about yipping for attention.

The typical beagle is athletic and gregarious. Although he is not easy to housebreak or very obedient, he is very lovable and pleasant. Additionally, his grooming needs are minimal. Unfortunately, he is an excitable dog and does like to howl or yip for attention.

Puggles, on the other hand, do not howl or yip for attention, behaving more like the pug with an easy going manner. Additionally, they are not prone to the medical problems of the pug, including breathing problems. Puggles appear to resemble beagles with their physical characteristics and pugs with their calm temperament.

The reason behind this selectivity of good characteristics is the fact that many of the purebred’s problem traits are recessive in nature, which means that both parents must have the trait in order for it to appear in the puppies. Therefore, crossbreeding eliminates many of these characteristics.

Puggles typically have the longer legs of the beagle and the wrinkled, adorable face of the pug. Adult puggles usually weigh between 15 and 20 pounds and reach a height of 12 to 15 inches. Their muzzle is often black, while their body is tan or brown.

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  1. Not all traits are recessive. As this is a new “breed”, not all are true to type. Not enough generations have gone by for them to be. Also because they are trendy, there are puppymills/backyard breeders who are breeding “just any beagle/beagle like dog” regardless of their health/temperment/truness to type and breeding them with any pug regardless if they have inherited respiratory problems or otherwise less than the best of the breed. So in that regard, you aren’t guaranteed a pup that is true to type and health either.Just like not every lab is gregarious and active.If you are looking for a Puggle, there is actually a puggle rescue. But also check petfinder and your local shelter for not only puggles but beagle and pug mixes that could be puggles or are “accidental” puggles. (you also get the satisfaction of saving a life 🙂

  2. There is one at my local shelter that I am probably going to go get. He seems like a very sweet dog. He does have a very slight face wrinkle, but those can vary a LOT for puggles. I have seen puggles with no wrinkles at all. I imagine it’s all up to genetics.

    Wow, thinking about the little guy makes me want to go get him now!

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