Did you know that a "puggle" is the name for a baby echidna? It is! but when you're talking about a family pet, chances are you're not talking about a baby spiny anteater. A "puggle" is the name for the dog breed that is a cross between a beagle and a pug. That's just one of the fascinating facts about puggle dogs that make people fall in love with them.
1. When you breed a puggle, you don't get a puggle.
What is a puggle? Puggles are a dog that results from a breeding between two purebred dogs: the pug and the beagle. A pug was the companion dog of Chinese emperors and is small and muscular. Beagles are excellent hunting dogs that like to be with other dogs in a group. The pug beagle, or puggle, has facial wrinkles from his pug parent and the longer snout, ears, and tail of a beagle.
Purebred dog breeds are a breed that has been bred over generations to produce the same look and temperament in each generation. A hybrid dog is a mix of the genes of two purebred dog breeds. When purebred puggle parents (a beagle and a pug) have babies, the first generation is considered a puggle and is a mixture of 1/2 pug and 1/2 beagle. But there is quite a lot of variation possible in that generation in terms of what the puppies look like.
Breeding a puggle with either another puggle, or a pug, or a beagle creates a second-generation offspring with part pug, part beagle, and part whatever the other parent is, so there is much more genetic variation and many more possibilities of different characteristics appearing. Sine they are not considered a purebred, there are many different ways that your puggle puppy can look and act.
2. The puggle's mother is almost always a beagle.
While it is possible for a puggle's parents to be a beagle father and a pug mother, that rarely occurs. Breeders have learned that breeding a male beagle with a female pug often results in the death of the puppies as well as the mother. Nearly all puggles in existence have been created by breeding a female beagle to a male pug.
3. Puggles are a new dog.
Puggles were first created in the 1980s, so they haven't been around for very long. While it is possible that puggles existed before the 1980s, they weren't popularized until a Wisconsin dog breeder named Wallace Havens, coined the name 'puggle' and registered the cross-breed with the American Canine Hybrid Club. Other breeding organizations such as the American Kennel Club do not recognize puggles as one of the formal dog breeds, although they may in the future as the puggle popularity continues to increase.
4. Puggles can be expensive.
Next Day Pets surveys pet prices and reports that the cost to buy a puggle depends on various factors including the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed supply and demand, and the puggle's appearance. The current average price for a puggle is about $600, as of 2021, although top breeders may charge more than $1,400 for a puppy. Since the puggle is a cross of two purebred breeds, you can pay much more for a puggle with certified, high-quality parentage from a top breed line.
5. Puggles shed a lot.
The puggle is one of the several types of dog breeds with double coats. While pugs have single coats, beagles have double coats. Dogs with double coats essentially have two types of hair.
The bottom layer of fur on puggles is short coats, meaning short and smooth hair. The smooth and shiny top coat is slightly longer than the shorter and more dense undercoat. Dog breeds with short coats don't need a whole lot of grooming, although weekly brushing can help remove the loose hair before it makes it onto your floor, where you'll have to sweep it up frequently.
6. Puggles are known to be great family dogs.
Puggles are one of a few dog breeds that are great for families because they typically want as much attention as they can get. They aren't likely to want to be with just one family member and not others, although they can bond closely with their owner. The puggle temperament is typically very affectionate and smart, although they can also be stubborn.
7. Puggles are not great with cats.
Beagles are one of the dog breeds whose job has historically been hunting. This is because they have powerful noses and will follow that wherever their nose takes them. Because they are hunting dogs, they also like to chase. If a cat, or a squirrel or whatever catches their attention, runs, the puggle's beagle ancestry is likely to kick in, making them want to give chase.
8. Puggles can have breathing problems.
Puggle's in general are happy-go-lucky dogs, but they can be prone to hereditary health issues. Pugs are known to have respiratory issues related to their shortened noses, and puggles can also inherit this problem. However, their beagle genes make this slightly less of a problem than a purebred pug can experience.
Small dogs such as puggles can also be prone to hip issues. This can be exacerbated by their tendency to want to overeat (hello, snacks!) so keeping their weight under control and giving them a healthy amount of exercise can help.
If you're looking for a loyal dog with a fun personality and unique, cute looks, a puggle dog might be the dog for you.
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