Puggles are the offspring of a male pug and a female beagle, who can carry and give birth to hybrid pups more safely than the smaller pug. Amiable, energetic and intelligent, puggles get along with just about everyone, human and animal, and they’re great pets for apartment residents as well as homeowners. With consistent training, conscientious socialization and plenty of love, your puggle can grow from an adorable puppy into a cherished companion.
Questions for the Breeder
Reputable breeders don’t usually sell puppies until they’re 8 to 9 weeks old and fully weaned. Before you buy your puggle, ask the breeder if the puppy has visited the vet for an initial checkup and vaccinations; if not, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Healthy puggle pups can have their first trip to the vet as early as 7 weeks. Find out what interactions the puppy has had with other animals and people, including children. Also note the brand and amount of food the breeder provides.
Taking Care of Your Puppy
Puggles have short hair, but they do shed, especially if they don’t receive regular brushings. Getting your puppy accustomed to weekly brushing, regular teeth cleanings and monthly baths can save you both stress when he gets older. Take him on short walks and play with him outside. Most of all, give him plenty of love.
Pug and Beagle Traits
Crossing pugs with beagles usually produces dogs that are friendly, smart, peppy and very loving. Puggles have thick bodies, short legs and a wrinkled forehead, like pugs. Their short-haired coats are white, tan, fawn, black or a combination of those colors. As adults, they usually weigh between 15 and 25 pounds and stand about a foot tall. Puggles often have the beagle's keen sense of smell, enjoy exercise and adore cuddling with their special people. While puggles inherit many cute and lovable traits from both parent breeds, they might also display some behaviors you find less desirable. They often have a pug’s stubbornness, and some also show the beagle tendency to howl. Firm, consistent training can help rein in both of these tendencies.
Puggles are stubborn, so you have to be consistent, firm and persistent with your pup. At the same time, though, dominance and scolding can lead to aggression rather than obedience. Puggles usually want to please you, and they respond well to enthusiastic praise and treats. They can even learn to use litter boxes. Like all puppies, they chew, dig and bark. Correct your pet in a firm, quiet voice. If that doesn’t work, redirect his attention to a more appropriate activity.
Most conscientious breeders start the socialization process when puppies are a few weeks old. It’s important for you to continue exposing your puggle to new people, situations and pets, but let him set the pace. Don’t force him into interactions before he’s ready or comfortable. Also, before you introduce your puppy to other animals or take him to the dog park, talk to your vet to make sure your puggle has the vaccinations and immunizations he needs in case he encounters parasites or viruses.
By Anne Woods
About the Author
Anne Woods holds a master's degree in literature from the Pennsylvania State University. She has more than a decade of professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, corporate communications offices, and websites, with specialties in pets, travel and literature.