The Puggle is one of the new “designer” dog breeds, also known as hybrids or crossbreeds, that is not just an accident but one of calculated breeding. The Puggle is a cross between a Pug and a Beagle, typically with the Pug being the male in the cross for whelping considerations. The next cross can include either the Puggle bred back to a Pug, or back to a Beagle, or crossed with another Puggle.
Like all hybrids, the Puggle can have a stronger resemblance to one parent over the other. However, in general the Puggle tends to have a bit of both breeds. Many people chose a Puggle as it tends to have less of the respiratory problems associated with the purebred Pug but still the great personality and smaller size found in both parent breeds. A Puggle, depending on the parents and the specific genetic factors, is usually a smaller dog that will mature to weigh between 12 and 25 pounds, although occasionally they can be bigger than either parent. They are usually less than 12 inches at the shoulder and tend to have a longer, stocky body on well developed legs. The dog is solid but not bulky in appearance with the distinctive wide head of both breeds. The ears are typically folded over and hang to mid jaw level and the eyes are round, alert, and lively. The muzzle is longer than the Pug but shorter than the Beagle. The coat is short and dense and typically sheds an average amount year round. Coat colors can range from the Pug black and tan to pure black, tricolor, red and white, or even red or blue colors with white markings.
The Puggle is an intelligent and fun loving companion. They are great with kids, other dogs, and some other pets when socialized and raised together from an early age. Some Puggles may have a slightly higher prey drive, more like the Beagle, and may not be a good match with other smaller pets such as hamsters, birds, or gerbils.
The Puggle is generally healthy but, like any dog, any of the conditions found in both parent breeds can occur in a Puggle. With very short muzzled Puggles, respiratory problems can occur and, if cardiovascular conditions are also present, careful monitoring of the dog during exercise will be important. Both breeds are also somewhat prone to overeating and gaining weight as they age but portion control and good exercise can prevent this from becoming a health concern.
Your veterinarian will have more information and can help you decide if a Puggle is the best breed for you and your family!