Average Height: 13 -15 in
Average Weight: 18 -30 lbs
Average Life Span: 10 -15 yrs
Coloring: Typically solid coat of either tan or fawn with black mask
Area of Origin: United States
Similar Breeds: Pug, Beagle, Chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bassug (Pug/Basset Hound), Cheagle (Beagle/Chihuahua), Bagel (Beagle/Basset Hound), any other Pug or Beagle mix
History and Origin:
A mix between the Pug and the Beagle, the Puggle was first bred in the United States in the 1980s, and has enjoyed an increase in popularity over the past ten years. It is rumored that the first Puggles came about due to an accidental cross-breeding. However, once people discovered their cute features and sweet personalities, the cross breed began to catch on. Currently, the Puggle is the most popular designer dog breed in North America.
Personality and Temperament:
Typically, the Puggle is a calm, fun-loving, and affectionate dog, bred to be an exceptional family companion. It is smart, yet can inherit the stubbornness and independence of the Beagle, which can make it challenging to train. In spite of this, the Puggle is exceptionally friendly, and is fantastic with children, the elderly, and those who may be nervous around dogs.
Exercise & Training:
Although small, the Puggle loves exercise and needs daily walks and playtime to keep it happy and healthy. The Puggle inherits the longer nose of the Beagle, which allows it to enjoy more extensive activity than the shorter-nosed Pug. It will happily live in an apartment if these exercise needs are met. Occasionally independent and disinterested, the Puggle is sometimes difficult to train. Experience with hounds and research on hound behavior may be beneficial to ensure success in raising a well-mannered, obedient dog.
The Puggle has a short, smooth coat that requires weekly brushing to remove excess hair. It is an average shedder, and should only be bathed when necessary to avoid stripping the coat of essential oils.
A mix between the Pug and the Beagle, the Puggle can inherit both desirable and unwanted characteristics of its parent breeds. It also shares physical and personality traits with other mixes such as the Chug, Bagel, Bassug, and Cheagle.
Interesting Facts about the Puggle:
1. As a designer dog breed, the Puggle is accepted in hybrid breed associations such as the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry.
2. After being featured in a variety of newspapers and magazines as an attractive mix, the Puggles popularity has grown extensively since 2005.
3. Many celebrities own Puggles, such as: Jake Gyllenhaal, Uma Thurman, and Julianne Moore.