Welcome to our guide to the Puggle.
The DogExperts.info website aims to ask questions to breeders, vets and experienced owners to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Puggle breed of dog.
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In addition, expert Puggle breeders, veterinarians and owners were actively involved in making contributions, including three in-depth top breeder and owner interviews packed with advice and tips.
Just some of the subjects covered include: origins and history of the Puggle, colors, buying a dog or puppy, male or female, rescue, adoption, breeders, personality, socialization, spaying, neutering, house/potty training, bringing your puppy home, grooming, combing, bathing, health, vaccinations, training, understanding your Puggle, play and toys, what food and nutrition, old age and what to expect, and much more…
“As a new Puggle owner I was a bit nervous and I wanted a guide/manual to help me look after my new pup as best as I could. It covered everything I needed and put me at ease.” – Jennifer Ewing
The DogExperts.info website aims to ask questions to breeders, vets and experienced owners to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Puggle breed of dog.You can also help too!
If you can answer any of the questions below, then please add your comments to the box at the bottom of the page or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to feature your dog and publish any photos or pictures of your Puggle you would like to email us.
Are you looking to buy a Puggle? See our list of Puggle breeders at the bottom of this page.
Why Choose a Puggle?
Although I have known both Pugs and Beagles personally, the first time I saw a Puggle — the product of pairing a male Pug with a female Beagle — I had no real idea what I was seeing beyond a really cute, energetic, medium-sized dog. I struck up a conversation with the owner in a vet clinic waiting room and received an invitation to visit her kennel.
We formed a friendship and I came to know several of her dogs quite well. I can assure you, there are few forces of nature equal to a litter of Puggle puppies! When they plant their paws and let out with a burst of Pug-like barking that ends in a proper hound howl, they are absolutely adorable.
Puggles are ranked as one of the top three most popular hybrid companion breeds in America. They are intelligent, affectionate dogs that live happily in small spaces, including apartments, with only minimal exercise needs. With a lifespan of 15 years and few health problems, the breed is attractive to singles and families alike.
Although somewhat given to chasing cats, Puggles typically get along well with other dogs and are excellent with children. They are sturdy little dogs who love to run and run and then run some more! They can keep up with even the most energetic toddler. Often kid and dog collapse into the same heap, with even more cuteness ensuing.
For all their positive points, Puggles can be incredibly stubborn, and if they have not been properly crate trained, can suffer from separation anxiety. This reaction can include the full gamut of bad behaviors: barking, howling, chewing, and digging. The dogs also must be kept leashed while on walks. They are scent dogs and will take off after a “trail” while completely ignoring your attempts to call them back.
Factor in a fair amount of shedding, especially as the warm months are coming on, and a reputation for being slow to housebreak, and it’s clear that Puggles are not without their challenges. But to be fair, what breed isn’t?
If you are looking for a small to medium-sized dog with an excellent personality that will live happily in any space and has low exercise needs, the Puggle could be the perfect companion.
What type of owners buy a Puggle?
What in your opinion are the best things about the Puggle breed?
Why do you think the Puggle is special?
What are your favourite things about the Puggle?
Are you glad you choose to buy a Puggle and not another breed?
How would you describe the Puggle temperament?
What advice might you give to people thinking about whether they should buy a Puggle over other breeds?
History & Origins
What are the history and origins of the Puggle?
About The Breed
What colors of Puggle are most popular?
What does the Puggle look like?
What are the pros/cons of the Puggle breed?
What can a new owner expect in terms of differences between the Puggle and other breeds?
Do they attract a lot of interest and curiosity from the public?
What type of typical personality does the Puggle have?
Is it possible to describe a fairly typical Puggle?
What is the breed standard/description for the Puggle?
Were there particular colors people preferred and that maybe you focused on?
Are there any downsides to owning a Puggle that prospective owners should be aware of?
Is the Puggle breed of dog suitable for first-time dog owners?
Some breeds can be described as greedy and prone to weight issues, would this apply to the Puggle?
What are the key differences when compared to other breeds?
Is the Puggle breed suitable for a person or family that are out at work all day?
Some owners seek a breed suitable for barking and offering a guard dog role – how does the Puggle match up to that role?
Are there myths about the Puggle – in other words do new potential owners come to you with misconceptions about this breed?
We asked a number of breeders in the UK and America what essential advice they would give to new owners of Puggle puppies and this is what they said:
What types of questions do you get once owners get their Puggle home?
Can you tell us something most owners would not know – tips, secrets etc from your years of experience?
What is the typical temperament of a Puggle, so people know what to expect from their new pet?
When fully grown how much on average does a Puggle weigh?
When the Puggle is full grown in size what is the maximum height and length expected to be?
Is the Puggle ever crossed or mixed with other breeds of dog?
Does the Puggle smell or drool a lot?
Do you have a Puggle growth chart?
What breed group does the Puggle come under?
What type of coat do they have?
Can they swim?
What does the movement of the tail show, does it mean they are trying to ‘talk to us’ or give us some message?
Are there some types of people that you can suggest the Puggle is not suitable for, perhaps families?
How is the Puggle with children?
Do you think the Puggle is suitable for families with young children?
How does the Puggle get along with other (existing) pets and do you have any tips or advice for new Puggle owners in terms of successful integration?
Is it better to buy one Puggle or two?
Should prospective new owners be aware of any differences between males and females?
Would the Puggle be suitable as a guard dog?
Can I leave my Puggle during the day while I go to work?
What is the expected average lifespan of the Puggle?
In terms of life expectancy, how long on average would the Puggle breed live to?
Food & Diet
Do you have any special feeding routines or diet?
Do you have any feeding advice or brands that you prefer?
How to handle the Puggle puppy to start off – how much food, what type, how often?
What feeding routines and types of food/supplements do you recommend?
What to buy in terms of equipment? Bowls etc
Do owners need to consider supplements for their Puggle?
How about for older dogs?
Buying – How Much Do They Cost?
How much did your Puggle cost to buy?
Can you offer advice to people looking to buy a Puggle and how much should they spend?
What advice would you offer new Puggle owners?
What types of people are buying the Puggle and why?
Where can I buy Puggle rescue dogs or find a Puggle for adoption? Please note that buying or searching for a ‘cheap’ Puggle can be false economy as they may have health issues that cost you far more in the long-term – always buy from a good and responsible breeder!
Do I need public liability insurance or a license?
How would you describe the Puggle puppy to potential new owners?
What types of owners are best suited to owning a Puggle?
What colors and sizes are most popular?
Are there things new owners do that perhaps frustrate you?
What can people expect when they become a new owner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Puggle?
As a Puggle breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
Are there specific times of the year that you breed?
Choosing a puppy from a litter, what advice could you offer potential new owners in terms of selecting ‘the one’?
How long does it take to housetrain/potty train a Puggle?
When can you take them out in public and how do you handle them around other dogs?
Will they run off – when is it safe to let them off the lead?
We invite you to email us your Puggle’s pictures, in particular we are looking for photos showing Puggle puppies at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 weeks old as well as early pictures such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 months old to a year old.
Do they have any nicknames or does the Puggle have popular names?
If my Puggle is pregnant what might the litter size be?
Could the Puggle be dangerous around young children?
How do you deal with a problem barker – any tips and advice to new owners?
How do you prevent a Puggle biting?
How do you prevent a Puggle chewing?
How do you stop a Puggle jumping up?
Does the Puggle have an issue with excessive digging?
Why does my Puggle keep growling and barking?
Is there a reason my Puggle dog is often scratching excessively?
Do they suffer from separation anxiety and how can I prevent this?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what can you say about the Puggle and their exercise needs and do you have any tips or advice for new Puggle owners?
As a breeder of the Puggle , do you prefer a collar or harness?
As an expert of the Puggle breed do you prefer a standard leash or retractable?
Can you offer any dog walking tips for Puggle owners?
Playtime & Tricks
What games and toys can you recommend for the Puggle?
Are there toys you suggest avoiding?
How intelligent is the Puggle compared to other dog breeds?
How much can they understand?
Do you have any special grooming routines or tips and advice for new Puggle owners?
How much time is involved?
What accessories are required to be purchased for grooming a Puggle?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning maintenance of nails?
How much do Puggle shed and how do I maintain their hair and how often?
How can I prevent or cure ear infections?
Do you have any tips for eye care?
Is the Puggle a hypoallergenic breed?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning cleaning and bathing your Puggle?
Can you offer new Puggle owners advice concerning fleas and maybe products you use in treatment and prevention?
What advice and tips could you offer to owners who might wish to follow your path in showing the Puggle?
What started your interest in showing the Puggle?
If a new owner perhaps wanted to meet other owners or find out more – perhaps they have an interest in joining a local club or maybe they wonder how they can start showing their Puggle – where would they begin?
Can you offer any advice to others who may be wondering if they can also start showing?
How would an owner know they have a show-quality Puggle and how would they start off?
Can you give away any of your secrets?!
Is showing very expensive and why do you think people like to do it?
What do judges look for in a winner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Puggle?
What official organisations are there for the new Puggle owner and what benefits or services do they provide?
In buying a Puggle, can you offer advice and tips to new owners?
How did you go from being an owner to getting into breeding?
Do you think the breed’s popularity has increased, decreased or remains the same?
How did you progress to becoming a breeder and why focus on breeding the Puggle out of all the breeds you could have chosen?
What do you think makes the Puggle special to you?
Are there things that you see owners doing that frustrate you?
As a breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what is it like to train a Puggle and do you have any tips or advice for new Puggle owners?
How should new owners approach bringing a new Puggle home, any advice and tips you can give?
Should I allow my Puggle to sleep in my bed or elsewhere in the house?
Do you recommend crate training and how long does this take?
Should my Puggle sleep in a kennel or crate?
Health is always a major concern when buying a dog, do you have any advice for new Puggle owners to be aware of in particular?
Are there any health-related tips you can give to owners?
What sort of health issues should owners be on the lookout for?
What is the recommended schedule for vaccinations for your Puggle?
Can you offer any advice on how to treat and prevent worms?
What type of health issues can a Puggle have and how do you deal with preventing these?
Why does my Puggle have diarrhea?
Do they suffer from itchy and sensitive skin and if so why?
Why is my Puggle vomiting and do I go to the vets?
When should I take my Puggle for vaccinations and which ones do they need and how often?
How often will my Puggle be in heat?
Should I consider getting my Puggle spayed or neutered and when and how much does this cost and what are the benefits?
My Puggle is limping, what should I do and should I go to a veterinarian surgeon?
Do they suffer from allergies?
Why is my Puggle not eating?
How much does it cost to insure my Puggle?
What healthcare issues or diseases might be excluded from companies that provide Puggle dog health insurance?
What age would you class as an ‘older or senior’ Puggle?
Do you notice any changes in their behaviour?
What changes in food and diet would you suggest making for an older Puggle?
Do you feed any supplements to an older Puggle – or anything else which helps them as they age?
Are there any health issues particular to a senior Puggle dog?
Do you have any advice for owners of an older/senior Puggle or tips you can pass on?
Below we list breeders of Puggle dogs.
Most of these breeders are located in the USA, UK and Australia.
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Lauren Goodman of Cottage Canines
USA & CANADA
Doug Edmiston of Pugglesville
John & Margie Couch of Hugapuggle
Jeanine and Brad Ross of PuggleBaby.com
Jason & Jennifer Yates of Rainbowland Puggles
Danielle Schnell of LuvAPuggle.com
Doreen Mcleod of Breezy Hill Farm
Kindra Mazurek of Colorado Puggles
Mo DeVille of PuggleUK