Developed from a cross between the Beagle and the Pug, the Puggles have become quite popular in the last 30 years or so as the “designer dogs”! They were first bred by Wallace Havens, a breeder from Wisconsin, USA. Like the Beagles, some can howl when the occasion arises, or when they get over-excited. Also, their sense of smell is great and can track a smell as far as they can. Some are known to bark (especially when they find a new face) while others are known as non-barkers. The bark basically tells the stranger/visitor to pat and say hi to them! They need good care in very hot or very cold weathers. In hot weathers, they need to drink plenty of water.
With a height of 10 to 15 inches (females are about an inch shorter) and weight of 15 to 30 pounds (females are about 3 to 4 pounds lesser), the head of the Puggle can either be small and thin, or full and large. It has a straight, smooth and short coat, and its colors are white, multi-color, fawn or tan, tri-color and black. The easy-to-groom coat needs to be brushed once a week. You should bathe it once a month. Regular brushing of teeth, immunizations and vet checks are required if you want your pet to stay healthy.
Playful, intelligent, energetic, very friendly even-tempered, affectionate and curious, the Puggle is an excellent companion dog. It bonds with people very quickly and loves to live closer to the family. If you would be its owner/master, you would find it following you everywhere you go. It loves children and gets on well with your other pets (dogs and non-canine). Excellent obedience and socialization training should be given from puppy stage.Reward it when it becomes stubborn while training. Even you need to patiently impart potty training. Never give it a free hand to feel that it is the pack leader. Then it would think you to be timid and would try to rule the house. Youshould be consistent, firm, stern and authoritative, and at the same time, calm and not harsh. You must avoid stroking, cuddling or overprotecting it. You should set some rules for it and make sure that they are followed. Daily walks, physical and mental exercises, and romping are required. Do not over-exercise it in very hot weathers. Without this daily routine and also on being left alone for long, it would display behavioral problems like separation anxiety, guarding, obsessive barking and snapping. Sometimes, the problems can lead it to become bity. While out for walks, you need to keep it on leash, and make it heel beside or behind you. If you want to put it off leash, do so in an open but protected area or inside your house. Unleashed in a public area may attract other children to come and play with it, and in the process, they might end up teasing or hurting it. Measured meal should be given twice a day in little proportions. Never give one large meal a day or overfeed it. It has a tendency to put on quick weight that may further reduce its lifespan.
With a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, the Puggle suffers from health problems similar to that of the Beagle and Pug—corneal inflammation and corneal ulcers, mast cell tumors, brain inflammation, skin problems, breathing problems, etc.