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Puggle: Breed Characteristics, Care &
Exercise Needs (Beagle-Pug)

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About Puggle

Country of Origin, History of Puggles

There is no known date when the Puggle breed originated, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in the 1980s that Wallace Havens of Wisconsin officially created the first Puggle by mixing Pug and Beagle.

Later, designer dog breeders in North America continued to develop Puggles to have an intelligent, affectionate, companion dog. As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, Puggles became more and more popular.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Puggle is a mix of the Pug and the Beagle. Be sure to learn about both breeds to better understand your dog. Most Puggles have the wrinkles of a Pug and long body of the Beagle, but beyond that, they can have any combination of characteristics – long or short legs, long or short muzzle, smooth or curly fur, etc. Because both breeds are stubborn and independent, you can expect an independent dog who learns and obeys when he wants to. The Puggle is friendly with people, kids, and other dogs and enjoys socializing. They may chase other pets.

Puggles are loving, smart, and protective. Puggles enjoy activity, but can tire easily and need a short rest. They like walks and playtimes. They also enjoy sitting around with their people. They can suffer separation anxiety. They also tend to bark and (or bay), so that should be taken into account if you live in an apartment. They tend to dig and wander off while chasing a rabbit or squirrel if not in a fenced yard.


Most Puggles have a short, silky double coat. Colors include black, tan, fawn, lemon, and red with white or black markings.


18 – 30 pounds (Toy Puggles weigh 8 – 17 pounds)


13 – 17 inches (Toy Puggles are less than 13 inches)

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Puggle Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

Puggles are cute and friendly. Families love them since they get along with kids and other pets (but they may chase them until taught otherwise). They are smart and can learn a lot of things, but may be stubborn when it comes to responding to commands on the owner's time schedule. They are very affectionate and love to be lapdogs. Their desire to play makes them a good playmate with children.

They can be stubborn and uncooperative and sometimes hard to housetrain. Their wanderlust and howling is often overlooked because of their sweet demeanor and desire to play. Puggles need mental stimulation and frequent times of play or walks.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

Puggles need a fenced outdoor area for exploring and sniffing, but watch them so they don't dig under the fence to follow some small animal they think is prey. They will want to live in the house with their people so they can get plenty of play and snuggles.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Puggles like kids, so they can make a good family dog. They may be well-suited to being a good dog for a retired couple with lots of time for training.


The Puggle can be a challenge to train. They may be resistant to housetraining. They will be stubborn to the point of ignoring their owner’s commands. Start socializing and training early, using positive reinforcement, and continue throughout the dog’s life to help with etiquette, alleviating separation anxiety, and keeping the dog involved in life.

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Puggle Activity Level

How active is the breed?

The love to play, but sometimes get winded or tired or hot and must stop and rest. Keeping them active in positive ways will help them not to be destructive (such as digging up your yard). Keep your Puggle on a leash when he is not in a fenced yard so he does not run off chasing another animal.


Puggles shed a lot so must be groomed nearly daily. Many Puggles have the wrinkles of the pug which must be kept clean to avoid skin issues. Baths should be kept to a minimum and the dog should be dried completely, especially between skin folds. Eyes and ears should be checked frequently. Some Puggles’ eyes need their eyes wiped throughout the day. Trim nails at least once a month and brush teeth at least three times a week.

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Health and Care

Many Puggles snort and snore, so don't be concerned when you hear that. They are prone to respiratory problems, so be aware of unusual noises or coughing or gasping. Both Pugs and Beagles have a variety of health issues, so it is not surprising the Puggle is subject to most of them. Possible health issues for the Puggle include stonotic nares, entropion, intervertebral disc disease, congenital heart defect, and Legg-Calve Perthes Disease. Other concerns are other leg and hip issues (patellar luxation and hip dysplasia), eye issues (cherry eye, glaucoma, corneal ulcer), epilepsy, and hypothyroidism.

Life Span: 10 – 15 years

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs: none

Other Recognition:

ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club (Puggle)
DBR = Designer Breed Registry (Puggle)
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Puggle)
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry® (Puggle)

Group: Mixed Breed Dog

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.

Also Known As: Beagle-Pug

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