The Puggle is a crossbreed dog that is sometimes described as a designer dog. It is a cross between a pug and a beagle and has a combination of the physical characteristics and personality traits of each breed. This adorable dog is gaining popularity due to its cute appearance and pleasant temperament. Here are five things that you probably didn’t know about the Puggle.
1. They Have Been Around Since the 1980s
Although they have gained popularity in recent years, the Puggle has actually been around since the 1980s. They were first officially bred by Wallace Havens, a breeder from Wisconsin. However, it is likely that there had been crossbreeds of Pugs and Beagles before when breeders were experimenting with creating new crossbreeds. Havens is responsible for giving this crossbreed the name Puggle. This crossbreed was not sold commercially until 2000 when there was a demand amongst pet owners for different and distinctive dogs.
2. They Are Not Recognized as an Official Breed
Although they have been given a name and dog lovers recognize the Puggle as a variety of dog, there are no official dog clubs that recognize the Puggle as an official breed. This includes the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom, the American Kennel Club, the Canadian Kennel Club, and the United Kennel Club. Despite their lack of recognition officially, there is still a strong demand for this crossbreed.
3. Eye Conditions Are Common Health Problems for Puggles
Like all breeds and crossbreeds of dog, there are some conditions to which Puggles are more prone. As both Pugs and Beagles are more prone to eye conditions, it makes sense that these are health problems with which Puggles also suffer. One of the most common eye conditions is cherry eye, which is also known as ‘third eyelid’. It is a disorder of the nictitating membrane. A more serious condition which they can inherit is progressive retinal atrophy. However, there is a DNA test for this condition so it is something that breeders can potentially prevent from being passed on by not breeding with dogs that are carriers of this gene.
4. There Are Various Colors and Patterns Available
Puggles inherit characteristics from both their parents. This means that they will have some features of a Pug and some of a Beagle. Which features these are can vary from one litter to the next. As a result of the crossbreeding, a Puggle can come in a variety of different patterns and colors. Some of the most common colors of this crossbreed are tan, fawn, and black. Just like Pugs and Beagles, they will often have darker markings on their face, ears, and tails.
5. Puggles Can Live Up to 15 Years
When a Puggle reaches adulthood, a healthy dog will usually measure between eight and 15 inches in height and weigh between 15 and 40 pounds. The life expectancy of a healthy Puggle is anywhere between 12 and 15 years. The Beagle also has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years while a Pug has a median life expectancy of around 11 years.