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Puggle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Puggle so you can get to know the breed more.

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Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

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Puggle Size and Weight

Is a Puggle small, medium or large dog?

How big do Puggle get?

What is the average size of a Puggle?

How much does the Puggle weigh? How much should a Puggle weight? What is the normal weight of a Puggle? How much does a full-grown Puggle weight?
15-40 pounds (7-18 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Puggle?
27.5 pounds (12.5 kg)
How tall is the Puggle? Puggle height:
10-15 inches (25-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Puggle?
12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Puggle Price and Availability

How much does the Puggle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Puggle in the United States? How much money is a Puggle?

Where to buy a Puggle with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Puggle, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Puggle for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Puggle gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Puggle? How many Puggle are there in the world?
Frequent: The Puggle is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Puggle Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Puggle? Is the Puggle breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Puggle obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Puggle ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Puggle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Puggle?
A slightly harder to train than average. Puggle dogs aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Watchdog Ability
Is Puggle good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Puggle dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Puggle dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Puggle dogs are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.

Puggle Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Puggle have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Puggle sensitivity:
Puggle dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Puggle a good family dog?
Average: Puggle dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Beagle-Pug need? Puggle social needs:
Puggle dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Puggle to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Puggle roam?
Puggle dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Puggle have high prey drive?
Puggle dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.

Puggle Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
The Puggle is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Puggle dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Beagle-Pug bark?
Average: The Puggle barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Puggle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Puggle in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Puggle breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.

Puggle Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Puggle dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Puggle be left alone? How long can you leave a Puggle alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Puggle Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Puggle has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Puggle? How much bite force does a Puggle have? How strong is a Puggle bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Puggle bite force: Weak. The Puggle bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Puggle measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of a Puggle may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Puggle being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Puggle bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train a Puggle puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, a Puggle can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

Biting Potential
Do Puggle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Beagle-Pug? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Puggle? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Puggle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Puggle do?
Puggle dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Puggle dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Puggle Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Puggle dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Puggles are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Puggle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Puggle breed? Most common health risks of Puggle:
Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)EpilepsyCherry EyeDistichiasisObesity
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Puggle breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Puggle see the vet?
The Puggle should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Puggle dogs live? How old can a Puggle be? What is the age limit of the Puggle? How many years can the oldest Puggle live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Puggle?

How long is the lifespan of a Puggle?

9-15 years
The average lifespan of Puggle: 12 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Puggle Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Puggle have? What is the activity level of the Puggle?
Puggle dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Puggle need? How much exercise do Puggle dogs require per day?

Do Puggle dogs need a lot of exercises?

Puggle dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Puggle breed need?
Puggle dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.

Puggle Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Puggle need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Puggle breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Puggle? How much food should I feed my Puggle?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Puggle risk for obesity:
High: The Puggle breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Puggle more often.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Puggle weight regularly.

Puggle Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Puggle have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Puggle coats?
BlackTan Red White Brown
How to groom the Puggle and how often? How often should I take my Puggle to the groomer?
Effortless: The Puggle requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Puggle is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Puggle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Beagle-Pug? Do Puggle dogs shed a lot?
Puggle dogs are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Puggle need a bath? How often should you give a Puggle a bath? Can I bathe my Puggle every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Is the Puggle breed hypoallergenic?
Puggle dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Puggle has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Puggle drool?
The Puggle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Puggle could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Puggle.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Puggle Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Puggle dogs get along with other pets? Are Puggle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Puggle dogs are generally with other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Puggle temperament with other people:
Puggle dogs are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Puggle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Puggle temperament with children:
Puggle dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Puggle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Puggle breed live with a cat?
Puggle dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Puggle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Puggle dogs get along with other dogs?
Puggle dogs are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Puggle can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Puggle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Puggle breed suitable for first-time owners?
Puggle dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Puggle dogs good office canines? Do Puggle dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Puggle is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Puggle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Beagle-Pug temperament with senior people? Are Puggle dogs good for elderly owners?
Puggles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Puggle As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Puggle be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Puggle is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Puggle be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Puggle be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Puggle is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Puggle be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Puggle is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Puggle be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Puggle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Puggle be a boat dog?

Not really

Puggle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Puggle be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Puggle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Puggle dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Puggle Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Puggle pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Puggle breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Puggle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Puggle have in a litter? How many puppies can the Puggle breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Puggle have? How many puppies can a Puggle give birth to?
3-5 puppies

Puggle Recognition

AKC Group
Is Puggle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Puggle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Puggle breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry

Puggle Pros and Cons

  • Health Issues: Puggles are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Puggle breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Puggle requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Puggle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Puggle has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Puggle dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Puggle dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Puggle dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Puggle is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Puggles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Hypoallergenic: Puggle dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Shedding Level: Puggle dogs are heavy shedders.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Puggle breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Puggle dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Puggle dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Puggle History

Puggle is a hybrid mix, the creation of the breed on purpose started in the 80s -90s in the period of the ” designer dog wave “in the United States. These dogs are mixes of a Pug and a Beagle. These dogs combine the longer tail and nose of the Beagle which can help prevent the respiratory problems of which most Pugs suffer from with the loving nature and cute appearance of the Pug. A breeder from Wisconsin Wallace Haven named the cross and introduced it to the American Canine Hybrid Club. They get along with kids and other dogs and can make a great family and companion dogs. Just be aware that they may enjoy barking, and although they’re intelligent and loving, may be stubborn when it comes to training. Although the history of the Puggle only dates back to the last two decades its ancestors do for much longer.

Beagles can be traced back to 16th century England where they were used to hunt small prey like rabbits and were used as gun dogs, flushing game for hunters. Beagles are scent hounds; they track their prey by ground-scenting, and it is still common nowadays to use them in packs for hunting, even though they make an excellent companion and family dog as well. They have been brought to America in the following centuries and became one of the most popular dogs in the United States by the 19th century. Today they are used by the United States Department of Agriculture for detecting contraband food items in luggage. The popularity of the breed is well reflected by the well-known character of Snoopy created by Charles Schulz in the 1950s who is the main character of the cartoon “Peanuts”. By the way, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885.

Pugs originated in China, dating back to the Han dynasty (B.C. 206 to A.D. 200) from where it spread to Japan and later to Europe. Pugs are one of three types of short-nosed dogs that are originated in China: the so-called Lion dog, the Pekingese, and the Lo-sze, which was presumably the ancestor of the Pug. Pugs began to arrive in Europe and spread around the Western World in the 16th century when Dutch traders returned to Europe with specimens of the breed, which had been adored by the royal families  (even become the official dog of the House of Orange in the Netherlands )and is enjoying popularity since then.

The story of the name “Pug” is very interesting. The word “Pai” came to be used as the name for this type of short-nosed dogs in China, and as the breed came to Europe the people here couldn’t understand the meaning and pronounce “ properly but recognized the similarity with the word  ”pug” which was a nickname for a monkey or dog in the 18th century. Marmosets were popular as pets at that time, and the Pug’s squashed face probably caused it to share the same name.

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