Puggle is a crossbreed between two breeds of dogs, a Pug and a Beagle. Puggles tend to be about 15-20 pounds, and 13-15 inches at the shoulders. While colors vary, and there are completely black as well as multicolored Puggles, the vast majority are fawn colored with wrinkled black masks (similar to Pugs), but with the longer body, slightly increased size, and longer nose and floppy ears associated with Beagles. Because of longer legs, more room in the skull for the eyes, and less effusive wrinkles, Puggles in general avoid many difficulties with eyes, joints, and skin wrinkles common to Pugs; however, they may have more problems than typical Beagles. While Pugs are particularly susceptible to heat stroke, the longer nasal cavity of the Puggle makes the breed more tolerant to the heat, and less likely to overheat while running in the summer. Conversely, their nasal cavities are likely to be shorter and less efficient than those of Beagles, which could be a problem if the dog also inherited the Beagle’s propensity to run, especially for long periods.
A common eye infection is cherry eye, from the Beagle side of the family.
As pets, Puggles have the mild mannered yet playful ‘lap dog’ qualities often associated with Pugs, mixed with the more energetic tendencies typical of the hunting qualities of a Beagle. A cheerful clown who loves to play but then quickly tires for a short nap, Puggles are mid-sized dogs which make excellent housepets, and many Puggle owners testify to their winning personality as one of their strongest points. They get along wonderfully with children- they usually adore their lap-dog qualities, but at the same time, the pups are always ready for a wrestling match or tug of war. Their playful disposition, however, makes them a bit slow to train and some can be really hyper, a trait they share with both Pugs and Beagles. That said, they retain the friendly, laid-back disposition of both breeds, but while their size makes them perfect for apartments, they need a bit more exercise and attention than some traditional apartment dogs (Pugs included). They also shed many small, light-colored haindard bark, and vary widely as to how often they bark, some inherit the odd, nasal baying of Beagles, a mix of a baying hound and the coo-ing of a pigeon (some say sounding like ‘Gizmo’ from the movie Gremlins). That said, their barking is much more easy to deal with than most Beagles, and many Puggles are barely vocal at all.
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