Puggle Dog Breed

Puggle Puppy

The Pug Beagle cross, or Puggle, is a friendly, energetic and loving family companion. They are great additions to families with kids, other pets and frequent visitors. Members of this breed do require a good deal of attention and, ideally, are indoor dogs. They are already vocal, barking on approach of a visitor or animal, and will become more so if not given enough attention and exercise. Exercise needs are attainable for most owners, 30 minutes minimum of walks and outdoor playtime, and grooming will be equally as easy. Although stubborn at times, training is not too difficult for a first time owner as long as they don't mind patiently repeating commands and rewarding with plenty of treats. Puggles should live 10-15 years but do have multiple health issues such as joint, eye and respiratory disease along with obesity.

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Puggle Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid10-15 yrs.10-15 in.15-30 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

The Puggle is one of the most common and popular designer mixed breeds. This Pug and Beagle mix results in Puggle Puppies that possess characteristics of both parent breeds. Half Pug- Half Beagle doesn't necessarily mean an even split of characteristics so it is beneficial for potential owners to read up on both parent breeds before making a decision.

Puggle Pros

  • They are loving, playful and adore attention.
  • They are suitable for indoor living.
  • They are friendly towards other pets and visitors.
  • They are good alert dogs, often barking at approaching people.
  • They make excellent playmates for children.
  • They are easy to groom and most owners can easily meet their exercise requirements.

Puggle Cons

  • They may become bored, loud and destructive if left alone for long periods of time or not given enough exercise.
  • They are vocal dogs that bark on approach of a stranger or other animal.
  • They do not make appropriate guard dogs due to their small size and friendliness.
  • They shed moderately.
  • They are not the ideal choice if you are an owner that wants your pet to accompany you on jogs, hikes and other intensive exercise.

Puggle Breed Description

This breed is one of the most popular hybrids currently in existence. A great amount of Puggle information can be found on this breed page, however, it is recommended to familiarize yourself with both parent breeds as well (the Beagle and Pug).

These dogs are not extremely difficult to train in regards to basic commands such as "sit, stay, come" as well as simple tricks. With house breaking they are said to be more difficult and even stubborn. They thrive off attention and, more importantly, treats and it will be necessary to repeat commands fairly often to refresh their memories.

Puggles are moderately energetic and playful. This should not be too much for the average owner, due to their small size they can meet their exercise needs with short daily walks and some outdoor playtime in a fenced area. They also enjoy agility activities and can be trained to perform them given enough treats and repetition. It is necessary to leash your Puggle when out of an enclosed area as they are likely to, at least partially, inherit the Beagles independent sense of curiosity.

Puggle Breed History

The Puggle's history is brief, as most designer mixes have come about in the last few decades. Breeders began creating Beagle Pug mixes during the 1980's and they quickly become very popular. Wallace Havens of Wisconsin is credit with registering the first Puggle with the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club) during this time. Both the Peagle and Pug are notable for being excellent companions and loving family dogs, and this ensures the Puggle will remain one of the most popular hybrid dogs.

Puggle Appearance

Overall, the Puggle is considered a small-sized dog that has a thick body. They are sure to have the Pug's characteristic wrinkly forehead and drooping ears more reminiscent of the Beagle; make sure to clean the ears regularly to prevent infections from fungus or debris buildup. The head of first generation puggle puppies will have the most variation in their head shape, with some having rounder heads and others thinner. Pug x Beagle crosses will also display short legs, and a curled tail. The Puggle coat is short, straight and smooth, most often occurring with fawn, tan and black coloration.

Puggle Coloring

These dogs come in various colors and can be solid or multi-colored. Fawn Puggles are the most common and they often have a black mask or some amount of black on their face. Black Puggle puppies, tan, white, tri-colored as well as various combinations of these shades are also possibilities.

Puggle Size

A Puggle fully grown will still be a small-sized dog. For those wondering how big puggles get, it is important to keep in mind hybrid breeds display higher variation among individuals. Generally, the size of a Puggle is anywhere from 15-30 pounds and 10-15 inches at the shoulder. Males will be slightly larger, thicker and more muscular than females. Members of this breed are sized appropriately to be apartment and even lap dogs.

Average Adult Height

10-15 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

15-30 lbs

Puggle Variations

Pocket Puggles, along with miniature, teacup and toy versions are all just standard Puggles bred down to achieve a certain size. Breeders often do this by crossing small specimens of the parent breeds and creating a first generation smaller Puggle or by breeding two Puggles of lesser size.

It is common for head shapes to vary in first generation Puggle puppies, even if from the same litter. Some have thicker, rounder heads while others have thinner ones.

Fully grown males will typically be thicker and more muscular than females of equivalent age.

Puggle Temperament

The Puggle's personality is loving and playful, plus they adore attention. They are usually friendly towards anyone and anything! These dogs make excellent companions for families with children, other pets, and frequent visitors. Although they may make suitable watch dogs due to their tendency to bark, they will most likely be friendly towards all strangers. If they do not receive enough outdoor time (be it walks or simply yard time) they may become bored and the barking may quickly become a problem.

Indoors, members of this breed will sometimes be sweet lap dogs and other times like curious children. If they become too rambunctious around the house, this is probably your cue they are ready for their outdoor walk or playtime. You can also keep them busy indoors with toys and training sessions. Outdoors, they will be highly playful and exploratory, so make sure to allow them at least 30 minutes each day to burn off these energies.

Puggle and Children

These are all around friendly dogs that are amazing with kids of all ages. This breed is playful and curious, making a lifetime friend for toddlers and up. A baby and Puggle interaction, as with any dog, should be monitored until the child is old enough to be socialized with your pet properly.

Puggle and Other Pets

For the most part, Puggles do pretty well with other pets in the home. They socialize just fine with other dogs (a nod to the Beagle's "pack mentality" heritage)--but Puggles may also have high prey drives, which means they'll instinctively chase small animals (but probably won't try to hurt them). As with children, it's best if the Puggle and any other household pets are raised together.

And are Puggles good with cats? Puggles and cats usually interact without any problems--but again, the dog may instinctively chase the cat because of its prey drive.

Puggle Photos

Below are pictures and images of the Puggle breed.

Puggle Face
Pug with a Puggle
Puggle Puppy
Puggle Puppy
Puggle Puppy

Living Requirements

Members of this breed are often considered small lap dogs and are suitable for indoor, even apartment, living. They come from two people-oriented companion breeds and should not be solely outdoor dogs that spend most of their time alone. They also do not do well outdoors in extreme climates, whether very hot or very cold.

Puggles are vocal dogs, especially when hear someone approaching or see a new person or animal. This behavior is typically more friendly than aggressive, they are saying "Hi! I see you so come pet me". They are said to howl on occasion and are not shy from barking if left alone and bored for long periods of time.

These dogs will shed moderately and those wondering if Puggles are hypoallergenic will be disappointed to find they are not; however, by brushing your dog weekly, many dead hairs can be removed.

Puggle Health

Health issues of concern for this breed include nasal/respiratory disorders that result if they inherited the short "smushed" Pug muzzle; Stenotic Nares (narrowed nostrils), make it difficult for them to breathe and may be accompanied by sounds that alert you to this distressed breathing.

Hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and eyes problems, such as Cherry Eye and Progressive Retinal Atrophy are also not uncommon. There are also a few more serious diseases such as Legg-Perthes (femoral joint problem leading to serious pain), Hypothyroidism and Epilepsy that occur less frequently but are, nevertheless, serious possibilities to take note of.

Finally, members of this breed come from two parent breeds that easily can become obese if not exercised and allowed to eat unchecked. Feeding and exercising them appropriately can prevent this in most cases, however, Thyroid disease may also cause obesity. If your Puggle is gaining weight for no apparent reason, a blood test may be necessary to check for this common issue.

Hybrid dogs, especially the early generation crosses, are usually healthier than their purebred parents. Reading up on all common health concerns of the Pug and the Beagle is recommended, as is routine visits to your veterinarian. A healthy Puggle should live anywhere from 10-15 years.

  • Cherry Eye
  • Distichiasis
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-perthes Disease
  • Obesity
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
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Puggle Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Puggle as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry