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Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Puggle puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Puggle please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Puggle puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Puggle puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Puggle breed is also commonly known by the names Pug x Beagle.

Lifespan: 10 – 12 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Not Pedigree – Hybrid Dog Breed

Height
Males 20 – 38 cm
Females 20 – 38 cm

Weight
Males 7 – 14 kg
Females 7 – 14 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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Small (4/10)

Exercise

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high (8/10)

Training

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very (8/10)

Shedding

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high (8/10)

Grooming

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low (3/10)

Children

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very good (10/10)

Health

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average (5/10)

Cost to Keep

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low (4/10)

Being Alone

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moderate periods (6/10)

Intelligence

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average (6/10)

Introduction

The Puggle is a relative newcomer to the dog world.  They are a cross between a Beagle and a Pug and were bred in America during the eighties when they joined the list of other “designer dogs”.  This together with their often-mischievous natures has seen Puggles find their way into the hearts and homes of people the world over.  many Puggle breed clubs have been set up both here in the UK.

History

The Puggle first appeared on the scene in America back in the eighties and are the result of crossing a Pug with a Beagle.  Puggles have inherited many of their parent breed traits, although how a puppy turns out is pretty much luck of the draw because the breed is still so young.

Hopefully, this means there will be less chance of a Puggle developing any of the hereditary health issues that affect both the Pug and the Beagle.  Although some Puggles can look more like a Pug and others more like a Beagle with some being a lovely mixture of the two, the one constant is the fact that these little dogs boast extremely kind, affectionate natures.

Appearance

Puggles can inherit the physical traits of either of their parent breeds with puppies having adorable wrinkly faces like a Pug, whereas another puppy in the litter has a longer nose and looks more like a Beagle.

Most Puggles tend to have Pug-like faces with the only real difference being in the length of a dog’s nose.  They also tend to inherit the very expressive and endearing eyes of both parent breeds.  They have quite thick set, compact bodies.  Their ears tend to droop down and their tails curl over their backs which dogs always carry gaily which is another distinct trait.

When it comes to their coat, Puggles usually have short, straight hair that lies close to the body.  The colour variations can vary quite a lot, but some of the more common Puggle coat colours include the following:

Fawn with or without a black mask, Tan with or without a black mask, Black, White, Tricoloured,

Temperament

Puggles are known to be playful and even-tempered little dogs which is why they are such a pleasure to have around.  They are intelligent and affectionate and boast having a boundless amount of energy.  They usually inherit their superb sense of smell from the Beagle and they love nothing more than tracking down any interesting scent they come across.  They are incredibly social little dogs that thrive in a family and home environment.

As such, they are a great choice for families where at least one person usually stays at home when everyone else is out of the house so they are rarely left alone.  However, some Puggles can be a lot more independent by nature and as a result they are far less clingy.  The problem is that because they are so cute, they often get away with doing things that larger dogs would not be allowed to do. 

Their socialisation has to include introducing them to as many new situations, people, noises, other animals and other dogs once they have been fully vaccinated.

When it comes to training, this too has to begin early bearing in mind that Puggles are sensitive characters having inherited this trait from both parent breeds.  As such, they do not answer well to harsh correction or heavier handed training methods.  They do, however, respond very well to positive reinforcement. 

Intelligence / Trainability

Because they are so inquisitive by nature, there’s nothing they like more than exploring new places especially if it’s somewhere they can pick up lots of new scents.  As such, care has to be taken as to where and when they are allowed to run off their leads because if a Puggle gets a whiff of something interesting, the chances are they will off and investigate what it is, turning a deaf ear to a recall command.

Puggles are highly intelligent little dogs and they love to please which in short means that in the right hands, these little dogs are easy to train.  The added bonus being they love the one-to-one attention they get during a training session. 

As previously mentioned, puppies need to be well socialised from a young enough age for them to grow up to be more outgoing, confident characters and their training has to start as soon as a puppy is bought home. 

Children and Other Pets

Puggles make wonderful family pets because they are so kind and gentle by nature.  However, they do like to be the centre of attention so it’s important that any “playtime” does not get too boisterous or rough.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Puggle is between 10 and 12 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

Caring for a Puggle / Grooming

As with any other breed, Puggles need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition.  They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they stay fit and healthy.  On top of this, dogs need to be fed a good quality diet that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Puggles are low maintenance when it comes to keeping their coats and skin in good condition thanks to their short, tight coats.  A weekly brush is all it takes to remove dead and loose hair and an occasional wipe over with a chamois leather keeps their coats glossy. 

Because they are prone to developing Cherry Eye, it’s important to regularly check a Puggle’s eyes so that if the condition is flaring up, it can be caught and treated sooner rather than later.  It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. 

Exercise

Puggles are energetic, intelligent dogs and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise combined with enough mental stimulation as possible for them to be truly happy, well-rounded dogs.  As such they need to be given at least 30 minutes exercise a day and the brisker the walk the better.

With this said, Puggle puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing.  This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs.  Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing problems later in their lives.

Feeding

If you get a Puggle puppy from Little Rascals we will give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. 

Older dogs are not known to be fussy or finicky eaters, but this does not mean you can feed them a lower quality diet.  It’s best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it’s good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements.  It’s also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight.

Average Cost to keep/care for a Puggle

If you are looking to buy a Puggle, you would need to pay anything from £300 to over £700 for a well-bred puppy.  The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Puggle in England would be £17.79 a month for basic cover or a lifetime policy, this would set you back £41.22 a month (quote as of June 2016).  When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry, to feed your dog making sure it suits the different stages of their lives.  This would set you back between £30 – £40 a month.  You need to factor in veterinary costs this includes their second vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Puggle would be between £50 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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