Adopt a Puggle - No Breeder Needed!

If you’re looking for an energetic family dog that is good with kids, look no further. The Puggle is perfect for young, active families or energetic adults. The breed is a “hybrid” of the Pug and Beagle breeds, and retains many general characteristics of both. They weigh between 15-30 pounds and have large ears, and a short snout.  

Energy, Temperament and Personality
The Puggle has an almost endless supply of energy and loves to play. The breed is considered to be very smart, but stubborn. This makes them a little more difficult to train, but they do respond extremely well to food-based training. Daily walks are a requirement to help keep them calm at night. They like to chew when they are younger, but regular exercise will help keep them under control.
Puggles are famous for their personalities and have retained the “companion dog” mentality from the Pug breed. They love people other dogs (almost too much) and will play with even the biggest dogs at the dog park. They tend to play a little rough though, so make sure to monitor your dog around smaller breeds. They are stockier than other dogs their size and sometimes don’t realize it.
From the Beagle side, they retain the “tracking” characteristics. The constant sniffing also makes them a little tough to walk or train. They love to play tracking or hide-and-seek type games. Barking can also be an issue with the Puggle, but usually not to the point of it being a problem.
Temperament and Children
One of the best qualities of the Puggle is its general good temperament with small children. Kids have the tendency to pull on their ears or tail, but Puggles are usually very tolerant and loving of kids. However, like with any dog, always make sure to always keep a careful eye on them while around children.
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Their short coat can be black or fawn and is generally coarse like a Pug. Both the Beagle and Pug are big time shedders, and the Puggle is no different. Brushing should occur a couple times a week. Using a brush like the “Furminator” will help to get the undercoat as well.
Unique Health Issues
There are a few health issues that tend to pop up in this mixed-breed dog, the most prevalent of which is allergies. They tend to have food allergies and environmental allergies. Their short snout tends to get irritated more easily than other dogs and can lead to a lot of “reverse sneezing”. Generally this is not something to worry about and can be easily treated with a food change or a trip to the vet for advice. Snoring is also common in Puggles.
Flying with your Puggle can be a challenge. Many airlines have restrictions on short-snouted dogs due to the environment in the lower cabin of the plane. This is not usually an issue, but if your flight has you sitting on the runway for a long period of time, heat could build up in the cabin where pets are kept. This is an issue because their short snout makes it a little harder to breathe and regulate temperature. For this reason, you may need to sign a waiver form to allow them to fly. We suggest using an airline where you know the pets are kept in a temperature-controlled cabin at all times, like Pet Airways. Airlines are coming around a bit more on pet travel, but we suggest going with the best if you can. 

Breeding and Breeders
As with many of the popular “hybrid” dog breeds, there has been a ton of over-breeding of Puggles. At the same time, the down turn in the economy has caused a lot of people to move out of their homes in to apartments that may not be pet friendly. Unfortunately, these two situations together have caused a spike in the number of people giving up their dogs for adoption or abandoning them. Fortunately for you, you’ve found our site. Start here to find a Puggle or Beagle and Pug mixes in your area to adopt.  Use the Search Listings page to narrow down results to your area.  
Featured Puggle Animal Rescue

Our featured rescue organization is Puggles and Pitties in San Diego. If you’re in their area and would like to skip the breeder, start here. In many cases with shelters and rescue organizations, the adoption fee covers at least the first round of shots for your new furry family member. One top of saving a life, you’ll most likely be saving money by not going to a breeder.    

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