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Nicole Cosgrove

Puggle dog outdoor portrait

The Puggle is a mixed breed being the offspring of a Beagle and Pug. She can come in medium and toy sizes and has a life span of 10 to 15 years. She sometimes participates in agility competitions and is otherwise a very perky and happy little dog with a great deal of curiosity. She will literally follow her nose to wherever it may lead!

The Puggle is an inquisitive, loyal and perky dog. She does come with her own particularly needs and especially with the training you will need to put in the work with her. But she will love you and entertain you and when you get it right she is a dog you will love with all your heart.

Here is the Puggle at a Glance
Average height 13 to 15 inches
Average weight 18 to 30 pounds
Coat type Short, smooth, straight
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Frequent
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Slightly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional – some do inherit the howl
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Very good to Excellent
Good with other Dogs? Very good to Excellent
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Above average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good
Good Pet for new Owner? Good – training can be tough
Trainability Moderately difficult
Exercise Needs Moderate
Tendency to get Fat Very high
Major Health Concerns Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Addisons, Cushings, Legg-Perthes, Von Willebrands, Intervertebral disc disease, CBS,
Other Health Concerns Stenotic Nares, hip dysplasia, skin problems
Life Span 10 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to $900
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $355 to $450

Where does the Puggle come from?

The Puggle is a designer dog. These are dogs that are mixed breeds and have deliberately been created most often using two purebreds. Many have names that are blended from the parents names and most do not have any origins or history known about them. A lot in fact are bred by poor breeders and puppy mills because this trend in designer dogs is extremely popular, has been growing for the last 2 to 3 decades and makes them a lot of money.

The Puggle however is slightly different in that there is some information to be found on her creation. Havens from Wisconsin is credited by some sources as the first person to breed and register the name with the American Canine Hybrid Club. This was back in the 1980s in the U.S. She rose in popularity through the 1990s and into the 2000s thanks to her friendly nature and her interesting look. A decade ago she was one of the top most popular designer dogs. Breeders of Puggles are hoping for dogs who are the best from both parents, in this case a laid back dog with a sweet nature and novel looks. But genetics are not something breeders can really predict in most designer dogs so litters can vary in both personality and appearance.

The Pug

Pugs are Chinese and are a very old breed that can be found as far back as 206 BC. Emperors greatly valued them and they were pampered completely. When trading with Europe began in the late 1500s Pugs came over with Dutch traders. They became popular throughout Europe with the wealthy. He was known by different names in different countries, Mop in Germany, the Carlin in France and the Caganlino in Italy. His popularity continued into the Victorian era and he came to the US after the Civil War. While they were popular initially they eventually did fall out of favor.

The Pug’s purpose was never to be any kind of working dog like a hunter, ratter or even retriever. He was bred to be a companion and that was all. That is what he still is today. He will be quite content to sit in your lap all day if you let him, he expects your devotion and in return he will be devoted to you also. He can still be playful but is a far calmer dog than many!

The Beagle

The Beagle’s history is a little uncertain in some places as while we have reports of beagle like dogs from as far back as Roman times they were not the Beagles we know today. Used for hunting for a time they fell out of favor in the 18th century when foxhounds became popular and because Beagles were not that fast. However farmers continued to use them and that is what saved the breed. In the 1800s they were imported to America and there they were bred to be smaller. In the 1940s till the 1950s they were one of the more popular dogs there.

Today the Beagle is a sweet dog, funny but also quite naughty! Training and socialization is important and since they love their food so much occasional treats to bribe them to be good is recommended!


The Puggle is a gentle and affectionate dog and is a great companion dog for anyone though be prepared for the harder training. She gets on well with all ages from children up to seniors. She is intelligent and adaptable but does not like being left along for long periods and can suffer from separation anxiety. This leads to destructive behavior. She can be playful and has moderate exercise needs but she also loves a good cuddle. She often expresses a sense of humor that can be quite entertaining and is generally eager to please. She can be stubborn or may suddenly seem to choose not to hear you if she decides she knows better! Puggles bond quickly and closely, expect her to follow you around the house. She also has a curious nature and with the nose she gets from the Beagle she will follow new scents with enthusiasm. She is social and very cheerful and always loyal.

What does the Puggle look like

The Puggle is a small to medium sized dog. The medium version weighs 18 to 30 pounds and measures 13 to 15 inches tall. She has wrinkles like the Pug and can have a short snout or a longer muzzle. Her tail and ears tend to look more like a Beagle. She has a double coat, the under is dense and short and the topcoat is just a little longer and smooth. Colors common to her include black, tri-colored, white, red, lemon and fawn. Puggles who are fawn colored can also have black markings on the face.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Puggle need to be?

Puggles are moderately to fairly active, they will not be happy sleeping all day, they will need daily walks and playtime. They also need to have some mental challenges as well. A dog who is properly and regularly played with and taken out and stimulated will behave a lot better and live a longer and healthier life. Access to a yard is a nice bonus to have thought she can adapt to an apartment if it has some space for her to play in. She should get at least 30 minutes a day, perhaps two 15 minutes walks for example and then some play too. She is good for walking but not jogging. If she does play in a a yard make sure it is properly fenced as if she catches a scent and it leads out of the yard she will follow it. Be prepared for the scent tracking when out walking too.

Does she train quickly?

She is intelligent but is not known for being especially easy when it comes to training. She can be stubborn and selective on what she ‘hears’ and whether she wants to do it. Avoid letting frustration enter your tone and stay patient. Scolding or physical punishment is not going to make it go better. Be firm and consistent and use rewards like treats and praise to encourage her. Early socialization and training are important, the older she gets the more stuck in her ways she will get.

Living with a Puggle

How much grooming is needed?

She does shed a lot and will need brushing daily to keep up with the hair and keep the coat looking healthy. This means there is a lot of clean up and vacuuming to do after her as well on the couch, furnishings, your clothes and so on! Her coat is short and smooth so the brushing should be easy to do. She will need to bathed but just when she really needs it and use only a dog shampoo to clean her. Make sure that after a bath or any time in fact that she gets wet or sweaty that you clean and dry in her skin folds. Otherwise she could get infections there. Check her fold or wrinkles often too, signs of something wrong would be a discharge or redness. She will also need her teeth brushed at least twice a week and her nails trimmed when they get too long. Her ears should be checked once a week and wiped clean using a cotton ball and dog ear cleaning solution.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She is not known to be aggressive towards other dogs but can chase other pets and smaller animals. She is sweet and tends to be playful and affectionate towards children. She should be given early socialization to ensure she reacts as best she can to them and different situations and places. Teach your children how to play and touch dogs so that they do not hurt them. It may be a good idea to supervise her with younger children, especially if she is toy sized, so that they do not accidentally hurt her.

General information

She is an occasional barker and some do also have the Beagle howl. She is too friendly to be a good watchdog so do not expect her to alert you to any intruders! She will need ½ to 2 cups of good quality dry dog food split into two meals a day. She loves her food so make sure you watch what she eats and that she gets enough exercise.

Health Concerns

There is more chance at having a puppy that grows into a healthy dog if you buy from a trustworthy breeder not a puppy mill, pet store or other poor breeders. You can also ask to see health clearances for the parents to check the puppy is not at risk of inheriting their issues. A tip here is that since health clearances are not issued until the dog is 2 years older if they are breeding dogs younger than that, they cannot guarantee the parent’s good health. The Puggle’s parents are prone to Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Addisons, Cushings, Legg-Perthes, Von Willebrands, Intervertebral disc disease, CBS, Stenotic Nares, hip dysplasia and skin problems.

Costs involved in owning a Puggle

A Puggle puppy will cost between $300 to $900 and other initial costs will include blood tests, chipping, carrier, crate, deworming, shots, spaying and a collar and leash. These costs come to $455 to $500. Yearly medical costs coming to $460 to $550 will be for pet insurance, check ups, vaccinations and flea prevention. Other costs for things like treats, license, training, toys and food can come to between $355 to $450.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.