What is a puggle? No, it’s not just another cute name for pugs—it’s a crossbreed between pugs and beagles.
The puggle is a relatively new type of dog, first bred back in the 1980s. They’re so new that the AKC and other official breed registries don’t actually consider puggles their own breed. But regardless of whether they’re official or not, puggle owners are fierce advocates for their dogs and are so glad they’re here. Here are just a few things puggle owners know and love about their pets.
1. You never know which traits you’re going to get
Will your puggle be a howler like the beagle, or happy to hang around the house like a pug? You never know with crossbreeds like the puggle, and you never know what kind of personality you’re going to get — which is just how puggle owners like it.
2. They shed a ton
Despite their relatively short hair, the puggle will happily shed enough to supply you with a whole other dog’s worth of fur.
3. They snore
Or they might, anyway, if they’ve taken on this particular pug characteristic. And man, when they snore, do they snore. Puggle owners just have to get used to the noise.
4. They’re super sweet
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These are some very good dogs. They’re affectionate and gentle and they don’t love conflict, so they respond best to positive training techniques.
5. But they can be stubborn
Is the beagle known for its obedience? Not exactly. How about the pug? Nope. So when you combine the two, you’re liable to get a particularly strong-headed pet. Patience and persistence are going to be key to training this willful pup.
6. They love food a lot
The pug and the beagle are both known for their proclivity for food—and their tendency to eat to excess—so puggle owners know to stick to feeding schedules and low-calorie or minimal treats for their pets.
7. They really enjoy people
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A good day for a puggle enjoys lots of interaction with their favorite humans, and even a few strangers, too. They’re naturally pretty sociable dogs, and they especially love to cuddle.
8. They’re friendly with other dogs, too
While every dog is unique, puggles owners typically work very hard to get their dogs to enjoy the company of other dogs. Which is great, because they’ll need a friend to run off all their meals with.