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Puggle: Breed Characteristics, Care &
Exercise Needs (Beagle-Pug)

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About Puggle

Country of Origin, History of Puggles

There is no known date when the Puggle breed originated, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in the 1980s that Wallace Havens of Wisconsin officially created the first Puggle by mixing Pug and Beagle.

Later, designer dog breeders in North America continued to develop Puggles to have an intelligent, affectionate, companion dog. As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, Puggles became more and more popular.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Puggle is a mix of the Pug and the Beagle. Be sure to learn about both breeds to better understand your dog. Most Puggles have the wrinkles of a Pug and long body of the Beagle, but beyond that, they can have any combination of characteristics – long or short legs, long or short muzzle, smooth or curly fur, etc. Because both breeds are stubborn and independent, you can expect an independent dog who learns and obeys when he wants to. The Puggle is friendly with people, kids, and other dogs and enjoys socializing. They may chase other pets.

Puggles are loving, smart, and protective. Puggles enjoy activity, but can tire easily and need a short rest. They like walks and playtimes. They also enjoy sitting around with their people. They can suffer separation anxiety. They also tend to bark and (or bay), so that should be taken into account if you live in an apartment. They tend to dig and wander off while chasing a rabbit or squirrel if not in a fenced yard.


Most Puggles have a short, silky double coat. Colors include black, tan, fawn, lemon, and red with white or black markings.


18 – 30 pounds (Toy Puggles weigh 8 – 17 pounds)


13 – 17 inches (Toy Puggles are less than 13 inches)

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Puggle Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.


The Puggle can be a challenge to train. They may be resistant to housetraining. They will be stubborn to the point of ignoring their owner’s commands. Start socializing and training early, using positive reinforcement, and continue throughout the dog’s life to help with etiquette, alleviating separation anxiety, and keeping the dog involved in life.

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Puggle Activity Level

How active is the breed?

The love to play, but sometimes get winded or tired or hot and must stop and rest. Keeping them active in positive ways will help them not to be destructive (such as digging up your yard). Keep your Puggle on a leash when he is not in a fenced yard so he does not run off chasing another animal.


Puggles shed a lot so must be groomed nearly daily. Many Puggles have the wrinkles of the pug which must be kept clean to avoid skin issues. Baths should be kept to a minimum and the dog should be dried completely, especially between skin folds. Eyes and ears should be checked frequently. Some Puggles’ eyes need their eyes wiped throughout the day. Trim nails at least once a month and brush teeth at least three times a week.

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Health and Care

While the SWD seems to be a very healthy breed there are some issues that the SWD have, just like all other breeds. There are cases of Hip Dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder carefully.

All breeding dogs should have their hips tested, either by OFA or PennHIP. There have been a few cases of PRA reported in Europe so it is advised that all breeders should test their breeding stock for PRA and other such genetic eye diseases with a yearly CERF exam. A responsible breeder will be able to produce the results in writing.

Like other Water Dogs and related breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept dry and clean. . Because these dogs are (as a general rule) so active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing.

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs: none

Other Recognition:

ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club (Puggle)
DBR = Designer Breed Registry (Puggle)
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Puggle)
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry® (Puggle)

Group: Mixed Breed Dog

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.

Also Known As: Beagle-Pug

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