Puggle is a type of domestic dog, a cross breed of a Beagle and a Pug. Technically a mutt, the Puggle is often called a hybrid breed. Puggles are sweet-tempered, playful, energetic, intelligent, social, and affectionate. A puggle is a great companion. They are also very curious dogs.
Living With a Puggle
By Christy Taylor
A Puggle is a great dog to keep in the city. Although their Beagle blood makes them energetic little dogs, they are not over active and are happy living in an apartment. A porch or patio for them to lounge around in when the weather is nice if great, but they are happy without these luxuries.
The Puggle is a sociable little dog and likes to have people around. With a calm, gentle and patient nature, they get along very well with children. They accept strangers easily and your friends will be theirs. They are curious creatures and a careful eye has to be kept on them when they are taken to new places or their curiosity will get the better of them and they will wander off and often get into trouble. They like to run free and love being let loose in off leash areas. But before doing this make sure that you never take your eyes off the dog, or he will go exploring leaving you to go and find him!
Their Pug blood makes them sometimes a bit willful and their training as puppies has to be gentle yet firm. Being intelligent dogs, they learn fast but this same intelligence can often make them bored of repetitive tasks. Treat your Puggle with the intelligence he deserves and you will be fine. Another thing to remember is that they have an independent streak and need to be reminded who the boss is.
Affectionate and playful, the Puggle does not like to be left alone for extended periods of time. They tend to seek out occupied rooms of the house, so it is important that part of their training is to get used to being alone for reasonable periods of time. Crating a Puggle is a good way of doing this. The crate training has to be done slowly and carefully so that they come to look upon the crate as a place of their own, where the dog’s natural den instincts will allow him to feel comfortable. Having said this, Puggles are not the kind of dogs who will be happy alone at home from morning to night while you are away at work.
The Puggles are active dogs and needs their exercise. Playing around the house will use up some of their energy, but they will need at least one brisk walk everyday to give them enough opportunity to use up all the energy. If Puggles does not get enough exercise, their energy can turn into nervous energy at home and will affect their natural good temper.
Puggles are low maintenance dogs and all the need in the way of regular care is brushing (despite be short haired they tend to shed, especially in winter), ear cleaning, nail clipping and tooth brushing, along with regular visits to the vet for check ups.
The bottom line is that if you want a low maintenance, intelligent, friendly dog with a bit more energy than a normal lap dog but is, at the same time, very suitable for apartment life, the Puggle is a very good option.
Christy Taylor, author, is a breeder of Puggles. She also is the proud owner of her very own Puggles. Learn more about Puggles by visiting her website at http://www.pugglehugs.com