A puggle is a crossbreed dog between a Beagle and a Pug. The name puggle is a portmanteau, which follows a naming trend in "designer dog"[1] crossbreeding.[2][3]

Old Puggle.jpg
An adult Puggle.
Foundation stockBeagle, Pug
Variety statusNot recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
Adult Puggle
Puggles, because of the mix of pug, are often inclined to relax rather than play. They love to lounge in the sun.
A puppy Puggle.
An 8 year old Puggle. Note the white hair on the snout
A second generation Puggle with one Puggle parent and one pedigree Pug parent.

This crossbreed is sometimes classified as a designer dog.[4]


Wisconsin breeder Wallace Havens bred the first puggle in the 1980s.[5] Havens coined the name puggle and was the first to register the crossbreed with the American Canine Hybrid Club, an organization that tracks crossbred dogs.[citation needed] Although Havens was the first to officially breed a puggle, the history of puggles dates back to the 1980s when U.S. breeders experimented with creating new dogs.[6] By 2000, puggles were being sold commercially to pet owners wanting to own a different, distinctive dog.

No major kennel clubs or other breed registries – such as American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, and Canadian Kennel Club – recognize puggles as a dog breed. Puggles have sometimes been called designer dogs.[7]


Puggles are suitable family dogs, as they like to be around children and are very affectionate.[8] They have characteristics of Beagles, meaning they love to sniff for things and are excellent jumpers. Puggles grow to a mature weight of 14 to 40 pounds[9], with a shoulder height of 8 to 15 inches.[10] They can be a variety of colors and patterns depending on the characteristics inherited from the parent breeds. The most common colors are tan, fawn, or black. Mixed colors are not commonly found. They may have a short nose like a Pug, or a longer snout like a Beagle. The temperament of Puggles generally combines the active and inquisitive nature of the Beagle with the companionable nature of the Pug. These psychographic traits make it a companion breed with lower required exercise needs, though on walks they do tend to become quite thirsty. They have a high internal temperature and natural inclination to cuddle.[11]


Puggles can live up to 10-15 year on average. Both Beagles and Pugs can have cherry eye, but more importantly, they can inherit progressive retinal atrophy so reputable breeders will DNA test for this condition.[11] Puggles can also inherit hip dysplasia from one or both of their parents.[citation needed] Some puggles can have food and environmental allergies. If the allergies are serious enough, a special diet, prescription medication or steroid shots may be needed.[citation needed]

Puggles who have longer snouts like the Beagle parent are at a reduced risk of respiratory problems, however, puggles can occasionally have the respiratory ailments commonly found in Pugs (a breed known for being brachycephalic).[12] One nonthreatening respiratory ailment that puggles sometimes have is reverse sneezing (also called backwards sneezing or inspirational paroxysmal respiration).[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Dogs 101 - Designer Dogs". 30 May 2012.
  2. ^ Mount, Harry (15 November 2005). "New York's latest dog fad is the tiny puggle" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  3. ^ Gottfried, Miriam (20 April 2011). "When a Pug and a Beagle Fall in Love, It's a Puggle" – via www.wsj.com.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "The Modern Kennel Conundrum". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. ^ The Modern Kennel Conundrum, The New York Times, Feb. 4, 2007.
  7. ^ "Dogs 101 - Designer Dogs". Discovery Communications, LLC.
  8. ^ Flaim, Denise (1 November 2007). "Designer dogs: The huggable, trouble-full, dumpable puggle". The Seattle Times.
  9. ^ "Puggle Profil". puggle-on-tour.de. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Puggle". vetstreet.com. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Designer Dog Information". Puggle Information. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  12. ^ Park, Michael Y. (7 May 2006). "Huggable, but Only for a While" – via NYTimes.com.


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