|Breeds||Crossbreed of Beagle and Pug|
A Wisconsin breeder named Wallace Havens bred the first puggle in the 1990s. He also coined the name "puggle" and was the first to register the breed with the American Canine Hybrid Club, an organization that tracks mutt dogs. Although Havens was the first to officially breed a puggle, the history of Puggles dates back to the 1980's when U.S. Breeders experimented with creating new dog breeds. By 2000, puggles were being sold commercially to pet owners wanting to own a different, distinctive dog.
He later came under fire for operating a large scale puppy mill housing more than 1100 animals. Havens was suspended by the American Kennel Club for ten years for refusing kennel inspections, and in 2008 his operation was shut down by the Wisconsin Humane Society. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has repeatedly cited him for inadequate care of animals. Legitimate breed associations such as the AKC, the UKC, and the CKC, do not recognize Puggles as a dog breed. Puggles are one of the top three designer dogs.
Puggles tend to grow to a mature weight of 30 pounds unless over fed. 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 isn't commonly found. They may have a short nose like the pug, or a longer snout like a beagle. The colors, body shape, ears, etc. will vary.
Puggles are not necessarily healthier than their parent breeds. Both Beagles and Pugs can suffer from cherry eye and epilepsy. Puggles can also inherit hip dysplasia from one or both of their parents. Some Puggles can suffer from food and environmental allergies. If the allergies are serious enough, a special diet or steroid shots may be needed.
Puggles who have longer snouts like the Beagle parent are at a reduced risk of respiratory problems. However, Puggles can suffer from the respiratory ailments commonly found in Pugs (a breed known for being brachycephallic), which can be problematic. One common, nonthreatening respiratory ailment that Puggles sometimes suffer from is reverse sneezing (also called backwards sneezing or inspirational paroxysmal respiration).
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