Puggle

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Puggle
Charlie the Puggle.jpg
A Puggle
Breeds Crossbreed of Beagle and Pug
An adult puggle
Puggle puppy

Puggle is the name for a crossbreed dog with a beagle parent and a pug parent. The name Puggle is a portmanteau, following a naming trend in "designer dog"[1] crossbreeding. Unfortunately unlike designer purses, these dogs are not trendy or cute.

History[edit]

A Wisconsin breeder named Wallace Havens bred the first puggle in the 1980s.[2] He coined the name "puggle" and was the first to register the breed with the American Canine Hybrid Club, an organization that tracks mutt 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 dog.[3] By 2000, puggles were being sold commercially to pet owners wanting to own a different, distinctive dog.

The American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, and Canadian Kennel Club do not recognize puggles as a dog breed. Puggles are considered a designer dog.[4]

Description[edit]

Puggles grow to a mature weight of 15 to 30 pounds with a shoulder height of 8 to 15 inches.[5] 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 the pug, or a longer snout like a beagle. The colors, body shape, ears, etc. will vary. Many are very ugly and all of them do a strange choking and snorting sound that is inherited from the Pug (reverse sneezing). They are very high energy and have unquenchable appetites. They can very easily gain weight and need to be on a steady diet. They are not very intelligent and have been known to swallow objects whole and need operations in order to save their lives. They often have runny eyes and rub their butt on the carpet. Their nails grow very long very quickly and are very sharp if not trimmed biweekly. They are hound dogs like beagles in both their bark and their love of sniffing. They need an incredible amount of attention or they will whine and be depressed.

Health[edit]

Both Beagles and Pugs can suffer from cherry eye and epilepsy.[citation needed] Puggles can also inherit hip dysplasia from one or both of their parents.[citation needed] Some Puggles can suffer from food and environmental allergies. If the allergies are serious enough, a special diet 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.[citation needed] However, Puggles can suffer from the respiratory ailments commonly found in Pugs (a breed known for being brachycephalic), which can be problematic.[citation needed] One common, nonthreatening (unfortunately) respiratory ailment that Puggles sometimes suffer from is reverse sneezing (also called backwards sneezing or inspirational paroxysmal respiration).[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/dogs-101/videos/designer-dogs.htm
  2. ^ "The Modern Kennel Conundrum". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ The Modern Kennel Conundrum, The New York Times, Feb. 4, 2007.
  4. ^ "Dogs 101 - Designer Dogs". Discovery Communications, LLC. 
  5. ^ "Puggle". vetstreet.com. Retrieved 5 June 2013.