|Breeds||Crossbreed of Beagle and Pug|
A Wisconsin breeder named Wallace Havens bred the first puggle in the 1980s. 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. By 2000, puggles were being sold commercially to pet owners wanting to own a different, distinctive dog.
Puggles grow to a mature weight of 15 to 30 pounds with a shoulder height of 8 to 15 inches. 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.
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 brachycephalic), 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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