Puggle

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Puggle
Charlie the Puggle.jpg
A Puggle
BreedsCrossbreed of Beagle and Pug
 
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Puggle
Charlie the Puggle.jpg
A Puggle
BreedsCrossbreed of Beagle and Pug

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" crossbreeding.

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History[edit]

A Wisconsin breeder named Wallace Havens bred the first puggle in the 1980s[1]. 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[citation needed]. 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[citation needed]. 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. [2]

Description[edit]

Puggles grow to a mature weight of 15 to 30 pounds with a shoulder height of 8 to 15 inches.[3] 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.

Health[edit]

An adult puggle

Puggles are not necessarily healthier than their parent breeds.[4] 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 brachycephallic), which can be problematic.[citation needed] One common, nonthreatening respiratory ailment that Puggles sometimes suffer from is reverse sneezing (also called backwards sneezing or inspirational paroxysmal respiration).[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Modern Kennel Conundrum". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dogs 101 - Designer Dogs". Discovery Communications, LLC. 
  3. ^ "Puggle". vetstreet.com. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Designer Dogs: Meet the Puggle". FOXNews. 2005-11-04. Retrieved 2008-10-25.