Do puggles make good pets?
That question could not be answered with an unequivocal yes or no. The reason for this is simple, certain people or families need certain types of dogs that fit their lifestyle. Therefore, that question comes with hundreds of other questions, different for each individual. Are Puggles good with children? Do Puggels need a lot of space? How big are Puggles?, etc.
Obviously I couldn’t answer all of those questions, however I have four Puggles of my own so at least I can give my honest opinion on the positives and negatives of Puggle.
First the positives, in my opinion they are the cutest dogs on the planet and can be playful and loving in perfect amounts. They love to cuddle and are great at making you feel loved. They have a very easygoing temperament which makes them great with children of any age. They grow to a very moderate size (40lbs max) and are actually available in a smaller version known as a “Pocket Puggle”. These smaller Puggles tend to top out at around 20 pounds.
Of course, as with everything, if there are positives, there are negatives. Puggles are very needy little dogs. They need a lot of attention and a good amount of exercise. Also, I have heard of people having a hard time fully training them at home, I personally have not had this problem, but I have heard this on a few occasions. Lastly, they are a fairly new breed of “hybrid type” so there isn’t a ton of Puggle information out there, it can become a learn as you go, fail as you go process if you’re not careful. A responsible dog owner does whatever research he can, in an attempt to avoid going into the “failure on the fly” process.
A side note, because this is a new breed, you have to consider a fairly high level of nutrition for Puggles. Most dog owners and prospective dog owners don’t realize how important a dog’s diet is. Believe it or not, there are plenty of dangers in dog food, and when dealing with a dog that has such a short history, it’s best to play it safe and stick to a quality diet.
The only negatives I can think of are really a result of its short history. With breeds that have been around much longer, troubleshooting guides are a dime a dozen. Puggles themselves are readily available, but a true Puggle is the result of a male Pug crossed with a female Beagle. I think we are starting to see a lot of Puggle to Puggle pups posing as real Puggles, as they become more and more popular.
If you are looking for a Puggle or Puggle puppy, you should try to acquire one from a reputable breeder. If you want the chance to know that you are getting a Puggle that is actually the result of a Pug that was bred to a Beagle, I’ll give you a little trick. Most Puggle to Puggle litters will have much more diversity than a Pug to Beagle litter. Ask to see their littermates, when there are pug faces, beagle faces, fawn, black, By-&-Tri-colors, all in the same litter, that’s usually a dead giveaway, usually. Litter diversity is not an exact science in determining parents, but it can be used as a good clue.
Again, I can’t stress this enough, your dog’s diet can dictate exactly how long you share memories for, sorry to be a bit morbid, but it’s indeed a serious problem.