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Is a Puggle Right for You?

May 20, 2008
If you're considering buying a Puggle, you are no doubt researching this hybrid breed and learning everything you can about this type of dog and what kind of pets they make.

In the end, you will need to make your decision based not on Puggles' cuteness, though they are terribly cute, or on their fashionable status, although they are popular hybrids. In the end your decision will focus on whether a this dog would fit well in your family. To make that decision, you'll need to ask yourself four important questions, and evaluate the suitability of a this breed based on your answers to those questions.

First, you need to ask yourself if you want a purebred dog. If papers are important to you, and you want a dog with a pedigree from the AKC, then a Puggle may not be the best choice, because these dogs are a hybrid, rather than a recognized AKC breed. Many people love hybrid dogs. This is an area where your personal preference will make a large difference.

Second, you will want to think about your lifestyle. Do you have the energy for a spirited dog who will have a bright, vibrant personality and live life large? If you're hoping for a quiet, calm, mild dog with a passion for snoozing on the couch while you read a book, then a pug, the Puggle's parent, might be a better choice. But if you want a fun-loving dog who will make himself an exciting, and excitable, part of your life, the Puggle might be a great choice.

Third, you will need to ask yourself what kind of dog you want, in terms of personality. Some dogs are laid back and calm, and others are not. Pugs, for instance, are known as quiet companion dogs. Beagles are more high-energy. When you adopt a Puggle, you're adopting a ball of energy who may tend to be stubborn at times, needs a lot of attention and discipline in training, and will definitely have a "personality," for the good and bad of that.

Fourth, think about what you want a dog for. If you're hoping a beagle mix will go out hunting and hiking with you, you're probably going to find that the Puggle just isn't cut out to be a hunting/outdoor dog. They have very short legs, and while they have longer noses than Pugs, they just don't breathe as well as they could. On the other hand, if you want a dog to play with, cuddle with in small doses, and have as an active, important, fun-loving part of your family, a Puggle could be a great choice.

Finally, you should ask yourself why you want a designer dog, and why you want a Puggle. If your main reason for wanting this type of dog is that they are "so cute," it would be wise to think about whether a Puggle is the right choice. If, on the other hand, you have done your research and know a lot about them, understand their personalities and exactly what you're getting, and want one, you should definitely consider a Puggle.

Puggles are great dogs. They're not for everyone, but if you've made your decision off of good research on this type of dog, then you'll be very happy with your new pet.
About the Author
Christy Taylor, author, is a puggles lover as well as a breeder. You can find out lots of information about puggles at her website: http://www.pugglehugs.com
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