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Puggle - The Historical Puzzle

May 20, 2008
Puggle stands as a wonderful example of today's trend in creating dog hybrids. Dog hybrid is often known as crossbreds. These are usually designer dogs born from parents of two different breeds. This planned mixing of different breeds are intended to obtain certain characteristics in the new puppy. Puggle is a crossbred between pug and beagle. A puggle is bred in different ways. It can be born by crossbreeding a pug and beagle, a puggle and beagle, and a pug and puggle. Since this new breed is an independent one, breeding two puggles as well can produce a puggle.

Puggle has a very short history. The first puggle was bred back in the year 2000. American Canine Hybrid Club has recognized this new breed. However like most of the designer dogs, puggles are not recognized by American Kennel Club or in other major organizations, but are accepted in some dog shows.

Puggle is found to be better breed than its pure breed parents they are derived from. It is a stronger dog with increased health and vigor than its parents, since many health weaknesses are not observed in them. But it is worth mentioning that puggles are susceptible to overeating and catching cold like pug. Usually puggles are intelligent and their playful disposition makes it difficult to train them up. However at heart this dog is a clown and easily catches tricks and behaviors that ring out their true character.

Puggles are on an average 13-15 inches at the shoulder and they weigh around 15-30 pounds. There is a special type of puggle, named Pocket Puggle, and they differ from the regular variety and they weigh around 10 pounds. As far as the health of this dog is concerned, they can develop snoring and other breathing problems such as wheezing, although their muzzle is slightly longer than a pug. Obesity is often noticed in these dogs because of their habit of overeating. Often breathing problems are noticed in them due to vigorous exercise. They have a generous life span of 12-15 years.

Puggles are generally low maintenance dogs, hence their grooming is quite easier. Occasionally they need bath and can be cleaned often by rubbing with wet towels. Brushing them regularly helps keep their coat glossy and clean. Although puggles don't bear as many wrinkles as pugs do, still their wrinkles need to be wiped daily. During spring puggles shed a lot leaving hairs wherever they roam about.

Puggles are renowned for their friendly and loving nature. They prefer to stay in their master's laps and fellow family members. They are equally comfortable in outdoor, running and playing in the fresh air. The social and affectionate nature of the puggle has earned them the popularity of being an excellent family pet.
About the Author
Christy Taylor, author, is the proud owner of her own Puggle. She is also an in-house breeder for Puggles. To learn more about the Puggle breed, visit her website at http://www.pugglehugs.com
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