All About the Breed: Puggle

The Puggle is an energetic, affectionate, and loyal breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.

History

The origin of the Puggle can be traced back to 1980's Wisconsin, United States, when Wallace Havens began experimenting with crossing various breeds. Havens eventually crossed the Pug and the Beagle, and the Puggle was finally born.

Throughout its history, the Puggle has been most commonly kept as a companion, proving its superior abilities to provide both entertainment and enthusiastic companionship.

Today, the Puggle has attained a world wide popularity as an up-and-coming designer breed, family pet, and companion alike.

Personality Traits

Best known for its spunky and outgoing nature, the Puggle is full of character. This breed thrives on strong and dependable relationships with humans, and enjoys receiving attention and playing the role of lap dog on occasion. These dogs are very bright, yet somewhat stubborn and overly confident, creating moderate difficulty in training. As a pet, the Puggle is loyal, loving, and extremely affectionate. The Puggle adapts well to full-time indoor or apartment living, yet still enjoys spending time outdoors, playing games such as fetch, and having plenty of room to run, roam, and play.

Train-ability

Due to its stubborn and overly confident attitude, the Puggle can prove somewhat challenging to train. These dogs are known for growing bored and impatient with repetitive exercises and tasks.

Establishing immediate dominance, trust, and respect is key to successfully training the Puggle. This breed requires a confident and patient handler with a stern yet gentle approach to repetitive exercises and tasks.

Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed

There are many benefits to owning a Puggle, such as its no hassle, low maintenance coat. This spunky breed is always on the go, and often quite amusing and entertaining to watch while at play. When properly socialized from a young age, the Puggle gets along well with children and other pets, known for its sweet and gentle approach to small children and for its ability to make friends quickly with other pets. These dogs are alert and aware of their surroundings, serving as effective watch dogs by announcing the arrival of guests and unwanted visitors. The Puggle is loyal, loving, and very affectionate, making an excellent family pet and companion alike.

Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning a Puggle. While this breed adapts well to full-time indoor or apartment living, it does require large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play outdoors. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. A Puggle not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, digging, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.

The Puggle is known to enjoy digging, and is quite good at doing so. It is not unusual for this breed to dig a hole under a fence within the matter of only a few minutes. These dogs must be leashed or supervised at all times when outdoors.

This breed is known for being somewhat excitable when greeting its owners and while at play. Excessive barking, jumping, and full-body wags can lead to headaches and accidents. Proper training can reduce these behaviors in the Puggle.

Common Health Concerns

While the Puggle is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: Degenerative Disk Disease and other spinal conditions, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation - dislocation of the knee, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, skin allergies and infections, sensitivity to anesthesia, cherry eye, and cryptorchidism - failure of one or both of the testicles to fully descend.

Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own a Puggle? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.

Sources:

http://www.heydogs.com/p/puggle.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/puggle

Published by Mallory Collier

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