What is a Puggle and How Do I Care For My Hybrid Dog?
What is a Puggle?
Puggles, while not a recognized breed officially, are gaining in popularity. A Puggle is a hybrid or cross-breed between a beagle and a pug. They are known for their energy and many people find them to be adorable to look at, as well. The first Puggles were introduced about 10 years ago, and since that time, interest in Puggles has steadily increased. There are a numbr of factors to be aware of and consider when deciding if this particular hybrid dog type is a good match for you and some basic considerations for the care of your Puggle if you are already a proud owner of one.
What Should I Feed My Puggle?
Typically, Puggles make for quite small pets, but you'd never guess that by their appetites. It's important to regulate the amount of food that your Puggle is getting to avoid it become overweight. This is particularly the case if feeding lower quality, grain-based or otherwise high carb dog food. Even with superior quality, high protein food, your Puggle should generally be eating only 1 1/4 cups to 1 2/3 cups. As with any pet-related advice, it's always best to consult your veterinarian and follow their specific directions.
How Often Do I Need Walk My Puggle?
Daily exercise is absolutely essential with Puggles. They need to get out for walks each day, and they can be somewhat demanding when it comes to attention and activity. This is a good dog for those who prefer an active lifestyle, but as long as a pet owner is willing to make the commitment to providing regular exercise and play, a Puggle can be a good fit for nearly anyone. Care must be taken during exercise, as the short muzzle on this particular type of dog can contribute to exhaustion and fatigue, especially during hot weather. Always keep water handy, and if possible choose to exercise the dog in a shaded area instead of direct sunlight.
How To Care For a Puggle - General Info
It's recommended to brush Puggle's coats at least once a week to keep them properly maintained and looking nice. You'll also want to take care to regularly check and clean the ears, as well as brush teeth and clip nails. It may take some doing to get your pet to cooperate with this routine, particularly with the nail clippings and tooth brushing, but with patience and a lot of praise, everyone involved can become comfortable after a short period of adjustment.
What Is A Pocket Puggle?
Toy or Pocket Puggles, as they are often called are merely smaller Puggles. As Puggles are already quite small as a result of their cross-beeding, many breeders consider Miniature Puggles to be the result of improper and irresponsible breeding. Health risks increase as size decreases, and in addition, genetic anomalies are a valid concern. Exercise caution when dealing with someone selling Mini Puggles, as what you receive may not be a Puggle at all, or at best will be a dog no smaller than a regular sized Puggle or possibly a runt that is further prone to having health problems.
Choosing a Puggle
Dealing with a registered breeder will increase the likelihood you are receiving a healthy Puggle. The breeder should be able to provide you with information on the parents, including their registration as pure-breeds.
Choosing a Puggle for a pet can be a rewarding experience, but as with any pet, the owner must be responsible with the care they provide and in the case of this particular type of dog, should take additional precautions. With a bit of care your Puggle can lead a long and happy life.