Puggle puppies are very small and wrinkly. Their appearance is almost a perfect mix of Beagle and Pug, as is their temperament. Due to the fact that the Puggle is a hybrid and not a true breed, they have no set standard. This isn’t a huge issue, as most breed standards have been created as a guide for those interested in showing and registering their dog. On the other hand, the breed standard is also an ideal way for a potential dog owner to ensure the puppy they are interested in is healthy and comes from a quality breed line.
Therefore, since there is no standard for Puggles, and litters can be different depending on how the dogs are crossbred, you’ll need to inspect your Puggle puppies by keeping the following information in mind:
Temperament – Puggles are very outgoing and social. Puppies should not shy away or fear social interaction with humans. They are naturally playful, and should not be aggressive.
Appearance – The standard Puggle pup has a long body that is thick and stocky, closely resembling a Beagle. Their backs are level and extend into a long tail that is thick at the base and than tapers off. The tail is carried high over the back and often has a curl to it.
The legs of Puggle puppies are short. The front legs are well muscled and straight, while the back legs are well muscled with a well-bent stifle. The paws of the Puggle are quite large but not un-proportioned to the legs. The feet should face forward and not turn in or out.
The face of a Puggle is wrinkly like a Pug’s and they have large, round dark brown eyes. The eyes are very alert and expressive. The ears of the Puggle are large and floppy like a Beagle.
The snout is longer than a Pug’s, but shorter than a Beagle’s, and the nose is black and features large nostrils. The teeth of a puggle should form a complete and perfect scissor bite with the front teeth slightly overlapping the bottom teeth.
Although some Puggles may be multicolored with black and tan or tri-colored (black, tan, white) markings similar to a Beagle, the vast majorities of Puggle puppies are fawn in color. However, despite the coat color, all Puggles should have black masks similar to Pugs. Aside from the coloring, the coat should be smooth and short.
Health – Healthy Puggle puppies should have:
- White teeth and pink gums
- Clean ears that do not smell or leak discharge
- A cool damp or dry nose without discharge
- Clear eyes with an alert expression. There should be no gunk seeping from the eyes, or caked around them.
- There walk should be free of a limp
- Tail should be held high and not drooping low or carried between the legs
- Coat should be full -there should be no missing patches of fur
Purebred background check – Make sure you check out the breed standard for both the Pug and Beagle before you consider owning a Puggle. Knowing the good and bad traits associated with both breeds will give you an idea of what to expect from you dog. Remember, dogs resort back to their natural roots, and since Puggle puppies have two different natural roots inbred in them, you’ll likely end up with mixed traits of both breeds.