The Puggle is a cross between the Beagle and the Pug. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all designer hybrid are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses. The first Puggles ever bred were bred by a breeder named Wallace Havens.
Puggles can live up to 10-15 year on average. Both Beagles and Pugs can have the cherry eye, but more importantly, they can inherit progressive retinal atrophy so reputable breeders will DNA test for this condition. Puggles can also inherit hip dysplasia from one or both of their parents. Some puggles can have food and environmental allergies. If the allergies are serious enough, a special diet, prescription medication or steroid shots may be needed.
Puggles who have longer snouts like the Beagle parent are at a reduced risk of respiratory problems, however, puggles can occasionally have the respiratory ailments commonly found in Pugs (a breed known for being brachycephalic). One nonthreatening respiratory ailment that puggles sometimes have is reverse sneezing (also called backward sneezing or inspirational paroxysmal respiration).
Puggles are suitable family dogs, as they like to be around children and are very affectionate. They have characteristics of Beagles, meaning they love to sniff for things and are excellent jumpers. Some of their Pug characteristics include incredible land speed. Puggles grow to a mature weight of 15 to 40 pounds, with a shoulder height of 8 to 15 inches. They can be a variety of colors and patterns depending on the characteristics inherited from the parent breeds. The most common colors are tan, fawn, or black. Mixed colors are not commonly found.
They may have a short nose like the Pug, or a longer snout like a Beagle. The temperament of puggles generally combines the active and inquisitive nature of the Beagle with the companionable nature of the Pug. These psychographic traits make it a companion breed with lower required exercise needs, though on walks they do tend to become quite thirsty. They have a high internal temperature and natural inclination to cuddle.