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A Puggle is a cross between a Beagle and a Pug.,Wisconsin breeder Wallace Havens bred the first Puggle around 1980. Havens coined the name Puggle and was the first to register the cross with the American Canine Hybrid Club, an organization that tracks crossbred dogs. Although Havens was the first to officially breed a Puggle, Puggles’ history dates back to when American breeders experimented with breeding new dog breeds. By 2000, Puggles were being sold commercially to pet owners who wanted to own a different, distinctive dog.,Puggles make suitable family dogs as they enjoy being around children and are very affectionate. They have distinct Beagle characteristics which means they like to sniff things. Characteristic of a Pug is their unbelievable speed. The Puggle’s temperament generally combines the active and curious nature of the Beagle with the accompanying character of the Pug. These traits make it a pleasant companion with less required exercise needs, although they do tend to get quite thirsty on walks. They have a high internal temperature and a natural tendency to cuddle.,Puggles can live an average of 10 – 15 years. Both Beagles and Pugs can have an eye condition, but more importantly, they can inherit progressive retinal atrophy so reputable breeders will need to do DNA testing for this condition. Puggles can also inherit hip dysplasia from one or both parents. Some Puggles can have food and environmental allergies.,If the allergies are severe enough, a special diet or medication may be prescribed. Puggles with longer muzzles like the Beagle are at a lower risk of respiratory problems, but puggles can occasionally have the respiratory illnesses commonly found in Pugs. One non-threatening respiratory condition that Puggles sometimes have is reverse sneezing (also called backward sneezing or inspirational paroxysmal breathing).,The Puggle’s coat is short and smooth. The coat should be straight and never wavy or curly. The colors can be white, light (yellowish) brown, tricolor or black. They may also have a black mask; black masks are very common among Puggles. These dogs need little grooming because they lose little hair. Weekly short brushing is sufficient until they start moulting. If you would like to bathe a Puggle, it is recommended that you do not do this more than once a month.,