Puggles are known as a designer breed because they’re bred to be a perfect cross of two breeds – a Pug and a Beagle. Their owners hope they’ll display the best traits from both their parent breeds, like the Pug’s friendly, relaxed attitude and the Beagle’s longer nose, to make breathing easier. Puggles’ adorable appearances and lovable personalities make them one of the most popular hybrid breeds.
Puggles are friendly, active dogs who most enjoy being around people. They make amiable family companions who can adapt to living with children and other dogs. Both Beagles and Pugs can be stubborn during training, and Puggles retain an obstinate inclination. As a result, they can require extra effort and encouragement to learn tricks or commands, so positive reinforcement is the best training tactic. Still, Pugs are gentle dogs who make excellent companions for first-time pet owners or apartment dwellers. They are active and inquisitive playmates who look forward to outdoor exercise, especially in the close company of their owners. Not content to stay busy indoors like a Pug, Puggles will require a bit more exercise, like a Beagle.
Puggles have short, smooth double coats that look best with weekly brushing. They shed, like both their parent breeds. Their coats come in shades of fawn, black and tan. Some Puggles have black masks around their faces to offset their friendly faces, which can make them look like they’re perpetually smiling. Puggles have an adorably wrinkled face at the end of a longer snout. Combined with larger drop ears and a tail that’s both curled and longer, Puggles display some of the most lovable traits of both Pugs and Beagles. Their slightly elongated snout means they have fewer breathing problems than Pugs, but their facial wrinkles still need to be carefully washed and dried during baths.
No aspect of home dog grooming requires as much time and regular devotion as brushing. Routine brushing keeps your pet’s hair clean and tangle-free, while keeping his skin healthy by stimulating blood flow, removing dead hair and distributing natural oils.
Dogs with short coats are relatively low maintenance when it comes to brushing, although they shed their harsh coats constantly. As a result of their frequent shedding, they require at least a weekly brushing. Brush all the way down to the skin. If detangling is needed, use a slicker brush. You might want to follow up with a rubber curry brush to remove lose fur. Brush from front to back with short coats. A light mist of detangling spray after brushing brings out their coats' natural shine.
Pay special attention to the Puggle’s face after bathing to make sure the area around his facial wrinkles stays clean and dry.
Clipping or trimming your dog’s coat is far easier than you would ever imagine. With the right clipper, trimmer and scissors, giving your dog a haircut is easy on your wallet and your schedule.
Most dogs with short coats generally require occasional trims and tidying up in areas of excessive hair growth with trimmers or blunt scissors. It's always wise to take a dog for a short walk or exercise to calm them down before trimming. Remember to brush the coat first to remove tangles and mats. Use a trimmer or a scissors to even out areas around the tail, paws, sanitary areas and chest, as needed. When finished, the coat should lay flat and smooth against the body of most short-haired dogs.
Many dog owners are apprehensive about trimming their dog’s nails because they are nervous about cutting into the quick. But with the right conditioning and careful cutting, nail clipping can be a simple, stress-free activity for you and your dog.
Provide your dog with plenty of positive reinforcement and even treats to help associate nail clipping with a positive experience. As you start to clip, gently press on your dog’s paws to help him become accustomed to the feeling of having his nails clipped. Then, work gradually, shaving down just a thin portion of the nail at first to make sure you don’t reach the quick. Clip one nail, reward your dog with a treat, and stop to give him some positive reinforcement before moving on. Gradually increase the number of nails you clip in one sitting to help your dog get used to the process. Never trim extremely long nails down to a short nail in one sitting, because this is an excellent way to accidently quick the dog’s nail. Instead, work gradually, shaving small portions of your dog’s nails off each time.
You can tell if you’re getting close to the quick by the texture of your dog’s nail. The nail is hard closer to the surface and becomes softer as you get closer to the quick. If your dog’s nail starts to feel softer, that’s a good indication that you’re getting close to the quick.
Not all breeds and coat styles require routine trimming in and around the eyes and ears but all should undergo regular inspection and cleaning around these sensitive areas. Doing so will help prevent the development of infections that could seriously damage these amazing organs.
It is always important to routinely clean your dog's eyes and ears, and examine for potential infections. Some short-coated dogs, like hounds and mastiffs, have large, sensitive ears that should be checked weekly for infection and cleaned with a cotton ball. Gently wipe a cotton ball moistened with mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel in your dog's ear, being careful to avoid the ear canal. Never use a Q-Tip, which could cause damage to the inner ear if your dog suddenly shakes or jerks his head. Bushy hair growth within the ear can be thinned with tweezers or blunt scissors. Use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around the eyes, ears and face. If you have a small dog, like an Pug, take special care to clean around their eyes with a cotton ball or soft cloth and use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around their eyes to make sure they are comfortable. Dogs with facial wrinkles, like Pugs and Dogues de Bordeaux, be wiped down at least weekly to prevent infection.
Many owners do not realize how important it is to brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. Some dogs are prone to dental problems and sensitive teeth, especially small dogs with tiny teeth and dogs with special diets. These problems can be easily combatted with frequent brushing.
Cavities are rare with dogs but gum disease caused by tartar buildup is not, which is why they require regular brushing with toothpaste and a toothbrush formulated specifically for dogs. While daily brushing is ideal, doing so on a weekly basis will be a big help in avoiding the need to bring your dog to a veterinarian for a cleaning, which usually has to be done under sedation.