Sunday, November 27, 2005

Don't Buy A Puggle For Christmas!

My predictions about the Puggle are coming true. I have been receiving some feedback on owning a Puggle, and owners are confirming that they are hard to housetrain, they are very nose oriented, they don’t obey very well, and act much like a Beagle.

If you wouldn’t want to own a Beagle, you won’t want to own a Puggle. Study Beagles and see if they would work for your home and lifestyle.

Beagles can make great pets, but many families, especially with small kids, have trouble owning Beagles. They are a specialty breed and they aren’t for first time, inexperienced dog owners.

We still don’t know if the adult dogs are going to be healthy or have a ton of expensive medical problems.

Ignore my advice at your own peril... because if this dog doesn't work out for you, you are going to be one of many who drops this poor dog off at a shelter somewhere. It happened when Dalmatians were the fad after the "101 Dalmatians" movie, and then 2 years later the shelters were full of them. It is wrong to get a dog, if you aren't SURE this dog will be with you for the rest of its natural life.

My advice continues to be: DON’T BUY A PUGGLE!

20 comments:

Kat J Crowe said...

I think that targeting a specific type of dog is irresponsible of you... isn't it true that any responsible owner should be careful and research any dog?? If you are warning people not to acquire mixed breed dogs, shouldn't you be saying... don't get a dog from the pound... the majority of dogs there are mixed breeds and you don't know what you will end up with. Many people fall in love with purebred puppies without knowing the traits of the breed... Maybe next time you should just come out and say... don't buy a puppy unless you are prepared...

Emily said...

I am the owner of a 5 month old male puggle who is absolutely wonderful! He is completely housebroken and obeys commands like sit, down, stay, and come. They are very intelligent dogs who just need more direction from a loving, informed owner. I am so impressed with how smart and loving this dog is that I am buying a female puggle puppy in September. The best advice for a new dog owner is to not take advice from Pooch Master. Anyone who is going to tell you that one specific breed of dog is aweful obviously knows nothing about being a responsible dog owner. A puggle is not a dog for the type of owner who is not willing to train and be patient with a dog. You have to teach them obedience and be consistent, but this is easy if you do it correctly. Once a puggle knows you are the boss (like any other dog) they fall right into line. I have had many dogs over the years, and puggles are still my favorite.

kirkmarstar said...

That is very rude of you people to call them an irresponsible, ill-informed owner. You don't know anything about them.

I know that nothing could be further from the truth in MY case.

I have a pug and a pug/shar pei mix and they are great dogs and I have a lot of experience with the pug breed. It's easy to think that another pug mix would be great too. Not the case with my puggle and 4 other puggles my trainer knows and works with and several other puggles I have found about on this website as well as others websites. My friend owns a pug rescue...an she is getting calls for Puggles all the time, and she won't take them because they are so bad.

The total of FIVE puggles that my trainer works with ALL have the same problems...Bad tempered, short tempered, aggressive, and stubborn about training. Yes, they are smart. Yes, they are very loving and sweet and absolutely adorable, but it is coming to light that MANY of these puggles are not turning out right.

How long have you other people owned your puggles? 5 months? Yeah, my puggle was WONDERFUL at 5 months too! Check in with us in 5 more months and see how he is. My puggle is a year and had a gradual decline starting at 7 months and now she is so dangerous to the point where our trainer is recommending euthinizing her.

And is your puggle an only dog? Yeah, trying throwing another dog in the picture and see what happens.

Now...before you call me irresponsible or ill-equip. I work with this dog literally EVERY WAKING HOUR! I have done extensive training with her and am currently even trying medication. I am recently seeking counsel of a certified behaviorist of a vetinary college because she is so bad that the trainer and the vet recommended it because they feel her case is so severe and behind their expertise.

She has attacked numerous dogs and bitten us the owners a combined total of 5 times--and I'm taking puncturing the skin bites.

My other dogs are just fine, so her behavior is not a reflection of me.

I hope to GOD that your Puggles stay well behaved and continue to be loving, obediant, and well-mannered dogs. Just don't be so rude and judgmental of other dog owners that have problems with their dogs....there is a little thing called genetics that neither the dog nor the owner can control.

Have some respect folks.

imobsolete1 said...

I have traditionally been a "cat person" for 23 years. However, I made a decision last year, based on what I understood was accurate: Puggles are good with children.
She is not only absolutely gentle, yet reasonably playful with my 2 year old nephew, she is a perfect combination of confidence, respect and is playful with other animals. (dogs or cats) Oh, and she only barks if a car honks or a dog barks on T.V. (but Not in person..-weird!)
This said, I realize that there are other puggles that are not well-behaved. Whether HUMAN or DOG or CAT, to say that one breed is consistently worse or not is just ridiculous.

Emily said...

I absolutely LOVE & ADORE my puggle!!! I think it's the best breed in the world!!!! She's the sweetest, happiest, most loving dog I've ever owned or met.

Jessica said...

my male puggle is a year old and very well behaved, he sits, lays, shakes, rolls over, dances, and stays off the furniture, is wonderful with my 2 and 3 year old daughters, and is good and reasonably playful with other animals (dogs, cats, and even our guinea pig). Any animal can be good or bad it isn't necassarily a breed that makes the dog. Many humans have behavioral issues no matter how they were raised so it isnt far fetched that some dogs would have simalar issues. I am thankful that we have one of the GREAT puggles.

~ames~ said...

my puggle is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. she was housebroken within 3 weeks, at the current date knows how to heel, sit, shake, shake with the other paw, dance, lay down, speak and crawl. and IF she gets loud, I simply say "shhhhh" and she switches to her 'whisper bark'. She was easily trained, gets along amazingly well with other dogs, and LOVES my friends daughters and my godson. YEAH she was a little rambunctious when she was a pup... but thats to be expected.

and the HONEST TO GOD TRUTH IS... a dog is only as good as its owner.

There are no bad dogs. They are just good dogs that didnt get the good chance that the others got. its sad, really, when an owner cant realize this. so sad. when an owner 'gives up' on their dog, they're really just deciding they dont want to try anymore, and its probably a result of not putting in enough effort in the first place.

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Tina said...

I don't own a puggle. I don't find them particularly cute, but that is besides the point because all the puggles I know are just awful. I thought it was just the one at my boyfriend's apartment complex and we blamed the owner mostly. There are now TWO at the new complex I live in and they are awful too! Their bark is enough to make you want to pull your ears out of your head. And whoever thought TWO was better than ONE never heard these dogs bark together. It's deafening!!! In all honesty it's NOT the dog's fault because beagles are breed to be HUNTING DOGS and are supposed to bark like that. It's the people who insist on keeping them cooped up in an apartment in the city all day long...not a good idea by the way. Bottom line don't even consider this dog for one second unless you have two things: a good set of ear plugs and LOTS of PATIENCE!!!

Bella08 said...

I have a 5 month old puggle. She was a bit stubborn at first, but now she is getting the hang of it. She does understand what "no" means. She was potty trained in less than two weeks. She is great with my other two dogs, she is good with kids, she is totally adorable. One thing for sure is that she is full of energy. I LOVE MY PUGGLE!

Pamela Fox said...

I have a 5 month old puggle and she is so delightful. She is very social, loves people and gets along with all the dogs she has come in contact with at the dog park and daycare. Not to mention that she seems to think the mailman and delivery men come solely to see her. It is quite amusing! I must say she has been very easy to train, the only set backs to her training have been due to my own mistakes in being a bit lazy and inconsistent. As said by a dog behaviorist I work with "training really isn't so much about the dog, it's more so about training the owner and teaching them how to communicate with their pet." Of coarse some dogs are smarter than others just as humans are, but my experience with my puggle has been nothing but a joy. Yes, I have heard puggles are stubborn but the aspects of this behavior I have found pretty comical.. the great part about this personality trait is that they are quick to learn when they want something they will do anything to get it. (referring to treats ) Making their learning process much faster.

The said...

Not only are puggles hard to train, but they are bred by back yard shit breeders who are greedy and just want to make money breeding mutts...FUCKED UP SHIT PEOPLE. mutts are wonderful wonderful dogs, and everytime you drop 1500 for a stupid fucking puggle mutt ten other mixed breeds who are probably healthier get the shot in the pound. These little fuckers make my blood just boil. Ugly, stupid, and really represent pure irresponsibility in the breeding world. if you pay for a mutt fuck puggle your an idiot. Not a real breed. call them beagle pug mixes or mutts and STOP PAYING FOR THEM IDIOTS

Lori said...

ANY dog is going to have good and bad points. I live in a condo and my mutt/ Puggle is one of the best dogs in the building. She almost NEVER barks or howls, she is very obedient, very good with all her dog park friends and so affectionate, She is not a without being a baby. She's a dog's dog. Why? Because BEFORE we got a dog (paid a shelter for her) we studied how to raise a dog. For those elitist people that think pure breeds are so great...why are your medical bills skyrocketing? Inbreeding is not what natutre intended. I'd love a big dog, but space is an issue. My Puggle is fun, loving and a fantastic addition to the home. All dogs have good and bad points. But to know a trained og of any bred is to lovre it.

jv1987 said...

This comment is for "The". You are a complete frikkin MORON. By the way speak, your'e probably abusive to animals as well as people. You should crawl back into the disgusting hole you came out of and just wither away. Bye!

jv1987 said...

This comment is for "The". You are a complete Frikkin MORON. I don't think you should even own any type of pet. By your stupid ignorant comment you probably shouldn't be around any animal or human for that matter. Why don't you crawl back into the hole you came out of and just wither away.. Maybe? just a suggestion. Loser...........

vincent said...

Im not going to waste too much time on commenting on "the" it does not deserve anymore blog space! I really hope that "the" does not have a dog or any other pet as it is truly a vile ignorent individual!

I have a two year old F2 male Puggle, Vinnie who is my first dog which me, my girlfriend and anyone else for that matter who meets him adore!

Yes he was stubborn to train and is a very confident, assertive dog. He takes after his master I suppose so I can't blame him for that! He likes to wrestle with me and rag fluffy things/toys around! He is not aggressive in anyway what-so-ever I must emphasise! Nor is he destructive, the worst he has done is chew several pairs of my flip-flops, a hat or two and he likes sunglasses too! He is a thief, pick-pocket to be more exact! He knows nice things are kept in my coat pockets and handbags! When he is bad I tell him to get in his basket and he does.

As Vinnie is my first dog I chose to go to Obedience classes which helped me more than anything on how to handle any dog! He sits, lays down, fetches things, stays, comes, paws and dances! He is very intelligent and I have an incredible bond with him! My mum says he always has one eye on me. He is extremely tactile, he loves to cuddle me and be near me.

If anyone who is reading this is thinking of getting a Puggle I cannot say enough good things about my Puggle! He is fantastic with kids of all ages and gets very excited whenever he sees one, yet is gentle at the same time. All he wants to do is give them a flying lick in the face! He is very playful and is constantly bringing me toys and ropes.

He is very nose orientated and beagles are known for wandering, and he does. However I trust him enough and know when I call him he will come sprinting too me! I choose to take him to beaches and go rock climbing with him as there are no scents for him to pick up so he is more attentive to me. He has become exceptionally good at climbing now and is a good way of keeping there claws short as they do grow very fast especially the fronts!

Vin can be dominant with some random male dogs. I always know when he is about to go with another male as he first does "the stare" by this time I have caught up with him! This only happens 1 in 10 and some of his friends are males. He could not hurt another dog or human for that matter as his jaws are not very powerful and he has small stumpy teeth. I am surprised at some people's comments regarding bites as they really don't hurt!!! I'm always putting socks over my hand and pretending to be a creature biting him and I'm sorry no Puggle can break skin!!! He is a very large male-15kgs and does not have the power to do so. It is my fault for his boysterous behaviour as I wrestle with him till he is submissive. I am not doing this now as I don't want to get him castrated!

I hope I have been helpful!

Kristen said...

everyone scroll down and look at "the"....who writes that...im gonna sick my puggle stanley on him bc his feelings were hurt

Melissa said...

Puggles, like any other dog, can be good or bad. It not only depends on how their raised, but also on their background. My 76 year old grandmother has a puggle, he adores her and she lives for him. He gets along with all people, from infants through elderly, has learned how to ignore cats,(though sometimes thinks they're a fun game), and when I rescued my American Staffordshire Terrier, he welcomed her right into the house. They play great together, they cuddle together, and rarely fight over toys.

HOWEVER, puggles are VERY intelligent dogs (i think) and VERY VERY mischievous. If you turn your back, they will almost always be into something. They love food and will stop at nothing to steal it. This is at least the case with him and two other female puggles I know. I understand no one can make breed generalizations (when I tell people I rescued a pitbull the ill-informed are in shock, but if I say AmStaf, since they have no idea they are one and the same its ok).. but to me, puggles are not for first time owners, or people who want a dog that will be alone most of the day, because you might come back to a house implosion.

kdogg009 said...

i have had a puggle for some time now and have had no problems with her anymore than i did with my other dogs. if i was being honest i had more trouble with my lab than my puggle! she was a little energetic at first BUT SHE WAS A PUPPY and they have a lot of energy so i took her for walks and to dog groups so she could play. she is great with other dogs no problems at all, if shes to rough she gets put in her place, just like dogs do naturally so its healthy for them to be like that. anyone who truely believes that one breed of dog is not worthy of any love is utterly wrong and it is without a doubt a terrible and irresponsible remark to say, at any point, to anyone, about any dog!! i was trying to find dog treats and came across this site which claims to be for a guy who calls himself - Pooch Master - Sam The Dog Trainer- Dog Training - Behaviorist?!?!?!

seriously... this is terrible advice and i truely hope noone listens to it. i picked my puggle up at a shelter, for possibly the reasons you mentioned, but have spent time to train her and now we are great together. no noise, no biting, we run together, shes great with kids and other dogs, doesnt tear up my house when i leave 9like a lot of dogs do!). anyone who has happened to read this far (im sure a few of you will have stopped due to the ignorance by a few people on this comments page) and is still reading now, please do not be afraid of this breed, at all! they are loving, sweet, very trainable and just all round a good dog. as with anything it just takes a bit of time to egt the best results :) i hope this helped.

foreverblue127 said...

I have a puggle who is a year old. He is great with my daughter. He adores her. He is also great with our other dogs and cats. He has never had any problems house training. He doesn't bark or howl. Walks good on a leash and plays fetch. Listens when you tell him do something.He is calm and can be very playful. All around excellent dog:-)