Monday, January 02, 2006

"Hi, I'm the not so proud owner of Chloe the 10 mo. old Puggle I wrote about in one of you blogs. I just wanted to let you know that you have hit the nail on the head with your opinion of Puggles. My dog has bit my daughter in the face over food. She is very aggressive when it comes to her bones or anything she can eat. Once it's hers there's no taking it back!

I hope everyone thinking about a Puggle reads your concerns and hears what you're saying. We were told by the pet store (big mistake) that they were "Great with kids!!!" Well, now my daughter has a scar on her face and my son is heart broken because we are coming to the conclusion that this dog is not trust worthy and will probably need to be put down.

To add insult to injury, I thought we were making major progress on the house breaking. Yesterday I discovered that she has been urinating in my living room in the corner when no one is looking. She'll go outside if you catch her before she goes, but if you’re not watching, she does what ever she wants.

So far, the only quality I can find in these dogs is that they are cute.

Heart Broken"

I am sorry this had to happen. I have been warning people now for over a month to avoid the whole Puggle craze. Note: this owner got her dog at a pet store, which is the first mistake. Second, the dog turned out to be just what I said it would be.


They have a lot of pet stores here in Arizona. I saw a Dogue de Bordeaux in one of the major shopping malls over Christmas. That pup WAS NOT happy being there, and the experience was not good for him. Dogs like that are already prone to being wary of strangers, and it wasn't good for that pup to be on display in a glass case, away from its momma. Further, such a dog is known to have serious potential health problems, so you really need to be working directly with a reputable breeder instead of a pet store. I wouldn't doubt that pup was selling for $2,500... but that will be a mere pittance compared to the probable costs the owner will have to spend on remedial dog training and medical care. It just might turn out to be the $15,000 dog, and still die before it reaches 5 years old.

You should NEVER buy a pup from a pet store. Never. And note the store told her what they needed to in order to make the sale. A reputable breeder won't sell to just anyone... they will ask you a lot of questions, and oftentimes put you through some hoops to prove you are a responsible pet owner. A pet store will sell you a dog if you come up with the cash, period.

Some of the problems this person is having with her Puggle can be overcome with training, and before this dog is put down, it would be worth trying. That is why I sell downloadable e-Lessons. Not everyone has a good trainer in their town. You can find the e-Lessons at my web page, which is
http://www.samthedogtrainer.com/


UPDATE: I have had more time since I originally posted this article. I have worked with and been around many Puggles since. They are nice dogs... provided you understand that you need to raise and train them properly. Yes, they are a lot like Beagles, and so if you like a Beagle, and understand that temperament, then you'll do OK with a Puggle. And my warnings about potential behavior problems has held true. Puggle owners have primarily struggled with the same issues Beagle owners have to face: aggression, brattiness and house training problems. All this can be headed off if you get a trainer and don't try to do this stuff yourself, or let the problem get so bad that everyone in the household hates your dog and forces you to get rid of it. I like the Puggle, I don't like fads. I don't like seeing dogs suffer because of stupid people making impulse puppy purchase decisions

24 comments:

kirkmarstar said...

Finally!! A website that tells the truth about Puggles. I am also sadly an owner of a 1 year old Puggle that has just about sent me to the looney bin. She is AWFUL! Terrible aggression problems. My trainer works with 5 puggles, all have aggression and temper problems. I think within the next couple of months,we are going to be hearing about this more and more....Puggles in shelters, puggles in rescues, puggles being put down--because of aggression.

Also, her barking....nonstop, and so loud.

My Puggle was started on Xanax yesterday, and I think it may be making her worse. If medication doesn't work, I think we are going to have to put her down. She is trying to kill one of my pugs.

We already tried finding her a new home, but her separation anxiety was too great and she went crazy--peeing and pooping everywhere, tearing up the place.

This has been the most heart wrenching, stressful, and home-wrecking experience of my life.

alexmarie3 said...

My Puggle, Lily, is one year old. She is a wonderful dog. We got her @ 2 months old and house trained her within 1 month. We took her to obedience classes and she was very smart and attentive. She learned very quickly!
I bring her to the dog park 4-5 days a week and everyone there loves her. She is great with the kids. She does get very excited during feeding times, but she has NEVER bitten us! She does bark often, but she is half Beagle, what did you expect? Every type of dog has both good and not so good characteristics/qualities. Dogs take a lot of time and patience. They don't teach themselves.

KatEpp31 said...

I have been in love with puggles since I first spotted one here in NC way before they became "the designer dog". I finally got one at Thanksgiving last year and although he's very active he's also very sweet. He did not come from a pet store which I feel made the biggest difference and he stayed with my cousin until I was able to get him from Indiana. Even after introducing him to a whole new environment he's has adapted quickly. I had no problems housebreaking him nor crate training. He rarely barks and never growls at my son nor does he try to hurt him. He is protective over his food but only with our cats so I have not seen any aggression problems in him in the least. I truly believe however that if you give them enough stimuli they respond better. I have went through toys like crazy but it's worth it to keep him active and happy. I certainly would not trade him for anything in the world not only that but I'd love to have another eventually. It's just like any other animal they all have different personalities and different needs. I would say that puggles aren't any worse or better than any other breed so no matter which way you go just always be careful or where you buy from.

Toni Ann said...

My wife and I purchased an 8 week old puggle around mid January. He was sent to us from Oklahoma. Wrigley is a very sweet dog with bouts of hyperness that has to be combated with exercise. Many people purchase a dog for the "cute" factor and then don't exercise their dogs...when I say exercise I mean walking your dog, throwing balls to the dog, making the dog work for their treats and food. We established from day 1 that Wrigley has to work for his food, he sits until we say the words "Okay". When Wrigley showed signs of possible aggression upon hording, we corrected it quick. I don't like how people blame the dog, when instead it's their lack of ability to do 3 simple things....exercise, discipline, and affection in that order (thank you Cesar Milan). My puggle is in very lean condition, according to my Vet he is the leanest puggle he has seen (given the recent influx of them at his office).
So stop overfeeding, stop medicating, stop letting your dog control you...throw on some gym shoes fatty's and work your dog out, you probably need it your self.

malie said...

I just have to say I totally agree with Toni Ann. I do not own a puggle, but my husband and I are looking to get one soon. We have a 5 year old daughter and everyone we've talked to that owns a puggle has told us how great they are with kids, these are people that have small children of their own. Pets are not fashion acessories, if you're going to get one than you need to be responsible and take care of it!!

fred said...

The rescues and purebreed websites have finally found a venue to voice their mis-information about hybrid breeds such as the Puggle. Often they will use a board such as this with a fake name and address/ profile to post horrid stories to deter consumers from buying a hybrid puppy. Most cite that there are many in shelters about to be killed when in fact it is untrue. Many people have asked me for a Puggle only after searching for one from shelters across the country. The behavior problems (for any dog) begin with the care from the breeder and then by the new owner. This doesn't mean that buying the best food and fluffy bed are levels of care that influence behavior. While diet and environment do contribute to the overall well being- there should also be socialization.
Many dog owners purchase a puppy thinking they can leave it at home alone while they are at work for 8 hours or more. The owner then comes home to a mess then scolds the puppy for making the mess. The puppies are left to fend for themselves in a totally new environment and get scared just like humans so the last thing they need is to be scolded for tearing something up or defacating and urinating everywhere.
Many times children lose the interest in a new puppy after they see how much work is involved then the responsibility usually falls back on mom or dad. They don't want it (additional pressures) so they give it to the pound.
I personally have a Puggle from one of the litters I bred a year ago. She has never displayed aggression. In fact we take her with us everywhere we go. She interacts with other dogs, children, cats, and even hens from the hen house (when they escape) on a regular basis. She barks as much as any other dog will but it's not excessive. If you have excessive barking it's usually an indication that the dog doesn't have something it needs like water, food, socialization , and even excercise. Dogs can have all the feelings that humans have but have different ways of expressing themselves.
Puggles are easily trainable contrary to the statements I've found on other boards. It takes an owner who is willing to commit the time and patience to follow through with the training to get results. I have had many customers who have trained their Puggle and none have had aggression problems.
The latest fad is not the case here. Many people who have Puggles are often stopped on the street or in the park by people who ask about them based on their look, personality, size, and overall good manners.

Amber said...

Submission exercises have done wonders for my 9 month old puggle. My vet taught them to me and everyone in the household should do them. Puggles have the tendency to want to dominate everyone and everything and submission puts them in their place. Puggles love to play, there is no question about that, but, my puggle has NEVER been aggressive in any way, shape, or form. This is an issue that needs to be addressed if you feel some of the behavior is malicious.

jessica said...

Puggles are wonderful dogs- if raised correctly, as with ANY dog. They are very active and do need a lot of attention/exercise/walks. And some light obedience training is always good. I have had my Puggle for a year and a half, and I got him when he was 6 months old. He only wants to please, and is eager to learn and obey. I had no problem house training and crate training him.

Since he was a puppy when I got him, he did have a tendency to "nip" as puppies do when playing. I fixed that by saying "no bite" when he would try and nip, and now when we're playing he licks you instead of what he would normally do, which is nip at you. He is aggressive when you play with him, however, his tail is wagging like crazy and he is smiling at you the whole time.

Don't put a dog down right away. Keep in mind kids often are VERY aggressive with dogs, and that isn't good especially with young dogs because they don't understand it.

Shame on you for considering putting a dog down without investing the time needed to exercise and properly train the dog. Irresponsible dog owners like you should never be allowed to own a pet. Puggles are wonderful- great with adults, other dogs, and kids. Mine absolutley ADORES my younger cousins (ages 3-10), and is so gentle and affectionate with them.

Nurture over nature people. There aren't any bad dogs- just bad owners.

the kissing bandit said...

i rescued a 2 year old puggle before I had even heard of a puggle, he just looked cute.

He is the best dog ever. When we first got him, however, I wanted to rip my hair out. He was sooooo energetic, and was not housbroken. The thing is, once I started training him, he whiipped right into shape. He has never shown agression (except for hte occasion chew toy during a game of tug) and other than the barking (he is part beagle) he is an amazing pup and I wouldt trade him for the world. It is ALL about how you train them, even 2 yr old shelter rescuse dogs with NO training whatsoever, if you are willing to put in the effort.

sandyinny said...

I have a 13 month old puggle named Tess. I adopted her from a shelter when she was 6 months old. She had spent most of her first six months in a crate because her first owner couldn't handle her puppy behaviors. Her paw pads were so soft from being in the crate and she had no training whatsoever. I already owned an 8 year old lab shepard mix that I had adopted from a shelter five years ago. His name is Mickey and he is just about the best behaved and loyal dog ever. As far as Tess goes, here's the good things about her. She gets along great with Mickey. They wrestle. She also likes to groom him and snuggle with him. She is great on a leash. She is very intelligent and loves people. She also likes to snuggle when it is bedtime. And she likes to play fetch with the ball. And she is not a barker. Now for the bad. She is still not housebroken. She is very destructive. My carpet is ruined and she is destroying my furniture. She likes to chase my cats and grab them by their ears. She gets aggressive towards me when she plays with me and tries to nip me. When I reprimand her, she waits until I am doing something else and returns to the bad behavior. She is digging holes in my yard - though at least it keeps her busy and from destroying my house. I know that you have to take the good with the bad, but this is getting ridiculous. I don't know what else to do. Returning her to the shelter is absolutely not an option. I would never do that. I have been involved in cat rescue for many years and am totally against dumping off in a shelter. I have all the patience in the world and could use any advice on how to break her bad habits. I am very committed to her.

TJT said...

I have a two year old puggle and she is the sweetest dog. There is not one bit of aggressiveness in her. She plays fine with other dogs and loves people even more.

Jenny said...

we have a 10 month old puggle who was purchased at a pet store. we didn't know anything about puggles and we hadn't even a clue that purchasing dogs from a pet store is a bad move. the one thing we did understand when we decided to take him home was that any dog would take a ton of responsibility and work to raise properly. we immediately got to work and researched ways to best care for him. i am not going to lie and say that it was easy, because it wasn't at all. our puggle is stubborn and often, he does what he wants to do when we're not looking. we attribute part of the disobedience to his short attention span and we hope that with continued training and patience, he'll come around.

our puggle was housebroken within two weeks and although he makes booboos here and there, he tries. he only shows aggression when we allow him (tug of war)... and what you say is right, puggles have a lot of energy, especially at his young age.... but we make sure to take him for long walks and do the best we can to let him relieve his pent up energy.

puggles are not perfect by any means, but i dont know if there are any breeds out there that are perfectly obedient all the time. from my experience, i believe puggles make excellent pets. they are affectionate, smart and playful. puggles, like any other dogs out there, will be what the owner will allow them to be. any fits of aggression or problems you face with the dog is more of a reflection of the owner than anything. if you are having problems with your puggle and are unwilling to work patiently with the dog to come up with a solution, try to pass them along to someone who can better care for the it instead of putting the dog down.

Nicole said...

My 7 Month old Puggle is GREAT, I'm 20 years old, just got a new home, and my very first pet. So i am new to the training world. And My puggle is wonderful, She had some biting issues from when i got her at 8 weeks old to about 5 months old. And with a little training and scolding She's so good now, You can put your face right up against hers and you will never see her bite someone. When she has her treats or toys you can grab it and take it away and she won't bark or bite or growl, she'll just follow you around until you drop it.. now if another dog tries taking her toys she gets a little angry, nothing to be worried about, she's great with other dogs and people. The only issue i have with her now is the potty training issue. She soils her crate in the night about 2 times a week. we are still working on that. But we think that has to do with how the breeders had her before we did. And if anyone can give me some tips on that it would be helpful, we've tried making the kennel smaller, keeping it very clean and taking the blankets out. Anyway, I don't believe its the puggle that is the problem dogs here, i think every different kind of dog can have an attitude, every dog is different. So don't bash the puggles, obviously my puggle and many other puggles are Great pets.

Michelle said...

I am very experienced with dogs. I have owned many and had a pet care business for five years. My mother has a pet care business for about 20 years and my aunt is a breeder.

We bought a puggle at a pet store a year ago. We had never purchased a dog before but fell in love with out Pugs right away. He did come from a bad breeder. He had already had a hernia repair operation and his testicles never fell. The biggest problem we have is that we believe he was taken from his mother at about 4 weeks of age; then had the hernia repair operation, put in a crate and shipped from Missouri to Nevada where we purchased him (total crate time 4 - 8 weeks). As a result, I could never crate train him. He would injure his self trying to get out of the crate. He has the worst case of separation anxiety I have ever seen - witnessed by his trainer and vet. It is only when he is left alone that he barks a lot. This is a training issue and he has gotten much better.

He is a wonderful dog. He is very loving and gentle. He wakes us up with little nudges and kisses. He is the smartest dog we have ever owned. (I really think he is smarter than me and my husband put together!) While he is extremely smart, he is also extremely stubborn. He is growing out of some of the stubborn. The only stubborn problem we still have is that he likes to chew on things in the dog park and won't drop them or bring them to us. This can be trained out of him eventually. (And I blame my husband for not enforcing the "drop it" command at home.)

He has passed the Canine Good Citizen and Service Dog exams. He will be taking a Therapy Dog exam soon (he could do it now, but I just don't have the time for the training evaluations).

He absolutely loves children (and we don't have any). We worked very, very hard to socialize him with other dogs and children. He does very well with them and is so gentle. This is something you have to train a dog. They don't just know how to be gentle with children. They often see a child as a littermate and they do nip and wrestle with their littermates. You have to teach a dog that a child is NOT a littermater.

Proper soliciazation with other puppies is also helpful. When puppies play bite each other they learn that biting hurts and stop biting - then only mouthing in wrestling matches.

He does like to "control the humans", but you have to be firm and establish rules. Once we teach him a rule, he is so good about following it. It is just a matter of teaching him. His desire to please is tremendous. He is very proud when he makes us happy and does a good job. Female dogs are more willing to please than males, in my experience.

As far as aggression, this is a training issue. You have to teach him that you are in charge. It doesn't take that much time, really. Puggles are very smart. You have to let them know the rules and be consistant and stick to them. (Watch the Dog Whisper, buy or get the DVD's at the library)

Sometimes, you may need a different trainer. The first trainer we had said that Pugs problem heeling was "his breed". The second trainer was able to teach him to heel properly in one class.

Puggles do require a lot of exercise. This is something that should be considered before getting one. I walked our dog for about four hours a day until a few months ago. Now we walk about two hours a day. I also let him run free in the dog park every other day for an hour. This makes a huge difference. If we skip these activities, you can see that he is almost ready to just explode with energy.

Please don't think it is all bad about Puggles. My last dog was a pitbull and she was an angel. It is not the breed. It is how you raise them and train them.

Unfortunately, we will hear about more puggles in shelter, resucues and being put down - not because of aggression, but because people don't properly research the breed before buying them and then don't take the time and energy and yes, WORK, to train them. As humans, we bear that responsibility.

I wish you and your puggle the best. The resources are out there to help you. They do work!

Kimberly said...

You MUST BE KIDDING!!!! Puggles are AWESOME dogs! As with any type of dog... It begins with the breeding. If agressive dogs are bred (REGARDLESS of what type of dog)... They have aggressive pups!!! It's not rocket science. If you're going to buy a dog, it's best to go through a breeder so you can know the parents temperment. I've seen Pitbulls that are SWEET as can be!!! And Labs that are ferocious!!! And it was all due to how they were bred!

Puggles are hyper dogs (because of the beagle in them)... But they're loyal BEYOND BELIEF and FRIENDLY!!! They LOVE to play... They LOVE to cuddle!!! They are truly a LAP DOG! They want to curl up on your lap or next to you when they nap...

And for the poster who said they're going to put the dog down because of a bite.... GIVE IT TO A PUGGLE RESCUE!!! Someone can care for that dog!!! Unreal!!! I cannot believe you're going to put the dog down!!! WTF?!

AMusingMuse said...

Excellent site! I too have a puggle that is now 9 months old. She is a doll. We did purchase her through a pet store and have had no problems with aggression because we've stayed on top of it. Owners must realize that a dog wants to 1st: be the alpha dog, correct this by establishing you're the boss; 2nd: belong, they need lots of exercise, equal attention(if you have other pets) and lots of patience for the first year. Maggie has learned that she will listen or be punished. She's continuing to learn and yes, makes mistakes. People forget that dogs are not "one of the family" and treat their pets like a person. They are a dog. Putting an animal down simply because you are clueless about how to train and keep your dog is stupid. Research the breed you wish to buy and learn everything you can (Dog Whisperer). "Mouthing" can be stopped when they are young. Buy lots of chewy toys for teething. Crate your pet when you leave. We also have a Golden Retriever (also bought from a pet store) and he tore up our house when we left. Now he has Maggie and is fine. Even dogs get lonely. Make sure you have time for your pet, otherwise, buy a stuffed animal.

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amanda said...

I own a female puggle who is a 1 1/2 years old.
We got her from a breeder in Ohio with lots of referrals. She took only took a little over a month to train and we got her at 3 months. She grew to 25lbs but still considered a smaller medium sized dog.
She is as sweet as pie. I have a few neices and nephews that LOVE her, she has never bitten, snapped, or been violent EVER to anyone. They rub all over her face and pull her ears and she couldn't be happier. And even though she isn't considered a lap dog, she loves to cuddle!
Every trick I've taught her has only taken about half and hour, she is almost too smart!
Do they bark when needed, yes! They are dogs, thats what they're supposed to do!
Do some bark more than usual?
Probably, so then train them! Thats no different than a handful of other breeds!
Some babies cry more than others, I'm sure you don't "put them down" that!
As a smart buyer you HAVE to do your research before buying a dog.
Where are they coming from, what are they mixed with? What are those breeds like?
Do I even want to take the time to take care of this thing? Or do I just want it to sit around quietly and never do anything or say anything?
Most dog buyers do it on a whim, and are too lazy to train them, or don't do their research to match what would possibly be a better fit for them.
If you want a dog to lie there and follow you around like a robot, thats what you should of bought! A little toy robot dog from a toy store.
And those that have the arguement of they got bigger than what someone told me, they bark too loud, etc, etc... Don't blame it on the dog that you were too lazy to do research about pugs and beagles. Thats YOUR fault. And then the poor dog gets your slack when you run to get it put down!

Its a sickening habit we have.

I love my dog and I don't regret a thing about getting her. That breed shouldn't get portrayed that way, not all are as described here. In that case any dog breed can be a headache to deal with if you don't want to deal with it...

Marilyn said...

I see many comments and issues- good and bad here but no solutions. I really need some solutions. We own 2 puggles. Our boy is great- we got him as a pup. Our girl is a rescue and we've had her for over a year now. WHen we leave she is destructive and pees and poops in the house. She is taken out before we leave regularly and many times refuses to pee when we're on walks but returns to the house to piss on the floor. I don't know what to do. In our last apartment it cost us $1300 to replace the carpets. Now we have hardwood and I hoped because the smell was gone she would stop, but she didnt. HELP

Lauren said...

I have two female puggles. One I bought from a pet store she (roxanne) was 9 months old and on sale. Now she is 4 years old. I adopted another female puggle (chevelle) 2 months ago and she is 3 years old. They get along great and love to play with each other. The only problems that I've been having with them is when we take walks. I walk them both at the same time and if we happen to come across other dogs. Roxanne gets very excited and defensive when she sees another dog on her walk. So if she starts getting hyper chevelle follows her lead. Then roxanne turns on chevelle and they start a serious fight with each other. It's difficult for me to get them separated and calmed down. I'm not sure why they turn on each other like this in that situation because they get along great otherwise. I have taken them to off lease dog parks and they play very well with the other dogs. It's very odd and I'm not sure how to fix it. I've started training them on the leash to heal, but once there is another dog in the picture it's like i'm not even there. I'm afraid I might have to start walking them separately to avoid the fighting.

Kelli with an i said...

I am here to defend the Puggle. My 17 year old got one for free from someone off of fb. I have had numerous dogs in my lifetime and I am a Veterianarian Assist. So, from experience I have been amazed at the personality of the Puggle. This breed of a pug and beagle is a comical, loyal, stubborn, smart, and very energetick combination. With all of these characteristics this equals = TIME and TRAINING. and this equals = a wonderful pet. You have to understand the breeds here to know what to expect. Beagles love to hunt, sniff, dig, bark, and are very smart. But need alot of excercise. You can't keep them locked up in a room or crate for hours and expect them to be a perfect dog. My puggle is non stop energy that is annoying at times but I had to learn to take time for her needs. She needed other dogs to play with in a big fenced in yard, she needed a schedule, she needed praise,she needed structure in her life. Not just thrown in the house and expect this type of breed to be a lazy no personality lap dog. Sorry, but that is your fault for not researching. This is one of the most interesting combinations of a hybrid outcome I have ever seen but wouldn't trade for anything. I love her funny ways and I deal with her stubborness and she also tried the nipping when she was excited to see someone. It wasn't aggression but I started then letting her know it wasn't accepted by changing my voice and rolling her over on her back and saing "NO". As she is getting older she isn't as hyper as you all say because I have 2 other older small dogs that run her legs off in the fenced yard. And they all collapse later. Her energy has to be gotten out in some way and "thank goodness" the others tolerate her and if they don't they put her in her place. You have to be leader of your pack and puggles are really smart, they want to learn. So use the bottled up energy that your dog has and start training with treats, and be consistent and firm, along with excercise. Your puggle will soon start to actually, feel more secure and you will see a personality difference that will make you a wonderful pet. This breed does take more time and patience but I have never seen such a "happy" dog all of the time. I have grouchy chihuahua's and she even has them acting younger, more playful and they are nicer to people now. One thing our puggle is scared of the dark, any loud noises, other dogs barking, so she will run and hide behind us. But she is only 6 months and is learning from my other dogs. Good luck with your puggle, EXCERCISING this breed is the answer and they love to please you along with getting a treat. Be patient she is worth it.

The Crazy Cat Lady said...

Anyone willing to kill a dog because they cannot handle their behavior should seriously consider if they should own on at all! You should look on the internet for a breed specific i.e. puggle rescue. I adopted by puggle at the age of six months from a local shelter. She had been dumped their because her owner said that she could not handle her puppy behaviors. Tess, then known as Scarlet, had spent so much time in the crate that her paws were as soft as a newborns. I have had her for 2 1/2 years. It has been a long road. Yes, she does have food aggression but I make sure that she is not put into a position to feel the need to be aggressive. And, she has learned that I a the pack leader and can take food right out of her mouth. Unfortunately, there are potty issues. I am going to be taking her to the vet because I suspect that she has incontinent issues. Did you ever consider that as an issue? And, my puggle only really barks if she hears something or wants my attention. She loves to cuddle and lays right by my side in bed. We fall asleep to the TV together. I just recently adoptioned a puppy from a shelter. And, boy, he can be a handleful at times. And, it has made me realize that puppies in and of themselves are a handful. You need to understand what you are getting into when adding a puppy to your family. You should have adopted an adult. There are plenty in the shelters waiting to be euthanized. And, did you check the breeds that a puggle is? Guess what? Beagles are barkers. I adore my puggle and have no regrets. There are no bad dogs, just bad owners. A dog should not have to lose their life because you didn't do your homework about caring for a puppy, puggle or otherwise.

venturemommy said...

We got our puggle Milo at 8 wks old. We crate trained him and were consistent with outdoor potty training after a week and a half he got the idea. He's a very affectionate loving family dog. Not aggressive lives to play catch go to the park. He doesn't get any human food strickly holistic dog food and treats. He can sit give paw lie down roll over training was a breeze because of our consistent effort to train. He is now 10 months we wouldn't trade for the world. I disagree when I hear people say they are terrible dogs. Be consistent with training provide lots of exercise and ensure there is toys to keep him occupied. You get from your pet what you put into it. Good-luck!

motheroftwo said...

we have a five month old female puggle. she is amazing with the kids, she does jump up to try and kiss and sometimes theyll get a scratch or shell chase them as they run and play outside and try to nip the back of their heels but it is never in an aggresive way. she barks when she hears the door , and at company until she gets use to them after a few minutes as shes very unsure of new ppl. she also barks at ppl outside thru the window lol. as do most dogs. she is very friendly and does get into things as she is a pup. we cant leave food unattended really but never has shetried to take it from us ourselves..i have always got right down beside her when she ate and held her bones she chews on and got my kids to as well ever since we got her....she knows she is to let us take what we want from her and does as she knows she should. she has pee dribbles her and there when we arrive home on the way in the door as she is so excited , but all in all she trained very well for the most part . very few issues that way and was going to the door and barkkng to let us know she needed out by ten weeks old. truth be told our little Angel as we named her has turned out to be pretty much that, she is far from perfect however for five months she is doing great. i prob. should mention i run an in home daycare and work three nights a week serving, so angel luckily isnt alone for more than a couple of hours at a time and i do know that that may have a lot to do with her demeaner as well as puggles require a lot of attention and affection..please dont blame the breed ..puggles r excellemt with kids and they r very loving....when i arrive home and the kids arent with me they' on a family sleepover angel searches the house whimpering for them...my kids r 7and4 andangel loves us all to peices as we do her. one down fall she sheds like crazy!!!

nicolette said...

We found our puggle wandering down a busy street when she was about a year old. We did everything we could to find the owners, but it soon became apparent that she had been dumped: she had numerous parasite infestations, serious infections, and horrible behavior issues. She had never been walked on a leash, looked at us strangely when we would pet her, went to the bathroom everywhere, and we suspected she had been kept outside all of the time. She was also very aggressive and attacked my little terrier many times. It was an absolute nightmare. That was four years ago. With consistent discipline, good health care, attention, play, exercise and routine she has become an extremely loyal and affectionate dog. She is sweet mannered (most of the time, but we can anticipate and prevent problems), intelligent and absolutely delightful. I don't know that I would purposefully go out of my way to obtain another puggle, but I do admit that our hard work and consistent care have paid off in a wonderful way, and we do love her very much.