The puggle is a medium-sized dog with a stocky build and short coat. It is not a true breed and is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. It is known as a hybrid, and can be registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club.
The puggle is a hybrid or cross between two existing, recognized breeds: the pug and the beagle. According to Puggle Savvy, puggles may be produced in four ways. These include breeding a purebred pug to a purebred beagle; breeding either purebred to an existing puggle; or breeding two puggles together. Each different combination produces a slightly different dog.
Although the puggle didn't gain widespread popularity until the early 2000s, the hybrid originated in the 1980s. They were initially bred in the United States, but it is unclear exactly where in the U.S. that breeding first began. According to Puggle Savvy, the hybrid was first registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club by a breeder in Wisconsin. Puggles are now being bred across North America.
As you might expect, puggles possess a combination of characteristics from both parent breeds. They have a stocky body, short legs, wrinkled forehead, smooth coat and a curly tail. Most individuals combine the sweet nature and playfulness of a pug with the energy of a beagle. Their overall size is also between that of the parents, at around 15 to 30 lbs.