We are thinking about buying a puggle and don't know where to start. I don't want to just buy from anyone and find out they are a "pupply mill". How do you find a good breeder and if they are out of state, how do you know if you are getting a good puppy? Anyone know of one in California?
You are not going to get anything except "no good breeder breeds mixes" and "All designer dog are from puppy mills and byb's' on here. So, my advice to you is to take the same concept in looking for a breeder that you would if you were looking for a purebred.
I have a puggle and he is great he has a perfect personality as I am sure many other puppies do. They are probably right about the byb and puppymill thing but I still love my guy. I researched what was out there on the animal and liked what I read and feel that with my last 2 months with him it was accurate. I have seen many on petfinder not sure about the california area though I would check there first. I did but unforntuantly none in my area were little so they didn't allow them to go to homes with children which I have so I had to go another route. Good luck and if you want any additional information this site it great although you will have to ignore some of the designer dog comments and just listen to the advise because there is lots of it. Good luck
No afghan, the only stupid people are the ones that pay $800+ for a mutt when they could get it in the shelter for $100. The only stupid people are the ones that buy into the whole "designer dog" trend, when really all it is is a big money scam.
a good breeder of any breed knows their breed isnide and out and can answer any question you have about the breed and what to expect when owning one. a good breeder will know all the genetic problems their breed is prone too and will have tested all the dogs they breed for these problems to make sure they do not breed any dog that has tested positive for any of these problems. of course genetics is a crap shoot so a good breeder will make certain guarantees against these genetic problems and will have outlined in their health contract what they will do for you should a problem surface. a good breeder has a health guarantee that will span quite a few years, not just 1 month to 1 year. many are guaranteeing 5 plus years now. good breeders often have waiting lists for their pups, so it may be difficult to get a pup from them right away as they dont breed to meet the demanding market of pups. good breeders will also be involved in showing, sports, or some other avenue that their particular breed excels at, they will not be just houspets. but also. a good breeder raises their dogs and litters of puppies in the house as part of their family.
thats just a basic list. i doubt you will find any breeder of puggles who meets those criteria but good luck searching. there are tons and tons of puggles sitting in kill shelters all across the untied states. you should try http://www.petfinder.org first.
Thanks so much for everyone's feedback. I'm sorry I started an arguement, but I guess that is the beauty of these forums, so that we can all voice our opinion....the good, the bad and the ugly.
I understand that many people favor pure breed dogs, and i get that. But I've also done a lot of research and have learned that sometimes mixed breeds can benefit from "breeding out " the problems of the pure breed. It seems that you can pay a lot of money for both pure breeds and mixed breeds....its not just "designer dogs" that go for a high price. I think its money well spent to add a member to your family...pure breed or not. I do agree that a shelter is a good place to start, and I've checked out petfinder.com and they do have puppies, so I will continue to check that out. I just wanted to know if anyone had any info. So thank you all for sharing.
To "Pugglelover06" Thanks so much for your feedback. Did you say that a shelter wouldn't let you take an older puggle home because you have kids? But I guess they would if it was a puppy, so it would grow up around kids? Just checking to make sure a puggle is okay with kids. All the research I've done so far sas they are a good family/kids dog. How long have you had yours? Where did you get it? Thanks so much!
millerbord. i would also suggest that you do some research of both breeds. pug and beagle. i have seen them being givin away on craigslist from time to time. there was a free ad for a 4 month old puggle this morning. reason fro re-homing ? too hyper. guess the beagle gene was more dominant than the pug. sad really.
heres an interesting article on puggles. gives a little bit of both perspectives on this mix.
My guy is great with my older child and my younger one. We do have some trouble with jumping on my 3 year old but its no different than any puppy would be and we are working with our trainer on that one. I have met about 5 different puggles and mine seems to be the most like the pug. That is one problem with the mix is not knowing what trait you are going to come up with. I am not complaining at all I am actually glad that he is more this way as I wasn't looking forward to the howl or hyperactivness of the beagle but would have loved him anyways as I know that was a possible outcome. A friend of mine/his is just the opposite way more beagle than pug. Just be prepared that the pup could go either way. Mine loves to cuddle (pug aspect) yet hers at 9 months is just starting to. To answer your question I have had my Noddy for about 2 months and I got him at 13 weeks old we are just getting good witht he housebreaking and he is doing wonderful with his training, sits, down, crawl, leave it, take it and now working on stay. Any other questions please feel free to ask. You can also email me at email@example.com
It has a zip code locator though you will need to search under either Beagle OR Pug and then look for the beagle/pug (puggle) mix.
As I am sure you have read there are NO good hybrid breeders so you might as well search for an accident litter at a shelter. It will be hundreds of dollars less and you are saving a life rather than promoting byb. The health chances are the same whether you get from a byb or a shelter since neither do hereditary testing prior to mating the dogs. At the shelters you will have a choice of lots of puppies!
And YES there are plenty of puppies and even some older puppies and adults. Good luck!
From the amount of feedback of this forum as well as others it does seem that the "puggle" tend to take on the beagle traits more than the pug. Be aware of that prior to getting a puggle since beagles are very energetic dogs. Beagles are also very stubborn and can be quite vocal if bored. They can also be destructive if left unattended for long periods of time.
Beagles also enjoy snacking from the litter box. They also enjoy eating used kleenex. I am sure many other dogs do this to but beagles REALLY LOVE TO EAT ANYTHING! They also like to roll in smelly stuff as often as possible.
Do as suggested and read up on both breeds. Especially beagles! They are great dogs but you have to have a stomach for them.
Again, thank you to everyone for replying. I have spent some time checking out all the links that you all have included. All good info to conemplate before making this decision. I appreicate your input.
FYI, Puggles (and the rest of these designer breeds) are turning up in rescues and shelters very often now.
You can either take that as an oppurtunity to pay a lot less for a dog that is just a companion, or you can take it as this outbreeding obviously doesn't have the effects the breeders want you to think. Either way, it's the truth.
Well excuse me for making a typo! You must remember that all breeds started off as mixed breeds. If you can't understand that, I feel sorry for you. What do you think the GWP is? A mutt. The bullmastiff? A hybrid. The Yorkie? Started out as a "designer." Creating a new breed isn't a sin, as most of you people seem to think. Designer dogs are an attempt to breed dogs better suited for our current lifestyle. Many breeds out there have long lived out their usefulness and their skills are no longer needed in urban life.
There is no such thing as a "good breeder" of mixed breed dogs. They are all unethical, uneducated, and in it for the money to be made from a "designer" breed (gag). Of you want a mixed breed dog, go to the shelter. If you want a purebreed dog, get either a beagle or a pug.