Update....We've decided not to get the puppy. Maybe after I finish dog sitting for my brother I'll adopt a different one.
Having doubts! Especially after reading about how stubborn and destructive they can be. I am starting to wonder if I have made the right decision to adopt a BeaglePug mix from my shelter. I originally joined this site when my Boston Terrier was sick. I have had many breeds of dogs throughout my life, but only Boxers & Bostons in the past 20 years. After losing one of our Bostons to a brain tumor, and still having a 4 year old Boston, we couldn't decide what breed to get, wanting to bring a puppy into our house. I wanted another Boston, but couldn't get my husband to agree to it after losing Candy. I researched many breeds, but we decided instead to rescue from a shelter. I spent many, many hours on the computer. Although there are so many more adults that need rescuing, my kids and I really wanted to start with a puppy. Well, there was a litter of Beagle mix puppies that would soon be available. I had a Purebred Beagle as a child, and don't remember any issues except that she always had her nose on the ground. In looking for a dog I told my family that I didn't want anything that would chase rabbits, since we have so many in our yard. Oh, boy...After filling out and application for one of these puppies I was told that I could choose one. All were tan & white except for the little beige one that we chose. She was supposed to be ready for me to pick up 2 weeks ago, but was diagnosed with kennel cough and URI and had to be on meds for 10 days. I apparently didn't ask enough questions from the start. It appears that they were abandoned. At what age I haven't clarified, but will ask tomorrow, so they are guessing about what the parents are. Although these puppies were not with their mother for the last several weeks, they have been in a foster home. They have been with adult dogs (I don't know what breeds), and the director said that the dogs did correct the babies when they got tired of them biting them, but this just doesn't seem the same as having the mom teach them manners, etc.. I have spent many hours on the computer this weekend researching this mix and now wonder what I'm getting myself into. I realize that I should have spent as much time researching mutts as I did Purebreds. My son told me tonight that we did great with the Boxers, so everything will be fine. (He's only 12, but always tries to reassure me when I have my doubts about something.) The 2 Boxers were a challenge, FOR SURE, but the Bostons (4 throughout many years), were the easiest of all breed that I've ever had. Going from Boston Terriers to a Beagle mix is going to be a real eye opener. Also, since the puppies weren't with the mother for their entire first 8 weeks (she is now 10 weeks old.), I may be in for more challenges, unless being around several adult dogs can actually be a plus. I have only committed verbally, but feel obligated to this puppy. That doesn't mean that I have to get her, especially since I have been concerned about her health, although she supposedly is fine now. If I bring her home I will take her to my vet to make sure she is actually over the respiratory problems. Any advice?
(Sorry this was so long!)
***Edited By: JDinVA on 4/7/2009 10:16:47 AM*** Reason: update
All I can add is, good luck, lol. As long as you are up for the challenge of stubborness and possible destructiveness, keeping her busy and mind active, you'll be fine.
We raise/show Pugs and my son got invovled in beagles with showing over the last few years. So, i have experience with both, and will say Beagles are a challenge. Unfortunately Pugs can be stubborn as well, and these are both when you have an ideal situation of upbringing.
I cant say for sure if what the foster mom has done is enough, as we dont know the person or her methods. Good luck in whatever you choose.
Thank you for your input. It helps to hear it from someone that has experience with both breeds. I'm hoping that when I call today they will give the foster mom my number so I can ask her a few questions. But, will she tell me in all honesty what I need to know? When they first told me that she had kennel cough, the lady didn't mention the URI, which I guess pretty much goes hand in hand. It wasn't until I called and asked about how the puppy was doing on her meds that someone else looked in her file and said Kennel cough & UTI were diagnosed. Thanks for taking the time to reply!
Hello, I just read your post and thought I would send a reply. I have 2 beagleboston terrier mixes, and I love them. They aren't sisters I just loved the first so much I found a second, and both are from homes that couldn't keep them. Basically, any dog you can train, if they are a beagle mix food treats are great motivators. Any dog will take time to train, beagle mixes are no different. Don't treat train all the time but mix it up for them so sometimes it's praise sometimes it's treats. A beagle mix does help temper the qualities of the beagle, and I've met many pug/beagle mixes at the dog park and didn't really notice anything major to be concerned with, so good luck but I'm sure you will be fine!
I have transported several puggles (pug/beagles) and have found them to be delightful. If you have questions about this specific mix there is a rescue that deals with them and I'm sure they'd be happy to help you out.
I have had several litters of abandoned pups that I got before they were old enough to be away from mom. My older dogs "raised" them and definitely taught them manners. I have adopted them out and have heard of no issues with their new families.
Please ask all the qeustions that are on your mind prior to adoopting your new pup. If they are hesitant to answer that would be a huge red flag for me.
Don't be afraid to listen to that little voice you hear warning you. You are not obligated to any puppy until you have signed a contract. If you are getting a bad feeling or seeing red flags you should listen to your gut. Before taking any puppy or dog into your home everyone should be absolutely sure that it is the right one. Raising a puppy is difficult, challenging work even when the odds are not stacked against you. Be sure this is absolutely EXACTLY what you want.
Sorry I missed this earlier. Please feel free to PM me with any questions. We have a rescue who was 4 1/2 mths old when we got him he is a Pug/Beagle mix. YES they are stubborn, we took him through intermediate training and he did fine. However, patience patience patience. as the trainer said, stubborn they are BUT once they learn something they NEVER forget.
Yes he tracks. when we walk, nose to the ground. (( )) But that is the Beagle in him, He is loving, cuddly, SMART and wonderful.
I hope all is going well and seriously feel free to pm me and I will give you my number if you would like to talk. You have a wondeful animal Congratulations!!!