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Trendy puggles lose their appeal all too soon -

There are 121 comments on the Newsday story from Oct 15, 2007, titled Trendy puggles lose their appeal all too soon -. In it, Newsday reports that:

Remember that old "Star Trek" episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles"? Let's tune into "The Problem With Puggles." Just as Capt.

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chingchang

Linwood, NJ

#102 Mar 30, 2009
my puggle is stupid and won't train. Wat should i do?
BKR

Santa Clara, CA

#103 Nov 30, 2009
This is so interesting. You CAN somewhat predict the outcome of a pug/beagle mix, they all look the same! Most are a golden brown color, with the exception of a few black ones (the pug carries this gene). Almost ALL purebreds are a mix of two or more breeds. People who preach the pound are coming from a good place, yes if you can adopt, you should. But there isn't always a good match at the pound. I have a puggle and I adore him. He is smart, energetic, and a super snuggler, like we knew he would be, because many puggles have this same behavior. Thats why we chose him. They have the sweet pug nature without the respiratory problems from a flat nose. They have curly tails (I had a puggle meetup and they ALL had curly tails, 10 puggles!) They have floppy ears. They usually have black markings around the eyes, ears, and face. They are as predictable as a lab, beagle, or a lab/beagle mix. They take on traits of both breeds, some traits more than others. People LOVE to hate! Its pathetic. Responsible dog owners should be praised and not ridiculed. My dog came from an immaculate, loving home and was in a litter of 5 puppies. We personally went to make sure the beagles and pugs lived happy lives before choosing one of the pups. This is the next best thing after adopting from the pound: supporting the good, responsible dog breeders.
Giselle

Las Vegas, NV

#104 Jan 10, 2010
My brother has one of these mutts. I have to say while the dog is friendly it's not sharpest tool in the shed & extremely stubborn. It really carries a lot of the beagle trait which is probably why I dont care for it.
Allan

New York, NY

#105 Feb 7, 2011
hi All,
Would like to know where all the pure breed owners get their dogs from. The shelter?
I understand the rescue situation, as I got all my dogs from a shelter my whole life.
But please don't bash us for paying for a Puggle. After not having a dog for 8 yrs, I simply walked into a breeder and fell in love with a Puggle. So in love that we bought him. Could have looked at the shelter but fell in love with this pup. Think this happens a lot to people. Felt bad in the beginning but we are giving this dog a great life. And feel great about that.
Based off most of these posts, there should no longer be pure breed dogs anymore either. Only mutts, as I proudly now have.. Only dogs from shelters.
People buying pure breeds are contributing just as much to the puppy mill problem. Wonder how many pure bred Dalmations, that are un-trainable, end up in the shelters as well.
Just everyone be happy and give their dogs love. That's what it really is all about. Completing your family with the unconditional love of an awesome dog...
Karen

Enfield, CT

#106 Jun 27, 2011
Cate wrote:
I think a lot more people would buy purebred dogs if they were healthier. Most pet owners just want a healthy dog, but the inbreeding that has happened with many of the purebreds has left them prone to lots of genetic diseases.
All the scientific studies show that crossbreds are healthier amd live longer, and I think that's why they are now so much more popular.
Cate
. You couldn't be more wrong! It's the MUTTS that are sold at ridiculous prices by uneducated morons looking to make a buck and calling them a fancy name( such as Puggles)that are adding to the huge problem of unwanted and unhealthy dogs. Apparently you have never read a word at the AKC site, the most comprehensive and informative site out there. Number one, purebred dogs are NOT by nature less healthy than mutts, such as Puggles or shelter animals with questionable histories. In fact, a purebred dog purchased from an AKC registered breeder is apt to be MUCH healthier than a designer dog(expensive mutt) or a shelter dog, if only because you will know the health history of both parents. Purebreed dog breeders are more likely to be interested in improving the health if their breed, hence the many affiliated clubs. I own two Norfolk terriers and since they are prone to mitral valve disease and luxating patellas, I had researched my breeders and their dog's health testing and history. I have had both of my Norfolks' hearts Dopplered(echocardiogram) and hips and knees x-rayed, as well as eyes being cerf'd. It is expensive to breed dogs the responsible way. But, it is the only way(testing) in order to do as much as possible not to breed into a bad heart or bad hips, because the first thing that happens when people who pay a crazy amount of money for a mutt, is euthanize them or dump them at a shelter. THAT is why there are so many unwanted dogs. I am not saying that shelter dogs don't make good pets or that purebred dogs don't have their own problems, but I am tired of hearing about purebred dogs being inferior to mixed breeds. It all depends on the breeder. I would venture to say that no breeder of designer dogs does ANY testing, and in fact would be ignorant of the two breeds' faults or genetic problems. They know that people see s cute dog and will pay money for it. I think that is reprehensible and inexcusable.
Dog Daze

Glen Head, NY

#107 Jun 27, 2011
Who invented this half-breed anyway.
the beagle has a bad disposition to begin with. the pug is actually ugly with a pushed-in face.
Who expects the puggle to be happy after looking at himself in the mirror. Be realistic. Be reasonable. They're not worth the price. And who made them popular anyway, movie stars, baseball players, astronauts? C'mon.
Jennie - NH

Hudson, NH

#108 Jun 30, 2011
My puggle, Buster is the best dog in the world! He does not use a crate, nor has he ever, he can roam the house as he pleases and sleeps with us at night/ He was a hyper puppy but I took him to puppy training and now he is 5 years old, very well behaved...he was great as a 2 year old when we brought our newborn home from the hospital, he is a bit lazy sometimes but very loyal and loving! Our 3 year old child has a great time with him and he is very sweet to her and everyone else he knows. I wouldn't trade him for a "pure-bred" or any other dog for that matter!
KMG

Laguna Niguel, CA

#109 Sep 3, 2011
maybe your cross is having problems because it was not a good breeder. do you even know about puggles?
Sean

New York, NY

#110 Aug 15, 2012
Wow Susan- thank you for wasting our time with your tripe. I was expecting you to post something about abortion after making it known that puggles are mutts. Do you follow the tea party as well?
susan wrote:
A puggle is nothing more than a mutt. I have nothing against mutts-I love all dogs but puggles and other"designer" dogs are just another way for breeders to make a buck off a dog-and people fall for it. By the way, when you buy from a pet store, you are buying a puppy from a puppy mill. Most of these places crank out puppies with NO reguard of the puppies health and well being. Some puppy mills even have gas chambers there to destroy puppies that can't be sold or to destroy dogs that can't produce puppies anymore. If you don't believe me-do some research on the web and see what I am talking about. Many so called "breeders" are just in the puppy business to make a buck and don't give a damn about the pups.These people truly are the scum of the earth.
drew

Toledo, OH

#111 Dec 23, 2012
My puggle loves to hunt and pull a sled. He dominates others dogs of mine that weigh 150 lbs. Truly the leader of the pack its amazing.
captstogie

Wantagh, NY

#112 Dec 26, 2012
I have had our puggle 8+ years. We bought him at the beginning of the breed after o eat. reading a article about them. he has been the most loving and kind pooch. He is a great watchdog, quite the cuddler and while he did take a while to "potty train" as you would he has never not been able to wait to go outside. Has never bit, loves to play and LOVES to eat. He is healthy and would recommend one to anyody,family looking for a small loveable dog.
Joe dirt

United States

#113 Feb 8, 2013
I absolutely positively 100 percent without a doubt hate my female pug. She actually goes out of her way to do things she knows are bad in front of my face and the very moment I go to get up or say something she runs to my wife and starts breathing hard and shaking. I have never and will never strike a dog so I just don't understand this behavior. We've had her for 5 years and she's been this way since day one. I would never recommend this breed to anyone looking for a loyal, playful companion. If it weren't for my wife shed be in a shelter tonight
Joe dirt

United States

#114 Feb 8, 2013
Puggle****
Joshua

Port Perry, Canada

#115 Mar 29, 2013
Dog Daze wrote:
Who invented this half-breed anyway.
the beagle has a bad disposition to begin with. the pug is actually ugly with a pushed-in face.
Who expects the puggle to be happy after looking at himself in the mirror. Be realistic. Be reasonable. They're not worth the price. And who made them popular anyway, movie stars, baseball players, astronauts? C'mon.
Hahahah thankyou. Dumbest breed of dog out there, I'd rank a puggle up there with a Dalmatian stupid animals.
Not a fan

Greenfield, MA

#116 Oct 29, 2013
Joe dirt wrote:
I absolutely positively 100 percent without a doubt hate my female pug. She actually goes out of her way to do things she knows are bad in front of my face and the very moment I go to get up or say something she runs to my wife and starts breathing hard and shaking. I have never and will never strike a dog so I just don't understand this behavior. We've had her for 5 years and she's been this way since day one. I would never recommend this breed to anyone looking for a loyal, playful companion. If it weren't for my wife shed be in a shelter tonight
We have the male version of your dog! He is weirdly stubborn and seems to do things on purpose. Lately he has taken to peeing on my pillow. Needless to say I no longer allow him anywhere near the bed. We have applied consistent and solid training techniques that have never failed me with other breeds. I seriously do not recommend this breed of dog. Others seem to have different experiences, but I'd say its a crap shoot at best.
Wallace

Pardeeville, WI

#117 Jun 7, 2014
Some of the AKC dogs have over 100 inherited defects in their blood lines that may crop up in their life time. Your chances are about 50/50 that your AKC dog will come down with a big inherited defect at a young age and you will be strapped with large vet bills the rest of his life. I would never get a purebred dog for a family pet, or a working dog.
Kim

Lynchburg, VA

#118 Jun 7, 2015
I bought a puggle myself almost a year ago now for my son... at a pet store. I've been a volunteer at our animal shelter for 8 years now. All these opinions degrading buying from pet stores is obsurd and ridiculous if you truly care for an animal period. Yes there are places that purchase through puppy mills. Just as there are many that dont. Either way, dogs in pet stores deserve good homes just as much as shelter dogs if not more. I went to our shelter twice a week for 2 months with my son... waiting for that perfect connect with any dog. It didn't happen. I made a trip to the pet store to buy food for his frog one day, and this amazing little fur ball in the window won my son's heart. I didn't know a thing about puggles, didn't know the price. All I knew was my child clicked with a dog...finally. Turned out she was expensive beyond belief, the whole designer dog logo, and she has been the worst experience ever to train. But regardless of it all, she is part of our family now and we accept every bit of her "personality". Now I ask you, had we not purchased this dog, what exactly do you think would have came of her? Certainly not sitting in a store window still. I don't want to know to be honest. All I do know is yes I paid a stupid amount of money for a mutt, but she is perfect and loved everday. Stop downing a pet store... they will continue to exist and every dog needs a home period.
Puggles are VERY dumb

Liberty, MO

#119 Sep 26, 2015
Joe dirt wrote:
I absolutely positively 100 percent without a doubt hate my female pug. She actually goes out of her way to do things she knows are bad in front of my face and the very moment I go to get up or say something she runs to my wife and starts breathing hard and shaking. I have never and will never strike a dog so I just don't understand this behavior. We've had her for 5 years and she's been this way since day one. I would never recommend this breed to anyone looking for a loyal, playful companion. If it weren't for my wife shed be in a shelter tonight
I 100%, absolutely agree!! My fiance has a puggle, and I absolutely HATE it. It is the dumbest dog I have ever been around. We put a training collar on it, to remind it to not do things its not suppose to do, like scratching at the door (which it has destroyed the seal from doing so), or whimpering and whining. Has it learned....NO! My fiance will tell him to go sit...does he listen... NO! I can't believe she actually paid money for the dumb, overly needy mutt. I would NEVER recommend a puggle....NEVER!!
Ally

United States

#120 Jan 18, 2016
I never hated a dog in my life before meeting a puggle. Take a cute-ugly pug and mix it with the ornery yet handsome beagle and you get the ugliest animal I have ever seen. A short-legged, fat, dull tan-coat "dog" which looks more like a rat. My room mate has been watching their family this week and I hate it. It looks like an ugly seal. And it just sits there and watches me. It doesn't run around and play. It just sits there and stares. It's creepy and ugly. I want to release it into the wild.
Brooker

Coquitlam, Canada

#121 Feb 24, 2016
My sweet Dexter (see Dexter the happy hunter) is the most amazing trained scent puggle ever! The traits that he possesses are the best of the beagle (scenting) pug (loyalty) and this makes for an amazing truffle hunter. He is my best friend and his "drive" is not confusing for him at all!! In fact it is clear and his life is very enriching and fulfilled :) he is now 9 1/2 and going strong... He has developed skin allegies but otherwise is in top shape. He is energetic and loveable. He is great with kids... Other animals. Best. DOG. Ever.
Rebecca wrote:
I also want to add - why cross a pug and a beagle? A pug is a toy breed bred as a lap dog, with a completely different temperment and structure to a beagle. Think of the skeletal structure of a pug and the issues the breed has with hip/elbow displaysia, eyes, respiratory issues and hearing.
Now consider the beagle, who is in a completely different group to the pug - the beagle is classified as a hound. It was bred to work and is used in scent detection. They are bred to hunt.
Beagles also suffer from problems with eyes, and ears. They are a medium sized breed that are quite muscular and strong in build. They are very different in structure to a pug - look at those different head shapes! Look at the differences in movement and shape.
Not only are these two breeds greatly different in size but also in temperment, character, structure and purpose. Why cross them? How confused will a cross be in its drive? WHY cross two dogs who are so different struturally - that can only lead to many problems down the track. Puggle owners: as your dogs get towards middle age watch out for issues with luxatting patellas, eye and ear problems and arthritis from poorly formed joints. I am yet to see a well conformed cross and a well put together dog is the way to avoid health problems in later life ;)

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