Puggle is the name for a crossbreed dog with a beagle parent and a pug parent. The name Puggle is a portmanteau, following a naming trend in "designer dog" crossbreeding.
A Wisconsin breeder named Wallace Havens bred the first puggle in the 1980s. He coined the name "puggle" and was the first to register the breed with the American Canine Hybrid Club, an organization that tracks mutt dogs. Although Havens was the first to officially breed a puggle, the history of puggles dates back to the 1980s when U.S. breeders experimented with creating new dogs. By 2000, puggles were being sold commercially to pet owners wanting to own a different, distinctive dog.
Puggles grow to a mature weight of 15 to 30 pounds with a shoulder height of 8 to 15 inches. They can be a variety of colors and patterns depending on the characteristics inherited from the parent breeds. The most common colors are tan, fawn, or black. Mixed colors are not commonly found. They may have a short nose like the pug, or a longer snout like a beagle. The colors, body shape, ears, etc. will vary. The temperament of the Puggle generally combines the active and inquisitive nature of the Beagle with the companionable nature of the Pug. These two psychographic traits make it a companion breed with lower required exercise needs.