Puggle is among the most popular hybrid dog breeds resulting from the cross-breeding of Beagles and Pugs. Their lifespan is therefore partly dictated by the predisposed health risks of the parents with the advantage of hybrid vigor.
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What is a Puggle?
Puggle is a portmanteau of the words pug and beagle, which are the two breeds used to create this hybrid dog.
Puggles first became popular in the United States in the 1990s and have since then been bred all over the world.
These dogs are characterized by their short-snouted face, scrunchy nose, big eyes, and, of course, their cute wrinkly skin.
What is hybrid vigor?
It is the improved or increased function of any biological quality in a hybrid offspring. It is usually interpreted as improved fitness and health over either parent line.
The importance of heterosis or hybrid vigor has long been recognized in agriculture. In general, hybrid vigor manifests itself as improved growth rates, higher fertility, and greater disease resistance in the first generation of hybrids.
Let’s first understand the parents of Puggles;
Beagles are a relatively healthy and long-lived breed, with a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. Some common health problems seen in Beagles are obesity, epilepsy, hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease.
Pugs have a lifespan of 13-15 years on average. Some health concerns associated with Pugs are stenotic nares, patellar luxation, Pug dog encephalitis (PDE), and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.
What is the lifespan of Puggles;
The average for the 2 is 13.5 years for the Beagles and 14 years for Pugs. The average of Pug’s and Beagles’ lifespans is are13.75 years but considering that hybrid dogs are on average likely to live 1.2 years more than their mix-breed parents, then the average lifespan of Puggles is 13.75+1.2=14.95 years or 15 years to be exact.
Puggles health risks:
Puggles are generally healthy dogs with an average lifespan of 15 years. However, like all dog breeds, they are susceptible to certain health conditions. Some of the health conditions that Puggles may be prone to include:·
Like many small breeds, Puggles are prone to obesity. It is important to monitor their weight and make sure they get enough exercise.
Intervertebral disc disease:
This is a condition that can cause the discs in your dog’s spine to rupture or bulge. It can be painful and may require surgery.
This is a condition where the kneecap slides out of place. It can be painful and may require surgery.
This is a condition where the nostrils are narrower than normal, which can make breathing difficult. Surgery may be required to correct this problem.
This is a condition that affects the hip joint and can cause pain and lameness. Surgery may be required to correct this problem.
As you can see, Puggles are prone to some health conditions that may shorten their lifespan. However, with proper care and treatment, they can still enjoy a long and happy life.
How to increase puggles’ lifespan:
The key to increasing a Puggles lifespan is to provide them with proper care and treatment.
- Vet: Take your Puggle to the vet for regular checkups and vaccinations. This will help to catch any health problems early and get them treated before they become serious.
- Diet: Feed your Puggle a high-quality diet that is appropriate for their age, weight, and activity level. Avoid giving them table scraps or food that is high in fat or calories.
- Exercise: Make sure your Puggle gets plenty of exercise. A daily walk or play session will help to keep them healthy and fit.
- Preventive care: Take steps to prevent your Puggle from getting health conditions in the first place. This includes spaying or neutering them, keeping them at a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking around them.
With proper care and treatment, Puggles can enjoy a long and happy life. Give your Puggle the best chance at a long life by taking good care of them.
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