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3 Best Puggle Foods


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I’ve often expressed dismay at the fact that people will actually pay a lot of money for dogs that, not all that long ago, either couldn’t have been given away (see Why You Should Walk Away from Teacup Dogs) or would have commanded a very small price.

I’m not exactly ready to back down on the belief that breeders should be striving to preserve the best characteristics of purebred dogs, but I do have to admit that some crossbreeds can be quite pleasing. In fact, in What the Heck is a Shollie, I told you about Leroy fathering a litter of Boxermans.

One of the reasons I actually allowed that breeding was that my vet, Stephen, told me that his opinion was that cross-breeding a Boxer with a Doberman might work very well to breed out some of the problems that are common to both breeds: the tendency toward benign and also malignant tumors in the Boxer, and the predisposition to von Willebrand’s disease in the Doberman.

This brings me to Puggles. It’s another crossbreed, so don’t let anyone tell you that you’re buying a “purebred” Puggle. There’s no such thing; although, one day, there might be.

3 Best Puggle Foods On Amazon

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Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements
Blue Buffalo Small Breed Dog Food
Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food

What Is a Puggle?

A Puggle is a cross between a Pug and a Beagle. Puggles have been around since the 1990s, and have become very popular, which means that the original crosses (male Beagle to female Pug or female Pug to male Beagle) have actually begun to take second place to dogs that have been bred “Puggle to Puggle” for generations. So eventually, as standards begin to be identified for Puggles, there is a very real possibility that the “breed” may one day be recognized by the AKC.

Feeding Your Puggle

Puggles typically grow to be about a foot tall, although some may boast a couple of extra inches. The typical weight of a Puggle is anywhere from 18 to 30 pounds.

Puggles grow to a height of about 1 foot, 2 inches, and can weigh anywhere from 18 to 30 pounds. They’re very energetic dogs, so they need a quality dog food with enough calories and essential nutrients to last them the day. Because of the high energy level of these dogs, I tend to agree on some level with those who suggest that store brand dog food might not the best Puggle food.

I’m saying that from the perspective of someone who has pretty much always fed store brand but also from that of a person who does not show dogs, and whose dogs are not athletes. Puggles are natural athletes, and even the least active dog will probably need around 540 calories per day to stay healthy. A moderately active Puggle should get about 660 calories, and a very athletic Puggle might need as much as 1050 calories per day.

Every dog is different, though, and sometimes the best way to make sure that your Puggle is getting enough calories is simply to watch what’s in his food dish at any given time. Is he chowing down and then licking the bowl? He might need more food. Is he leaving food and gaining weight? Then you might think about cutting back a bit on what you’re feeding.

Basic Food and Exercise Requirements for Puggles

As I’ve just pointed out, Puggles are very energetic, so you should always make sure that your dog gets two or three walks, as well as some outdoor playtime each day. Puggles also need amino acids and good fats, and vitamins C and E to maintain good health. Puggles can be little gluttons, so you’ll probably find that it’s best to split your Puggle’s feedings into two, or even three, meals per day. Puggles are often prone to weight problems, too, which can aggravate breathing problems that occur due to their brachycephalic noses. There are also other health problems that can be helped, or aggravated, by your dog’s diet.

1. Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism occurs when your dog does not make enough thyroid hormones. Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include excessive shedding, weight gain, hair loss, lethargy, mental dullness and intolerance to cold. The condition will require evaluation and treatment by a veterinarian, but you could possibly prevent the condition by feeding a dog food that is high in vitamins, minerals, and omega fatty acids. Dogs that are within the proper weight range for their breed (or breed mix) are less likely to develop hypothyroidism.

2. Stenotic Nares

You won’t be able to prevent stenotic nares by means of diet, because the condition is congenital (meaning that your dog has it from birth). Stenotic nares is also sometimes referred to as “pinched nostrils,” and it’s most common in dogs that have short noses. The condition can make it difficult for the dog to breathe.

Although you can’t prevent stenotic nares, you may be able to offset the symptoms by keeping your dog at a good weight. Obesity aggravates the condition. In serious cases, the only way of dealing with stenotic nares is surgery.

3. Hip Dysplasia

Most of the time, we think of hip dysplasia as affecting large breeds. However, small dogs are not necessarily immune. Hip dysplasia occurs when the thighbone and hip joint don’t fit together properly, and it can cause lameness.

The condition is genetic, passed on from parents to offspring. However, when it comes to nutrition, you can choose Puggle foods that are high in omega fatty acids, as well as vitamins C and E. Doing so doesn’t mean that your Puggle will never display the symptoms of hip dysplasia, but what it does mean is that these nutrients can keep the joints supple. If the condition does develop, the symptoms could be eased, or even practically nonexistent.

A good diet won’t guarantee that your Puggle never develops health problems, but it’s definitely among the best “tools” in your arsenal when it comes to guaranteeing your Puggle a long, healthy life.

Start Early

When should you begin thinking about the best Puggle foods for a healthy diet?

Begin as soon as he’s weaned. Usually, the mother will begin weaning Puggle puppies four to five weeks after they’re born. At this point, breeders should introduce a good puppy food.

If you’re a breeder, don’t be surprised if the litter doesn’t exactly “embrace” puppy chow right away. The babies are still going to want their mother’s milk, and probably won’t be fully weaned until about six weeks. Just make sure that the puppy food is always on hand, and let the babies eat as much or as little as they want.

A Digression…

Well, you were sort of expecting one, weren’t you? I’m kind of known for my digressions!

This one will be brief, though. I just want to point out that as the puppies are being weaned, this is the best time to begin socialization. Take the puppies out and let them meet people. Get them their first shots. Use every possible opportunity to get them accustomed to different experiences so that when they leave you, their mother, and the rest of the litter, they’re ready to start a new life with their “forever” families.

Okay, back to feeding.

Usually, by the time a Puggle puppy is eight weeks old and ready to go to his new home, he’ll need about 170 calories of quality puppy food in any given day.

The Best Puggle Foods

I’ve done a lot of research trying to identify the best Puggle foods, and honestly, there are so many really good brands out there that it’s hard to narrow it down. I don’t pretend to be the final authority on Puggle foods, either. In fact, I’d recommend that you talk to your breeder for the best recommendations. I did, though, find three potential Puggle foods that, in my opinion, stood out over the others. Here they are.

1. Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements Dry Dog Food

If you’re looking for a dog food that delivers everything your Puggle needs, you’ll find it in Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements. The main ingredient is fresh lamb, and it also contains fish meal, which is ideal for preventing hypothyroidism and easing the symptoms of hip dysplasia. It also contains vitamin E and other vitamins and minerals, and is grain free.

2. Blue Buffalo Small Breed Chicken & Rice Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Small Breed Dog Food is formulated with real protein sources like chicken, lamb or fish, and contains no byproducts. There is no corn, soy or wheat, and no artificial flavorings, colors or preservatives. This dog food is also rich in antioxidants, and very digestible.

3. Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food is a high-protein food made with real roasted meats, including buffalo, chicken and lamb. The manufacturer also claims that dogs love the taste. Of course, there’s no way of proving or disproving that, but I do know a number of people who feed this product to their dogs, and they all claim that dogs find it very pleasing. In addition to quality meats, it also contains healthy fruits and vegetables.

As I’ve said, there are other offerings on the market that would make great Puggle foods, but give any of these a try. You could also ask your vet what he or she would recommend as being good Puggle foods.

3 Best Puggle Foods On Amazon

Click Below To Go To Amazon Rating Price
Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements
Blue Buffalo Small Breed Dog Food
Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food

The Final Word

One thing that I would encourage you to keep in mind when choosing Puggle foods is that Puggles can be very prone to excess weight, and this is not a good thing in a dog that could live for up to 15 years. A little bit of “pudge” in a middle-aged dog can quickly translate into obesity in a senior Puggle, so feed carefully and always choose a quality food. A good diet combined with the exercise that these high-energy dogs thrive on will help to guarantee that you can enjoy the companionship of your little friend for many years.

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