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Beagle Pug Mix: Is It the Right Dog For You?

A Beagle Pug mix is an affectionate, intelligent and loyal dog. It is the child of a Beagle and a Pug. This crossbreed has a remarkable appearance that combines the looks of its parents. It is prone to numerous health problems. Proper care, diet, and exercise are crucial. 

Beagles are energetic and robust. These dogs can live for 10–15 years and can match the energy and playfulness of children. They are easily distracted and have stubborn personalities, making Beagles challenging to train. 

The opposite is the case for Pugs. They are affectionate and easy to train. These dogs are prone to numerous health complications due to brachycephaly and short bone structure.  

Breeders mate these two breeds to produce a dog that offsets the parents’ bad qualities, resulting in the lovable Beagle Pug mixes.

This article dives deep into the Beagle Pug mix’s needs, common health problems, and origin. 

Pug Beagle Mix Characteristics 

Both pugs and beagles are two of the most popular breeds due to their unique characteristics. The result of their offspring, Pug Beagle Mixes, combines their personalities and appearances. This crossbreed is low-maintenance, loyal, affectionate, and intelligent. 

A Pug Beagle mix has a short coat that is not hypoallergenic but easy to maintain. It can be small or medium depending on which parent it takes after. A Pug beagle mix lives relatively longer than its Pug parent. 

Inexperienced owners will have an easy time training these dogs as they are intelligent and enthusiastic. They get along with other animals and are friendly towards people and kids. 

Each Pub Beagle mix is unique. They have different personalities and appearances. Both upbringing and genes determine their personality, while their appearance depends on dominant genes.  



12–15 Inches


17–30 lbs


10–15 years

Dog Breed Group

Mixed Breed

Coat Type


Coat length


Coat color

White, fawn, black, brown


Dark Hazel








3 stars

Grooming Difficulty

2 stars


Apartment living

4 stars

Good for beginners

3 stars

Can be alone

3 stars

Cold weather tolerance

3 stars

Hot weather tolerance

2 stars

Friendliness & Temper


5 stars


5 stars


5 stars


5 stars

Friendly to Strangers

5 stars


5 stars

Trainability & Needs

Easy to train

4 stars


5 stars

Hunting Instinct

3 stars


3 stars

Energy Level

5 stars

Where do Beagle Pug Mix come from?

Documents show that Beagle Pug mixes were first sold in the US during the 1980s. Breeders bred them to offset typical pug and beagle health problems, especially brachycephaly. 

Learning about its parents’ history gives us an idea of where its personalities and features come from. 

Both parents have a history of serving royalties. Beagles were once fostered by English royalties, while Pugs served as precious gifts for royalties in Western and Eastern monarchies. 

Beagles originated in the United Kingdom[1]. They evolved from the union of various hounds, such as white Talbot hounds, Southern hounds, Greyhounds, North County hounds, etc. 

Breeders bred these hounds to produce an efficient small-game hunting dog. During the 1840s, people bred these pooches to develop attractive features, as they were showing signs of an excellent family dog. There are currently two recognized Beagle variants. One that grows under 13 inches and another that grows 13–15 inches tall. 

Pugs came from China. Their origin is unclear, but some historians believe they descended from Asian mastiffs. During the Song dynasty[2], literature depicts a dog similar to the pugs we know today. 

From the 16th to the 20th century, Western and Eastern monarchs and nobles treated pugs as precious pets and a symbol of nobility. Pugs are constant contenders in dog shows and contests[3]

Where do Beagle Pug Mix come from
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3 Pros of Having a Pug Beagle Mix

Beagle pug mixes are affectionate and friendly dogs who are easy to train. 

1. Easily Trainable 

Beagle Pug mixes are easy to train as long as you know what motivates them. Like most pug mixes, Beagle Pug mixes love to eat, which you can use as a reward when training them. These dogs are intelligent and determined to please their owners.

2. They Are Affectionate 

Affectionate is almost synonymous with Beagle Pug mixes. These dogs love following their owners. Pug Beagle mixes will cuddle you when you sleep if given a chance. 

3. Beagle Pug Mixes Are Easy to Groom

Beagle Pug mixes are well-behaved. They will not fight back when you try to cut their hair or nails. You can also give them treats to reinforce their calm behavior. 

These dogs have thick hairs, making it easier for owners to remove damaged hair, dirt, and liquids.  

3 Cons of Having a Beagle Pug Mix 

Before getting a Beagle Pug mix, owners need to know that they make a lot of noise and eat a lot. These dogs are bad guard dogs because they are too friendly. 

1. Pug Beagle Mixes Make a Lot of Weird Noises

Pug beagle mixes have a slightly flat nose and droopy jowls. This results in a grunt or snore-like sound when they breathe. This trait can frustrate prospective owners as there is no way to stop Beagle Pug mixes from making weird noises. 

2. They Are Too Friendly

If you are looking for a guard dog, a Beagle Pug mix is not for you. These dogs are too friendly towards people and animals. They will play with strangers and wild animals. Their affable personality makes them excellent playmates but does not give your family additional security. 

3. Pug Beagle Mixes Eat a Lot 

Most Pug Beagle mixes love eating. They are not picky and will eat anything. Dog owners need to monitor their diet as they have large appetites, making them prone to obesity. 

Beagle Pug Mix Temperament 

A Beagle pug mix’s temperament can be described as affectionate, intelligent, curious, playful, and friendly. 

Nurture and nature play a role in its personality. A Pug Beagle mix has different temperaments as a puppy and an adult. 


A Beagle Pug mix is usually energetic from three months to nine months old. It will look for ways to stimulate itself.

  • Nipping furniture, slippers, pillows, and other household items
  • Chasing kids, moving objects, and their owners 
  • Engage you to play with it
  • Frequent bursts of energy or zoomies 

At this age, a Beagle Pug mix is easy to train. It is eager to learn new tricks and commands. 

This puppy is also playful towards everyone, constantly trying to engage with other people and animals by tapping them with their paws or circling them. It is also attached to its owner and will try to follow you wherever you go. 


Once it fully matures, a Pug and Beagle mix’s energy lowers. It is not as active as before. A full-grown Pug Beagle mix often lies down and sleeps. It is still playful but only when its owners engage it to play. 

A Pug Beagle mix gets along with other people and animals. It is easily distracted due to its curious personality. Owners can use food and attention as motivations to train a Beagle pug mix. 

Beagle Pug Mix Temperament 
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Puggle Appearance

The usual Pug Beagle has a medium-sized body and a brown coat with white patches. Its features resemble both pugs and beagles. This dog has a slightly long muzzle, floppy ears, dark brown eyes, curled or straight tail, and a black nose. 

Pugs have different coat colors while Beagles are usually brown coated with black, white, red patches. When combined, the dominant genes determine the Pug Beagle mix’s appearance. 

Pug coat Beagle Pug Mix Appearance
WhiteCream-colored coat with white patches, especially underneath its belly
FawnFawn coat with brown, black, red streaks
Black Black coat with white or cream patches

There are cases where the Pug Beagle mix takes after its Beagle parent, resulting in a dog with beagle-like features with a slightly flattened nose and either a straight or curled tail. 

Although Breeders bred Pug Beagle mixes to offset their parents’ bad traits, there is a chance your Pug Beagle mix comes out brachycephalic. 

Brachycephaly lowers your dog’s quality of life because your dog will have breathing difficulties, making it hard to do mundane activities. 

Puggle Appearance
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Beagle Pug Mix Size 

A Beagle Pug mix typically weighs 17–30 lbs and stands at 12–15 Inches. It can either be a medium or small-sized dog. This dog has a stocky physique.


At three months old, a Pug Beagle mix stands at 7–10 inches and weighs 6–10 lbs. Somewhere between six and eighteen months old, it will undergo drastic changes.

Do not do intense exercises and activities at this stage as its bones and joints are flimsy. Do light exercises such as short walks and dog puzzles. 

When its body is undergoing rapid changes, a Pug Beagle mix is most susceptible to joint complications such as hip dysplasia, luxating patella, and elbow dysplasia. If you notice that your dog is growing too fast, consult your veterinarian immediately to see if its bones are growing larger than its socket. 

A proper diet helps them grow strong and healthy. 


Full-grown Beagle pug mixes grow up to 30 lbs and 15 inches tall. When they are nine months old or older, you can give them strenuous exercises as their bones are now strong and healthy. 

Mini Pug Beagle Mix 

The American Kennel Club recognizes two Beagle variants[4]. One is shorter than 13 inches, and the other stands 13–15 inches tall. Dog owners and breeders call beagles under 13 inches mini or teacup Beagles. 

When mixed with a pug, their offspring measures 10–13 inches tall and weighs 14–18 lbs. Mini Pug Beagle mixes are excellent pets for those living in small spaces.

Beagle Pug Mix Size
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Common Health Problems 

Respiratory, joints, joints, eyes, and skin disorders are the most common health problems in Beagle Pug mixes. Lack of care, exercise, and diet worsen their health and increase their risk of health complications. 

Beagle Pug mixes are designer dogs. They are the healthier version of their parents. However, some of these dogs inherit disease-causing genes from their parents. 

A study found that Beagles and Pugs are prone to numerous health complications:[5] 

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Obesity
  • Luxating Patella
  • Cataracts
  • Hemivertebra
  • Immunoglobulin A deficiency
  • Dry eye
  • Anal sac diseases
  • Hotspots
  • Blindness
  • Hernia

These complications can show up at birth or develop as they mature. Visit your veterinarian regularly to ensure that your dog is healthy and to diagnose early signs of diseases. 

Before getting a Beagle Pug mix, always check its medical background to see if it is at risk of health problems. Provide proper care, regular exercise, and a balanced diet to keep your dog healthy. 

The best way to avoid diseases is to vaccinate them annually. Vaccinating them reduces their chance of getting infected with bacteria, viruses, and parasites. 

Beagle Pug Mix Life Expectancy 

The lifespan of a Beagle Pug mix is 10–15 years. Meeting their food, grooming, and exercise needs help to extend their lifespans. 

Food Requirements

A Beagle Pug mix needs a balanced diet containing proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, fibers, and water. Their daily calorie intake should amount to at least 2% of their body weight.

Before planning your dog’s diet, convene with your veterinarian to identify your dog’s nutritional requirements. You can also ask which kibble brand is best for your Beagle Pug mix. 

Choosing the right food for your dog is a difficult task. You have to mind your dog’s preferences, allergies, and the foods’ nutritional content. A Beagle Pug mix needs different kinds of meats, vegetables, grains, and fruits to meet its nutrient requirements[6]

There are many popular and healthy foods for dogs, that isn’t dry kibble: 

Dogs can and will eat anything if they have the chance. Avoid feeding them the following foods as they contain harmful substances:

  • Green onions
  • Apple
  • Chocolate
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Avocado
  • Xylitol (found in gums and mints)
  • Walnuts
  • Macadamia nuts

Avoid feeding your Pug Beagle mix human food if possible. Most dishes that you eat contain ingredients that can make them sick, such as soy sauce and garlic. 

Grooming and Care 

Short-coated dogs are easy to groom. Beagle Pug mixes need monthly grooming to maintain their fur. Brush them regularly to lessen shedding. A proper diet keeps their coat and skin healthy. 

Beagle Pug mixes have short coats of thick hairs, leaving little space for dirt and liquids. Use a soft bristle brush to remove old hair, dirt, and fluids. Use sulfate-free soap and shampoo for their coat as they have sensitive skin. 

When brushing your dog, always check for signs of coat parasites, especially when you live in humid environments. Common coat parasites are mites, fleas, and lice. 

If you don’t know how to check for this, here are some common signs of insect brooding or infestation:

  • Nits
  • Flea eggs
  • Brown ear wax
  • Scaly skin
  • Lesions on joints
  • Flea dirt
  • Swollen skin 
  • Hair loss
  • Anemia (severe cases)
  • Frequent scratching 
  • Restless behavior 

Brush your dog’s teeth regularly, if possible. Plaque, cavities, tooth infections, and gum infections make your dog’s mouth smell bad. Use vet-recommended dental kits to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy.

Grooming Products For Your Dog

It is ideal to have professional groomer care for your Beagle Pug mix because it has sensitive skin. For home-grooming, you can use the following products: 

  • Ear cleaning solution
  • Nail clippers 
  • Anti-parasite powder 
  • Sulfate-free soap
  • Aloe vera shampoo
  • Soft bristle brush 
  • Vet-recommended dental cleaning kit

Exercise Needs

Give a Beagle Pug mix at least 40 minutes of daily exercise. These dogs do not fare well in hot environments; remember to keep them hydrated to avoid heat strokes. 

Beagle Pug mixes have large appetites, making them prone to obesity. Dog owners need to monitor their diet and provide regular exercise. 

These dogs are energetic and playful. They need mental and physical stimulation to avoid hyperactivity and other unwanted behaviors. 

  • Peeing and pooping on the wrong areas
  • Chewing household items
  • Barking non-stop
  • Irritation resulting in aggressive behavior 

Regular exercise keeps your dog physically and mentally healthy. It also helps deepen your relationship with your dog. 

Mental and physically stimulating activities include: 

  • Short walk (15-minute walk)
  • Jogging
  • Brisk walk
  • Tug of war
  • Hide and seek
  • Dog puzzles
  • Chew toy
Pug Beagle Training 
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Pug Beagle Training 

It is easy to train a Pug Beagle mix, as long as you can motivate it. Food, toys, and praise are great incentives to engage your dog in training activities.

A Pug Beagle mix can be stubborn. It is easily distracted and often follows its curiosity. Use rewards as incentives whenever they successfully do a task or command. 

Common Dog motivators:

  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Praise
  • Food 
  • Affection 


Beagle Pug mixes come from the union of a Beagle and a Pug. They are intelligent, loving, and loyal. These dogs need proper grooming, a balanced diet, and regular exercise to remain healthy. 

Their low maintenance fur, small-medium body, and affectionate personality make them excellent house and apartment pets. 

About Dennis Stapleton

Dennis Stapleton has a passion for animals, especially dogs, and their relatives. He’s intrigued by their social structure and loves to write and teach about the world's most popular pet animal.

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