puggle breed information

common health issues

Demodex canis mites live on all healthy dogs. In the vast majority of cases they never cause a problem. However, some breeds can pass on an immune defect to their offspring that can result in a generalized proliferation of Demodex mites. The most common signs of demodectic mange are hair loss, scaling and irritation of the affected skin.
Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), better known as "dry eye", is a deficiency in the water portion of the tear film of the eye. Without the water portion of tears, the cornea and conjunctiva become very dry and inflamed and are prone to infection. This uncomfortable condition requires costly topical treatment several times a day throughout the dog's life.
Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.
Atopy refers to skin allergies caused by inhaled or contact allergens. Just like us, our dogs can be allergic to pollen, dander, grasses and trees. Their allergies result in itchiness that can be seasonal or year-round. Affected dogs are prone to ear and skin infections. The condition varies in severity but is usually lifelong and often requires constant medical management.

The Puggle is a new breed of dog, originating in the 1980s in Wisconsin. The Puggle’s name gives a hint to its mix – Pug and Beagle. A Puggle may also be the result of breeding two other Puggles. Like any other breed, either parent can contribute characteristics to their offspring, but Puggles tend to favor each breed relatively equally.

Puggles are quite active and require plenty of exercise. Both parent breeds tend to be a bit stubborn, and the Puggle has inherited this trait. Like its Beagle ancestor, the Puggle will follow his nose, so strange scents may have him wandering off. Obedience training is key to having a Puggle who listens well and follows the house rules. Aside from this, Puggles are generally affectionate dogs who do well with children and adults. They are a relatively healthy breed, but share hereditary conditions common in Pugs and Beagles.

Although a relatively healthy breed, Puggles can be predisposed to certain hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses Puggles are prone to include eye problems such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca and cataracts; as well as skin conditions such as atopy and demodicosis.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Puggle inherits more than just a love for active doggy dates, your pocketbook will be protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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