What do you get when you cross two of the most popular dog breeds? A puggle! The adorable puggle is a great companion for any kind of family who loves fun-loving pups that don’t grow too big. Let’s look at the cost of a puggle over the course of its lifetime!
What is a puggle?
A puggle is what you get when you mix a pug with a beagle and they are best known for their playful, affectionate nature and their intelligent minds. The puggle tends to bring out the best aspects of both the pug and the beagle by creating a very smart, trainable dog who has a very willing attitude and a love for its family.
Puggle health conditions
The pug is a pretty unhealthy breed of dog which is usually faced with a number of health issues that can be costly and worrisome for its owner. Beagles on the other hand are a much healthier breed that tends to cost their owners much less in vets bills over their lifetimes. The puggle usually takes after its beagle relatives and has much fewer health concerns than its pug relatives. The most common health conditions that affect puggles are luxating patellas which are where their kneecaps can slip out of place, dental issues due to the shape of their jaws and they can occasionally face breathing difficulties which can be as serious as collapsing tracheas. Some of these health conditions you can find in puggles are easily manageable while others would cost a very large amount in vets bills so it is important to research the breeder you purchase your puggle from to make sure your pup has healthy relatives.
A puggle is classed as a small to a medium-sized dog so the cost of keeping one can vary a little depending on its size. The first cost you must consider when owning a puggle is the cost of dog food. You want to be feeding your puggle nutritious dog kibble and will perhaps need a specific dental food if your puggle has dental issues. The annual cost of a puggles dog food would be between $200 and $1,500 per year.
The next cost you should factor into puggle ownership is flea and tick prevention and deworming. Hopefully, as a puggle owner, you will not have to deal with a flea or tick infestation or high worm burden and of course, the best treatment is preventing this from occurring altogether. The average cost of flea, tick, and worm treatments for a puggle is between $50 and $200 per year.
Every year you should take your puggle for its annual vet check-up which usually costs between $70 and $100 including all your pup’s compulsory vaccinations. You might be lucky and your vet might do a combined annual visit, flea, tick, and deworming at a cheaper price but that depends entirely on your vet.
Another important cost to consider is treats, toys, and grooming for your puggle! These pups love to play so it is only natural we want to spoil our puggles with new treats and toys. The annual cost of treats and toys for a puggle is between $60 and $500 but can of course be as much as you can comfortably spend! Grooming is an area where you can save a lot of money since puggles do not require any specialist clipping or trimming and are quite happy to be brushed at home with the occasional bath should they need it. By grooming your puggle at home you can save around $20 per grooming session.
If you and your puggle love to venture out into public spaces then you will be needing to purchase a few poop bags to clean up their mess. The cost of poop bags for a puggle is between $50 and $150 per year.
The total annual cost of keeping a puggle is between $430 and $2,550!
First Year Costs
The cost of owning a puggle in its first year can vary a little depending on the initial purchase price of your pup and whether you already had any dog supplies in your household. This total will be calculated based on first-time dog ownership.
You may choose to spay or neuter your puggle which can be a responsible decision if you have no intentions of breeding your puggle. The cost of a spay or neuter surgery for a puggle is between $300 and $800.
Of course, your new puggle will need to be microchipped which will cost $80. Their initial vet exam will cost between $300 and $500 and your puggle will be vaccinated and checked over for any issues. On top of this initial visit, there will be follow-up visits for your puggles booster vaccinations which will cost between $100 and $300 extra.
You may want to purchase some accessories for your puggle, such as a collar, lead, bed, and some new treats and toys. The cost of all these extras for your new puggle can be between $100 and $1,500 depending on which accessories you choose to buy.
Puppy food for your puggle costs between $300 and $1,500 for their first year.
You may choose to invest in training for your puggle which can cost from $20 per hour but can easily be a lot more if you choose an experienced trainer or even a puppy school program. The average cost of a six-week puppy school in America is $600.
The total cost of your first year with your puggle is between $1,280 and $6,180. This is the cost of your puggle’s first year of life without any training, dog walking, grooming, or boarding.
Life Time Cost
The average lifespan of a puggle is between 10 and 15 years. The average lifetime cost of a puggle is between $5,580 and $44,430! This of course can vary a lot as you never know what emergency vet costs you might need, which insurance package you choose, and the price of adopting your puggle.
Puggle Puppy Price
Depending on the genetics of your puggle and how reputable the breeder you choose is the price of a puggle puppy in America is between $400 and $2,000 making them one of the more affordable designer breeds of dog!