We totally understand if you find yourself going round in circles, wondering which of these 2 small dog breeds you should add to your family. Both the Pug and the Beagle are exceptionally popular and desirable, and quite rightly so. One is merry and fun-loving, while the clown of the canine world that certainly loves to show off. So how do you decide? Don’t worry! We’re here to help you stop yourself from pulling your hair. Read on to know the essential information about both these breeds so you have a better idea about the pooch that best fits your home.
Weight And Size
On an average, Pugs weigh 6-9 kg. You will see them grow around 25-33 cm in height as an adult.
The Beagle can have a weight between 9-11 kg and their height can be around 33-41 cm.
Pugs are sturdy compact dogs with a lot of muscle. Their most distinctive feature is their flat face, that has a lot of wrinkles. You will commonly see their ears in two shapes – the rose and the button. The rose is smaller and folded against the side. On the other hand, the button shape is preferred by breeders. A distinctive characteristic is the markings on their face. that’s set for the breed. You will find a Pug in the colours of fawn, apricot fawn, silver fawn or black.
Beagles are small but really well-built athletic mutts, which explains their boundless levels of energy. Rounded ears that seem to be hanging low is another way of identifying a Beagle. When active, you will often notice that their tail gets erect and pointed. Beagles have legs that are shorter in proportion to the body. The tri coloured Beagle – white with black patches and very faint brown shading, is the most easily recognized. There is a range of variety in its colours which include lemon, a light tan and something of a reddish orangish brown.
Pugs are often described as ‘a lot of dogs in a small space’, which is an indication towards the charming and remarkable personality. Come hail, rain or shine, trust the Pug to put on a show. No wonder they are dubbed as the clowns of the canine world. Pugs always crave the attention and affection from their owners and are known to be very sensitive to their owners’ moods. They happen to be rather playful and thrive on human companionship, despite spending a majority of the day napping. Pugs also get along pretty well with children.
The Beagle is gentle and even-tempered. You can certainly brand them as “happy dogs”. Even though they are categorised as neither aggressive nor meek, the degree may vary with the individual. Shy at first, Beagles make friends easily enough. Though intelligent, they are easily distracted and quite stubborn, which can be countered with proper training. Beagles are great house pets as they get along well with children. But don’t leave them by themselves too long and pave the way for separation anxiety. Beagles don’t howl but will bark if introduced to drastically new situations.
Pugs are quite low maintenance, even though they do shed a lot. Comb their fur once or twice a week and bathe them at least once every two weeks. Clean their wrinkles and ears regularly and trim their nails.
Beagles are easy to groom at home. Brush them once a week and bathe them at least once every two weeks. Brush their teeth, trim their nails and clean their eyes and ears regularly or as needed. That should suffice
The monthly maintenance of a Pug and a Beagle is around Rs 2,500 – Rs 3,500. In terms of vaccinations, usually restricted to their first year, could cost around Rs 7,000 – Rs 10,000. After that, their health checkups could cost around Rs 2,000.
With both the breeds, you should ideally brush their coats once or twice a week. Clean their toys and bedding at least once a month. And it would be a good idea to have a vacuum cleaner in the house.
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With both the Pug and the Beagle, one must be careful with the quantity of food as they are both small dogs and will not stop eating if there is food on the plate.
When it comes to the dietary requirements of Pugs, quantity regulation is a huge factor considering the breed’s affinity to obesity. While they can eat most foods, they also can’t eat a lot of things. A lot of human food is toxic for them, like onions, foods containing caffeine, berries and other fruits. Dry food is probably best. They thrive on it. Home cooked food is also a great option, if you have the time for it. They need a lot of meat. Some vegetables like potatoes, green beans, spinach, zucchini, broccoli and carrots are very good for your Pug’s health. Avoid all grains other than brown rice and quinoa. Measure the food given to your dog. Between the ages of 8 to 12 weeks, they need to be fed 1/4 to 1/2 cup of food 4 times a day. From 3 to 6 months, 1/4 to 1/3 cups of food 3 times and between 8-12 months, 1/3 to 1/2 cups twice a day. As they get older than 12 months, feed them 1/2 a cup of food, 1 or 2 times a day, depending on the activity level and comfort of your pug.
Beagles need food rich in protein to go with their generally active lifestyle. Luckily, Beagles can eat most meats, so choose that with higher protein and lesser fat content. Fats should not exceed 5-10 % of your Beagle’s diet. Avoid fruits like apricots, apples and avocados but include vegetables like carrots, spinach and potatoes in their diet for fibre and required amounts of vitamins and minerals. When bringing a Beagle home, make the transition in its food at a gradual pace, with the consultation of the breeder and the vet. From the ages of 8 weeks to 6 months, they should be fed 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of food, distributed over 3 times a day. From 6 months to a year old, you can feed them twice a day. Once they reach the age of 2, feed them 1/2 a cup, twice a day. It is a good idea to give them treats occasionally, though mindfully. Once they reach the age of 9, they are considered seniors. This is when you need to give them food with higher content of fatty acids, and also, food that is easily digested.
When in doubt about anything, always consult your vet.
The Pug needs very little exercise, around 15-20 minutes, twice daily. That should suffice for its exercise requirements since this is a “couch potato” kind of a dog breed.
The Beagle, on the other hand, is an active dog and needs a minimum of one hour of exercise daily. That would be half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening.
There could be differences depending upon the individual dog. Be observant and customize your dog’s routines accordingly.
The Pug is somewhat stubborn, though highly intelligent. They may be tough to housebreak, but that can be countered given consistent training.
The Beagles are equally smart, though a little more eager to please. Either way, given consistency with training and opting for praise and rewards instead of harsh treatment, both the Pug and the Beagle can be trained without hiccups and you will find that they are responsive to it as well.
Both, the Pug and the Beagle, are fun loving sensitive dogs, who love their owners and need to get that in return. Both are pretty low maintenance, except that the Beagle is more active while the Pug frequently evolves into a vegetable.